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Discover the wide range of photography techniques and how-tos in this varied selection of articles. You'll find tips on photography gear and travel, plus shooting techniques and solutions to common problems.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

X Marks The Spot

New tools to guide you to the perfect place for the perfect photograph

The first time I tried to photograph the full moon setting over Longs Peak from the summit of Twin Sisters in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was a complete fiasco.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Video Quick Tips

8 simple techniques to get you started with adding motion and sound to your photography

Video is a wonderful visual medium that adds whole new dimensions of movement and sound to your photography.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

White Balance

Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots

White balance is an adjustment that accounts for the color temperature of the light in a scene.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Film Vs. Digital

A look at some of the differences between shooting in Ansel Adams’ era versus today

When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gimbal Heads

Giving you both solid support and freedom to move the lens, a gimbal head is a good tool for wildlife and sports-action photography

Bird photographers and other action shooters frequently have to use really long lenses to get close-ups of often-distant subjects.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shooting Macro? Try Flash!

Try this dual-flash setup for complete control over the illumination in your image

Most nature photographers spend the majority of their time shooting the very large in the natural world—big mountains, big animals. We become obsessed with the grandeur of outdoor photography.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Online Learning Comes Of Age

Much more than the correspondence courses of a past era, you can build upon your photo education by taking a class through the Internet

The old-fashioned correspondence course has grown up, and in the digital age, it has become a viable and truly enjoyable way to learn how to take better pictures.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Big Trip

See how National Geographic photographer and Outdoor Photographer columnist Frans Lanting gears up for an expedition. You probably won’t ever need as much equipment with you, but there’s a lot to learn from his approach.

What gear to pack? What to leave at home? If you don’t have it, you can’t use it, balanced with the fact that too much equipment can slow you down and you miss the opportunity to put yourself in a position to get the shot in the first place.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Get Into The Stock Market

With more Outdoor Photographer readers looking to sell images in the face of an increasingly fragmented marketplace, there are some tremendous opportunities opening up

The last 10 years have been chaotic for independent photographers, as the old ways of doing business have withered before our eyes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Web Optimization Part II

Working with sharpness, watermarks and metadata

In the January/February issue, we addressed the concepts of examining your target audience and choosing the appropriate file size and image size for the intended display. Here, we’ll look at the important steps of applying sharpness and applying watermarks and using metadata. Watermarks are an essential tool for protecting your images when you make them available on the web, and metadata is extremely useful for both image protection and for making your images searchable so people can find you on the web.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


How to use technology to stay organized and track your photography

Like many photographers, I take a lot of photos and struggle with the organizational aspects of my imaging workflow. While I do my best to tag images when importing them to my PC, I typically rely on the date and my memory to find the photos I’m looking for. That was before I started using geotagging.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sound Practices III: Putting It All Together

Assembling your multimedia into a cohesive, finished project

In my previous two columns, I talked about the techniques and gear for gathering sound, and some of the software for editing sound.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sound Practices II

More sounds for your images

In this, the second installment of “Adventures in Multimedia,” I’ll discuss some basics about gathering and editing sound. Last issue, I covered choosing and using a digital sound recorder, whether it’s one of the dedicated units like the Olympus LS-10 or Zoom H2, or even your iPod with one of the optional recording microphone attachments that are becoming ever more popular.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

There And Back Again

Returning to your favorite places gives you the chance to push the boundaries of your own photographic exploration

The question I’m asked most frequently at workshops and when talking with other photographers: Where is my favorite place to shoot photos? The intent of a question like this is to discover what’s at the core of what I like best when I look for a photo location. When I answer with a string of places, including mountains, deserts and locations around the world, this doesn’t address the question with a tidy answer.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Breaking The Sound Barrier

Try multimedia to add more life to your images

Among the great leaps and advances with which digital photography has provided us is a whole new way of sharing our work with others. In the past, you could make prints, or if you were a professional, maybe illustrate a magazine article or a book project—pretty slim pickings.

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