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April 2014


How-To

  • Eagle Eyes


    George Lepp shows how to use extra-long focal lengths to empower natural history photography


    About a year ago, my friend and colleague Brent McGregor called to ask if I wanted to check out a bald eagle nest in a pine tree, below a canyon rim, that a pair had successfully used the year before.
  • The High Concept Image


    Pro tips to help you take your photos to a higher level


    High-concept photographs go beyond mere literal representations of your subjects; instead, they seek to use light, composition, mood and color creatively.
  • The Versatility Of A Telephoto


    Whether photographing wildlife or landscapes, long lenses are great tools for more than just zooming


    When I finally saw the camouflaged Eastern screech-owl in the dead tree, I used my 500mm ƒ/4 supertelephoto lens and 1.4x teleconverter to fill the viewfinder with the little raptor and captured a portrait image.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Window Mounts


    Discounted as being for lazy photographers, a car window mount is an excellent tool for a variety of subjects from wildlife to scenics



    In the camera support family, window mounts have been the stepchildren.
  • Get Above It All, Part II


    This is the second in a series of articles on aerial imaging using drones. In this issue, we look at gimbals, FPV and aerial imaging techniques.


    In the article about aerial imaging using drones in the December 2013 issue of OP, we discussed how to take your first pictures in the air using GoPro cameras and entry-level quadcopters like the DJI Phantom.
  • In Focus: April 2014



    Introduced by the manufacturer as the "Olympus for all," the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 includes the power and quality of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 in an affordable interchangeable-lens system.
  • Solutions: Lens Alignment


    When using longer telephotos, be sure your camera and lenses are adjusted properly for each other



    Most photographers take it for granted that their lenses and their cameras are in perfect alignment with one another, and that they'll perform with complete accuracy.
  • Super Telephoto Zooms


    We decipher the technobabble behind these nature photography mainstays



    A long lens can "bring the subject to you," producing a larger image in the image frame and making long lenses particularly popular with wildlife and bird photographers.

Locations

  • Assignments: April 2014


    The Best Of The Assignments Submissions From outdoorphotographer.com



    During the height of winter, as much of North America wrestled with biting cold, heavy snow, and in the case of the Southwest, sunny days in the 80s.
  • Photography Icons Of The NPS


    Our quick guide to some of the best U.S. national parks for shooting



    In this brief guide to the best national parks for photography in the United States, we aim to give you a glimpse into some of this country's greatest treasures.
  • The Rookery At Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Texas


    We follow wildlife from Haines in Alaska, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and Lake Martin in Louisiana, to the Venice Rookery and Alligator Farm in Florida, but The Rookery at Smith Oaks Sanctuary is best for us.

Columns

  • Dr. Browning’s Birds


    A passion for saving lives



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


    Images In Bloom • Pictures By Number • Going Long And Light • Cloudy With A Chance Of Storage


    Focus-stacking is a technique that expands depth of field in an image.
  • Telephoto Landscapes


    Use your longer lenses for new perspectives on your scenics



    Some of my favorite portfolio images have been taken with my telephoto lenses.

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