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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...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

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...

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Sharp Is King


Sharp Is King

In the quest for high-quality digital capture in the uncontrolled setting of the outdoors, we’re always seeking ways to overcome ambient conditions that pose obstacles to our photographic vision.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Photoshop CS4 And The Nature Photographer


Photoshop CS4 And The Nature Photographer

Many photographers anticipate the arrival of a new version of Photoshop. Should I upgrade or not? Photoshop CS4 offers outstanding tools, naturally, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for everyone.

Also labeled: Software

Web Optimization, Part I


Web Optimization, Part I

Optimizing photographs for display on the web is as essential as ever. While many photographers focus attention on optimizing photographs for print, it’s important to recognize how powerful first impressions can be with web-based photographs.

Also labeled: Sharing & Websites

10 Tips For Better Autofocus


10 Tips For Better Autofocus

It’s easy to take autofocus for granted. I know, I do. This technology is amazing—your camera has to figure out what should be sharp in a scene, focus the lens and take the picture, all in a fraction of a second.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Holiday Book Guide


Holiday Book Guide

Lining the bookshelf with new large-format photography hardcovers this holiday season shouldn’t be too difficult.

Also labeled: Books

Photoshop Secrets Of The Pros


Photoshop Secrets Of The Pros

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to using Adobe Photoshop to improve the quality of your nature photography. Photoshop is, after all, the standard by which all other image-editing software programs are measured.

Digiscoping


Digiscoping

One of the biggest challenges photographing wildlife is having enough magnification. You want to fill the frame and utilize all of the resolution of your digital SLR, but for most of us that means having an extreme telephoto lens, which can be...

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Quality Of Light


Quality Of Light

Family and friends have to get used to a photographer’s definition of good shooting conditions. They’ll ask, “How’s the weather out?”, whereas a photographer will ask, “How’s the light?” One of the key components of any photograph—whether you’re working...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Keeping Your Camera Steady


Keeping Your Camera Steady

Anyone who has attended a George Lepp seminar knows that tripods are a favorite subject! And in the age of digital, where multiple composited images solve problems such as excessive contrast and limited depth of field, a tripod is a must.

The Mobile Photographer


The Mobile Photographer

I’m limited to movement in a walker or electric cart. I would like to start photography again. Is there a tool that could be clamped onto the walker or cart that would hold a camera out of the way while I move into position and then would permit the...

BetterPhoto For Better Photos


BetterPhoto For Better Photos

The Internet has made it easier than ever to find information on almost any subject, and photography is no exception. While reading up on how to use your camera or the basics of exposure, many people learn faster and better with feedback. But...

Also labeled: Software

Dust & Snow: Shooting In Extreme Conditions


Dust & Snow: Shooting In Extreme Conditions

The wind is howling—not sure of the speed exactly, but the weather report suggested gusts of 30 mph or more with a wind chill in the area of -50º F. Wind chill is an understatement when the ambient temperature is already -30º F. The word “chill” seems a...

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Multitasking


Multitasking

Shooting and compositing multiple exposures can provide you with unique and creative images. Many camera bodies have settings that prevent the shutter from advancing, allowing an infinite number of exposures to be made on the same frame. For most of...

Bird Photo Tips


Bird Photo Tips

Birds are fascinating critters, a fact that hits home more frequently the more I hang out with them. Photographing birds is a challenge, but a most enjoyable and rewarding one. Here are some keys to creating better bird photos.

ACDSee Pro 2


ACDSee Pro 2

ACDSee Pro 2 is the latest upgrade to ACD Systems’ popular workflow-management software. Besides making it easy to download, organize, archive and locate your images, ACDSee Pro 2 provides powerful editing and RAW-processing capabilities. One-click...

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Getting There And Back Again


Getting There And Back Again

As often happens when you’re hiking or traveling in new territory, you arrive at a location that’s ideal for photography. Unfortunately, the light isn’t right; it’s heavily overcast, making ...

Also labeled: Locations

Selling Prints For Profits


Selling Prints For Profits

At some point, photographers consider the possibility of making a living with their cameras. Some turn their passion into a lucrative business while others are enthusiastic about...

Twilight Flash


Twilight Flash

Twilight is a wonderful time for making pictures. With a solid tripod and a long exposure, you can compose outstanding images in the soft light. For even better results, consider adding a flash to the mix. A flash illuminates the silhouetted shapes...

Also labeled: Light and Motion

Software For Sharper Photos


Software For Sharper Photos

Image sharpness is important in landscape photos and wildlife close-ups, where fine detail makes or breaks the shot. And though we try to get our images as sharp as possible in-camera by focusing carefully and keeping the camera steady during...

Also labeled: Software, Filters & Plug-Ins

Where The Spot Meets The Pixel


 Where The Spot Meets The Pixel

Although you may hear the phrase "I’ll fix it in Photoshop" come from the lips of a digital photographer, correcting mistakes is more time-consuming than getting it right in-camera. This is no truer when it comes to exposure, where poor metering r...

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Selective Focus Made Easy


Selective Focus Made Easy

Photographers love accessories that help them create unique-looking images. With many photographers owning the same cameras and lenses, it’s exciting to find a product that provides us with the ability to create a distinctive photograph. The Lensbaby 2...

Also labeled: Gear, Lenses

Slides To Digital


Slides To Digital

Most longtime film photographers who want to convert slides and negatives into digital images do it by using a film scanner. Scanners offer high resolution (a 4000-dpi scanner turns a 35mm slide into a 21-megapixel digital image) and versatility...

The Thin Ice Of Global Climate Change


The Thin Ice Of Global Climate Change

In the past twenty years that I’ve been regularly traveling to the Arctic, I’ve learned to appreciate and respect the land, the people and the animals who live there. There’s no other place in the world with the open spaces and the bounty of life—says...

Also labeled: Environment

Get The Most From Your Batteries


Get The Most From Your Batteries

I’m the first to admit being a bit compulsive about batteries. I condition them, charge them, check them and clean their terminals when necessary. I even label them with the date they went into service. I attached a power strip to one end of a w...

Also labeled: Gear

A Photographer's Treasure Map


A Photographer's Treasure Map

We’re on Island Pass in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada, California. It’s evening. The tripod is locked, the camera is focused, and the 4x5 film holders are in hand. Conditions are perfect; it’s a photographer’s dream. The last of evening...

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