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March 2007


How-To

  • B&W In The Digital Age


    Talented artists are always eager to embrace new technology if it has the potential to enrich their art and bring forth their vision. If he had access to today's tools, what would Ansel Adams do?



    More than 20 years since his passing, Ansel Adams is probably still the most widely known black-and-white outdoor photographer. He didn’t shoot digitally because digital imaging as we know it didn’t exist in those days. But I think the legendary black-and-white master would be quite interested in digital imaging were he in his shooting prime today.


  • Finding Nirvana In The Mountains


    Your best images come when you see the photograph as a whole



    Why do people climb dangerous mountains, and why are people so obsessed with the quest for adventure? These are common questions among people who don’t climb mountains. And for that matter, I’m also asked about what pushes me to pursue adventure photography. Couldn’t I have opted for any number of less dangerous photo careers?
  • Rain Forest Digital


    You can successfully photograph in wet conditions with digital gear



    The rain forests of Central America beckon to photographers in so many ways. Popular books, such as Rainforest by Thomas Marent, show off the amazing colors, the unusual forms and shapes, and the exotic attraction of the area. For a very long time, I really wanted to visit a rain forest and photograph there.

Gear

  • Canon imageProGraf iPF5000


    A large-format printer for big color and B&W enlargements



    The benefit of digital cameras with resolutions of 8 megapixels and higher is the ability to make larger and larger prints. It’s because of these increased resolutions that large-format inkjet printers have gained in popularity among professional labs and photographers producing their own enlargements. With its imageProGraf iPF5000 printer, Canon offers a printer capable of producing exceptional color and black-and-white prints.
  • Digital Projectors For Photographers


    Show off your images using the latest in projection technology



    We may still call our multimedia productions "slideshows," but there’s no way anyone will ever confuse one of today’s digital projectors with the slide projectors of yesteryear. Compared to their analog ancestors, they’re quieter, brighter and more versatile—they’re also more expensive, so here’s what you need to know to prepare for your foray into the world of digital projectors.

  • Gadget Bag: Have Tripod, Will Travel


    Take along a tripod when away from home to ensure sharp photographs



    Many of us look forward to vacation travel for the photo opportunities such journeys provide.Away from our daily routines, visiting a new and visually rich destination makes it easier to come away with great photographs.
  • Image Stabilization


    When you can't or won't use a tripod, these technologies steady your hand



    There are two distinct image-stabilization technologies employed to prevent blurry photographs when shooting at slower shutter speeds. Lens-shift stabilization, as the name implies, is achieved through moving elements in the lens barrel itself. Canon’s IS and Nikon’s VR technologies are both of the lens-shift variety. Sensor-shift stabilization occurs within the camera body rather than the lens. The primary advantage to sensor-shift technology lies in the ability to use any lens and get a stabilized image. Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony all have sensor-stabilization camera models in their lineups.
  • In Focus: March 2007


    In Focus


    Give your images some room to stretch on the Samsung SyncMaster XL20 monitor. Designed for users with lofty color demands, the 20-inch display uses a unique light-emitting diode backlight unit for an ultra-wide color gamut. The monitor is further enhanced by a color-management system that helps provide vivid and precise color. The system includes color calibration and Image Viewer, a tool that corrects color differences between monitors and printers. Other notable features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a high resolution of 1600 x 1200.
  • Lensbaby 3G


    Change the qualities of focus for repeatable and dynamic results



    The Lensbaby series of lenses has quickly grown in popularity, not only among fine-art and portrait photographers, but also with those of us interested in outdoor photography. Providing some of the creative flexibility of a view camera, these lenses offer the ability to control the quality of focus with a D-SLR.
  • Nikon D40


    The latest from Nikon is loaded with features at an eye-popping price


    Ideal for photographers who want to travel light but don’t want to give up functionality, the D40 is also Nikon’s most compact and affordable D-SLR to date. A camera that will no doubt be promoted to those making a transition from a compact digital camera, the D40 offers a host of features that will appeal to many outdoor photographers, regardless of experience and skill level.

Locations

  • Your Favorite Places-2006


    A look at some of our readers' favorite places around the U.S.


    In 2006, we launched the Your Favorite Places section of the OP website. We invited you, our readers, to submit photographs of your favorite spots to photograph, then the editors of Outdoor Photographer would select the best images and post them in a gallery. Within a few weeks, Your Favorite Places became one of the most visited areas of the website, and the editors were overwhelmed with submissions. In fact, we were so impressed with the photographs and the variety of locations that were being submitted, we decided to put together an article in the magazine showcasing some of our favorites. We hope you’ll be inspired to submit your own images as well. It’s easy. Go to www.outdoorphotographer.com and click on the Your Favorite Places tab.

Columns

  • Please Release Me (Let Me Go!)


    When do you need a photo release and when is it okay to photograph without special permissions?



    These days, photographers are expected to wear a whole stack of hats. We’re image makers, color-management experts, IT nerds and digital-asset managers. The hat that fits me the worst, and seems to confuse a large majority of shooters, amateur and pro alike, is that of the legal eagle.
  • The Saturated Digital Image


    Color Saturation In Digital Images • Pro Time • Long Lens Protection • Digital Projection



    As a professional photographer who’s making the switch from film to digital, I wonder how other pros are dealing with color saturation. On many photographers’ websites, the photos and portfolios look to me to be oversaturated, which makes me wonder about claims that Velvia is unrealistic because it’s so saturated. What’s a "fair" level of saturation in the digital world, and is there any standard in the publishing industry?
    M. Matson
    Via the Internet
  • Using The Frame


    Your best images come when you see the photograph as a whole



    Creating a strong composition with a camera means framing, with the camera’s viewfinder, a section of the environment in which the photographer stands. The possible options for composing any given subject are vast and include choices such as camera position or lens focal length. One error many beginning photographers make is to photograph at the first place they stop. They simply see a subject, click the camera and move on. This approach is rarely successful.

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