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Sharpen your Adobe Photoshop techniques with Outdoor Photographer. Our articles offer Photoshop tips on topics ranging from resizing images to enhancing color. Begin your lesson in Photoshop for wildlife and nature photography now.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Enhance Your Landscapes

How to use Photoshop Layer Masks and Layer Styles to simulate a graduated ND filter without the drawbacks of an actual filter

One of the greatest challenges in outdoor photography is properly exposing for contrasty lighting conditions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Dark Secret Of Digital Photography

How the dark side of your photos can be limiting your prints

Digital photography vastly expands our opportunities for better pictures. We can now shoot in lower light with higher quality results, instantly see our images as we capture them and easily process those images for the best results.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Advanced Cloning

Retouching techniques give photographers more control than ever. Try a combination of tools for removing distracting elements from almost any scene.

Each year, the number of visitors to our national parks grows, looking to see and photograph their favorite icons.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Making Of Compelling Black-And-White-Images

Beyond just removing color, see how structure, tonal relationships, form, texture and contrast all play key roles

Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas were two of my heroes in nature photography, both superb practitioners of color photography with nature.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making Best Use Of HDR

Tom Till is a master of Southwest landscapes. Recently, he’s been using HDR software to overcome some of the challenges of these high-contrast scenes without generating the bizarre-looking, hyperreal effect that’s objectionable to many nature shooters

I was an early adopter of graduated neutral-density filters to tame the huge discrepancies between mesa-top sunlight and the dark shadows of the canyon depths.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Special Techniques For Landscapes

Excerpted from Rob Sheppard’s new book, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography

In Outdoor Photographer, you’ve learned core techniques to use while photographing the landscape: exposure, depth of field, use of lenses, composition and more.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Your Perfect B&W Print

Ansel Adams called the print “The Performance.” OP shows you, in-depth, how to use Photoshop to get your image ready for the best performance possible.

As the digital march continues onward, there’s one thing that will never change: the pure aesthetic quality of elegant black-and-white imagery.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Intuitive B&W Conversions

Try this simple step-by-step process for making beautiful monochrome images

Black-and-white photography seems to be more popular than ever in this digital era.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Faster And Easier Image Processing

Software plug-ins make computer work more efficient for nature photographers


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

High Dynamic Range Done Naturally

Explore the basics of HDR to get details in shadows, highlights and everywhere in between

If you want to spark up a heated debate amongst a group of nature photographers these days, all you need to do is mention HDR.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Defringing

How to defeat edge artifacts in composited landscape images

Few things are more frustrating to a photographer than edge fringes or halos that appear in Photoshop after a selected or extracted object has been placed onto a new background.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Making Your Best B&W

Conversions in the computer have become easier, allowing you to get better results than ever before

Today, the choice to make a color or a black-and-white image is far different from the era of film. With film, the decision would be made when you loaded your film.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Photoshop Tips From The Pros

Some of the best in nature photography share 11 techniques that will turn a good photograph into an award-winner

There are many elements that separate the top nature photographers from hobbyists. With today’s digital tools, not only do photographers rely on a great eye, time-tested technique and quality equipment, but also on their ability to optimize images after capture using Photoshop and other tools.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Power Cloning

Instead of wrestling with tools that only can do part of the job, try this technique to clone color while maintaining the all-important texture in your image

Photoshop provides many tools for cloning, the process of cleaning up small imperfections before printing. Dust on the sensor, contrails in the sky, twigs protruding into the frame or a cigarette butt in the scene are examples of things a photographer might choose to clone out. Several tools are provided in Photoshop to make easy work of these situations. The Rubber Stamp tool, the Patch tool, the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush are the usual choices.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Photoshop CS4 And The Nature Photographer

The gold standard in imaging software has been updated. OP takes you through the new features most useful to nature photographers.

Many photographers anticipate the arrival of a new version of Photoshop. Should I upgrade or not? Photoshop CS4 offers outstanding tools, naturally, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for everyone.

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