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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, 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.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Got Water?

Have you ever considered water to be a great photographic resource?

Without water, life as we know it wouldn’t exist. Humans are dependent upon it, plants must have it, aquatic life needs it.

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.

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