Text and photography by Mike Stensvold
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Software Tips
Text and photog... Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

We all strive to produce photos that are perfect right out of the camera. Unfortunately, sometimes what comes out of the camera doesn't quite match what we envisioned when we pressed the shutter button. Here are some easy things you can do to improve your photos after the fact.

STEP 1: Crop The Image
It's best to get the framing right in...

Software Tips
Text and photog... Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

We all strive to produce photos that are perfect right out of the camera. Unfortunately, sometimes what comes out of the camera doesn't quite match what we envisioned when we pressed the shutter button. Here are some easy things you can do to improve your photos after the fact.

STEP 1: Crop The Image
It's best to get the framing right in...

Travel Tips
Text and photog... Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Water is important stuff. We couldn't exist without it. Besides being necessary for life as we know it, water provides us with power, transportation, recreation...and great photo-ops. Here are some tips and ideas to help you make the most of them.

Tip #1: Reflections
Pure water is colorless. Bodies of water...

Outdoor Tips
Text and photog... Apr 01, 2005 1 comments

The world looks different from the air, and aerial photography thus offers some unique photo opportunities.

If you're not a pilot, probably the best way to get aerial photos through a flight school at your local general-aviation airport. Training planes can fly fairly slowly, and the instructors will be familiar with the area's airspace, and experienced at...

Lens Tips
Text and photog... Jun 01, 2005 Published: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Long lenses are wonderful photographic tools. Their longer-than-"normal" focal lengths magnify everything, allowing you to get "close-ups" of subjects you can't (or don't want to) approach closely. The shorter long lenses (those in the 85--120mm range, for 35mm cameras) are ideal for portraits, because they produce a good head size at a...

Lens Tips, Outdoor Tips
Text and photog... Jan 01, 2004 4 comments

There are lots of special-effects accessories on camera-store shelves, and they are well worth checking out if you're into special effects. But you don't need a lot of fancy accessories to create some interesting and unusual photographic effects. In fact, if you have a basic SLR (single-lens reflex) camera—film or digital—there are several special effects you can produce with no...