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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, 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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Capturing Waterfalls

Waterfall photos can present unique challenges to photographers

Capturing great waterfall shots is not as difficult as it may seem.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Photographing Small Subjects in Mid Day Sunlight

To create a successful image in mid day sun, you need to compress the contrast range in the scene.

Bright mid day sun is very contrasty which makes it difficult to obtain a good picture.  Highlights are very bright and shadows are very dark.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Side Light For Scenics

Give your scenic images stronger highlights and shadows

The direction of light is very important in determining the success of an image. Whether the subject is lit by flash, room light, or illuminated by the sun, if the angle is wrong, the photo will fall short.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tips For Sharper Images

Refine your picture making methods and techniques to take sharper images

Let’s face it, we spend a lot of money on equipment. We purchase sharp lenses and we want our pictures to impart their maximum capabilities.

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