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Max Depth Of Field


Max Depth Of Field

I've tried macro image-stacking software repeatedly, but have had terrible luck with it. When I change focus points, the image size changes slightly.

Landscapes Are Alive!


Landscapes Are Alive!

But the mood changed immediately when he realized I focus on landscapes. "Landscapes are dead," he said. "They don't move."

Make Your Panos Match Up


Make Your Panos Match Up

I'm having trouble getting my wide-angle panoramas to stitch together. Wide-Angle Panoramas

The Colors Of Snow


The Colors Of Snow

What setting would you recommend to shoot in Antarctica? ...

Speed Up To Slow Down


Speed Up To Slow Down

Are these photographers using special cameras and software, or can I do this with my DSLR's HD video?

Our Favorite Photo Tools


Our Favorite Photo Tools

If you read this column regularly, you know I love tech "tools." Sometimes my wife Kathy calls them "toys," but maybe she's just kidding.

Luck Favors The Prepared


Luck Favors The Prepared

We've just returned from a three-week digital photo safari in Botswana and Zambia with a wonderful group of advanced nature photographers.

The Technical Side Of B&W


The Technical Side Of B&W

When I want the final results from my DSLR to be black-and-white, should I set the camera to shoot in black-and-white or continue to shoot in color (RGB) and convert later?

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.

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!

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.

Buyer Beware?


Buyer Beware?

I’ve started to look for a photo stock agency to promote and sell my work, and I have grave concerns about how one in particular operates.

Keep Your Powder Dry


Keep Your Powder Dry

Some of the newer professional DSLRs and lenses are very well sealed, and you can work safely with them in damp conditions short of a downpour.

Make Your Best Black-And-White


Make Your Best Black-And-White

Many articles in OP suggest software programs to try for converting color images to black-and-white and discuss how to fine-tune the converted images.

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Autumn In Alaska


Autumn In Alaska

I spent the last week of August deep in the heart of Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve as the visiting specialist for Camp Denali’s photographic Special Emphasis program.

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Enigmatic Autofocus


Enigmatic Autofocus

Autofocus is a cooperative function of the camera and the lens. ...

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Photo Apps For Everyone


Photo Apps For Everyone

I keep hearing about photo apps for the iPhone, but I’m planning to get an Android-based smartphone.

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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? ...

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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 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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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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Trying Infrared


Trying Infrared

What are the advantages, if any, of having a digital camera converted solely to infrared capture versus using the B+W 093 IR filter on my DSLR?

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Tame Your Dynamic Range


Tame Your Dynamic Range

A neutral-density filter is used to darken an image to allow increased exposure time.

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Beware Of The Sun?


Beware Of The Sun?

I recently “went digital” with a Nikon D90. While exploring the user’s manual, I was surprised to read a warning to keep the sun well out of the frame when shooting backlit subjects.

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Shooting Under Paradise


Shooting Under Paradise

During a recent foray to Hawai’i to give seminars and workshops for the Canon Explorers of Light, I knew I’d be doing some snorkeling. (Hey! Somebody has to do this job!) I’ve previously used PowerShot compact digital cameras with underwater housings....

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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...

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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?

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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...

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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...

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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...

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