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November 2010


How-To

  • Auto Levels


    The oft-maligned, one-click solution can be your best friend for making an image look good



    If you get a group of photographers into a room and you want to start a fight, bring up the notion of “auto” anything in Photoshop.
  • How To Create The Complete Outdoor Image


    Whether you’re shooting landscapes, wildlife, sports-action or travel, the best, most compelling images have common traits


    In this era of digital photography, we’re bombarded with imagery each and every day.
  • On The Wing


    A look at the many facets of avian photography and techniques for getting colorful, inspiring images


    After a 10-year absence to tend to other business, Chris Klapheke rededicated himself to photography in 2004. He really never had paid any attention to birds before, but a workshop with bird photography guru Arthur Morris at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico got him hooked.
  • Special Techniques For Landscapes


    Excerpted from Rob Sheppard’s new book, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography


    In Outdoor Photographer, you’ve learned core techniques to use while photographing the landscape: exposure, depth of field, use of lenses, composition and more.
  • X Marks The Spot


    New tools to guide you to the perfect place for the perfect photograph


    The first time I tried to photograph the full moon setting over Longs Peak from the summit of Twin Sisters in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was a complete fiasco.

Gear

  • 70 To 200


    OP’s guide to the professional workhorse lens for nature photographers



    Everyone has a favorite lens. It’s usually in a focal length that matches the way the photographer sees in his or her mind’s eye.
  • Canon EOS 60D


    This new DSLR features a Vari-Angle LCD, full HD video and 18 megapixels



    The new Canon EOS 60D features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and full HD video, and fits into the EOS lineup nicely between the EOS 7D and the EOS Rebel T2i.
  • Gadget Bag: Make Your Best Fall Prints


    You can create rich, vivid prints of fall color when you have the right printer for the job



    The shadows have grown longer, the air is cooler, and there’s crispness in the air. Yes, warm summer days have made way for fall, and with fall comes the event so many landscape photographers look forward to every year.
  • In Focus: November 2010


    Holiday Gift Guide



    With five slots supporting 24 memory card formats, the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB reader is versatile. It can read multiple cards from multiple card slots simultaneously, and allows for card-to-card file transfer between cards in different slots.
  • Nikon D3100


    A new inexpensive Nikon DSLR has high-end features, 1080p HD and full-time AF while shooting video



    Fitting into Nikon’s lineup between the D5000 and D3000, the new D3100 tops them both in a number of areas, including pixel count (14.2 MP vs. 12.3 for the D5000 and 10.2 for the D3000) and full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocusing during recording.

Locations

  • The Moors Of California


    Point Reyes National Seashore is a photographer’s paradise. A local expert on the area shows us the hot spots.


    As a zealot for places like Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, I often find myself photographing in the exact spots where many of the great photographers had focused their cameras.

Columns

  • Autumn In Alaska


    Tips from the Field, Denali National Park, August 2010



    I spent the last week of August deep in the heart of Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve as the visiting specialist for Camp Denali’s photographic Special Emphasis program.
  • Dancing Dogwoods


    Revisiting comfortable locations lets you feel at ease and frees your creativity



    When I went to Yosemite Valley this spring, as I have nearly every spring for the past 33 years, I photographed dogwood in bloom. I always gravitate to the same tree where I’ve made my best dogwood images.
  • El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico


    Because Interstate 40 winds its way through western New Mexico, many travelers are unaware of the high-desert beauty surrounding Grants, found half-way between Albuquerque and Gallup.
  • Enchanted Forest



    The splendor of autumn foliage makes Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains a favorite stop on the annual circuit of many nomadic nature photographers in North America.

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