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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.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Stop Dreaded Camera Jitters

A steady support or image stabilization will help you capture sharper images

Even if you spend a fortune for the finest, sharpest lenses available, you still can find that your images are soft. Camera shake from shooting handheld usually is the cause.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Australian Light

Light is everything. Recognizing the gift and knowing how to react makes extraordinary pictures of ordinary subjects.

The quality of light on the continent of Australia is a real and worthy subject. The land mass is the size of the continental United States, but populated by only 20 million people, mostly settled in five main cities around the coast. That leaves vast areas of Australia without industry or pollution. The nearest continent is pristine Antarctica. The sunset image on the opening pages of this article is taken from a vantage point looking out on the Indian Ocean and the next land that the sun will touch is East Africa thousands of miles away. The result is a clarity of light that’s extraordinary, perhaps something that Americans experienced years ago.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Twilight Flash

Use a flash after sunset to add sparkle to your image

Twilight is a wonderful time for making pictures. With a solid tripod and a long exposure, you can compose outstanding images in the soft light. For even better results, consider adding a flash to the mix. A flash illuminates the silhouetted shapes and the dark areas that you’d get when shooting toward the sunset’s afterglow. With multiple flash bursts, you can light up a wider area or create pools of light to emphasize particular parts of your composition.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Mastering Light In The Landscape

Set your scenic photography apart by learning to use light for better photos

What makes one landscape image stand out from another? Is it location? We’ve all seen stale photographs from the most dramatic destinations, so location alone isn’t enough. Is it composition? A well-composed image is essential, but it can look artificial if the scene isn’t right.

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Tech Tips: George's Top Scenic Tips

From technique to equipment to preparation, these field-tested ideas will help you make better landscape photos

There are a number of tips on photographing landscapes that I’d like to share with you. Landscapes are all around us and are well worth traveling the world to find. Use your tools wisely and creatively, and others will want to share these places with you. You might even use these images to protect and save the places you love.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Soft And Beautiful Macro

Take a different approach to creating outstanding close-ups

Composing close-up photographs for the first time is like discovering a new world. By magnifying the fine details of nature’s most amazing creations, our eyes awaken to the splendor of the world around us. Yet it takes more than a macro lens or a close-up filter to create an exceptional close-up photograph. The "new world" of macrophotography requires a different way of seeing, especially when done through the camera. Here are some techniques I’ve discovered for creating some unusual and exciting close-up photographs.

Monday, March 1, 2004

Tame Lighting Extremes

Nature often serves us splendid scenes, but with light that won‚’t cooperate with our camera‚’s and film‚’s abilities. Here‚’s how to bring those conditions under control.

Let’s face it—the world isn’t built for the convenience of the photographer. We’ve all been to a location with a fine composition right in front of us, but the light makes the contrasts too extreme for us to capture it with the camera.

Monday, March 1, 2004

Perspective & The Nature Photographer

How To: Add perspective control to your photographic tool kit for straighter trees, upright buildings and towering cliffs

Do you ever wonder why some of the classic photos of stands of trees or tall cliffs look so majestic compared to the results most people get with their cameras? Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and other masters of the landscape often brought a different perspective to their images, and this perspective isn’t about their creative eye.

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