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January/February 2004


How-To

  • Matching The Monitor


    Get better results controlling the image on your monitor with these tips



    As you delve into digital image work on the computer, you’ll hear a lot about color management. To be honest, some of the information is valuable and some of it’s a bit obsessive. However, to get a good-looking image, no matter its end usage, you must calibrate your monitor. Adobe products include a simple calibration tool, but for the most accurate work, consider a monitor profiling tool such as the ColorVision Spyder. I mention it because it has came down in price to $149, making it the first unit of its type to be affordable for nearly anyone.
  • Water Through The Seasons


    A photographer reveals the world through its most precious resource



    Water and photography bear many similarities. While each adheres to specific rules and laws, both can be malleable, beautiful and unpredictable. Rather than being fixed and rigid, water and photography achieve their greatest power when the smallest change or gesture results in a moment of beauty. For photographer Richard Hamilton Smith, water is more than just a static element in his pictures. Instead, it’s part of his photographic palette of light, motion, texture and tones.
  • Expand Tonal Range Using A Single Image


    RAW files help to reveal greater shadow and highlight details



    From the beginning, photography has always involved an inherent frustration. Our eyes can see an incredible range, from details in the darkest shadows to rich colors in sunlit patches—film has never even come close to recording this range. Nail the highlights, and shadow areas often turn featureless black. Expose the deep shadow detail, and say goodbye to the lighter third of the image.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Pocket Digital Cameras


    These little marvels can help your outdoor work, and they're fun, too



    The miniature digital camera is usually promoted as the camera of choice for the amateur point-and-shoot crowd, but it has much to offer the dedicated landscape photographer as well. A miniature digital makes a wonderful tool for scouting locations and for breaking the ice with strangers in travel photography. Unlike a 35mm or digital SLR, and the medium-and large-format film cameras often used in landscape work, a miniature digital camera slips as easily into your pocket as into your gadget bag.

Locations

  • The Inside Passage


    Southeastern Alaska offers intrepid photographers unparalleled opportunities. An expert gives some insight on how to get the shots.



Columns

  • Au Natural


    Wool is making a comeback in high-tech outdoor garments, but it's not the wool that you remember from your youth



    If you’ve shopped for higher-end, outdoor-performance clothing lately, you’ve probably noticed wool garments are making a comeback. We’re not talking about the old scratchy wool clothing that could chaff you like a Brillo® pad, shrunk in all the wrong places and matted like a cheap throw rug in the hallway. After being groomed for the past couple decades on the merits of nylon shells, fleece and polypropylene base layers, outdoor enthusiasts have rediscovered wool—modern wool, that is. These newer natural fabrics have become civilized and rival exotic synthetic apparel for warmth, weather-shedding and breathability.
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas


    Enchanted Rock is an enormous, 640-acre pink granite dome located between Llano and Fredericksburg in the Hill Country of central Texas, about 90 miles north of San Antonio. It’s part of the Llano Uplift, a large region of granite bedrock that rises out of the surrounding limestone. Over the last several million years, erosion has exposed this 425-foot-high, billion-year-old dome and its smaller sister domes.

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