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Video Quick Tips


Video Quick Tips

Video is a wonderful visual medium that adds whole new dimensions of movement and sound to your photography. Video is a wonderful visual medium...

Earth In The Making


Earth In The Making

Volcanoes are exhilarating subjects to photograph, but challenging places to expose your gear—and yourself. ...

Try Something Completely Different


Try Something Completely Different

During a recent school break, my family and I enjoyed a vacation at the beach.

Copying Copyright


Copying Copyright

I had it on my computer as a JPEG image and was able to attach it to my photos as a layer in Photoshop. Where can I find it again? ...

The Real McCoy


The Real McCoy

As a young boy, I learned early about the excitement of an original piece of art. As a young boy, I learned early about the excitement of an...

Fast Fixes


Fast Fixes

When you work behind the counter in a camera store for 35 years like I have, you see and hear virtually everything. ...

Portraits, Wide And Fast


Portraits, Wide And Fast

As a travel photographer, the environmental portrait has always been one of my go-to techniques.

Pro Tips For Making Multimedia


Pro Tips For Making Multimedia

If there’s a single buzzword in the photo community that has emerged in the last year it would be multimedia.

Isolated Sharpness


Isolated Sharpness

When shooting close-up and macro images, you quickly discover that depth of field is narrow regardless of what you do. ...

White Balance


White Balance

White balance is an adjustment that accounts for the color temperature of the light in a scene.

Jungle On The Edge


Jungle On The Edge

Mention Borneo and many people think of wall-to-wall jungle, but actually, the world’s third-largest island has lost most of its original forests over the past few decades in a relentless cycle of clear-cutting and burning.

Also labeled: Column, World View

Diversify Your Macro Portfolio


Diversify Your Macro Portfolio

For the last four hours, my mind was occupied with the thoughts of my weeklong photography trip to Yosemite National Park. ...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Unknown Arch


Unknown Arch

It almost looks like two rocks kissing. Or an elephant trunk. I found this granite arch in the 1970s purely by accident.

Resolution Vs. Sharpness


Resolution Vs. Sharpness

The 18-megapixel APS-C sensor has the advantage of higher resolution if you photograph with quality optics.

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The Decisive Moment


The Decisive Moment

The concept of the decisive moment applies to most photographic endeavors. ...

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NANPA Summit 2010


NANPA Summit 2010

It was off to Reno, Nev., for the 2010 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Summit.

Also labeled: Solutions

Minimize To Maximize


Minimize To Maximize

Oh, if only Antoine had been a photographer. Traveling as a photographer and the word “light” generally aren’t spoken in the same sentence. ...

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Best Of The Year


Best Of The Year

Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adams’ workshops, I was fortunate to hear lectures by many master photographers.

Also labeled: Column, On Landscape

The Land Of Oz


The Land Of Oz

I’m writing this column at the start of yet another big adventure. I recently moved from my home of 25 years in the sparsely populated and arid Colorado Plateau in the American Southwest to a new home on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Adventure

The Future Of Nature Photography


The Future Of Nature Photography

We’ve just returned from the 16th Annual Summit of NANPA, the North American Nature Photography Association (

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Wacom Intuos4 Wireless


Wacom Intuos4 Wireless

For photo enhancements like burning and dodging, cloning and painting layer masks, you can’t beat the accuracy and efficiency of pressure-sensitive pen tablets from Wacom.

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Shoot The Moon


Shoot The Moon

I started “shooting the moon” in a quest for unique photos, and while I’m certainly happy with my results, I’ve discovered that the actual experience of moon and moonlight photography is just as rewarding as the images I bring home.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Read My Lips


Read My Lips

Hippos have a bad reputation. They’re often called the most dangerous animal in Africa and are said to be responsible for killing more people than any other wild creature.

Also labeled: Column, World View

Watch Out For Blowout


Watch Out For Blowout

In the days of film, exposure in bright areas was always a challenge, and we’d constantly try to outthink the meter by over- or underexposing our images.

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New Percentages


New Percentages

George Lepp recently returned from an expedition to Africa, where he was using the Canon EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV, and one of his traveling companions was using the Nikon D3 and D3S.

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The Unguarded Moment


The Unguarded Moment

It’s obvious at a glance that the cover of Steve McCurry’s new book, The Unguarded Moment (Phaidon), is a great photograph. ...

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The Digital Zone System


The Digital Zone System

When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a tool great for controlling their images—but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually....

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Film Vs. Digital


Film Vs. Digital

When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.

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Be Adventurous


Be Adventurous

The great American author Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

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Avian Abstracts


Avian Abstracts

Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” That’s what I tried to do with my series of avian abstracts—to make a series where form is translated into another form, where you as a viewer have to make up your own mind as to...

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