HDR For The Landscape
Take advantage of High Dynamic Range software to photograph the landscape in a more visual way
Landscape photographers have been challenged by the range of tones in real life compared to what they can capture with the camera. This was true when Ansel Adams was shooting black-and-white large-format images 60 years ago, and it’s true today for digital photographers. Sunlight and shade can be too much for even the best of sensors.
Print Like Ansel Adams
Tips and techniques from one of the experts at Nash Editions will help you make your best black-and-white prints ever
As the digital march continues onward, there’s one thing that will never change: the pure aesthetic quality of elegant black-and-white imagery. My position at Nash Editions has exposed me to a wide variety of photographic art, and with that variety comes a plethora of problems. Much of my Photoshop skills are a direct result of problem solving.
Short workshops and seminars offer fresh ideas and a new handle on techniques, plus help photographers overcome roadblocks to success—all in a brief period of time
Weekend workshops and seminars present an opportunity for outdoor photographers to absorb and learn new skills and techniques over an intense few days. From lectures on mastering the digital print to shooting with pros in the field, there are ample opportunities to do what we love and learn something new.
Where In The World?
Geotagging puts a new spin on how to track photos
Keeping track of where you photographed that last spectacular sunset or a deer roaming a mountain landscape is a challenging task. This is where GPS technology is an outdoor photographer’s best friend. While popular spots like Delicate Arch or Half Dome are well documented, when you’re venturing deeper into the wild, having a tool to mark exact locations, times and dates of when the shutter was pressed comes in handy, especially later when you’re downloading and cataloging images.
D-SLRs For The Landscape
Choose the best camera for your landscape photography
Large-format landscape artist Ansel Adams once described his 35mm camera as “an extension of the eye as used freely in the hand.” And the late Galen Rowell, a world-class mountaineer and landscape photographer, did most of his amazing work with 35mm SLRs, again for the freedom they provided.
Essential Landscape Accessories
Filters, tripods and other extras will help you find and capture the perfect landscape
Packing the right photo equipment is just as important as finding the right place at the right time. With landscape photography, that isn’t always easy to do. When planning a photo expedition, whether it’s a day hike or an extended road trip, consider these essentials the next time you head out.
Gadget Bag: Hold It Right There
It’s a matter of precision. If the ability to point your camera exactly where you want and securely hold it in the same position is important to you, you need a ballhead.
The ballhead is beloved by landscape photographers for its infinite adjustability and ease of use, combined with the ability to align the camera with precision. In its simplest incarnation, a ballhead is a housing with a sphere trapped inside. A connecting screw attaches a camera tangentially to the sphere, and both rotate together around a single point.
In Focus: August 2008
Take sharp handheld shots with the Tamron AF28-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens. The compact, high-power zoom gives you a four-stop shutter speed advantage by incorporating a highly accurate gyro sensor that detects hand shake.
Nik Software Silver EFX Pro
Quick, easy and complete control over your black-and-white conversions
There’s a whole school of photographers who do black-and-white and enjoy precisely controlling every aspect of the photographic process (think Ansel Adams and his aficionados). Those photographers will love Nik Software’s new Silver Efex Pro plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture 2.1 because it makes it easy to exercise precise control over the image-perfecting process.
A New Look At The Landscape
Reimagining the traditional landscape image
The Outdoor Photographer 2008 Landscape Annual features the work of three artists who each takes a somewhat different look at landscape photography. Rodney Lough, Shane McDermott and Sean Bagshaw are all widely recognized photographers who have made their mark by taking steps away from the more staid, traditional landscape scene. Their work differs in both look and approach. While Lough shoots with an 8x10 view camera, both McDermott and Bagshaw are digital shooters, and it’s interesting to note that McDermott has never been a film shooter.
From News To Nature
A landscape great turns his eye on the Grand Canyon
First, Jack Dykinga won the Pulitzer Prize, and then he found his calling. As a young photographer in the 1960s and ’70s, he used the gritty streets of Chicago as his background to photograph the news. Trading skyscrapers for the wide-open desert, Dykinga has become one of the most respected landscape photographers working today.
National Parks Northern Style
Canada has some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes and thousands of square miles of protected vistas
Even before Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon were established as national parks, their marvelous landscapes attracted photographers with an undiminished magnetism. When I began my photography career back in 1980, I soon realized that my home in the mountains of northern Utah provided me with an ideal location.
Devils Garden, Utah
In 1996, 1.7 million acres of southern Utah between Zion National Park and Capitol Reef National Park were designated as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a sprawling area encompassing some of the most spectacular landscape in Utah.
Digital Landscape Tips
Before Leaving Home • On The Road • Get The Shot Without Getting Shot • Overcome The Conditions • Tripods • Filters & Digital
For this year’s OP Landscape Annual, I’m offering you the tips and techniques I teach and use in the field on a regular basis, updated for digital photography. Get ready to photograph those fall colors and winter scenes now!
In Praise Of Pea Soup
When you feel the cool dampness of fog starting to roll in, pull out your camera and get ready for a rare opportunity
Any landscape photographer who prays and waits for conditions that lower contrast, decrease saturation, obscure sharpness and ruin resolution might be considered to be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, a real madman. Yet, when that condition is fog, there’s a definite method to that madness.
Think about shooting for composites and you can create landscapes of the mind
Shooting and compositing multiple exposures can provide you with unique and creative images. Many camera bodies have settings that prevent the shutter from advancing, allowing an infinite number of exposures to be made on the same frame. For most of us, however, Photoshop will be the ideal tool for making composite images.
New options make it possible for you to make your own photo book
Many photographers dream of seeing their art published in book form. The process of making images, editing them into a cohesive theme that tightly focuses on your special interests and viewpoints, and then realizing it all in book form is an exciting process. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several books published. Now that many of them are out of print, I’m looking for ways to make new books.
How you use your LCD can get you better photographs
Digital cameras can help you take better landscape photographs. If I had said that even just a few years ago, OP would have received lots of letters. People would have challenged that statement, defending film, and basically telling me I was crazy. I may be crazy at times, but not because of this idea.
What Moves You
Finding your own photo style is a journey, not a destination
To what can we look to inspire our photographic style, and what are the benefits of knowing our photographic style? As photographers, we fly, drive or hike into the world’s farthest corners to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes or a constant whirl of exotic people and events.
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