Outdoor Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Mar 09, 2022  |  0 comments

Tourists, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts love waking up to a bright day with clear skies. The opposite is true for outdoor photographers, for whom clear, featureless skies without clouds can be an absolute nightmare.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 08, 2022  |  0 comments

Nothing spoils an otherwise great shot more than failing to achieve precise focus. You can compose a scene properly, nail exposure, and capture beautiful colors, but if the image is soft all is for naught.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Let’s face it: Not all of us have the time or means to go on safari to photograph exotic animals in their natural habitat. The next best option is a trip to the local zoo with a long lens, and that can be a load of fun.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 04, 2022  |  0 comments

Unforced errors are part of the photographic process, and the goal is to not make the same mistake twice. The quick video below will help prevent you from doing that by identifying a handful of common faux pas and explaining how to avoid or fix them.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 03, 2022  |  0 comments

One of the first characteristics many photographers consider when evaluating a lens is how it renders out-of-focus portions of an image. Often referred to as background blur or bokeh, this attribute imparts a unique look and feel to an image that can be very visually appealing.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 02, 2022  |  0 comments

One of the most basic components of great photographs is an accurate exposure with a broad range of tones, yielding details in both shadows and highlights. This goal can often be a challenge when shooting outside under complicated mixed light.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Lisbon-based travel and nature photographer Andy Mumford is known for awesome imagery, and his popular international workshops in all corners of the globe. Today he shares the advice he gives students regarding the best camera settings to use for compelling outdoor photos.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 25, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s not uncommon to have a distracting object or two in otherwise beautiful outdoor images. Sometimes that’s because you weren’t paying attention, while in other cases there was simply no way to compose the scene without the offending objects in the frame.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 24, 2022  |  0 comments

Photographers are known for chasing the latest and greatest gear, despite the adage that, “It’s the photographer—not the camera—that creates the image.” I’ll admit to owning a couple “state-of-the art” digital cameras myself. But my photo cabinet also includes a few “obsolete” models dating back to 2009.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 23, 2022  |  0 comments

You know the expression: "wisdom comes from experience"? That certainly applies to photography particularly when shooting landscapes, as landscape pro Mark Denney explains in the below tutorial.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 23, 2022  |  0 comments

One challenge with outdoor photography is that landscape scenes tend to be complicated, often confusing viewers and directing their gaze away from your main subject. One of the best methods for simplifying a busy photo is to blur the background, thereby emphasizing what you consider the key point of the shot.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 23, 2022  |  0 comments

You’ve probably heard the silly adage that “If the mode dial on your camera isn’t set to ‘M’ you’re not a real photographer.” While most pros would disagree, there are clearly advantages to choosing camera settings yourself.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 22, 2022  |  0 comments

Long telephoto lenses can be exciting to use, offering the unique ability to get in tight on distant subjects. But big glass doesn’t necessarily guarantee great photographs, unless you have the proper skills.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Feb 18, 2022  |  0 comments

It was shortly after I’d completed a remote Zoom presentation to a group of camera-club members that I decided to share some of the images and main points of my talk in this column. I show photographs, explain the process of making them, and answer questions, and at a time when in-person workshops, camera club meetings, and field trips were impossible, doing Zoom sessions was a welcome chance for members of the photo community to stay connected, motivated, and inspired.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 17, 2022  |  0 comments

Here's a fun little tutorial from Irene Rudnyk if you're stuck in the cold, dark depths of winter like we are. In the below video, Rudnyk takes you on a behind-the-scenes photo shoot where she demonstrates how to photograph a backlit swimsuit model during golden hour at the beach.

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