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Tip #36: Eye Contact Versus No Eye Contact

October 31, 2013 - The usual rule of thumb for photographing wildlife is to get eye contact, and the eye should be tack sharp and have a ca...
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Tip #35: Avoid Online Travel Agencies

October 30, 2013 - I travel a lot. In the last year I have flown more than 65,000 miles across North America. I was supposed to go to Afric...
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Tip #34: Try Different Lenses

October 29, 2013 - As primarily a wildlife photographer, I rely on my long lenses to get the closest photos of the animals without intrudin...
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The changing times of camera and pen

October 28, 2013 - Dawn Wilson's travels across North America I budgeted enough money, time, effort and travel for six months to tackle ph...
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Tip #33: ...But Try Different Eye Levels

October 24, 2013 - But even though taking a photograph at a subject's eye level might be the ideal, the mood of a photograph can greatly ch...
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Tip #32: Shoot at Eye Level

October 23, 2013 - When photographing anything that has eyes - from people to birds to camels - the best connection with the subject will b...
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Tip #31: Try Different Camera Settings

October 22, 2013 - In the days of film, the cost of developing the film with unknown results and the time it took to make setting changes i...
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Tip #30: Try All Different Angles

October 20, 2013 - Let's start talking a little about composition. Digital cameras have provided us the opportunity to take many, many pho...
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Tip #29: Read the Fine Print

October 19, 2013 - In my very first tip I suggested getting travel insurance for those big trips that cost a lot of money, time and effort.
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Tip #28: Take Notes

October 16, 2013 - Before the days of cell phones, iPads and other mobile devices, photographers would use small notepads to record locatio...
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Tip #27: Study Your Subject

October 15, 2013 - I have often been heard saying that photography is only 10% of my time. The other 90% includes a wide variety of activit...
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Tip #26: Get Used to Being Up Before the Sun

October 14, 2013 - As I mentioned in the previous tip, my preference is to be up and out taking pictures at the first light of the day. Tha...
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Tip #25: Dont' Worry About the Dishes

October 13, 2013 - I am notorious for trying to get everything done before I leave the house so I work hard to remind myself that those dis...
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Tip #24: Keep an Open Mind

October 12, 2013 - In the last few tips I talked about setting goals for your photography and photo outings. But the most important thing t...
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Tip #23: Set a Goal for Each Photo Outing

October 11, 2013 - Each time I head out into the field to photograph my favorite subject - wildlife - I make a plan for what I want to see.
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Tip #22: Set a Goal for Each Photo Day

October 10, 2013 - As busy as I may get I do something for my photography every day. Some days this means an all day outing to find elk bug...
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Tip #21: Don't Try to Do It All

October 09, 2013 - Nature happens every minute of every day in every place around us. We would go insane trying to capture all of it all th...
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Tip #20: Ways to Reduce Bright Spots

October 07, 2013 - For landscapes, bracketed photos can really help you capture the best settings for reducing or overexposing the bright s...
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Tip #19: Avoid Bright Spots

October 06, 2013 - Our eyes naturally gravitate to looking at the brightest spot in a photo. If your photo is of a polar bear on a snowy ba...
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Tip #18: Keep a Clean Background

October 05, 2013 - When I first started focusing on wildlife photography, I had to really work at focusing my images to just one subject. I...
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Tip #17: Add a Warming Polarizer

October 02, 2013 - Most of the tips so far have been about protecting gear or you while in the outdoors. Using a warming polarizer is compl...
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Tip #16: Use a UV Filter

October 01, 2013 - Many of the effects created by filters can actually be pretty easily achieved in post-processing software but having a U...
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