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October 2010


How-To

  • Control Your Depth of Field


    Try the Focus Slice Auto-Align technique to get tack-sharpness from near to far


    A conventional lens has the planes of the sensor (or film), the lens and the focused slice of reality all perpendicular to the axis of the lens.
  • Fall Reflections


    Autumn is a season when fleeting colors produce exceptionally vivid scenes. By combining water elements, you can add extra dimensions and motion.


    There are few places on earth where all nature’s colors mingle with such quintessential romantic and wild sceneries.
  • Making A Faux Mat


    For odd shapes or oversized prints, a mat can be very expensive. Try this technique to create a good-looking alternative.


    A few years ago, I put together a large exhibition of work for the benefit of an environmental cause.
  • Whatever It Takes


    Adventure photographer James Kay’s career is defined by his tenacity and drive to bypass the ordinary and take the extra steps to get something extraordinary


    I can still recall the soft pillows of clouds drifting across the face of the Teton Range as I drove north to meet a client at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park many years ago.
  • Wildlife Photography


    In his new book, wildlife photographer and Tech Tips guru George Lepp shares lessons learned in a lifetime of photography


    When I’m away to teach or photograph elsewhere, I feel that I’ve somehow abandoned my responsibility to witness the progression of the extended animal families at home.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Polarizers For Fall Color


    Having a good polarizer on your camera can do more to bring out fall color than hours of work in Photoshop



    Shooting with a good polarizer may just be your single best way to get more vibrant and dramatic colors this fall.
  • Gear Up For Video


    A look at some of the key accessories one pro uses to make top-quality HD video with his DSLR



    Video is now an important part of DSLRs. This medium adds motion and sound to your visuals, expanding what you can do visually with nature scenes.
  • Image Stabilization And You


    How to choose and make the best use of stabilized cameras and lenses



    For the sharpest shots, a tripod is essential, but you have to carry it with you and set it up each time you want to make a shot—not great for capturing a bighorn sheep that suddenly bursts into view and is gone just as quickly.
  • In Focus: October 2010


    The Sigma 17-50mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a compact, fast-aperture standard zoom with optical stabilization. With two FLD glass elements, one hybrid aspherical lens element and two glass-mold elements, the lens corrects for all types of aberrations.
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG10


    A camcorder with an APS-C, 14.2-megapixel sensor and interchangeable lenses—for under $2,000



    About three years ago, the first DSLRs with HD video capability appeared, offering the benefits (over HD camcorders) of much larger sensors (for much better low-light/high-ISO performance and limited "filmic" depth of field), relatively low cost and interchangeable lenses.
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A33 and SLT-A55


    A pair of new cameras change the whole DSLR paradigm



    We’ve had DSLRs for some time, and more recently the compact mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras.

Locations

  • Crossing Cultures


    Frans Lanting journeyed to the Australian outback for a cross-cultural artistic collaboration


    Photography is not often a collaborative endeavor. True, even the best photographers rely on assistance from a team of producers, fixers, translators and retouchers, but the actual act of creation is usually a solitary one.

Columns

  • Enigmatic Autofocus


    Focusing Is For The Birds • The Dark Side Of Long Exposures • Big Images From Small Files • To Tilt Or Not To Tilt



    Autofocus is a cooperative function of the camera and the lens.
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama


    Little River Canyon National Preserve is located in DeKalb County, Alabama, on Lookout Mountain, seven miles east of Fort Payne.
  • Stormlight


    Of old dogs, new tricks and the freedom to connect—digitally speaking



    I’ve been at this game for a while, but in truth, I feel I’m doing some of my best work right now.

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