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September 2009


How-To

  • Defringing


    How to defeat edge artifacts in composited landscape images


    Few things are more frustrating to a photographer than edge fringes or halos that appear in Photoshop after a selected or extracted object has been placed onto a new background.
  • The Rembrandt Solution


    What painting’s Grand Masters can teach today’s digital photographers


    Landscape photographers face a fundamental challenge: how to compress the broad range of light intensities typically found in the real world into the much narrower range of tones that can be reproduced in a print.

Gear

  • Building Your Lens Kit For Digital Action


    With the autumn migrations and rutting season approaching fast, now is the time to put together a set of lenses to help you capture all the action



    Now is an ideal time to upgrade your lenses. Fall wildlife season is here, and it’s also the time of year when you can make some of the best landscapes.
  • Gadget Bag: Photo Backpacks


    When you want to take more than just a body and lens into the field, a backpack gives you the capacity and the comfortable means to carry everything



    This time of year, just about every outdoor photographer is enjoying the late-summer weather and some quality time with nature and a camera.
  • In Focus: September 2009


    Get to your photo gear quickly using the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack, which features a convenient side-door entry for grabbing your camera when wearing the bag over your shoulder.
  • Pentax K-7


    A capable and weather-resistant D-SLR has HD video and a low price



    Pentax’s new top-of-the-line K-7 packs a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video capability, a 3.0-inch, high-res LCD, cold-weather capability, high-end performance and a host of pro features into a compact, rugged weather- and dust-resistant body—at a good price.
  • Up Close And Wide!


    How to get the most from your fisheye lens



    Apparently, a fisheye lens is how a fish actually sees the world from its bowl.

Locations

  • A Journey To India


    OP columnist William Neill’s recent trek on the subcontinent is the story of modern adventure travel


    Traveling to foreign locations is cause for great excitement for most photographers, as it is for me each time I visit the colorful country of India.
  • Capturing Southwest Light


    Larry Lindahl explores his desert home in search of the unexpected


    Sedona, Arizona, is a special place. Outdoor enthusiasts know it for its ubiquitous red sandstone rock formations, which have drawn photographers for decades who juxtapose the almost glowing red rocks with deep blue skies for dramatic landscape images.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


    Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s home to approximately 10,000 species of plants and animals, including old-growth forests and a large black bear population.
  • On The Border


    Photographers document the ecological impact of the barrier going up along the U.S.-Mexico border



    As she watched a herd of bison jumping over a barbed-wire fence to cross between its habitat in the United States and Mexico, Krista Schlyer’s plan for a photo expedition began to take shape.

Columns

  • Monarchs In Motion



    In the mountains of central Mexico, monarch butterflies gather each winter in one of the most dazzling displays of mass movement in the animal world. Many millions of them migrate there from across North America to escape the cold before traveling north again in the spring.
  • Scouting Report: Papua New Guinea


    Preparing for South Pacific photo opportunities



    It’s a hot, sunny afternoon on this tropical island in the Pacific, and it appears as though I’m in trouble.
  • When It Goes Wrong


    Hit By Lightning • Hydrate! • Bad Rocky Mountain High • Sooooo Cold • Lost Going To The Devils Postpile• Bugs In The Amazon • All Images Lost



    Anytime you get a group of professional photographers into close proximity, you’ll find them gathered ’round the campfire (or in the local pub) to swap stories and talk shop.

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