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Master the skills you need with photography techniques from the experts. Whether you're a novice seeking advice on landscape, wildlife or nature photography or a pro looking for more advanced techniques, you'll find all the information you need, here.




Monday, April 20, 2015

Use The Graduated Neutral Density Filter In Photoshop Or Lightroom

Many controls in Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom affect a photo globally

If you use the Graduated Neutral Density filter found in either of the above programs, local changes can be applied

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Psych 101

To help you make landscape photos that resonate, we deconstruct the psychological baggage humans bring to a scene

One of the insights of modern psychology is how much our preferences and decisions are driven by unconscious processes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Parks

Terminus—The National Parks—all aboard!

As a lover of nature and nature photography, many of the national parks are favorite destinations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Above The Landscape

As drones become more popular and easier to use, we talk to leading aerial photographers about how they’re making the most out of this new way of looking at a scene

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, multirotor radio-controlled aircraft, quadcopters—whatever you call them, photographers who have taken their cameras to the sky are changing the way we see the world.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Landscapes With Feeling

How to create and use texture in your scenic photography—it’s all about the filters

From smooth and serene to rough and woolly, texture in a photograph can convey feeling and emotion that reflect the photographer's response to the subject and surroundings.

Monday, April 6, 2015

After The Sun Goes Down

The world of digital photography continues to amaze me

So many new doors have opened and many more await the photographer with a creative key

Monday, March 30, 2015

Animal Action

DSLRs with video are here to stay

Moving subjects are harder to capture than stationary ones, but adhering to a few tips will give you a higher return on your time in the field

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lighting Wildlife

A compact light or portable off-camera flash can add an extra dimension to your photos of animals and birds

As a nature photographer, too often you're at the mercy of existing natural light.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Get Perfect Exposure Every Time

How to work with your camera systems to get the ideal exposure for every shot

Having taught workshops for many years, I've come to find that the biggest problem students have, both novice and experienced alike, is how to meter and set exposure for ambient light.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Solutions: Handheld Shooting Technique

When photographing wildlife, sometimes you just have to work "legs-free"

Wildlife photography is challenging in any circumstances.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ohhhh So Close

Get super close to a tiny subject, and it’s a true eye opener

Not only does it reward you with images that are different, it’s educational

Monday, March 16, 2015

Concrete Landscapes

Essence / Beauty / Unique

--these three words revolve in my mind when I capture cityscape

Monday, March 9, 2015

Use The Curves Adjustment Layer For Global AND Local Exposure Control

A tutorial on exposure control in Adobe Photoshop

A basic Curves adjustment is applied globally; hence, it impacts the exposure or color of an entire image

Monday, March 2, 2015

Focal Length Variations

Finding the picture within the picture

Not that it’s new, but it sparked a thought regarding photography

Monday, February 23, 2015

Taming Contrast

The dynamic range of tone can make or break an image

If the number of ƒ-stops between the brightest highlights and darkest shadows exceeds what the sensor can capture, detail is lost

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