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October 2009


  • Going On A Photo Road Trip

    Be ready for anything by packing for a journey with the essentials

    Getting off the beaten path can inspire your photography with new subjects, unexplored environments and pictorial challenges.
  • It's In The Details

    Go beyond the ordinary macro shot to create striking close-ups anywhere

    As you get physically closer and closer to your subject, you’ll find increasingly interesting possibilities for your images. The world looks different up close. You may find that your original subject is no longer the most compelling thing in front of your lens as you approach macro distances.
  • Online Learning Comes Of Age

    Much more than the correspondence courses of a past era, you can build upon your photo education by taking a class through the Internet

    The old-fashioned correspondence course has grown up, and in the digital age, it has become a viable and truly enjoyable way to learn how to take better pictures.


  • Accessories For Max Color

    Take full advantage of the vivid hues of autumn with our selection of gear for getting your best colors

    With the coming of autumn, nature photographers collectively turn their lenses to capturing the vivid hues of the season.
  • Gadget Bag: Organizing Your Images

    Digital cameras make it possible to shoot a vast number of photos quickly. To keep those pictures organized, you need software that’s up to the task.

    So much has been written about digital workflow for photographers that it sounds like something that would be nice to have. The truth is, you already do—all of us already do.
  • In Focus: October 2009

    Nikon has upgraded its popular AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II lens with several features designed to boost image quality.
  • Nikon D300S

    One of the most popular D-SLRs for nature photography gets even better—and adds HD video!

    The Nikon D300 has been one of the most successful D-SLRs since its introduction a few years ago. Now, Nikon has introduced its replacement, the D300S, with all the benefits of the original and a host of improvements, including the much anticipated HD video capability.
  • The Right Filters For Fall Color

    When shooting in autumn, the polarizer, neutral-density and grad ND filters are indispensable for achieving stunning imagery

    When it comes to color and impact, fall is full of opportunity. The season is an amazing time to create mood with color while capturing landscapes as they transform before one’s eyes.


  • Acadia National Park, Maine

    Bass Harbor Lighthouse is located off of Route 102A on the western side of Mount Desert Island, just outside Acadia National Park in Maine.
  • Chasing Dolphins Down The Amazon

    National Geographic photographer Kevin Schafer takes a wild underwater adventure with a rare pod of cetaceans in South America

    Let me be clear: I’m not a scuba diver. Although I’ve happily snorkeled all my life, I’ve always shied away from “serious” diving. This begs the question: How does a nondiver end up shooting an underwater story for National Geographic?
  • Sierra Light

    In her latest book, Elizabeth Carmel explores how climate change is affecting the landscape that she calls home

    In describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains, famed naturalist John Muir once wrote: “Along the [Central Valley’s] eastern margin rises the mighty Sierra, miles in height, reposing like a smooth, cumulous cloud in the sunny sky, and so gloriously colored, and so luminous, it seems to be not clothed with light, but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city.”
  • Two Shots, One Place

    Location! Location! Location! Scouting for nature and sports scenics, multifaceted photographer Stephen Matera sees a landscape as an opportunity for a variety of distinctly different images

    Stephen Matera is the quintessential outdoor photographer. He shoots action sports—like kayaking, skiing and mountain biking—and he’s also an accomplished landscape photographer, capturing both big, beautiful scenic vistas and intimate views of the land in which he spends so much time.


  • Antarctica

    The catalyst of change for two photographers

    I recently attended a fund-raising event held by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. It’s working, among other things, to preserve Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition base, which is suffering from recent climate change.
  • Do I Need Permission?

    Commercial Vs. Editorial Uses • Sharp To The Edges • Extended Macro • TILT!

    In the August 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer, you discussed the difference between commercial and editorial uses of images and the need for releases. Please expand on the definition of editorial uses. Would I need a signed permission from the owners of the properties I photograph to use the images in a book?


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