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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, 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.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Extend The Canvas To Create A Better Composition

Here's a tip for improving your shot when the composition of your photo isn't quite right

If I wind up with a crop that's too tight or if I need to provide a bit of ‘breathing room’ for a subject, I sometimes extend the canvas so the composition feels better.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sky-scapes

Helpful hints to bring your sky-scapes to the next level

Sky photography conjures thoughts of vividly colored clouds and electric hues. Ever changing conditions provide great windows of opportunity as cloud colors intensify.

Monday, August 13, 2012

So You Want To Be A Nature Photographer

What it really means to be a professional nature photographer

I've heard it said that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. As photography has been a long time profession in addition to being a passion, to some extent, the above holds true.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Inclement Weather Photography

Bad weather can make for good photography, but there are things you should know before braving the elements

The sound of the alarm signals the coming of a new day. As its annoyance persists, the simultaneous pitter patter of raindrops paints a frown on your face.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Long Lens Tips and Techniques

Get the most out of your long lens when shooting wildlife

A long lens is essential for photographing wildlife for a number of reasons. The most obvious is it allows the subject to appear larger in the picture. Unless you're creating an environmental portrait, bigger is usually better.

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.

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