Tip Of The Week Mastered the art of the wide angle lens? Know how to get stunning close-ups of wildlife? Our quick tips for photographers offer up landscape and wildlife photo techniques that produce immediate results. Choose a subject and see how your images improve.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Dealing With Distractions There's something about a pure capture that's extremely gratifying Even a small distraction, whether in the foreground or background, can reduce a prize winning picture into a mediocre image.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Same Subject, Different Background The goal of a great image is to have your subject stand out from what’s behind it. Before I press the shutter, there are four conditions I evaluate. In no set order, I determine if the light is right, if the subject is compelling, if the composition has interest, and if the background complements the subject.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Reflections In Nature Still water provides the nature photographer with great opportunities to make gorgeous images Reflections can be found on many different surfaces. Glass buildings, mirrors, mylar, chrome bumpers, and puddles to name a few. All provide the opportunity to produce creative images.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Perform Local Control Use Adjustment Layers and their Masks to have more control Many digital files can be improved if an exposure adjustment is restricted to a specific area. A problem arises in that most software programs target global exposure adjustments.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Snow In The Landscape Snow provides great opportunities to capture majestic photographs I love to exploit the beauty of a freshly fallen snow. Blankets of white transform landscapes into pristine wonderlands with little clutter. The world takes on an entirely fresh look. Everywhere you look, there’s something different to shoot.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Double Process Your RAW Files Bring out your shadows and highlights by using two versions of the same image Many photographers double process RAW files to create images with detail in both the shadows and highlights where otherwise, a single capture would sacrifice one or the other.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Create Motion How can we successfully marry the concept of blur and motion? Depicting movement in a still image has challenged photographers since the advent of photography. After all, we're shooting "stills," not "motions."
Monday, January 16, 2012
Long Lens Landscapes Think out of the box and find something to make your photographs distinct "Minimum of 200mm - have I gone nuts? Everyone in their right mind knows to photograph landscapes with a wide angle lens!"
Monday, January 9, 2012
Use Contrast For Impact Take contrast beyond its traditional definition and intensify your images The word "contrast" refers to the range of tones from the brightest highlight to the darkest shadow. With black-and-white, it relates to the range of gray shades from pure white to rich black.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Wide-Angle Distortion Distort your view to create fun and unique photographs Wide-angle lenses are wonderful tools that allow a photographer to take in large areas in tight quarters. Their angle of view exceeds sixty-five degrees and can go as wide as one hundred eighty.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Tips For Cold-Weather Photography Things to remember when you decide to shoot outdoors in the cold There are many advantages to shooting in cold weather. During the winter, the sun remains low in the sky, which provides a more favorable angle of light.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Basic Indoor Lighting Four indispensable tips for taking your best indoor photos I love the great outdoors—the smell of a pine forest, the wind on my face, the chill of a frosty morning, and the feel of an impending storm all get my adrenaline pumping.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Balance the Family Vacation and Photography How to juggle prime photo time with the family's vacation chaos As readers of Outdoor Photographer, I’m sure many of you struggle with how to balance your photography while spending time with the family during the one big vacation you get a year.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Work Your Subject How to use multiple variables to improve your shots There are many strategies that can be applied to change an image and the list goes on. When used in tandem, a plethora of variables can be applied.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Combine Two Or More If The Action Doesn’t Unfold How to use Photoshop to create an illustrative wildlife image, by combining two or more files into a single photo. Wildlife photography is a challenge. It requires lots of patience, dedication, trips to the animals, and time.
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