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B&W In Harsh Light


B&W In Harsh Light

As outdoor photographers, it doesn't take us long to find out that nature's lighting can be very fickle, differing greatly day to day and even over the course of a day, from that of the controlled lighting available in a studio setting.

Shooting The Monsoon


Shooting The Monsoon

It was the bolt atop the ridge directly in front of me that finally got my attention. It was the bolt atop the ridge directly in front of me...

Digital Mythbusting


Digital Mythbusting

Digital photography became popular at the same time that Internet access and usage exploded in growth.

Solutions: What’s In The Bag: Big Tele Shooting


Solutions: What’s In The Bag: Big Tele Shooting

When you're going into the field for a day of wildlife or sports-action photography, evaluate what to bring along.

Solutions: eLearning


Solutions: eLearning

There has been a flood of new options for photographers looking to take a class over the past few years.

The Underwater Landscape


The Underwater Landscape

Underwater photography may be the most specialized form of nature photography there is.

Chasing Rainbows


Chasing Rainbows

It was "rainbow weather"—a pattern where rainbows were likely. But where would a rainbow appear?

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Roadside Photo Ops


Roadside Photo Ops

In April, we reached out to the OP community on Facebook requesting submissions of images that actually were taken by the side of the road.

Also labeled: How-To

Minimalist Landscapes


Minimalist Landscapes

It's early morning; your camera gear is packed. With a cup of steaming coffee in your hand, you hike to the viewpoint you selected the previous evening.

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The Power Of Three


The Power Of Three

From the Greeks, who worshipped the amazing properties of triangles, to The Three Stooges, the number three has had a special relationship with human perception, art, music, science, religion and every other field.

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Get Into The Wet Zone


Get Into The Wet Zone

Our affinity for and connection to the sea has been deeply rooted in our art and culture for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In the United States alone, there are more than 95,000 miles of coastline, with approximately 39% of the U.S. population...

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Working The Landscape


Working The Landscape

Occasionally, strong images appear to suddenly jump into my camera, but that's not the norm.

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Eagle Eyes


Eagle Eyes

About a year ago, my friend and colleague Brent McGregor called to ask if I wanted to check out a bald eagle nest in a pine tree, below a canyon rim, that a pair had successfully used the year before. ...

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The High Concept Image


The High Concept Image

High-concept photographs go beyond mere literal representations of your subjects; instead, they seek to use light, composition, mood and color creatively.

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The Versatility Of A Telephoto


The Versatility Of A Telephoto

When I finally saw the camouflaged Eastern screech-owl in the dead tree, I used my 500mm ƒ/4 supertelephoto lens and 1.4x teleconverter to fill the viewfinder with the little raptor and captured a portrait image.

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Take Advantage Of Big Weather


Take Advantage Of Big Weather

Perhaps you thought last summer's weather was particularly wild, especially if you live along the Bow River in the town of Canmore, Alberta, at the gateway to Banff National Park.

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Beyond Ansel Adams


Beyond Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams' contribution to the art and craft of landscape photography is both far-ranging and deeply imbedded with us today.

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Sharpness The Deadly Dozen


Sharpness The Deadly Dozen

The pros get consistently sharp images. How do they do that, even when they're not using so-called pro lenses?

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Close-Up Wide-Angle


Close-Up Wide-Angle

Wide-angle zooms have always been popular with nature photographers.

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The Colors Of Snow


The Colors Of Snow

We always think of snow as being plain white, but the reality is that it's a malleable element that can take on any of several colors depending on the conditions in which you're shooting.

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Get Above It All


Get Above It All

During the entire history of photography, perspectives from above have been difficult, if not impossible, to capture without budgets large enough for the chartering of full-sized aircraft (helicopters and airplanes).

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Defeat Chromatic Aberration


Defeat Chromatic Aberration

We've all seen it—that glowing violet fringe that sometimes lurks like a dirty halo in out-of-focus areas and along high-contrast boundaries of dark objects photographed against a bright sky.

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Multitasking With Macro


Multitasking With Macro

In traditional terms, the focal-length range from 80mm to 135mm has been considered ideal for portraits.

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Action Filmmaking 101


Action Filmmaking 101

Creating a compelling short film is easy, with a little planning and a willingness to stop what you're doing and position the camera and the action properly.

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Gigapixel


Gigapixel

Digital photography is an amazing medium.

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Pro Fall Color Hot Spots


Pro Fall Color Hot Spots

To capture the best of autumn color, you have to be in the right place at the right time.

Also labeled: Hot Spots, How-To

The Many Looks From Telezooms


The Many Looks From Telezooms

I remember my first zoom lens, the Nikkor 80-200mm ƒ/2.8, as a gift from on high, a bulky chunk of metal and glass dropped down from another planet.

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10 Tips For Fall


10 Tips For Fall

Fall is the nature photographer's dream season.

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Extreme Close-Up


Extreme Close-Up

Looking for ways to get closer to your feathered, flying subjects? ...

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Keeping It Real With HDR


Keeping It Real With HDR

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked by students in my landscape photography workshops is, "How do I make my HDR photographs look more realistic?"

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