Outdoor Photography How To

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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  |  Aug 20, 2018  |  1 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  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  1 comments

Fast telephoto lenses have a special mystique in the minds of most outdoor photographers. But what if you can’t afford to purchase exotic big glass? In this eye-opening tutorial, you’ll learn a free and effective alternative to using a long 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. 

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Feb 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Not too long ago we received these notes from photographer Daryl Hawk about his April, 2014, journey across the kingdom of Ladakh:
“Traversed the entire region from the Pakistan border in the west to the Tibetan border in the east…crossed the Khardung pass at 18,380 feet on the highest motorable road in the world…lived with both nomads and residents…explored 25 ancient monasteries and fortresses…tracked snow leopards, discovered petroglyphs and sacred lakes…had a meeting and interview with the King of Ladakh.”

George Schaub  |  May 26, 2015  |  0 comments

A camera enforces a “framing” of the world before you. While you can choose various aspect ratios (from standard to panoramic, from 3:4 to 6:19) the fact remains that you always have to choose what to include and what to leave out of the photo. It’s like constructing a box and deciding what to put inside it. Making those decisions often involves utilizing certain compositional guidelines and tools that artists have used in the past, although like any rules they “are made to be broken.” When deciding which guidelines to apply always remember that content rules, and that context helps tell the tale.

Jeff Wignall  |  Jan 24, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2013  |  0 comments

One of the primary differences between a photograph and the real world is that reality has three dimensions: height, width, and depth. Your photos, of course, only have two—height and width. Any depth that exists in a photograph is purely an optical illusion. Even if you were able to create a print that was the exact same size as the scene (and wouldn’t that be fun) it would still pale beside the real thing because of the lack of that third dimension.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments

The goal with most tutorials we post is to provide helpful tips for improving your photography, along with striking imagery you may want to emulate. But sooner or later it’s important to develop a style of your own, and the video below will get you started.

Daryl Hawk  |  Nov 01, 2016  |  2 comments

Maybe Cuba attracted me most because it was forbidden. If I’m not allowed to go, I want to go. There was also the lure of a place stuck in time, where people were cut off from technology, a place very different from the world I knew. Which is exactly the kind of place I love to explore and photograph.

Josh Miller  |  Apr 15, 2014  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2014  |  1 comments

As primarily a landscape photographer Iam often in a situation where I am struggling to give a feeling of scale to big dramatic views. I will look for something to place close to the camera, such as a dramatic flower or rock, to capture the viewer’s attention and draw them deeper into the photo. In some cases, though, I find including a person rather than a natural element within the scene does a better job of it. Not only does the figure add scale, but it also makes viewers feel like they are standing within the scene rather than looking at a print on the wall, a kind of visual empathy.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 16, 2018  |  0 comments

British pro Thomas Heaton’s latest video has a provocative title: “Throw Away Your Wide-Angle Lens.” Does he mean it? Not really, but Heaton, who is an acclaimed landscape and nature photographer, does have a point to make about lens choices when shooting outdoors.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Toma Bonciu is a Romanian landscape pro with a simple credo: “Photography is a craft and you should work on your skills all the time.” To help you do the same, he created the following video describing beginner mistakes to avoid if you want to capture better landscape images.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Apr 30, 2013  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2013  |  0 comments

While most of Tom Bol’s outdoor and adventure images begin with specific assignments or great scenic opportunities, there are a good number that begin with Tom asking himself, “What if…?”

Ron Leach  |  Aug 24, 2018  |  0 comments

French photographer Serge Ramelli is known for spectacular landscape images. Yet, despite his mad skills, every so often Mother Nature needs some help because of poor light, pale skies, or weak colors. In this tutorial, Ramelli provides 27 free Photoshop presets, and demonstrates how to use them, so you can turn good photos into great ones.

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