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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.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Hyper Focal Setting For More Depth of Field

Use this technique to create depth in your images, while maintaining the sharpness of your foreground to background elements

Depth in a photograph is conveyed by a spatial relationship between foreground, midground and background elements whereas those nearest the lens are emphasized while the rest of the composition recedes into the distance.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Shutter Speed Importance

How to use the right shutter speed to make every shot count

Many a potential great shot has found its way into the trash due to the use of an incorrect shutter speed. Shutter speed times are measured in fractions of a second.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Create Intentional Blurs

Intentional blurs have a number of uses and require some essential photographic ingredients

Freezing a dramatic moment in time results in a photo with impact. Many award winning sports images come to mind.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Be Persistent

The art of persistence will help you capture decisive moments and scenes of unparalleled drama

To consistently produce great photographs, there are many concepts that need to be learned. I consider reading the light to be the most important.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Travel Photography Tips

Six tips to make the most of your vacation photography opportunities

Planning a photo trip is always enjoyable. The anticipation of what awaits is a good motivator to make sure a complete and thorough job gets done.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Depth Of Field Basics

Learn to use depth of field wisely and guide your viewer's focus to a particular aspect of your photo

When it comes down to it, depth of field is synonymous with range of focus. It only seems natural that a photographer would want to produce a picture with a wide range of focus, but this is not always the case.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Backlit Landscapes

Judicious use of backlighting can add a great dramatic flair to your landscape photos

Backlight can impart many different looks to a landscape. It can emphasize a strong silhouette, it can rim light a subject with a strong outer glow, it can enhance the look of fog or mist.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Use the Radial Zoom Filter to Imply Movement

Five Steps to creating eye-catching movement in Photoshop

I use the radial zoom filter found in Photoshop for two purposes: to imply movement and to focus the viewer’s eye on a specific part of a photo.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Uncliché The Cliché

Change-up your technique to capture unique photographs of iconic locations

As a leader of photo tours to many classic natural destinations in the United States, it's my obligation to bring participants to the photographic icons of each location.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Textures—Rule Breakers And Rule Followers

How to capture more texture in your images using light and direction

Textures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be soft like the feathers of a bird, fragile as peeling paint, delicate as ripples of sand, patterned like a plowed farm field and more.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pieces of The Whole

Focus on the smaller aspects of a larger subject to take unique, and sometimes better, photos.

The whole is the sum of its parts. If a single addend is eliminated, it prevents a proper total from being obtained.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Flower Close-Ups

Great flower photos can be made any time of the day. These tips will help when light is at a minimum.

Flower photography can mean different things to different photographers. Whether it's a sprawling field of orange poppies, a pattern in a field of tulips...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Environmental Wildlife Portraits

Good environmental wildlife portraits are a blend of two subjects - the animal and the landscape

My first encounter with the definition of a portrait came from personal experiences via school photos: a portrait is a chest to head shot of a person smiling at the camera.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Work The Scenic

Getting the most out of a photo opportunity means learning to fully work the shoot

Scenic photography can be very rewarding. To return home from a photo trip with a number of winners is a feel good.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Small Shift = Big Difference

Backgrounds have impact, and a small shift in camera position can equal a big difference in the success of the photograph

For those who are regular readers of the Outdoor Photographer Photo Tip Of The Week, you know I'm a big proponent of a clean background.

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