Digital Photography Techniques

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Macro Photography and Flowers

Photographing a single flower is an art unto itself. This is similar to portrait photography. If you live in a temperate climate, you can find flowers just about anywhere in the spring and summer months [more…]

The Lensbaby Composer and Composer Pro

Digital images created with the Lensbaby have a dreamy, artistic look that can be used to good effect when photographing nature, especially flowers. Now Lensbaby offers a full product line complete with [more…]

Tips for Shooting a Sunset Photo

Sunset gives you the same wonderful light for photographs you get in the morning, only you get the wonderful light at the end of the day, then the sun dips below the horizon and any clouds in the area [more…]

Options for Sunset Photographs

Sunrise and sunset are great times to shoot pictures. The sun casts a golden hue on landscapes and seascapes. Add some clouds and you have the recipe for great photographs. However, if you want to get [more…]

How to Fix a Boring Landscape Photo

You can be in the most beautiful place in the world and still take a boring picture. Many photographers have a tendency to pick the low-hanging fruit and end up with a mediocre image. [more…]

How to Fix a Dark Landscape Photo

Most of the time, your digital camera errs on the side of caution and serves up an image that is too bright. Sometimes the camera does just the opposite and gives you an image that is darker than the scene [more…]

How to Fix a Busy Nature Photo

The old Zen axiom “Less is more” applies to lots of things in life, including landscape photography. If you take a picture and include too much information, your viewers won’t have any visual clues to [more…]

How to Fix a Too-Bright Sunset Photo

Sunsets are wonderful scenes for nature photographers. However, a sunset with a beautiful landscape often has a wider range than the camera can handle. The camera compromises and delivers an image with [more…]

How to Fix Brightness and Colors in Landscape Photos

The immediacy of digital photography leads many landscape photographers to think they can just point and shoot and the law of averages will give them some good shots. Although this is true, you get much [more…]

HDR Photography for Landscapes and Nature

A method known as high-definition range (HDR) photography enables you to create landscape and nature images that have a wider range of colors and tonality than previously possible with digital photography [more…]

Shoot Landscape Images for Your HDR Photo

Creating landscape and nature images to merge into HDR isn’t rocket science, but you have to follow a sequence and use some specific tools. The images you merge using HDR software need to be perfectly [more…]

Create an HDR Landscape Image in Photoshop Elements 9

If you don’t have Photoshop or Lightroom coupled with Photomatix or HDR Efex Pro, you can get a a surprisingly realistic HDR image by merging exposures in Photoshop Elements. To merge exposures in Photoshop [more…]

Take a Landscape Panorama Picture

Landscapes that go on for miles and miles and miles deserve special treatment. Instead of creating a landscape image with the standard digital photography 4:3 aspect ratio, go really wide and create a [more…]

Stitch Panorama Images in Photoshop Elements

After you take landscape images for a panorama, you stitch them together to make a single image. Many newer cameras have stitching software as part of the package. If your camera doesn’t have stitching [more…]

Choose Lens Filters for Nature Photography

Lens filters are very useful in digital nature photography. You use them to create special effects and manipulate the light coming into your camera. When you want to use a filter, you screw it into the [more…]

Buy a Cheaper Second Camera for Nature Photography

As a nature photographer, you might want to purchase a cheaper second camera. A good option is to buy a sophisticated point-and-shoot camera that has many of the same features as your digital SLR. You [more…]

Purchase Lenses and Accessories for Macro and Close-Up Photography

Perhaps the actual level of magnification isn’t a priority when you’re composing digital photographs, but it’s still a good idea to understand what macro photography is and what separates it from close-up [more…]

Test Lenses and Review Photos on the Computer

Find out how close a specific lens enables you to get to a subject while still depicting it in sharp focus, and check out what the resulting image shows on your computer. Analyze your photos to determine [more…]

Uses for Macro and Close-Up Photography

By adding macro and close-up techniques to your repertoire of photographic skills, you can create compelling images in a variety of fields. Whether you’re a professional photographer, an amateur looking [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Tele-Converters

Tele-converters can be a useful tool for macro photography to carry in your camera bag, but before making the purchase, examine the pros and cons associated with them and compare them to other pieces of [more…]

Increase Photo Magnification with Tele-Converters

A tele-converter is a secondary lens that you position between your lens and the camera body (just like the extension tube). A tele-converter receives the image created by your lens and provides a magnified [more…]

How Extension Tubes Work for Magnification

You have options for getting macro results with your ordinary lenses. Using an extension tube to turn an ordinary lens into a macro lens is one of those options. [more…]

Bellows: The Original Extension Tube

Bellows are an alternative to extension tubes used for macro and close-up photography. They’re based on a design from older large-format and field cameras, which used a mechanical system to extend and [more…]

Add a Reversing Ring to a Zoom Macro Lens

A reversed zoom lens gives you the option to choose from a variety of focal lengths at a close-up range. You can reverse a lens and fix it to your camera body with a reversing ring. This makes it possible [more…]

Work with Fixed Macro Lenses

A fixed macro lens has an unchanging focal length and enables you to focus when you’re close enough to your subjects to achieve a true 1:1 macro capture. Use this type of lens to achieve the highest quality [more…]

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