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Digital Photography Tips For Landscape & Wildlife Photos

Mastered the art of the wide angle yet? Know how to add a spicy kick to those action shots? Browse articles filled with expert digital photography tips. These landscape and wildlife photo techniques will improve your photography in no time.

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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7 Deadly Compositional Sins

Forget about adhering to the rules of composition and instead focus on staying clear of the pitfalls of a particular scene or situation

Most of us have heard of the "rules" of composition, but how many of us have ever contemplated the "sins" of composition?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guiding Vision

Ansel Adams was guided by an overarching vision for all of his photography. We look at his approach and how you can apply it to your own work.

Adams developed an interest in and an appreciation for nature at a young age while growing up in San Francisco in the early 1900s.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sharp & Rich

As a digital photographer, you can learn a lot from Ansel Adams. Choose the right gear and emulate the attention to detail that Adams devoted to his craft to get your best possible landscape photos.

Ansel Adams and Group f/64 were synonymous with image quality, sharpness and detail.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shooting In Snow & Ice

Instead of letting your cameras hibernate, get out and take advantage of the best of winter

The key to exposing snow (and bright ice) is to expose your scene so the snow is bright, not gray.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Solutions: Just Win, Baby!

How to put your best shots forward for a contest

The popularity of photo contests exploded with the rise of the Internet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Landscape Astro Photography

Tips, techniques and gear for exploring the exciting world of creating starry sky scenic photos

The Milky Way is so bright that it reflects in the ocean, and the way it shoots up into the sky lines up with the small cove in front of you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Harness High Contrast

Michael Frye takes us through the steps of getting the most out of a high-contrast landscape

High-contrast scenes always have been difficult to process, but Adobe made this task considerably easier with the Process Version tools in Lightroom 4 and 5.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Have Camera, Have Lens, Will Travel

How professional photographer Don Mammoser spent 21 months straight traveling the world with just one lens

I've always been a believer that what matters most in life is to see, experience and appreciate as much of our amazing world as possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

National Park Artist Residencies

Chuck Kimmerle advocates for living and working in the national parks through artist-in-residency programs

Nearly 150 years ago, visual artists played an instrumental part in the creation of the American National Park system, using their work to advocate for the protection of these majestic wild places.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Create Your Own Luck

When you’re heading on a photo expedition, your preparation is directly proportional to the amount of luck you’ll have

One of my most important photographic mentors, Galen Rowell, grew accustomed to being told how lucky he was to capture the stunning natural events that he photographed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blurring The Line

Depart from the confined realm of the literal and create abstract motion-blur images that convey the feel of autumn color

Soon after acquiring my first SLR, I befriended a group of local artists and spoke with them about the way they responded to visual experience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lighting Nature

Use a little flash, an LED or even a flashlight to add dimension and interest to a nature photograph

Flash is a powerful tool. It can soften the look of harsh lighting or it can simulate the sun on a cloudy day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shooting From Above

In this installment of our occasional series on aerial drone photography, Jon Cornforth discusses taking larger and more sophisticated cameras into the air with larger and more sophisticated drones

In the last year, the popularity of flying a small remote-controlled drone that's capable of lifting a GoPro camera has literally taken off.

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