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November 2005


How-To

  • 60 Minutes With Chris Johns


    A conversation with National Geographic's first field photographer editor



    The National Geographic Society and its magazine have long been a patron and showcase for some of the world’s most respected photographers, particularly in the categories of geographic exploration and world cultural and natural history. The magazine embarked on a significant overhaul this year, engineered in large part by its new editor. Chris Johns not only holds the distinction of being the current editor-in-chief, but in being the first field photographer to be named to this position of responsibility in the history of the magazine with its characteristic yellow border. This is a point that Johns seems quick to dismiss in modest fashion, but it’s apparent that his agenda involves a take-charge, can-do approach to revamp the magazine for the 21st century. For obvious reasons, we at Outdoor Photographer find the photographer-turned-editor story line to be particularly noteworthy and timely.

Gear

  • Canon EOS 5D


    A 12.8-megapixel full-frame image sensor is at the heart of a new addition to the Canon D-SLR lineup


    A full-frame SLR allows you to use your existing 35mm lenses at their native focal lengths with no lens magnification.
    This provides full use of your wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses while creating a high-resolution digital file.

  • Editors' Picks A Buyer's Guide


    A compilation of our favorite gear, gadgets and accessories



    Technology—you can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it. In the past year, a range of new products has crossed the threshold of the Outdoor Photographer editorial offices. Of that collection, we’ve chosen our favorites and assembled them into this guide. The list of gear ranges from camera bags to color management, software to memory cards, and although it wasn’t easy, we’ve done our best to narrow down the selection to some essential items that we think will help your photography.
  • Epson Stylus Photo R1800


    Get superb print quality fast, plus CD/DVD printing capability



    A great print is something most outdoor photographers cherish. The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 offers superb printing up to 13x19 inches (13x44-inch panoramas), but, of course, when new printers come out today, many photographers wonder if it’s worth upgrading to the new and improved. They accept the "new," but wonder about the "improved."
  • Gadget Bag: Take It In Wide


    Expand your image-making possibilities with a wide-angle lens



    Wide-open spaces. One of the best ways to capture this feeling is by using a wide-angle lens. The first time I used a wide-angle, I couldn't put it down. I suddenly was offered a unique way of photographing a scene beyond what a standard focal-length lens could provide. Its versatility allowed me to shoot images in tight spaces as well as compose expansive landscapes.
  • Lyson Daylight Darkroom


    Black-and-white printing comes of age



    Over the years, I’ve put many long hours into learning to produce quality black-and-white prints in the traditional darkroom. Although inkjet printers delivered great results in color, black-and-white printing often was disappointing, if not downright frustrating. I’ve always had an eye out for a system of inks and software that would provide the kind of control and quality
    I required. It was with this in mind that I began testing the Lyson Daylight Darkroom system.
  • Medium-Format Front Goes Digital


    A new generation of cameras aims to maintain the high quality that medium-format shooters expect and demand



    When digital technology first melded with medium-format cameras and lenses, it was in the form of mounted digital backs in place of the traditional film backs. It was a natural way to do things since so many of the medium-format cameras were modular. Many photographers will continue using it for years to come, especially because it offers an advantage of being able to use the same body and lenses for both film and digital photography.

Columns

  • Extra Digital Gear


    Two pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographerTwo pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographer



    As you can imagine, a lot of digital gear comes through our offices. If you saw the volume of equipment we see, you’d realize there’s no question that today’s market is oriented toward digital. You’ll find some of this gear in our "Editors’ Picks" feature in this issue; we chose items that we thought you might find of special interest and that would be useful for outdoor photographers.
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas


    West Texas is home to one of the state’s finest national parks, where you’ll find the highest point in the Lone Star State. Located about 100 miles east of El Paso, Guadalupe Mountains National Park rests on the New Mexico border. Hike the trails at this national park, photograph its wildflowers, observe its wildlife and, in essence, you’re exploring what once was an undersea reef.

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