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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...

Working The Landscape


Working The Landscape

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

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. ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Take Control Of Backlight


Take Control Of Backlight

The stars faded as darkness gave way to soft twilight.

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HDR For B&W


HDR For B&W

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography can be an extremely useful technique for bringing out microtexture, enhancing the effect of light and shadow, and creatively influencing the overall tone of an image.

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The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White


The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White

Black-and-white photography has the potential to make any photographer better, even if you mainly shoot color.

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Creative White Balance


Creative White Balance

Most of us use automatic white balance, letting our cameras choose the proper color balance for our photographs.

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Moving Your Moving Pictures


Moving Your Moving Pictures

The incredible explosion in time-lapse projects and the proliferation of HD video DSLRs have created a new golden age of filmmaking.

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Straighten Up


Straighten Up

There are a few technical elements that immediately stick out between amateur and professional photographs.

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Create Visual Tension


Create Visual Tension

As outdoor photographers, we witness some of the most sublime feats of natural beauty, as well as some of the most delicate nuances often missed by others.

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Slot Canyon Photography


Slot Canyon Photography

Antelope, Little Wild Horse, Peekaboo, Secret.

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Wildlife Videography


Wildlife Videography

The light level was in the basement, and the wolves were very active.

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Pro Tips For Summer Hot Spots


Pro Tips For Summer Hot Spots

There's nothing like getting out in the summer when the weather is warm, the days are long and the landscapes are inviting.

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