Northern Elephant Seals
by Kathy Parker | February 23, 2016

Copyright Kathy ParkerImagine nearly 20,000 tons of northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), stretched cheek to jowl on a 10 km (6 mile) stretch of beach. That’s what I saw during the breeding season at Piedras Blancas, on the central California coast, early last year. Each adult male seal weighs up to 22...

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Visualize and Prepare
by Juan Pons | October 1, 2015

Copyright Juan PonsIt is often said that great photos are made, not taken. This can be interpreted in many ways, but to me this means that great images are the result of some forethought, planning and skill. Yes we all get lucky from time to time and “take” a great image without much thought, but in or...

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Shooting for the Moon
by Tim Grey | December 29, 2014

&copy Tim GreyI think it is fair to say that most people have been—at one time or another—fascinated with the moon in the sky above. And of course, as a photographer there’s a good chance you’ve considered including the moon in a photograph from time to time. Along the way, perhaps you’ve experience...

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Overcoming Creative Dry Spells
by Kyle McDougall | June 1, 2014

© Kyle McDougallCreativity, passion, drive, these are all things that over time I’ve come to realize can never run consistently at one hundred percent. As photographers, we live creative lives with the next image always on our minds. We constantly strive to take our work to the next level. Both consciously an...

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Creating a Modern Photographic Field Guide
by Iain Campbell | April 11, 2014

© Iain CampbellI am old school. As a birder I have always much preferred plate based nature field guides with paintings rather than photos. For me there was just never any comparison between the highly illustrative paintings of the National Geographic and Sibley guides and the shabby images in books such as th...

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Dealing with the Weather
by Rob Sheppard | July 1, 2013

© Rob SheppardSeasons bring changes to the weather that can offer amazing opportunities for unique and terrific photos, but sometimes that weather can be very challenging to a photographer. Extreme cold, extreme hot, wet conditions, blowing dust and sand are among the challenges we have to deal with. I grew u...

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My Year in Antarctica
by Stefan Christmann | April 23, 2013

© Stefan ChristmannIt’s 3am when my alarm clock rings. I am only half awake when I slide into my boots, covering myself with a thick jacket and putting on my beanie. Descending the stairs I can feel my body slowly waking up and when I open the door, a cold gust of wind blows into my face making the moisture...

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The Passion of Wildlife Photography
by Carl Donohue | April 17, 2013

© Carl DonohueThe topic of wildlife photography is an important one to me. I’ve admired the work of wildlife photographers since I was a kid, watching countless reruns of whatever documentary program the TV channels we received offered, or browsing, over and over again, the pages of National Geographic maga...

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