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April 2012


  • Digital Quick tips

    OP Contributing Editor Jon Cornforth shares simple, but powerful steps to get your shots into top shape

    Every new digital photographer struggles with how to process images.
  • Lighting For Wildlife

    Think about the way you illuminate your subjects to tell their story

    The light is just blazing away as we head down the highway.


  • Fujifilm X-Pro1

    A new compact, interchangeable-lens camera that takes a page from professional rangefinder film cameras

    Fujifilm's X100 became an instant hit upon its release in 2011, thanks to a 12.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a high-quality fixed 23mm ƒ/2 lens and a beautiful industrial design.
  • Gadget Bag: Ballheads Deconstructed

    See how this staple of nature photography works, plus how to choose the right one for you

    Most outdoor photographers use ballheads because they're ideal for landscape photography.
  • In Focus: April 2012

    When experimenting with high dynamic range, there's a fine line between creating an image that has more oomph and one that looks like a cartoon.
  • Nikon D800

    Is this 36-megapixel, full-frame DSLR a medium-format killer?

    When Nikon announced its new flagship D4 pro DSLR a few months ago, some were startled that it had "only" 16.1 megapixels.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Recalling the wildly popular OM-1 35mm camera, Olympus introduces a high-performance, retro-look mirrorless camera

    Olympus' first mirrorless camera, the PEN E-P1, evoked the popular Olympus PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s.
  • Wide-Angle Zooms

    The ins and outs of a landscape photographer’s most used lens

    Wide-angle lenses are essential landscape photography tools for their ability to take in epic vistas and allow you to move in close to emphasize a foreground object while still showing enough of its surroundings to give a feel for the location.


  • A River Odyssey

    In Seasons of the Steelhead, Drew Stoecklein’s photographs take us on a visual journey that captures the essence of being on the river

    When he was approached about doing a book on fishing for steelhead in the Northwest, Drew Stoecklein had never photographed such a large-scale project, and he knew little about fishing.
  • Safari!

    Preparing for and demystifying African safaris for American photographers

    When it comes to exotic photographic destinations, most Americans have one place in mind: Africa. The cradle of man is a wildlife and landscape photographer's paradise.
  • Science On Ice

    A photographer chronicles scientific expeditions in the polar regions

    Sleeping on the Greenland Ice Sheet, waddling with penguins in Antarctica and cruising aboard an icebreaker in the Bering Sea are typical days in the life of photographer Chris Linder.
  • Solitude Is Bliss

    Kurt Budliger creates peaceful landscapes in the uncharted territory around his New England home

    Kurt Budliger appreciates the great American tradition of Western landscape photography.
  • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

    Located west of Alamogordo, N.M., White Sands National Monument is the world's largest gypsum dune field, a surreal high-desert landscape created by the erosion of water-soluble gypsum deposits in the nearby San Andreas Mountains over thousands of years.


  • Find Your Inspiration

    Pull yourself out of the regular day-to-day grind to ignite your creative side

    With inspiration comes excitement accompanied by a drive to produce photographs that fulfill your creativity and enrich your audience.
  • Magic Light Anytime

    Make use of portable flash for shots that stand out

    I think one of the most underutilized pieces of camera gear available to outdoor photographers is the portable flash.
  • Max Depth Of Field

    Stacking Ghosts • Film Scanners And The Year Of The Lion • Choosing B&W Print Media

    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.

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