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Chasing The Aurora Borealis


Chasing The Aurora Borealis

They're back! After five years of relative quiet, the Northern Lights—the Aurora Borealis—have been on fire lately.

Auto HDR, Quicker, Faster And Better?


Auto HDR, Quicker, Faster And Better?

In the last few years, high dynamic range (HDR) photography has become incredibly popular, propelled in part by the capabilities of both digital cameras and HDR-enabled imaging programs.

The Colors Of Snow


The Colors Of Snow

What setting would you recommend to shoot in Antarctica? ...

Solutions: Contour+


Solutions: Contour+

We've been great fans of small HD video action camcorders since we started experimenting with lipstick-style units that had to be tethered to a separate and bulky apparatus.

Close-Up Wide-Angle


Close-Up Wide-Angle

The conventional wisdom was that you shouldn't use a wide-angle lens up close because it would distort the subject or make it unflattering.

Solutions: Rolling Shutter


Solutions: Rolling Shutter

We recently received an email from a contributor who had taken a photograph out of the window of a small airplane.

Workshop Diary


Workshop Diary

The opportunity to study with a master photographer in the field, to see what he or she is seeing, and to travel with someone with a knowledge of the best locations and the ideal times to photograph them, are all great reasons for taking an...

Wilderness Reflections


Wilderness Reflections

California's Sierra Nevada has drawn people ever since word first got out about its breathtaking beauty. In the 1860s, Alfred Bierstadt enshrined these mountains as an iconic American place with his monumental paintings.

The Dark Secret Of Digital Photography


The Dark Secret Of Digital Photography

Digital photography vastly expands our opportunities for better pictures. We can now shoot in lower light with higher quality results, instantly see our images as we capture them and easily process those images for the best results.

RAW vs. JPEG


RAW vs. JPEG

Is there still a reason to discuss RAW versus JPEG?

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Land And Sky


Land And Sky

When the beauty of nature and chaos collided, it created the prairie.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Choose The Best Workshop


Choose The Best Workshop

A workshop can be a great way to improve your skills and knowledge about photography. A workshop can be a great way to improve your skills and...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Making Time-Lapse


Making Time-Lapse

A movie is just a series of stills. It’s really that simple. While time-lapse is simple in concept, the range of gear and workflow options is vast

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Our Favorite Photo Tools


Our Favorite Photo Tools

If you read this column regularly, you know I love tech "tools." Sometimes my wife Kathy calls them "toys," but maybe she's just kidding.

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

The Beauty Seeker


The Beauty Seeker

What are you willing to die for? Because you are doing that right now." Those 14 words on Twitter shook me to my core.

Also labeled: Basic Jones, Column

Solutions: How To Shoot Star Trails


Solutions: How To Shoot Star Trails

We’ve seen a number of outstanding star trail images in the OP Assignments galleries, contest entries and other direct submissions to the magazine.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Classic Fall Color


Classic Fall Color

Traveling locally can have its advantages, as you can revisit the area if you aren’t satisfied with the results.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

It's About Sharp


It's About Sharp

Autofocus is one of the two most revolutionary features to appear in SLR cameras in the past quarter-century (the other being digital media replacing film).

Also labeled: Camera Technique

The Ultimate Photo Sketch Pad


The Ultimate Photo Sketch Pad

Is the iPhone to be feared or embraced? Is it a threat or a complement to my DSLR? Is it a toy or the continuation of a photographic revolution?

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Macro Magic


Macro Magic

When I bought my first camera in 1974, it came with a set of extension tubes for macro photography.

Also labeled: Column, On Landscape

Down The HDR Rabbit Hole


Down The HDR Rabbit Hole

Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I came late to the tea party.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Traveler

Luck Favors The Prepared


Luck Favors The Prepared

We've just returned from a three-week digital photo safari in Botswana and Zambia with a wonderful group of advanced nature photographers.

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Control Your Perspective


Control Your Perspective

For photographers looking to get view-camera lens movements in a DSLR, there were just a few options.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

The Perfect Exposure


The Perfect Exposure

An exposure meter measures the amount of light that strikes it and, based on this data and the ISO you've programmed into it, provides you with a series of shutter-speed/ƒ-stop combinations that will produce proper exposure for the metered subject or...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

10 Tips For The Grand Canyon


10 Tips For The Grand Canyon

Postcard racks are filled with pretty pictures of iconic landscapes. ...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Transmit Image Files


Transmit Image Files

Occasionally, a solution comes along that's the perfect fix for a problem I thought I'd always just have to deal with.

Advanced Cloning


Advanced Cloning

Each year, the number of visitors to our national parks grows, looking to see and photograph their favorite icons. ...

Also labeled: Software How-To

The Timeless Moment Of Ice Light


The Timeless Moment Of Ice Light

Here, half a world away, I'm working away at one of my favorite notions: the timeless moment, and how to preserve it photographically.

Also labeled: Column, Natural Connections

Packrafting


Packrafting

When adventurer and packraft legend Roman Dial asked if I wanted to join him and his son Cody on a packraft descent of Tasmania's iconic Franklin River, I said to count me in.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Adventure

The Technical Side Of B&W


The Technical Side Of B&W

When I want the final results from my DSLR to be black-and-white, should I set the camera to shoot in black-and-white or continue to shoot in color (RGB) and convert later?

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

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