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Second Helpings


Second Helpings

Here are a couple of compelling reasons why you may want to make one area your photographic specialty and how it can help you grow as a photographer.

Lose Weight, Gain Creativity


Lose Weight, Gain Creativity

For the last year or so, I've been hitting the road sans DSLR. ...

Oaxaca


Oaxaca

It's a tall order, and Oaxaca, Mexico fills it all, and then some. ...

Dr. Browning’s Birds


Dr. Browning’s Birds

For a lot of wildlife photographers, living full time in Africa would be the fulfillment of a dream.

Rainforest Rhapsody


Rainforest Rhapsody

For many nature and travel shooters, the boom in ecotourism has provided many new, exciting photo opportunities

Brace Yourself


Brace Yourself

Back in the days when I only shot stills, I was one cavalier dude when it came to using tripods and other bracing devices.

Think Globally, Shoot Locally


Think Globally,  Shoot Locally

Among the many benefits of mass tourism, there are a couple of lurking downsides.

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Exposure For HDSLR Video


Exposure For HDSLR Video

If there's one thing I haven't been sweating too much in the 11 or so years since I went from shooting slides to shooting digital, it's exposure.

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Elevating Your Game


Elevating Your Game

It's the kind of challenge I get more and more frequently in these tight economic times.

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Smooth Operator


Smooth Operator

When making the transition from stills to video, the conventional wisdom dictates that camera movement is bad.

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Set Up For Smooth Motion


Set Up For Smooth Motion

Of the great array of gear that I've used over the course of my career, there is no item about which I'm fussier than my tripod.

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10 Years After: Airport Security Survival Guide


10 Years After: Airport Security Survival Guide

Two weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I was in the security line at Newark Airport once again.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Safaris In The Digital Age


Safaris In The Digital Age

As artists and craftsmen, we’re, by definition, super-observant, seeking ways to document and interpret the environments and interactions that move us.

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In The Canyons


In The Canyons

Experimenting with different techniques and new technology can help to break into new realms.

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Slovenia


Slovenia

I found that, due to the extremely contrasty conditions, the “Portrait” Picture Control setting for my JPEGs in the D90, with its inherently lower-contrast algorithms, produced the best out of the camera files.

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Portraits, Wide And Fast


Portraits, Wide And Fast

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

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New Perspective On Iconic Subjects


New Perspective On Iconic Subjects

Travel photographers working in tourist destinations face a dilemma: the iconic view, skyline or structure of a place often is so well known and photographed that it’s almost impossible to come up with anything new.

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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. ...

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Once Is Not Enough


Once Is Not Enough

The pitfalls of modern mass tourism are nothing new. Way back in the ’60s, satirists were already beginning to decry the “been there, done that” mentality of the dedicated sightseer.

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The Tools For Travel


The Tools For Travel

It’s the time of year to leave some gentle hints for friends and family as to what toys a traveling photographer might want to receive during the holiday season.

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Sound Practices II


Sound Practices II

In this, the second installment of “Adventures in Multimedia,” I’ll discuss some basics about gathering and editing sound. Last issue, I covered choosing and using a digital sound recorder, whether it’s one of the dedicated units like the Olympus LS-10...

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