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January/February 2005


How-To

  • Keeping The "Phun" In Photography


    Use a digital workflow that works for you



    One of the reasons I’ve been photographing since I was a kid is because it’s fun. I’m guessing that’s why you enjoy the medium, too, and why you read a photo magazine. Digital photography, especially, has reinvigorated the craft, restoring the fun I had when I first started taking pictures. Anyone who has known me for a while knows that when I’m excited about something, I like to share it with everyone. With that in mind, I’d like to help you use the new technology for digital photography without the fear of doing it right or wrong, but just to have fun with the process. You really can’t screw it up. If you take a poor picture, you can see it immediately in the LCD. No harm done; just delete the shot and try again. Not sure how to use a histogram? Try some different exposures of the same scene and compare the histograms and see what happens. Photography is a visual medium; the LCD makes digital technology visual, too.

  • Self-Publishing Success Story


    A husband-and-wife team takes their photography to the best-seller‚’s list



    Professional wildlife photographers Carl Sams and Jean Stoick were in their home studio editing images for their coffee-table book on white-tailed deer. Of the thousands of photographs this husband-and-wife team had accumulated over a decade of shooting together, they could select only 140 for the book. One image that wasn’t making the cut suddenly sparked an idea. Stoick was eyeing a photograph of a white-tailed deer interacting with a snowman.
  • The Best Of The Best!


    Think beyond local camera club contests and consider some of the premier nature photography competitions in the world



Gear

  • Canon EOS 20D


    A new digital SLR offers strong sensor performance



    The megapixel wars have most people thinking that sensor size is everything. In our experience at OP and PCPhoto magazines,we’ve learned that while sensor size is important, other elements go into a quality image, especially if sizable enlargements are desired from the file.
  • Gadget Bag: Light In The Field


    Flash units and accessories can make a difference in your outdoor photography



    Electronic flash helps provide a photographer greater control over the lighting of a subject. It can supply just the right amount of fill light to illuminate the foreground of a landscape, and it can bring out the details and color of a flower photographed with a macro lens. Regardless of the subject, a flash provides the ability to control and shape light to suit your vision of the scene. Whether it’s a dedicated TTL flash, ring light or wireless slave, these small portable "suns" that we stuff in our camera bags can make a world of difference.
  • Tamron SP AF200-500mm Di LD (IF)


    Enjoy super-telephoto focal lengths at an affordable price



    The Tamron SP AF200-500mm ƒ/5.6-6.3 Di LD (IF) lens is the kind of optic that excites many of us, especially if we’re shooting digitally. That’s because a focal length range that typically has been fairly costly to add to a camera bag becomes incredibly affordable with this lens. It’s also a boon when used with a digital SLR, where the magnification factor boosts the apparent focal length to 760mm.

Columns

  • Turnagain Arm, Alaska


    Alaska. Just the mention of the word conjures visions of boundless wilderness, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife. Just down the road from Anchorage lies one of Alaska’s most accessible photographic gems—Turnagain Arm.

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