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Creating a Landscape Pano

May 22, 2015 - I recently visited Rocky Mountain National Park. My purpose was to photograph wildlife in the snow with a particular hop...
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Tip #62: It Really Might Be Your Camera

May 01, 2015 - I spent the better part of 2014 trying to figure out why I couldn't get sharp photos. The center area was coming up shar...
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Tip #57: Reset Your Settings

April 13, 2015 - I don't know how many times I have done this but it is more than I should and enough that I shouldn't still do it on occ...
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Hanging with Goats - Part II

March 24, 2015 - Hanging with Goats - Part II After my previous post last month about hiking up Quandary Peak to photograph mountain goa...
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Finding Swans

December 12, 2014 - On my recent trip to Wyoming, one of my goals was to get some new flight photos of trumpeter swans. Although some swans...
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Tip #56: Isolate Your Subject

January 27, 2014 - Tip #56: Isolate Your Subject Keep it clean. Avoid distractions. Isolate your subject. Tighten up the shot. Keep it sim...
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Tip #54: Anticipate, Anticipation, Anticipatory

December 29, 2013 - All morning I had the Carly Simon song Anticipation running through my head. I couldn't figure out why until I looked at...
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Tip #53: When to Find a Foggy or Misty Morning

December 28, 2013 - One of the prettiest effects, I think, when photographing nature is to capture an animal standing in their environment w...
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Tip #52: Leave a Little Breathing Room

December 09, 2013 - When photographing wildlife, or any subject for that matter, it is important to give your subject a little breathing roo...
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Tip #51: Read the Fine Print on Insurance Policies

December 09, 2013 - Without going into the long, drawn out details, I need to firmly emphasize to read all find print in the insurance polic...
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Tip #50: Use All of Your Senses

December 08, 2013 - As humans I think we rely on our sense of sight most frequently, but sometimes allowing our other senses to take over ca...
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Tip #46: Set Your Camera to Auto White Balance

December 04, 2013 - Light in different conditions or from different sources emits different colors or tones. This is referred to as color te...
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Tip #45: Be Open to Critique

November 25, 2013 - Photography, like many forms of art, is very subjective. Our best friends may love our work yet the professionals may ba...
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Tip #44: Clean Up Spots in Post Processing

November 24, 2013 - Even after cleaning the image sensor and the glass of the lens you are bound to have spots on your images once in a whil...
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Tip #43: Use the Sensor Cleaner on Your Camera

November 23, 2013 - Many of the newer camera bodies have a feature to clean the sensor area. Although it is still best to have your camera b...
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Tip #42: Give Your Equipment Some TLC

November 22, 2013 - Camera equipment is expensive and we usually tend to buy the most expensive equipment our budget will allow. So take goo...
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Tip #41: Shoot in RAW

November 14, 2013 - Most digital cameras today have the option to select the file format and size. If you plan on doing any editing of your...
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Tip #38: Use the Histogram on Your Camera

November 13, 2013 - One of the great beauties of digital photography versus film is that you can review your photo immediately. This allows...
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Tip #40: Be Patient

November 13, 2013 - Okay, so this is a repeat tip, but it is something I really can't stress enough. I spent the past week in the Churchill...
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Tip #39: Maintain a Clean Background Behind Your Subject

November 03, 2013 - This tip applies nicely for wildlife, people, flowers or any other subject that would be in a portrait situation. You w...
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Tip #37: Isolate Your Subject on Its Background

November 01, 2013 - When I photograph wildlife I don't always have the luxury of placing my subject on the best backgrounds like I would wit...
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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 #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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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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Tip #15: Maintain a Consistent Temperature for Your Equipment

September 30, 2013 - Working in the outdoors means you will be moving in and out of a car or coming outside from indoors. This temperature ch...
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Tip #14: Turn Off the Car

September 28, 2013 - When photographing from your car, turn off the engine. Even though it might seem minute, the smallest little vibration c...
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Tip #13: Use a Bean Bag

September 27, 2013 - In the last tip I mentioned to use the car as a blind. For successful photography from the car use a bean bag to rest yo...
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Tip #11: Be Patient

September 22, 2013 - Nature is constantly happening around us (yes, I know, an obvious statement). But just because it is always happening do...
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Tip #8: Always Have a Change of Shoes With You

September 20, 2013 - Being out in nature is a beautiful thing but frequently we dress for the weather of our destination. More often than not...
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Tip #6: Alwyas Carry Your Camera Bag With You

September 15, 2013 - One sunny afternoon early in summer I was on a search for white-faced ibis. A birding report stated that about a dozen h...
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Tip #5: Get a Rain Jacket for Your Camera Gear

September 15, 2013 - The last tip talked about a rain jacket for you. But it is almost more important to have protection from the rain and ot...
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Tip #3: Be Prepared for the Weather

September 12, 2013 - This tip will lead into several other tips in the next few days, and it was certainly inspired by this overabundance of...
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Tip #2: Always Carry a Headlamp

September 11, 2013 - The best times of day to photograph nature - whether it is a landscape or wildlife - is at and shortly after sunrise and...
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