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November 2008


How-To

  • 5 Top Tıps For Autumn Wildlife


    With the seasons in flux, fall gives nature shooters some of the best photography possibilities of the year


    There’s so much happening with fauna in the fall—bird migrations are in full swing, it’s the autumn rutting period for big game and even small animals are preparing for the imminent cold of winter.
  • Photoshop Secrets Of The Pros


    Discover new ways to enhance images using this classic editing program


    There’s no shortage of options when it comes to using Adobe Photoshop to improve the quality of your nature photography. Photoshop is, after all, the standard by which all other image-editing software programs are measured.
  • Pro Tips For Better Photography


    There are no commandments in photography, but these simple tips will make an immediate difference in your shots


    Who among us isn’t hoping for a secret formula or a magic spell we can use to conjure up great images anywhere, anytime, at our beck and call? A switch we can flip to reveal unique compositions, beautiful light, rare moments and deep insight—a “silver bullet.”
  • Sound Practices III: Putting It All Together


    Assembling your multimedia into a cohesive, finished project



    In my previous two columns, I talked about the techniques and gear for gathering sound, and some of the software for editing sound.

Gear

  • 2008 Editors' Picks


    Our annual look at gear from the past year that the OP editors found particularly useful



    Welcome to our annual Editors’ Picks for 2008—the year of the D-SLR. Suddenly, there are more cameras from more manufacturers at lower prices, and all with more and better features than ever.
  • Canon EOS 50D


    15.1 megapixels, 920,000-dot Live-View LCD monitor, 6.3 fps shooting and ISOs up to 12,800


    Just a year after Canon debuted a major upgrade to its popular mid-level EOS 30D D-SLR via the EOS 40D, the company has introduced a major upgrade of the 40D. The new EOS 50D raises the resolution a whopping 50% while maintaining essentially the same shooting rate, introduces Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor to the D-SLR line, increases the LCD monitor’s resolution fourfold and more.
  • Gadget Bag: That’s A Wrap


    When you want to shoot without the full bag on your back, you can keep a few lenses and accessories protected with a small pouch or wrap



    There are times when no gadget bag will do. When you’re out shooting with one D-SLR and two zooms, a bag can just get in the way. Even so, it’s still important to protect the lens that’s not on your camera. That’s when you reach for a wrap or a floppy case.
  • High-Tech B&W Printers


    Today’s high-tech black-and-white printers can produce images that surpass anything that was possible in the film darkroom



    Black-and-white printing has never been more popular than it is today. Programs like Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop make it easy to convert color images into compelling black-and-white shots that would have made Ansel Adams proud.
  • Wildlife D-SLRs


    Choose your ideal camera for photographing birds and other wildlife


    While you can photograph wildlife with any camera, some models are better suited for it than others.

Locations

  • African Connections


    Sebastião Salgado is one of the true living legends of photography. His latest book, Africa, examines the continent in a way that only Salgado’s provocative imagery can.


    Sebastião Salgado’s book, Africa (Taschen), pays homage to Africa’s people, wildlife and landscape. It’s a magnificent collection of images culled from more than three decades of the Brazilian-born, Paris-based photographer’s work on the continent.
  • Carolina Rain Forest


    The landscape and diverse wildlife population in the Blue Ridge Mountains’ temperate rain forest is a photographer’s dream


    The landscape and diverse wildlife population in the Blue Ridge Mountains’ temperate rain forest is a photographer’s dream
  • Indian Lake, Connecticut


    Indian Lake is located in Orange, Conn., between Boston Post Road and I-95. The northern end of the lake is fed by the Indian River, which runs through a protected wetlands area. In a canoe or kayak, one may easily traverse the lake to find different photo opportunities.
  • The Other Arches


    Tenuous and dynamic, natural arch structures on the Cumberland Plateau stretching across Kentucky and Tennessee provide a chance to photograph a different kind of arched landscape


    I was feeling pretty small as I scanned the solid-rock cliff 50 feet in front of me. The wall wasn’t quite vertical, as it created a natural overhang maybe 150 feet above my head.

Columns

  • Digiscoping


    Try a spotting scope as an alternative to an extreme telephoto lens for birding and small wildlife shots


    One of the biggest challenges photographing wildlife is having enough magnification. You want to fill the frame and utilize all of the resolution of your digital SLR, but for most of us that means having an extreme telephoto lens, which can be prohibitively expensive.
  • Get Past The Snapshot


    Don't settle for your first perspective. Keep looking and you’ll keep finding photographs



    Down, but not forgotten. Fallen, but still beautiful and at peace. Fallen leaves have an intriguing beauty and symbolism, and they have been an ongoing theme of mine, especially in the fall. There’s something magical about the transition of the seasons in general.
  • Lightroom Vs. Photoshop


    Which one of these programs will you find more useful for your photography?



    If you’re going to get the most from your digital images, you have to use some sort of image-processing program. A camera doesn’t “capture” reality, it interprets it based on sensor range and limits, camera designer decisions, and processing done by the camera before the image becomes a RAW or JPEG file.
  • Monet And Me


    Gardens that inspired countless artists remain a powerful draw today



    Day One. Light whispered through the streets of the tiny French village, touching the hollyhocks beside the walls, the roses in the window boxes, the lavender. Ten photographers walked with a purpose that morning, while I, the eleventh, kept thinking, “Hey, stop. Let’s shoot here. How could it get any better?”
  • Time For Your Close-Up


    More Macro • Matching Backups • Image Card Rescue The Best ƒ-Stop • Glass Beads Vs. Matte • Live View New



    I have a 180mm macro and extension tubes, and I’m considering purchasing a 65mm macro. What kind of benefit would it really offer in terms of improved magnification and/or quality?

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