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Online Learning Comes Of Age


Online Learning Comes Of Age

The old-fashioned correspondence course has grown up, and in the digital age, it has become a viable and truly enjoyable way to learn how to take better pictures.

It's In The Details


It's In The Details

As you get physically closer and closer to your subject, you’ll find increasingly interesting possibilities for your images. The world looks different up close. You may find that your original subject is no longer the most compelling thing in front of...

Antarctica


Antarctica

I recently attended a fund-raising event held by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. It’s working, among other things, to preserve Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition base, which is suffering from recent climate change.

Do I Need Permission?


Do I Need Permission?

In the August 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer, you discussed the difference between commercial and editorial uses of images and the need for releases. Please expand on the definition of editorial uses. Would I need a signed permission from the...

Going On A Photo Road Trip


Going On A Photo Road Trip

Getting off the beaten path can inspire your photography with new subjects, unexplored environments and pictorial challenges. ...

Up Close And Wide!


Up Close And Wide!

Apparently, a fisheye lens is how a fish actually sees the world from its bowl. ...

Monarchs In Motion


Monarchs In Motion

In the mountains of central Mexico, monarch butterflies gather each winter in one of the most dazzling displays of mass movement in the animal world. Many millions of them migrate there from across North America to escape the cold before traveling...

Defringing


Defringing

Few things are more frustrating to a photographer than edge fringes or halos that appear in Photoshop after a selected or extracted object has been placed onto a new background.

The Rembrandt Solution


The Rembrandt Solution

Landscape photographers face a fundamental challenge: how to compress the broad range of light intensities typically found in the real world into the much narrower range of tones that can be reproduced in a print.

Get 4x5 Quality With A DSLR


Get 4x5 Quality With A DSLR

For almost 20 years as a professional photographer, I’ve shot with large- and medium-format film cameras. Then, five years ago, I purchased my first digital camera, a Canon EOS-1Ds, and gave up film altogether.

The Zone System Revisited


The Zone System Revisited

Ansel Adams is credited with developing the Zone System in the 1940s. In the ensuing time, photography has undergone a series of monumental changes, but even today when digital dominates the photography landscape, the Zone System remains relevant,...

HD D-SLRs For Nature Photographers


HD D-SLRs For Nature Photographers

In fall 2008, Nikon announced the D90, the first D-SLR with HD video capability. A few weeks later, Canon announced the EOS 5D Mark II, the first “pro” D-SLR with video capability.

Also labeled: Cameras, D-SLRs

The Perfect Solar Storm


The Perfect Solar Storm

I saw your photograph of the looping aurora borealis as one of the wallpapers within Microsoft Vista OS. Where did you take that photograph, and what’s the best time of year to try to capture the aurora?

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Set Up Your Camera For Best Field Use


Set Up Your Camera For Best Field Use

Have you set up your camera to make it work optimally for you? Have you changed the camera from its default settings? Most photographers make the RAW or JPEG (or both) choice, but since they’re used to film cameras, many don’t realize that there are...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Capturing Wildlife With An Infrared Trigger


Capturing Wildlife With An Infrared Trigger

In the neotropics, nocturnal bats fill many of the niches occupied by birds by day. But where birds use their superb sense of sight, bats exploit their specialized sense of hearing to find prey. They produce high-frequency clicking sounds and listen...

Also labeled: Column, World View

Create The Old Masters Look With Modern Gear


Create The Old Masters Look With  Modern  Gear

The literal trailblazers of nature photography—Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eliot Porter, Carleton Watkins, Edward Muybridge and others—carried heavy and sensitive equipment through miles of unpaved wilderness in order to bring back photographs of the...

Also labeled: Techniques

Primal Perception


Primal Perception

The way we see color today is shaped by events from 35 million years ago, when some nocturnal primates shifted to a diurnal lifestyle, and began to seek out leaves and fruits by day instead of insects and other prey by night.

Also labeled: Column, World View

Local Knowledge


Local Knowledge

I’ve said it before, and I’m here to say it again. Get to know a landscape! Get to know your landscape, a favorite location where you can return often in all kinds of light and weather and season. Hopefully, this will be a place nearby where, by loo...

Also labeled: Column, On Landscape

The Lowdown On Zooms


The Lowdown On Zooms

My son has a digital point-and-shoot camera with an 18x zoom, but when you zoom to the extreme end, the viewfinder displays a message that it’s a digital zoom, and the resulting quality isn’t very good. Is it also true that zoom lenses on D-SLRs don’t...

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Web Optimization Part II


Web Optimization Part II

In the January/February issue, we addressed the concepts of examining your target audience and choosing the appropriate file size and image size for the intended display. Here, we’ll look at the important steps of applying sharpness and applying...

Also labeled: Sharing & Websites

Be A Photography Rebel


Be A  Photography Rebel

In the age of inexpensive, high-quality digital cameras, suddenly everyone is a photographer. The digital revolution has unleashed a horde of shooters, all vying to become the next Ansel Adams. As a result, it gets tougher and tougher to stand out...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Adventure, Kiwi Style


Adventure, Kiwi Style

As I write this, I’ve relocated and have been living for less than a week in my new home base on the South Island of New Zealand. The coastal town of Dunedin will be base camp for the next six months. From my experience, New Zealand could very well be...

Also labeled: Column, Photo Adventure

Lights, Locomotive, Action!


Lights, Locomotive, Action!

One of my favorite things to do in between trips is to find photographic projects that are close to home. If I don’t have to lug my stuff through airports, on and off airplanes and in and out of taxis, I have that much more energy to make pictures. ...

Also labeled: Column, Photo Traveler

Just A Little Background Information


Just A Little Background Information

I want to take wildflower images with the background thrown completely out of focus. The problem is that my telephoto lens (75-300mm) is an ƒ/5.6 lens, and I fear that it won’t do an acceptable job of making the background nothing more than color. Do I...

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Geotagging


Geotagging

Like many photographers, I take a lot of photos and struggle with the organizational aspects of my imaging workflow. While I do my best to tag images when importing them to my PC, I typically rely on the date and my memory to find the photos I’m l...

Southwestern Safaris


Southwestern Safaris

So a wildlife photo safari to Africa or the Pantanal isn’t in your budget. Don’t put away your camera! Several ranches with spectacular wildlife diversity and facilities for photographers await in the Texas Hill Country, the Rio Grande Valley and the...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Legacy: Think Like Ansel Adams Today


Legacy: Think Like Ansel Adams Today

The legacy of Ansel Adams is a driving creative force that motivates every outdoor photographer. Through his treks to Yosemite Valley and other American landscapes, Adams almost single-handedly created modern nature photography. We know many readers...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away


Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

Q I’m using a Nikon Coolscan V to digitize some of my film images into versions I can display or market online. I choose good, technically correct slides to convert. Typically, E-6 images (Velvia, Ektachrome VS, Ektachrome G...

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Shoot More, Process Less


Shoot More, Process Less

In this age of digital cameras, super-computers and image-editing software that requires a PhD to master, it’s all too easy to spend hours under the soft glow of a computer screen endlessly fine-tuning your images. I call it the “postproduction suc...

Be The King In The Rookery


Be The King In The Rookery

Walking past the very alive and very smelly alligators I can hear what sounds like a million voices all talking in the distance. As I round the corner in the predawn light, I can make out, at first, some dark shapes. Walking further, it appears as if...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

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