Nature Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  May 27, 2021  |  0 comments

Dealing with ever-changing light and maximizing depth of field are two of the biggest challenges when making landscape photographs. Tonal values often range from dark shadows to bright sunlit areas, and some scenes call for sharply rendered areas from foreground to background.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 16, 2018  |  0 comments

“Keep things simple” is great advice for whatever type of images you shoot, but when photographing nature scenes it’s often crucial to simplify the landscape if you want to capture compelling photos without a lot of unnecessary clutter.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 07, 2017  |  0 comments

One way to add impact to wildlife and nature photographs it to convey a sense of motion in the scene. In the video below you’ll learn how to accomplish that task with an easy Photoshop image-stacking technique.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Craig Burrows is a California-based photographer who uses his background in physics to create these amazing images that he refers to as “alternative light photography.” The photographs you see here capture the glowing wavelengths of light emitted by plants that aren’t visible to the human eye.

Ron Leach  |  May 05, 2021  |  0 comments

We often discuss how to fix distracting backgrounds in outdoor scenes, and one way to do that is by using small apertures to minimize depth of field. Another approach involves blurring the background in post processing. But if you’re looking for a more creative approach, read on.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 02, 2017  |  1 comments

Serge Ramelli is not only a superb landscape photographer, he’s an expert at teaching his shooting and image-processing techniques to others. In this video Ramelli starts with an intentionally poor image, explains the camera settings he should have used, and then dramatically rehabilitates the photo in Lightroom.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 14, 2017  |  0 comments

Landscape photographers often shoot at smaller apertures to increase depth of field in their images. But while that technique can deliver an “acceptable” zone of sharpness in both the foreground and background, there’s a better approach if what you’re striving for are spectacular images in which acceptable isn’t good enough.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 11, 2020  |  0 comments

Excessive image cropping has always been a controversial topic because of the loss in quality that can occur. But with today’s hi-res digital cameras, you can often crop an image to your heart’s content and still end up with plenty of resolution for good-size prints.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 08, 2020  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting portraits of a beautiful model, or wildlife in the field, one way to turn a good image into a great one is to capture some life in your subject’s eyes. While that’s not always possible when photographing animals in the field under difficult light, it’s easy to add a bit of eye-popping sparkle when editing your images later.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 25, 2018  |  0 comments

A while back we featured a powerful Photoshop tutorial explaining how to turn daytime photos into night scenes with three simple tips. In the video below, you‘ll see how to do the opposite, by making nighttime photos appear to have been captured at dawn.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Neutral Density (ND) filters are among the most popular tools for nature and landscape photographers because of the versatility they provide in setting exposure. By limiting the amount of light entering a lens, ND filters permit shooting at very slow shutter speeds under bright light, for creative effects like soft-flowing water, cotton-like clouds, light trails and more.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 01, 2021  |  0 comments

When it comes to photography, there’s color and then there’s COLOR! In other words, sometimes you want to take a subtle approach while other times the goal is to create eye-popping images—either by choosing vivid subjects, using certain camera settings and shooting techniques, employing a bit of editing wizardry, or a combination of the above.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 20, 2018  |  0 comments

We all know how a bland, pale sky can spoil an otherwise beautiful nature scene. But if you have a minute to spare, the powerful video below explains how to create dramatic skies and add the WOW factor to images in Photoshop.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Petar Sabol Sharpeye is an award-winning Croatian photographer with a wide-ranging portfolio. One of his specialties is macro photography, and he’s created some unique images using a Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 “Soap Bubble” lens.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

It took two trips to the Arctic Circle for photographer Dale Sharpe to pop the question to his girlfriend Karlie Russell, but as you see here the resulting photos are totally epic. 

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