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August 2006


How-To

  • Mastering The Wide-Angle


    Exploring with the wide end of the focal spectrum opens up a world of creative compositional possibilities



    My high-school chemistry teacher’s favorite phrase was "Everything is relative" and so it is with wide-angle lenses. A lens of a given focal length can be wide-angle, normal or even telephoto. It depends on the format of the camera on which you’re using it. The larger the film frame (or image sensor), the wider a given focal length’s angle of view.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Have A Ballhead!


    Prized for solid construction and ease of use, ballheads are the choice of professional landscape photographers the world over.


    There are as many ways to shoot a landscape photograph as there are landscape photographers. The very best of these images all have one thing in common, however: when the exposure was made, the camera was on a tripod. We just can’t overemphasize the simple fact that using a tripod results in better images. Okay, so you get that. But between the tripod and the camera, there’s a critical component that’s every bit as important as the tripod: the tripod head.
  • Nikon D2xs


    The new flagship D-SLR from Nikon adds a few twists to its professional workhorse


    The 12.4-megapixel D-SLR features the High-Speed Crop Mode of its predecessor, which delivers a resolution of 6.8 pixels, but the new D2xs viewfinder is now automatically masked. This eliminates the need to replace the camera‚’s focusing screen and allows the photographer to switch between modes on the fly.

Columns

  • Color Secrets


    Exploring with the wide end of the focal spectrum opens up a world of creative compositional possibilities



    Nature photography has a long tradition of use of strong color. Kodachrome, then Velvia, were chosen for their high-quality sharpness and tonality—and for their color. Both boosted natural colors, intensifying and typically warming them up.
  • San Luis Valley, Colorado


    Surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, Colorado’s San Luis Valley is the largest and highest inhabited alpine valley in the world. Though settled, it’s home to relatively few inhabitants; in fact,a mere 47,000 people live in the basin, a Rocky Mountain wonder tucked between the San Juan Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.

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