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September 2010


How-To

  • Max Out Your DSLR Sensor


    Make the best exposure for a scene when you know how your camera will respond to the full spectrum, from highlights to shadows


    Sometimes your first capture is your only capture. Blow the exposure, and you’ve blown a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can’t bracket high-action wildlife or outdoor sports—you’re all but guaranteed to get the wrong exposure at the decisive moment.
  • Preparing For A Photo Workshop


    A workshop is an excellent way to improve your photography. When you’re well prepared, you’ll get the most out of the experience.


    When I teach my workshops, I find that there are some participants who come more prepared than others.
  • Use Live View For Sharper Shots


    How to make the most of this innovative feature to get better pictures


    Most new DSLRs have Live View, yet too many nature photographers don’t use it.

Gear

  • Chase The Storms


    Gear up for the wild weather of late summer to get some intense landscapes


    Late summer provides us with awesome photo opportunities.
  • Gadget Bag: Hybrid Backpacks


    For summer hiking, try carrying your gear in a pack that’s part photo bag and part backpack



    For comfort, convenience and sheer capacity, photo backpacks are hard to beat.
  • In Focus: September 2010


    Round out your lens collection with the Sigma 85mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM, a large-aperture medium-telephoto. Designed for use with full-frame DSLRs, the lens can be used with smaller APS-C-sized sensors and the focal length increases to about 127.5mm.
  • Low-Cost Lens Solutions


    Think about using a lens adapter to get lower-cost specialty lenses


    The vast majority of your nature photography is probably accomplished with your core setup of camera and three-lens kit (wide-angle zoom, midrange zoom and tele-zoom).
  • Sigma SD15


    Continuing with the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, the latest DSLR from Sigma has new features and improved image quality



    Most photographers know Sigma as a lens manufacturer, but the company also makes cameras, including a line of DSLRs that began in 2002 with the SD9.

Locations

  • 50 Years After Travels With Charley


    Packing his camera and an open mind, Randy Wells takes us on a road trip to rediscover Steinbeck’s America


    Imagine stepping into the footprints of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century as you embark on your own road trip across America.
  • Florida Explored


    In his home state, John Moran found his true photographic love. He never tires of the visual possibilities and the varied wildlife and landscapes


    When John Moran speaks about his life’s work, it’s almost impossible to separate the man from his place in the world.
  • Ice Breaker


    Acclaimed nature photographer Daniel J. Cox spends five weeks aboard a U.S. Coast Guard ship in search of polar bears


    Last fall, Daniel J. Cox found himself on a very large boat in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Columns

  • Photo Apps For Everyone


    Apps For Androids And iPhones • The Good Old Digital Days • The Good Old Slide Projector Days



    I keep hearing about photo apps for the iPhone, but I’m planning to get an Android-based smartphone.
  • Rephotography


    Keeping a visual record of changes within a landscape



    The volcanic activity this year in Iceland has me thinking about returning to that country to record the changes in the aftermath of the eruption.
  • Slovenia


    Europe in a nutshell



    I found that, due to the extremely contrasty conditions, the “Portrait” Picture Control setting for my JPEGs in the D90, with its inherently lower-contrast algorithms, produced the best out of the camera files.
  • The Gaspé Peninsula, Québec, Canada


    The Gaspé ("place where the land ends") Peninsula juts out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the southeastern end of the province of Québec.

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