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Think Locally


Think Locally

I've been reading Outdoor Photographer long before I ever entertained the dream of being a landscape photographer.

Moments Of Wow!


Moments Of Wow!

There's a moment, before technique, before judgment, before even thought, when something turns my head.

Spring Sensation


Spring Sensation

My roots in photography go back to my university days in Holland. My roots in photography go back to my...

Better Photography Is A Journey, Not A Destination


Better Photography Is A Journey, Not A Destination

This column is dedicated to all of you who have asked me where you can access the information you need to improve your outdoor photography.

The Promise Of Stabilization


The Promise Of Stabilization

Image-stabilized lenses and cameras let you capture sharp, handheld photos at lower shutter speeds than ever before, while supersensitive sensors let some DSLRs shoot in the dark.

Experimenting With Perspective


Experimenting With Perspective

Tilt-shift shooting is different than the typical approach to imagery. ...

Geotagging


Geotagging

You don't need a camera with a built-in GPS to geotag your images although such devices make it simpler since they do it automatically as you shoot.

Fine-Art Camera Phone Photography


Fine-Art Camera Phone Photography

With the advent of new highly capable cameras in various smartphones combined with very cogent apps, we're now able to create images and optimize them almost exactly as we would in Photoshop.

Quick Tips For Using A Polarizer


Quick Tips For Using A Polarizer

The one accessory you’re likely to find in any professional nature photographer’s camera bag is a polarizer. The one accessory you’re likely to...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Morning Light


Morning Light

Isn’t it funny how ideas get started? When my kids started back to school last August, I gave myself the assignment to develop a new portfolio theme.

Also labeled: Column, On Landscape

Reactive Or Proactive?


Reactive Or Proactive?

Only one letter separates the words "take" and "make," but their meanings are worlds apart. Only one letter separates the words...

Also labeled: Column, Photo Traveler

Fade In


Fade In

To lengthen the exposures, I used a Fader filter and a polarizer on my 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens. All the photographs from the shoot were unsharp!

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Stoking The Flame


Stoking The Flame

If you would have told me three years ago when I was living in Park City, Utah, that I’d be creating HDR images, running my own gallery, living in Scottsdale, Arizona, and loving my DSLR, I would have told you that you were crazy.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Boost Your AF Performance


Boost Your AF Performance

Today’s DSLRs are amazingly quick in their AF performance and firing rates, but you can make them even quicker by setting them appropriately. ...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Sweep Panorama


Sweep Panorama

The Fuji 617G was a favorite camera for a relatively small group of photographers who wanted to make panorama images with maximum possible quality.

Also labeled: Solutions

10 Tips For Brilliant Landscapes


10 Tips For Brilliant Landscapes

“Chase the light.” For years, landscape photographers have lived by this motto. It’s not really a technique—it’s a philosophy, a way of life, an existential state of being.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Haleakala Sunrise


Haleakala Sunrise

The migration from far, far below begins in predawn light. Hundreds of people wind their way up from sea level in cars, buses and motorcycles.

Also labeled: Column, Natural Connections

Get Airborne


Get Airborne

I’m not a pilot, but I love flying. Any flying device that can send me into the sky for a bird’s-eye view, no matter how precarious, I’ll give a try.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Adventure

Convert A DSLR To Infrared


Convert A DSLR To Infrared

I’ve seen a lot of digital infrared landscapes lately. Some have different colors in the image that add an element of drama that I don’t see in pure black-and-white infrared.

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Find Your Focus


Find Your Focus

Have you ever stood on a high point, soaking in the view, exhilarated by the vast space in front of you?

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Get Low For Big Impact


Get Low For Big Impact

It was a stifling late August morning. I lay in wet mud on the South Flats of the East Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York. A thousand no-see-ums chewed on the exposed skin on the back of my hands.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Spring Safety


Spring Safety

Warm weather and sunshine are natural draws for outdoor photographers, and spring is a welcome change after a long cold winter. ...

The Art Of Small


The Art Of Small

Mastering the art of macro photography in nature takes time and patience, but knowing when, where and how will make the journey a lot easier. ...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Paper For Landscape Photography


Paper For Landscape Photography

During his career, Ansel Adams used a lot of different paper brands and types. During his career, Ansel Adams used a lot of different paper...

Supersized Panorama Stitching


Supersized Panorama Stitching

His work, above all, is meticulous and precise.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Embrace Change


Embrace Change

In 34 years of professional photography, I had only ever spent, oh, about three quarters of an hour shooting in a studio.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Traveler

Intimate Detail


Intimate Detail

I was at a party recently and was talking to someone who asked me what kind of photographs I take.

Also labeled: Column, On Landscape

Keeping Your Images On Track


Keeping Your Images On Track

I’m curious about whether using the AI Servo mode when you’re not tracking a moving subject would have a tendency to work against you.

Also labeled: Column, Techniques

Alpine Action


Alpine Action

It’s the middle of winter, and majestic mountain peaks are dressed head to toe in light, fluffy powder.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Be There! With GPS And TOPO Maps


Be There! With GPS And TOPO Maps

In our hectic day-to-day lives, we carve out the time to pursue our common passion: nature photography. In our hectic day-to-day lives, we...

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