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September 2011


  • 10 Tips For The Grand Canyon

    A seasoned pro shares his secrets for getting original shots in one of the most iconic locations in America

    Postcard racks are filled with pretty pictures of iconic landscapes.
  • It's About Sharp

    Take advantage of your DSLR’s sophisticated autofocus options to get perfectly sharp shots without missing any action

    Autofocus is one of the two most revolutionary features to appear in SLR cameras in the past quarter-century (the other being digital media replacing film).
  • The Perfect Exposure

    The various in-camera metering modes and how they’re used are mysteries for most photographers. OP guides you through the alphabet soup and confusing monikers so you can use your meter to the fullest and get perfect exposures.

    An exposure meter measures the amount of light that strikes it and, based on this data and the ISO you've programmed into it, provides you with a series of shutter-speed/ƒ-stop combinations that will produce proper exposure for the metered subject or scene.
  • The Ultimate Photo Sketch Pad

    The iPhone doesn’t replace a serious camera nor does it replace serious nature photography, but it does give you an endless array of tools to experiment with and expand your creativity

    Is the iPhone to be feared or embraced? Is it a threat or a complement to my DSLR? Is it a toy or the continuation of a photographic revolution?


  • Big-Time DSLRs Under $1,000

    Packed with power, advanced features and high performance, the latest sub-$1,000 ­­HD SLRs are outstanding options for serious nature photographers

    It's hard to believe that the very first DSLR was introduced only 20 years ago, but that's ancient history in the world of digital cameras.
  • Gadget Bag: Save Your Back

    Think beyond the shoulder bag

    When I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, I was determined not to allow it to interfere with my regular activities.
  • In Focus: September 2011

    Take an exceptionally wide angle of view when shooting with the Canon EF 8-15mm ƒ/4L Fisheye USM lens.


  • Appalachian Ridge Runner

    In the quest to do more than just take pretty pictures, Jerry Greer is using his images to promote conservation in the region of the country he loves the most

    To reach the Priest Pinnacle in the Priest Wilderness of the George Washington National Forest in central Virginia, Jerry Greer starts out long before daybreak to trek two miles up the Appalachian Trail, and then, with his GPS, heads off-trail to reach a remote outcropping of massive boulders
  • The Big Story

    Famous for his near-specialization of difficult African assignments for National Geographic, Michael Nichols continues to deliver the excitement of photographic discovery, always testing the limits of his equipment and technique

    If the essence of National Geographic Magazine could be limited to one word, it would be discovery.


  • Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia

    Located just 60 miles north of Atlanta, Amicalola Falls State Park is one of Georgia's scenic jewels. Amicalola is a Cherokee Indian word for "tumbling waters," and within the park resides the Amicalola Falls, which, at 729 feet, is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
  • Control Your Perspective

    A pair of new high-end tilt-shift lenses from Schneider Optics that mount on a DSLR

    For photographers looking to get view-camera lens movements in a DSLR, there were just a few options.
  • Down The HDR Rabbit Hole

    The popular and powerful technology finds a new convert

    Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I came late to the tea party.
  • Luck Favors The Prepared

    When you’re ready for anything, good photographs tend to come together

    We've just returned from a three-week digital photo safari in Botswana and Zambia with a wonderful group of advanced nature photographers.
  • Macro Magic

    Find nature’s secrets in the world of the very small

    When I bought my first camera in 1974, it came with a set of extension tubes for macro photography.

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