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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, November 26, 2012

Where Water Meets the Land

Where the water meets the land brings to mind picturesque beaches, sunsets over the sea, crashing surf, and other images synonymous with the ocean

But the literal take of these words should not restrict your thinking to these locales.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dodge and Burn on a Separate Layer

Take Complete Control Over Darkening and Lightening Targeted Sections of Your Image

Most photographs can be improved with global adjustments. But quite often, local darkening and lightening tweaks can make the photo better.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sponsored Tip: Digital Night Photography

In order to feel like night, your image must be dominated by dark tones. But how dark?

Monday, November 12, 2012


You may ask yourself why the title of the article has periods in between the letters of the word? The answer is simple.

I created I.M.P.A.C.T. to get you to remember good photographic technique so you can make images that have it. I = Isolate; M = Manual; P = Polarizer; A = Act; C = Color; T = Telephoto.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Simplify Your Images

One way to improve your images is to simplify them

Reduce the compositional elements to the basics so the viewer clearly knows the reason why the image was made.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Action Shots

The beauty of action is it can be captured in many ways

It can be graceful and show lots of fluidity when slow shutter speeds are used or it can arrest the motion when fast ones are utilized.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Foliage Photo Tips: Part 2

It’s autumn - gone are the mornings of hazy white skies.

Sunrise now greets us with a crisp blue and a chill in the air. The air is fresh and clean, a sense of change permeates the environment, and all living forms seem to sense the transformation that’s about to take place.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sponsored Tip: Creating A Personal Palette

A very simple way to think about color and tone is to orchestrate them as if they sat at either end of a see-saw: if you raise contrast, try lowering saturation, and vice-versa.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Foliage Photo Tips: Part 1

Autumn is my favorite time of year for both photography and life in general

The hazy days of summer give way to crisp fall mornings, the landscape is painted with a mosaic of warm toned leaves, the morning air has a fresh clean fragrance, and a rejuvenation of the environment takes place.

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Chess" Photography

This is not a primer on how to take pictures of pawns, castles, bishops, knights and rooks.

The second word in the title is the true focus, photography. So what's the "chess" connection you ask? The tie in between photography and chess is actually quite logical.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gifts From Nature

No matter how many times I revisit my favorite national parks or natural areas, they never fail to bring out the same reaction - WOW!

No matter how many times I revisit my favorite national parks or natural areas, they never fail to bring out the same reaction - WOW!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Get Motivated

Every photographer I know has experienced a period when he or she hits the wall and needs to create distance from the camera.

Call it a lull, rejuvenation period, or simply time off, it's necessary to maintain creativity.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sponsored Tip: Making Images That Endure

How can we make great images, photos that will still be looked at generations after they were made? A search for "greatest photographs" produces mostly historically significant images: war, disasters, records being broken.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Better Clone Stamping 101

The Clone Stamp tool is very powerful

The Clone Stamp tool is very powerful. Whether it’s used for image clean up, to add, or subtract elements, proper clone work is essential so the stamping is not obvious.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Show Some Behavior

Bad can be good when photographing in the wild

Good behavior is something toward which we should all aspire. It's often rewarded. As both a former teacher and current parent, I look to the positive and make a big deal about it when it happens.

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