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August 2009


  • The Big Trip

    See how National Geographic photographer and Outdoor Photographer columnist Frans Lanting gears up for an expedition. You probably won’t ever need as much equipment with you, but there’s a lot to learn from his approach.

    What gear to pack? What to leave at home? If you don’t have it, you can’t use it, balanced with the fact that too much equipment can slow you down and you miss the opportunity to put yourself in a position to get the shot in the first place.
  • Get 4x5 Quality With A DSLR

    Using a stitch-together method, you can get a large-format look from your regular digital camera

    For almost 20 years as a professional photographer, I’ve shot with large- and medium-format film cameras. Then, five years ago, I purchased my first digital camera, a Canon EOS-1Ds, and gave up film altogether.
  • Get Into The Stock Market

    With more Outdoor Photographer readers looking to sell images in the face of an increasingly fragmented marketplace, there are some tremendous opportunities opening up

    The last 10 years have been chaotic for independent photographers, as the old ways of doing business have withered before our eyes.
  • Making Your Best B&W

    Conversions in the computer have become easier, allowing you to get better results than ever before

    Today, the choice to make a color or a black-and-white image is far different from the era of film. With film, the decision would be made when you loaded your film.
  • The Zone System Revisited

    Ansel Adams’ system for previsualizing and controlling the tones in a photograph are every bit as relevant today as they were when he first came up with them in the middle of the 20th century

    Ansel Adams is credited with developing the Zone System in the 1940s. In the ensuing time, photography has undergone a series of monumental changes, but even today when digital dominates the photography landscape, the Zone System remains relevant, particularly if you’re going to be making black-and-white photographs.


  • Filters For B&W Photography

    On-camera filters still give you the best results when shooting black-and-white

    Every photographer who shoots black-and-white (digital or film) should own at least six filters for their SLR.
  • HD D-SLRs For Nature Photographers

    For outdoor photographers, the latest high-tech cameras offer the ability to capture images and tell a story in incredible new ways

    In fall 2008, Nikon announced the D90, the first D-SLR with HD video capability. A few weeks later, Canon announced the EOS 5D Mark II, the first “pro” D-SLR with video capability.
  • In Focus: August 2009

    Head out on your next photo journey with one of Sony’s smaller and lighter Alpha D-SLRs. The A230, A330 and A380 are more compact versions of their respective A200, A300 and A350 predecessors.


  • Cannon Beach, Oregon

    Known for its idyllic settings, Cannon Beach, Ore., is a photographer’s paradise. Located along the northern Oregon coast, this charming town is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains.
  • Postmodern

    The legendary black-and-white imagery of Richard Garrod navigates a fine line between art and nature

    For more than five decades, photographer Richard Garrod has been producing a strikingly unique fine-art approach to landscape and nature photography.
  • The Faces Of Peru

    More than just the iconic Machu Picchu, Peru is a wealth of landscape, wildlife and cultural photographic opportunities

    I’m perched precariously on a ledge looking over stone ruins 30 feet below when the winds and the rains suddenly let up, sun shafts penetrating the clearing clouds, and somebody gives me a strong shove from behind.


  • Create Artistic Blurs In-Camera

    Tips for achieving a painterly effect with subtle camera movements

    Impressionistic photography has caught on. The process of blurring photographs with a camera is everywhere.
  • The Perfect Solar Storm

    Chasing The Aurora • The Full-Frame Advantage • The Silent Click • Please, Release Me

    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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