The Art of Available Night Light
by Alister Benn | February 25, 2010

© Alister BennThe Art of Night Photography is a limitless playground that pushes us to our limits of technique and rewards us with images worthy of any world-class portfolio. Skills once held dear by a coveted few are now within the capabilities of anyone willing to step outside their box and try something ne...

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Black and White Photography
by Alister Benn | February 11, 2010

© Alister BennThe development of black and white photography prior to the 1930’s was the byproduct of technical limitations rather than desire. I am quite certain that had color been available from day one, people would have used it and perhaps the history of photography would have been quite different....

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Hand-Held Flash Macro Photography
by Rob Servranckx | January 1, 2010

© Rob ServranckxSince starting photography in fall 2004, the months of May through to August have always been my most productive. There are plenty of nature subjects to choose from: birds, amphibians, flowers, insects, landscapes, and more. On weekends, I’d often head out before dawn to a marsh near my ho...

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Terragen Classic Basics For Mac
by John Labrenz | January 1, 2010

Terragen Classic for MacTerragen Classic is a free stand-alone scenery generator for non-commercial use. Terragen creates photorealist images up to 1000 pixels wide, based on your inputs for terrain, clouds, water and atmosphere. You can choose whether to make earth bound images, or if you like, create a view from Mars...

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Windows Colour Management
by Phil Wigglesworth | December 9, 2009

Windows Color ManagementIf you’re a photographer then you know colour is important. You want to see the same colours coming from your monitor as you saw when you shot the picture, and you also want to be sure that anyone else viewing your images sees the colours you intend for them to see.

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The Power of Water to Attract Birds
by Alan Murphy | November 13, 2009

© Alan MurphyWhen it comes to attracting birds into camera range, nothing is more effective than water. Only a limited number of species come to feeders to eat seed, fruit and nectar, but all birds come to water to bath and drink. Using water for bird photography can be especially powerful if you happen to l...

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Get the Subject’s Eyes in Focus
by Rick Sammon | September 14, 2009

NatureScapesIn animal photography, the subject’s eyes must be in focus. If they’re not, most professional wildlife photographers will tell us that we’ve missed the shot. Why? Because when we look at a picture of an animal (or person) our eyes go to the subject’s eyes first. If they&#...

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Unsharp Mask Unveiled
by Tim Grey | December 28, 2008

Sharpening continues to be one of those topics that photographers seem to struggle with the most. It is certainly a subject that attracts a considerable number of questions in my Digital Darkroom Questions email newsletter, and one that inspires considerable debate. In an effort to address these...

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The Night Shift—Photographing Owls and Bats
by Tom Vezo | June 25, 2008

© Tom VezoI consider myself lucky to be a morning person because as a nature photographer I have to get up early to photograph the birds, mammals and landscapes that I love and catch that early morning light to create a beautiful image. I remember working on my second book, “Birds of Prey in the Ame...

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Digital Sensor Cleaning
by E.J. Peiker | May 29, 2008

NatureScapesAs we enter the adolescence of the digital camera age after spending the last 10 years in childhood, one of the biggest weaknesses of digital imaging with DSLRs is finally starting to be addressed by the camera manufacturers. This weakness is sensor contamination, which results in undesired spot...

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