Nature to the Rescue
by F.M. Kearney | August 24, 2016

Copyright F.M. KearneyI’ve always viewed myself as a “traditionalist.” I’ve never really strayed too far away from the boundaries of straight photography. It’s not that I have anything against digital manipulations, it’s just that I’m not an expert at it. I consider my Photoshop skills to be intermediat...

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Creativity Top 12
by Alain Briot | February 6, 2013

© Alain BriotStanding out among the ever-increasing number of photographers is becoming increasingly difficult. However, doing so is still possible. The purpose of this essay is to give you ideas about how.

In order to stand out we have to do things that other photographers are not doing. In other words ou...

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Freeing Your Creative Mind
by Kyle McDougall | January 30, 2013

© Kyle McDougallThere is a good chance that we all became interested in landscape photography for similar reasons. I know for myself, the bold, dramatic images that I saw online and in books were what first caught my attention. Heavy contrast/saturated pictures that jump off the page do a good job of giving peo...

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Panning: Painting with Light
by Ben Fuchs | December 5, 2012

© Ben FuchsPhotography in Greek means painting with light. Panning is one way photographers can practice painting with light while produce results that resemble real paintings.

The optimal exposure time for panning is (depending on the subject) about 0.8s. If it is too short, the amount of panning is oft...

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Finding Character Through Your Macro Lens
by Mike Moats | September 3, 2011

© Mike MoatsIf you have ever had a chance to see a performance by the singer Lady Gaga, you would be amazed by some of the elaborate costumes she wears in concert. It is part of her shock and awe style that she brings to the stage. I have heard many comments by those who have seen her perform, and the com...

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When Life Gives You Lemons…
by F.M. Kearney | July 8, 2011

© F.M. KearneyMy Early Morning Pass got me into the botanical garden hours before it officially opened to the public. The daylily garden, running adjacent to a narrow pathway, was at its peak. With no swarming throngs of curious onlookers to deal with, I practically had the whole place to myself. The winds we...

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Fisheye Lens Landscapes
by Darren Huski | May 16, 2011

© Darren HuskiWide angle lenses are a staple of landscape photography. The wide angle zoom seems to be the modern standard in everyone’s camera bag. Often, when a grand landscape presents itself, the wide zoom is the first and sometimes only lens that gets used. It seems that “go wide and include...

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Roads More Traveled
by Royce Howland | March 23, 2011

© Royce HowlandThe famous Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” ends with a few lines that are easily seen as inspiration for the outdoor photographer:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

But what...

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Infrared Photography
by Deborah Sandidge | September 14, 2010

© Deborah SandidgePhotographers from the novice to the professional can photograph in infrared. Infrared light surrounds you—you just can’t see it. However, when you use a special filter with your digital camera, it becomes capable of recording infrared light. You can learn to envision the behavior and ef...

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Fall for Autumn Photography
by Bret Edge | August 24, 2010

© Bret EdgeWith memories of alpine wildflowers in the not-too-distant past it’s almost impossible to believe that autumn is right around the corner. And yet, all the signs point to exactly that. Temperatures are trending lower, bears are focused on getting fatter and sunset is arriving earlier every...

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Making the Most of Bad Weather
by Bret Edge | June 29, 2010

© Bret EdgeWouldn’t it be grand if every photo vacation involved puffy clouds filling an azure sky above rugged peaks, deep canyons or vast deserts awash in alpenglow every morning and every evening of our trip? Perhaps some photographers are so lucky. I am not one of them. Twice now I’ve spent...

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Departing from the Literal Image
by Mark Graf | March 31, 2010

© Mark GrafAnyone with interest in improving their photography can attest to how part of the challenge is simply to capture an image as seen through their eyes. How many times have we thought to ourselves, “I didn’t see that soda can next to my waterfall!” or “All of my whites are c...

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