20 Top Action/Wildlife Tips
Be ready to shoot the fast action of wildlife and adventure sports
Sports-action and wildlife photography are connected because of their mutual reliance on spur-of-the-moment, lightning-fast activity. The photographic techniques required for each are similar as is the mindset of those who specialize in either endeavor. The pros who spend their lives seeking out the best in wildlife or sports photography have valuable insight into how they're able to capture their images—and how you can, too.
20 Top Landscape Tips
Learn to capture what moves you in the landscape with the insights of veteran scenic masters
Inspired by the vast vistas of the West and the intimate settings of the East, photographers from across the Americas and beyond have given us remarkable photographs that capture the natural world in its seemingly endless variations. Landscape photography is the bedrock of Outdoor Photographer. We’ve asked some of those photographers whose work has stood apart from the crowd to share with us the techniques that have helped them distill the complexities of the wild outdoors into the iconic images that have graced our pages these last 20 years. With these tips and a stroke of luck, perhaps it will be your images and insights that we share with readers in the years to come.
20 Top Travel Tips
Make the most of your next photographic vacation
Summer offers many of us a prime opportunity to practice our love of photography. But along with a destination and a working camera, there are other factors involved in returning home with wonderful photographs. We asked several professional photographers whose work often takes them throughout the world for advice on making the most of those photographic opportunities, and the OP staff included a few tips of our own. Whether a short road trip or an excursion to the other side of the globe, we hope these 20 tips help make your travels the best that they can be.
Gadget Bag: 20 Great Gadgets
Exceptional tools for the outdoor enthusiast
Whether you’re photographing landscapes or wildlife, there are many ways to make your photographic life simpler. The latest technical advancements have led manufacturers to produce gadgets that help inspire your creative edge while easing unanticipated difficulties. Here’s Outdoor Photographer’s compilation of 20 of these exceptional items.
The long-awaited, high-megapixel and high-capability flagship camera arrives
Certain cameras just fit well right from the first time you pick them up. For me, the new Nikon D2x provided exactly that experience. This is a solid, full-featured, high-megapixel camera in which Nikon can take great pride. The D2x is the company’s flagship camera and is perfect for that role. I shot with it for several weeks and the results never disappointed me.
The most important part of your digital gear may be a willingness to experiment
One thing certainly hasn’t changed since Outdoor Photographer got its start 20 years ago—no matter how well you prepare, no matter how much gear you take with you on a trip into the wilds, you can never be ready for everything. Sooner or later, you’ll run into a photo problem that demands to be solved, yet you don’t seem to have the gear to handle it. You then have three choices: forget the photo opportunity, take a photo anyway knowing it won’t succeed or do a little photographic improvisation. You may have to think like MacGyver, but if the subject demands attention now, you have little choice. I find photo improv to be fun and satisfying when it works.
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
If the Kentucky Derby is the crown jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, then the Red River Gorge deserves similar accolades for pure scenic beauty. Encompassing approximately 40,000 acres of eastern Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest "the gorge" as locals call it, is itself a jewel not to be ignored.
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