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Tips for Photographing a Beach Landscape

Oceans are great subjects for nature photographers. Oceans have personalities and whims. They can be calm and placid one day, and the next day turn into a raging turmoil of crashing waves and foamy surf [more…]

How to Photograph Waves in the Ocean

There are two schools of thought regarding photographing waves. The first is to use a high shutter speed to freeze the motion of a cresting wave and any spray. Other photographers like to use a slow shutter [more…]

How to Shoot In-Camera Abstract Photos

You can get interesting in-camera abstract photos with subjects that have patterns, such as a row of trees, tree barks, palm fronds, and so on. This technique involves controlled motion of the camera while [more…]

How to Photograph Still Water

When you photograph a still body of water, you have a mirror-like surface that reflects the beauty of nature. The quality of the reflection depends on your vantage point and whether the water is perfectly [more…]

Abstract Photographs of Cresting Waves

Oceans and lakes make great landscape photograph subjects. A technique known as wave panning creates a very abstract, almost painterly, image of a cresting wave. You can also do wave panning on large lakes [more…]

How to Take Black-and-White Landscape Photos

Ansel Adams captured wonderful landscapes using black-and-white film. Your camera captures color images, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow in Ansel’s footsteps and create black-and-white photos. The [more…]

Specialty Lenses for Photographing Nature

Specialty camera lenses give a different look to your nature photographs, and offer cool alternatives to traditional lenses. If you drew outside the lines as a kid, and still like to draw outside the lines [more…]

Nature Photograph — Black Skimmer

Myakka River State Park is home to many species of birds and other wildlife. One day these birds were noticed swooping low on the water. The photographer identified them as black skimmers using his handy [more…]

Landscape Photograph — Sunset in Paradise

This landscape photo was taken in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. This picture was photographed in winter. Winter in Florida is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. [more…]

Landscape Photograph — A Fog upon the Bay

A photograph from the trip down from Mount Tamalpais. The fog was thick on San Francisco Bay, but it was clear on the mountain. A lonely tree called for a photograph. Instead of recording detail in the [more…]

Landscape Photograph — Walking in Ansel’s Footsteps

Visiting Yosemite in the late fall is an incredible experience. The leaves turn color and the weather changes. A storm was approaching during on this evening in Yosemite. As the clouds shrouded Half Dome [more…]

Landscape Photograph — Mackerel Sky

This image was photographed a few minutes after the sun went down. Because the clouds didn’t reach all the way to the horizon, the sky would be on fire a few minutes after the sun set. The photographer [more…]

Landscape Photograph — Take the High Trail

This image was photographed in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, Florida. The park is beautiful with many miles of trails. This trail meanders through a lush meadow dotted with lovely trees. The sun [more…]

Landscape Photograph — Sanibel Sentinel

Florida’s Sanibel Island is a treasure-trove for the nature photographer. Ding Darling Refuge is full of birds and other native wildlife. One blustery January day, the sun was sinking low; with the high [more…]

Landscape Photo — Myakka Fields of Gold

Florida’s Myakka River State Park has many wonderful vistas. In the winter and early spring before the rains come, the grass is dry and brittle, a wonderful wheat color. This lonely tree in the river of [more…]

Landscape Photograph — The Hawk Speaks

Red-shouldered hawks have a distinct cry, which can frustrate a photographer to no end. You hear the hawk, but you can’t figure out where the creature is. When you do find one, you’re rewarded with some [more…]

Nature Photograph — Close-Up of a Yellow Flower

The plan was to do a photo shoot on Gasparilla Island, but Mother Nature intervened and it rained; actually it poured down rain. The rain stopped, but the sun never came out. On the way back home, these [more…]

Optional Digital SLR Camera Features for Nature Photography

You may already own a digital SLR camera. Or perhaps you’re in the market to get a digital SLR that’s well suited for nature photography. The following options are not necessary, but useful: [more…]

Determine Your Digital Camera's Focal Length Multiplier

There’s one important thing to remember about focal lengths: They don’t act the same as they did on 35mm film cameras if you have a sensor that is smaller than a 35mm frame of film. If you have a camera [more…]

Choose the Right Lenses for Your Digital Camera

A camera lens is a round barrel with several pieces of glass inside. The glass guides the light to the sensor. The quality of the glass used in the lens and other factors determine the quality of the image [more…]

How to Choose Lenses for Wildlife Photography

These best camera lenses for wildlife photography are expensive, but if you intend to pursue wildlife photography, they are well worth the investment. The focal length you need to photograph wildlife depends [more…]

Choose a Macro Lens for Close-Up Photography

When you want to get close, really close to your photography subject, nothing beats a macro lens. Macro lenses come in a variety of focal lengths. Prime macro lenses have a range from 50mm to 200mm. The [more…]

Control Depth of Field in Nature Photography

The aperture is the opening in the lens that lets light into the digital camera. The size of aperture you choose determines how much of your image is in sharp focus from front to back, which is known as [more…]

Light Loss in Macro and Close-Up Photography

Light loss occurs in macro and close-up photography because the lens is so far from the digital sensor in order to achieve focus at close ranges. The image produced by the lens [more…]

Auto Focus or Manual Focus for Macro Photography

In macro and close-up photography situations, depth of field tends to become very shallow, so having control of your point of focus is very important. [more…]

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