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December 2004


Gear

  • 2004 Holiday Book Guide


    OP's annual selection of books to inform and inspire every photographer



    With so many captivating photography books published every year, winter is an ideal time to catch up on some reading. Bring yourself up to speed on the latest in digital technology with Peter Burian’s new book. Find inspiration in Art Wolfe’s latest remarkable collection of photographs. Or learn about the surprising efforts of oil companies to protect the environment in Passions and Patience, or the fascinating social behavior of wolves in Wolves of the World.
  • Gadget Bag: Cleaning Accessories


    How to keep your camera and lenses clean for best performance



    Although many of us who shoot outdoors do so alone, we all have one constant companion—dirt. Ever present, it accumulates on our photo gear, degrading the quality of our images and interfering with the operation of our cameras. We’ll show you the trouble spots and the tools you need to fight back.

  • nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Filters


    Unlock your creativity with these powerful plug-ins



    Wouldn't it be nice not to have to rely on in-camera techniques to produce all of your creative photographs. Lately, I've been using the new nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 collection of 75 filters, which works with any plug-in-compatible photo application. When I'm shooting, I take pictures that I might not normally take because I know I can enhance them with a nik filter or filters.
  • Sigma 80-400mm OS Zoom


    Sigma enters the image-steadying realm with its affordable OS zoom



    One of the outstanding technological advancements for nature photographers has been the use of lens technology that reduces the effect of camera movement on image quality. Camera movement or "shake" during exposure is a leading cause of a lack of sharpness in photos. Now, Sigma has introduced its Optical Stabilizer, or OS, in a high-quality, APO-design, affordable telephoto zoom: the 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 EX. The lens is available in Canon, Sigma and Nikon mounts.

Locations

  • Vista Las Vegas


    America's City of Lights isn't known for its nature photography, but nearby areas make it worth considering for scenics and more



    Like many pros who must attend trade and professional meetings, I travel to Las Vegas a few times a year. While some people enjoy the city’s shows and nightlife, many nature photographers are like me and don’t find that particularly attractive. Yet I’ve learned to love Las Vegas for its outdoor photography.

Columns

  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico


    Comprised of 45,000 acres of badlands, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico is located about 35 miles south of Farmington. Geologically speaking, this wilderness is as remote an area as a photographer is likely to explore.
  • The Magic Of (Custom) White Balance


    Auto white balance is a useful tool, but can be limiting if it's the only white balance you use



    With the popularity of digital cameras exploding, many photographers now know about white balance, yet this isn’t new technology. It began with video cameras nearly 50 years ago, when color television became common.

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