Beauty & The Beast
Tame the large files produced by a high-resolution digital SLR
They’re beautiful—one look and I’m captivated. I stare and find myself absorbed by every detail. If this isn’t love, it’ll do. As a card-carrying photo geek, I admit that looking at digital files produced by the new 12- and 16-megapixel SLRs leads to a rush that normally means a trip to the confessional. Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but not by much.
20 Years Of Photo Innovation
Take a look back at two decades of trends and technologies that changed photography
Little did we know that, like a boulder at the edge of a cliff, photography was poised for an unprecedented period of technological innovation when Outdoor Photographer debuted in 1985. Digital technology was the final push that sent us reeling over the precipice and set in motion a rush of advancements and new products that continues at a breakneck pace even up to today.
Gadget Bag: PowerHungry
Today's batteries help satisfy our insatiable
I’m power-hungry, although not in the way you might think. If your photo backpack is loaded up anything like mine, you have a lot of gear that requires batteries. Cameras, flashes, a light meter, a GPS receiver and a laptop computer make me more effective when I’m out shooting, but each piece of equipment requires power—lots of it. So when it comes to choosing the right battery to power all of those electronic gadgets, it’s important to understand our choices, especially when they impact our ability to create photographs.
Tamron SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
High-quality optics give you a sharp view of tiny subjects
I love to work with macro lenses because they focus close enough to give me a window into another world. With a macro lens, common spiders become giant predators, and a grasshopper is a creature from outer space.
Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX
A wide-angle zoom with a fixed aperture delivers digitally
The Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX lens provides photographers shooting with digital SLRs a high-performing and affordable 12-24mm wide-angle zoom. With a constant maximum aperture of ƒ/4 throughout its entire zoom range, this lens becomes a valuable addition to any landscape or travel photographer’s camera bag.
Color Space Wars
Successful use of digital photography sometimes means challenging the conventional wisdom
I heard a new Hollywood movie is coming from George Lucas, The Color Space Wars. It will be filled with drama, innuendo and a lot of fighting about ultimate right and wrong—something in which all nature photog-raphers will be interested. Or not. Maybe there’s no war after all and Adobe RGB (1998) has won. Color space is an important concept for digital photography, but discussion about it has taken a direction that’s distinctly not helpful for photographers. You'll deal with color space as you set your camera, if you process RAW files, and whenever you use Photoshop.
Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona
Over the broad Santa Cruz River Valley and bordered by mountain ranges to the north and west, Madera Canyon is a small, intimate chapel of textures, shapes and colors. An hour south of Tucson and east of Highway I-19, Madera Creek originates near 9,453-foot Mount Wrightson and winds through pine-oak forests and granite outcrops to the high desert far below. Part of Coronado National Forest, the canyon’s main attractions are hiking and bird-watching. The canyon is home to a host of colorful and unique species including the elegant trogon, whose breeding range is located here in Arizona’s "sky islands."
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