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July 2007


How-To

  • 10 Quick Tips For Better Close-Ups


    If you're not doing close-up work, why not? Here are your opportunities to explore new worlds without leaving home.



    Close-up and macro photography truly bring you in contact with new worlds. We don’t easily or normally see the details of life around us, and this is especially true of non-nature photographers. I remember the first time I got a close-up photo. It was of a syrphid fly on a daisy. I was a kid and had made a close-up lens from a magnifier and attached it to my dad’s Argus C3. That camera was no SLR, so I had to make a focus-and-frame stick to aid in those areas. The fly was in focus (though not really sharp), and it was exciting to see it in my print.
  • 10 Tips For The Wildlife In Your Life


    Expert techniques make for exciting, dynamic photographs


    Wildlife photography is a doorway into a world of exotic animals and outdoor adventure, but it takes some effort to get there. When you learn the technical skills of photography—not only the capabilities of your equipment but also the photographic elements of composition and lighting—you’ll be on the way to capturing the best wildlife shots that you can. And while you may not be embarking on a life of jet-setting photography just yet, here are some guidelines and pointers that will help you on your way.
  • 10 Tips For Visionary Landscapes


    There's a random element in any landscape. Learning to bring some order to that chaos will enable you to make your best photos.



    As human beings, we’re all surrounded by the same visual information. So what is it that makes a great photograph stand out from the crowd? Visionary photographers have the unique ability to decode the visual information that surrounds us. They identify graphics, colors, patterns and textures that they translate into the two-dimensional world of photography. Somehow, they can build compositions that communicate with us in a nonverbal manner. So how can you decode that random landscape to make better photographs of your own?
  • Today's Technology In Inkjet Printing


    Improved (and more) inks, better papers and the latest printer technology mean inkjet prints that look better—and last longer—than conventional photos



    Quality inkjet printers let you make professional-caliber color and black-and-white prints at home. And today, you can get printers that produce bigger, longer-lasting and far better looking prints—color and black-and-white—a lot faster than ever before. This delightful situation is the result of improvements in technology—print controllers, print heads, printer drivers, inks and papers, and ink-placing algorithms.

Gear

  • Epson Stylus Photo 1400


    Big, beautiful, cost-effective prints, up to 13x19 inches



    For several years now, I’ve printed most of my images with the Epson Stylus Photo 2200, and it has been very good to me. When I had an opportunity to use the large-format Epson Stylus Photo 1400, I found it delivered colorful, archival-quality prints, with the added bonus of direct printing on CDs and DVDs—all at a list price of $399. Remarkable.
  • Gadget Bag: The State Of Memory Cards


    Storing images in your digital camera has never been faster or cheaper. We‚’ll take you through the current selection of cards and options.



    Digital memory cards just keep getting better and cheaper. Digital SLRs, camcorders and other multimegapixel cameras require memory cards that deliver very large storage capacity and high performance in terms of read and write speed. Noncamera applications and other digital devices—cell phones and PDAs in particular—require storage media that’s very small and thin. The memory-card industry has met and exceeded all of these requirements. Meanwhile, fierce competition among card makers for market share has kept retail prices surprisingly low.
  • In Focus: July 2007


    The 7.2-megapixel compact Samsung L74 Wide has a 3.6x optical zoom starting at a 35mm equivalent of 28mm. A three-inch touch-screen LCD makes navigating through the menu system easy and intuitive, while the World Tour Guide function (with travel information covering 4500 regions in 30 countries) helps you plan trips and navigate on the road. At just 4x2.4x0.8 inches and six ounces, the camera is a great size for hiking around within the backcountry.
  • State-Of-The-Art Labs


    Creative high-tech imaging for your photographs



    As good as our home photo printers are, they have limitations. With the advances in printing technology, state-of-the-art imaging labs can print photographs on virtually anything now—and affordably—even if you want only small quantities. The quality is top-notch, and the turnaround time is remarkably fast in most cases.

Locations

  • Travels To The Edge


    Art Wolfe takes to HD television to visually show off the beauty and wonder of our planet



    What’s the next best thing to being on the road with an internationally acclaimed photographer? Perhaps traveling along with him or her to exotic locations via the magic of high-definition television. For years, Seattle-based photographer Art Wolfe has shared his eye and knowledge with others through workshops and books. Now he’s reaching out to a larger audience through a new television series,Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.

Columns

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon


    The Painted Hills Unit is just one of three units that make up the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This unit alone contains more than 3,000 acres of unmatched beauty, unique even to Oregon. The monument gets its name from the John Day River, the longest undammed river that flows into the Columbia. The three units together combine for a total of 14,000 acres. At John Day Fossil Beds, paleontologists have been able to find fossil remains of animals and plants dating back 40 million years. The Painted Hills Unit is located about 50 miles from Prineville, Oregon. From Prineville, travel east on US 26/Ochoco Highway for about 44 miles. Turn left onto Burnt Ranch Road for about 1.5 miles. Burnt Ranch Road becomes Bridge Creek Road. You‚’ll travel about five miles on Bridge Creek Road. Use caution when driving this gravel road and be sure to gas up and get any supplies you might need in Prineville.
  • Lenses For Panoramics


    Perspective Control In Panoramics • Tripod Shopping • Megapixel Printing • Is What You See, What You Get?



    I’m interested in trying panorama landscapes. In a class I recently took, the instructor said that the only way to get a good panoramic landscape is to use a PC (perspective control) lens. It’s a lot of money! Is there another way?
    Participant at Photoshop World
    Boston, Massachusetts


  • New Tech Learning


    Seeking inspiration, and a dash of knowledge



    As a photographer interested in the creative process, I try to keep my eyes and mind open to diverse sources of inspiration. Most of these sources are visual in the form of books and browsing the web. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts,and am finding that they’re an exciting source of both information and ideas.
  • Quiet Action Photos


    And now for the rest of the story...



    Some of the most difficult action photos to shoot are the quiet moments surrounding the peak action. The quiet action photo, if done right, can capture the essence of the activity in one big shot. Instead of a tight composition on the breaking action, the quiet shot is most often a wider shot. The photo frame brings in elements and activities outside or around the center of the action.
  • Scouting Report: Tanzania


    Getting the most from a safari demands careful planning given today‚’s baggage restrictions



    A photo safari to East Africa is surely one of life’s high points for any wildlife photography enthusiast, and a prime destination for many is the country of Tanzania. Located south of Kenya and including large parts of the Serengeti and the entire Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania never fails to deliver quality game viewing and photography. The fact that it’s politically stable and environmentally conscious makes it all the more appealing.
  • The Thin Ice Of Global Climate Change


    Polar Bears International fights to save our ambassadors of the Arctic



    In the past twenty years that I’ve been regularly traveling to the Arctic, I’ve learned to appreciate and respect the land, the people and the animals who live there. There’s no other place in the world with the open spaces and the bounty of life—says Norbert Rosing, member of Polar Bears International’s Photography Advisory Council.
  • Tilt Toward Macro


    Tilt-shift lenses provide faster shutter speeds and wider apertures for close-up photography



    Whether they call it macro, close-up or micro, many photographers are attracted to intimate photography. The opportunity to observe natural subjects and to photograph them, at life-size or larger, is a magical experience. Close-up subjects can appear unfamiliar and otherworldly, flowers can become abstractions, and insects can take on enormous proportions.

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