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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Understanding & Using the RAW File Format
by Ron Day | May 1, 2008

© Ron DayModern digital cameras require us to choose a file format for saving our images. The JPEG and RAW formats are the most common choices, but which one to use has sparked debate and led to confusion. This article examines the RAW file format, and provides guidance on how to use it to improve the qu...

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Questions are the Key to Better Imagery
by Charles Glatzer | April 29, 2008

© Charles GlatzerTo maximize the potential of an area and its subjects, always gather as much information as possible before arriving. To make the most of your shoot, talk to others who have been there shortly before, but never assume things will be the same.

Ask yourself questions about the specific location:...

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A RAW Comparison
by Ron Day | April 25, 2008

© Ron DayTo see if there were notable differences between the RAW and JPEG formats when processing underexposed and overexposed images, I conducted the following test. In a series of images, I underexposed the test subject by 1 exposure value (EV), 2 EV, and 3 EV, and then overexposed it by 1 EV, in both...

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Full Control in Photoshop: Layers & Masks
by Tim Grey | February 1, 2008

© Tim GreyPhotography is in large part about exercising control (or maybe that’s just the excuse I use because I happen to be such a control freak). Since the dawn of photography there has been an effort to control the light, the subject, the print, and all other factors that influence the final pho...

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Wave Photography
by Phillip Colla | February 1, 2008

© Phillip CollaI have lived within a mile or two of the ocean for nearly my entire life, spending a lot of time at the beach over the years. My photography has always centered on ocean-oriented subjects, yet somehow I overlooked one of the most obvious marine subjects of all—waves. I have surfed, kayaked, bo...

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Birds in Habitat
by Marie Read | December 31, 2007

© Marie ReadFor compelling bird photos, go beyond portraits. An animated thread recently discussed whether or not “boring” would be a valid bird image critique. As bird photographers, it’s a good exercise for us to consider what draws viewers to a particular bird photograp...

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My Dream SLR
by E.J. Peiker | September 30, 2007

NatureScapesIt has now been 4 years since my initial article and challenge to DSLR manufacturers to build a better digital camera. Fortunately, many of the items have come to fruition, but there is still work to be done. My initial wish list, and the one-year follow up, as well as the NatureScapes.Net lette...

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Long-Exposure Astrophotography
by Jeff Hapeman | September 30, 2007

© Jeff HapemanMany nature and landscape photographers have an interest in integrating the night sky into their photo portfolio. Typically, this takes the form of star-trail photography or landscapes lit by only the moon. However, the night sky can make an excellent subject on its own, especially with longer e...

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Recipe for Panoramas
by Al Perry | July 31, 2007

© Al PerryMaking panoramas using digital cameras and stitching software can be daunting to the uninitiated. This is because a number of steps must be performed correctly and in the proper sequence for the panorama to be successful. My goal here is to share with you my experience in making panoramas (or &#...

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Getting Started With Inkjet Printing
by Eric Chan | July 1, 2007

© Eric ChanInkjet printers have made significant progress over the last few years: contrast is higher, colors are more saturated, and print longevity is better than ever. On the other hand, finding all the right settings to make a great print can be an exercise in frustration. At times, the world of inkjet...

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Noise Reduction in Photographs
by Juza | May 31, 2007

© JuzaWhen I photograph birds and wildlife, I often use ISO 400 or even 800. Even though the recent Canon cameras are pretty good at high ISO, there is always some noise, in particular in the smooth, out of focus areas. It is not a problem: with Photoshop, it is quite easy to reduce the noise, and I&#...

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