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July 2012


  • Atmospherics

    The very air through which we shoot has a profound impact on the look and mood of an image. Position the camera in the same spot at the same time of day with identical focal-length settings, and you can get two entirely different photographs.

    Misty atmospherics are much less common than landscape shots taken on a clear day because most photographers refrain from venturing too far out into the fog.
  • Long Lens Tips And Techniques

    Big-glass guru Arthur Morris shows you how to use long telephotos to get your best up-close wildlife shots ever!

    My first long lens, purchased back in 1983, was the Canon 400mm ƒ/4.5 FD.
  • Shooting Blind

    How to shoot from a floating blind

    Blessed with nearly 10 million acres of wetlands and a major migration route along the Mississippi flyway, my home state of Minnesota attracts innumerable species of waterfowl and wading birds, especially during the fall and spring migrations.
  • Solutions: Lightroom 4 Tone Controls

    How the changes in Lr4 are important for nature photographers

    With Lightroom 4, Adobe has made the most significant change to its RAW image-processing engine since Adobe Camera Raw was first introduced in 2003.


  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera

    Beyond convergence cameras, a new motion-only model offers pro-level performance at a reasonable price

    At the 2012 NAB show, Blackmagic Design, an Australian company mostly associated with more behind-the-scenes pro video gear, unveiled a new motion-only camera capable of 2.5K resolution.
  • Gadget Bag: Time For A Tablet

    Incredible high-resolution screens, an ever-growing number of photography apps and an undeniable cool factor make a tablet a must-have accessory for every nature photographer

    The tablet has changed the way the world uses photos. The high-resolution backlit screens make your images look rich and luminous, and a bevy of apps give you all sorts of control over the photographs.
  • In Focus: July 2012

    With the Lightning Trigger from Stepping Stone Products in your camera bag this summer, you can capture those impromptu lightning storms from a safe distance.
  • Solutions: Storage On The Go

    Portable drives give you a lot of options for keeping your images safe while traveling

    Today's DSLRs and mirrorless digital cameras provide the outdoor photographer with lots of megapixels for detailed landscapes and the ability to crop into shots of distant wildlife.
  • The Big Glass

    Long-focal-length super-telephotos are obviously well suited to wildlife work. They also can give you a new perspective on your landscape photography.

    Using a longer lens, moving closer to the subject or choosing a larger subject will make the subject appear larger in the image frame.


  • Assignments: July 2012

    Photo Assignments From The Editor Of Outdoor Photographer Magazine

    The galleries themselves show a wealth of beautifully crafted, thoughtful and inspiring photography, but Assignments is much more than just display.
  • Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee

    Located along the border of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. park system.
  • Elemental Energy

    Rafael Rojas sorts through the earth’s kinetic frenzy to create structured, graphic images that connect the viewer to the scene and to nature as a whole

    Rafael Rojas is a high-energy guy, which comes through in everything he does.
  • How To Be A Conservation Photographer

    Do you want to make a difference with your pictures? Take a look at these tips to get you started.

    Gear has exploded all over my tiny 600-square-foot apartment in Boulder, Colo.


  • Bending The Rules

    A Third Reference • Polarizers Plus • Monitoring Your Monitor • Who Took My Pictures? • Oversaturation

    In most cases, grid-focusing screens are designed to intersect at the points where the camera focuses; that's one reason why they aren't interchangeable among manufacturers and specific camera models.
  • Cosmophobia...Really?

    Media-driven, irrational fear is keeping too many of us from enjoying nature

    The supermoon of May 5, 2012, rose just after sunset, so the photographic opportunities were fabulous.
  • Give POV A Try

    Capture the action when the action speeds up

    In sports, the POV camera captures a game from the point of view of the player. The view might be over the shoulder or any location near their position, of them or the action.

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