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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.

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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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