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July 2010


How-To

  • Fast Fixes


    In his decades running a premier photo retailer in Southern California, Mark Comon has been a counselor, an advisor and chief troubleshooter for customers. He shares two of the most common problems he has heard and the fixes that take care of them.


    When you work behind the counter in a camera store for 35 years like I have, you see and hear virtually everything.
  • Isolated Sharpness


    Tips and techniques for using shallow depth of field to add impact to your macro shots


    When shooting close-up and macro images, you quickly discover that depth of field is narrow regardless of what you do.
  • Pro Tips For Making Multimedia


    HD video in DSLRs is a hot topic, and more nature photographers see the potential for creating a new way to display and share images. OP went to a seasoned pro for the secrets to a first-rate production.


    If there’s a single buzzword in the photo community that has emerged in the last year it would be multimedia.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: High Dynamic Range Software


    Use digital technology to make your photographs more like human vision



    High Dynamic Range—even the words sound exciting. Dynamic range describes the breadth of differences in luminance between the darkest (pure black) and lightest (absolute white) areas in an image.
  • In Focus: July 2010


    Adobe Photoshop CS5 is loaded with new features for improving images. One of the standout tools is Content-Aware Fill, which removes any detail or object, examines the surroundings and seamlessly fills in the space left behind.
  • One Lens To Shoot Anything


    Big-range zooms (10x and more) aren’t just for travel anymore. With good sharpness and contrast across their focal lengths, today’s models are some of the most advanced optics on the market and they’re designed for digital.



    Outdoor photographers have long sought the “do-it-all” lens, a single unit that could handle everything from wide-angle to telephoto and close-ups.
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5


    A new entry in the small, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens category has a large image sensor and HD video capability



    Sony alluded to an exciting new camera at the annual PMA show in February of this year, and with the new Alpha NEX-5 the company has delivered on the promise of a compact, interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C-sized image sensor.
  • The Certainty Of Sharpness


    How to test your lens’ sharpness in the digital era


    On a recent photo safari, a colleague asked me to review the images he had captured with his brand-new, top-of-the-line DSLR and matching high-end lens.

Locations

  • Atacama Adventure


    This rare and fragile region is one of the driest—and most beautiful—places on Earth


    There’s a desert in South America that’s said to be the driest place on Earth.
  • Most Wanted


    Going beyond the usual suspects, wildlife photographer Kevin Schafer is working to tell the stories of animals no one knows


    With bushy white fur, a long white tail and haunting eyes, the silky sifakas are known in their native Madagascar as “ghosts of the forest” for their elusiveness.
  • Wilderness Warrior


    Joseph Rossbach breaks from the crowded overlooks and usual vantage points to capture original and compelling landscapes


    For nature photographer Joe Rossbach, photographing the familiar in a familiar way is never good enough. It has to be different for him.

Columns

  • Alice Lake, Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho


    Aptly named for its jagged peaks, the Sawtooth Mountain range is a photographer’s delight.
  • How To Go Wide


    Pointers For Panoramas • The Dark Side Of Wildlife Photography • Presentation Preparation • Filter Essentials



    Okay, I admit you have me hooked on composite panoramas, and I’ve been working on perfecting my capture and processing techniques. But two problems keep coming up.
  • Portraits, Wide And Fast


    A new lens’ distinct look and capabilities make one think differently about travel portraits



    As a travel photographer, the environmental portrait has always been one of my go-to techniques.
  • The Real McCoy


    Working with HP, a company called ARTtrust is enabling digital photographers to authenticate original fine-art photography



    As a young boy, I learned early about the excitement of an original piece of art.

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