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Using Digital Cameras

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Visualize Your Image before Taking a Digital Photo

Your first step in taking a great digital photograph is knowing the story you want to tell with your photograph. Before you take a picture, ask yourself what you’re trying to portray. [more…]

How to Photograph Backlit Subjects

When the sun illuminates the back of your subject, it is backlit. When your camera meters for a backlit subject or object, it is much darker than the rest of the scene. You can deal with a backlit object [more…]

Tips for Twilight Photography

Photographing landscapes after dusk is not as easy as photographing during the day. Twilight offers low light, which means you’ll have to increase the ISO setting, and many cameras are extremely noisy [more…]

Use Shapes and Patterns in Your Nature Photographs

Sometimes, you get lucky and nature arranges shapes wonderfully; all you need to do is find the right vantage point to get a great photo. Other times, you have to help Mother Nature by creating an artistic [more…]

Learn to Take Great Photos of Birds

The best way to get great digital photographs of any birds is to study them. Spend more time shooting and less time driving to places where you think birds [more…]

The Right Equipment for Photographing Birds

Bird photography is very rewarding. However, it can be quite challenging to get good photographs of birds when you don’t have the right equipment. In addition to knowing about your subjects, you also need [more…]

Take Pictures of Birds at a Bird Feeder

If you like bird photography, you can take great photos in your backyard. You can get stunning pictures of cardinals, blue jays, and hummingbirds. All you need is a bird feeder, some bird feed, and a bit [more…]

How to Photograph Small Birds

The smaller birds can be very interesting subjects for nature photography. You find small birds in many places. The best place to photograph them is in their natural habitat. For example, this catbird [more…]

How to Photograph Wading Birds

Wading birds are interesting subjects for nature photographers. They have tall spindly legs like stilts that keep their bodies high above the waters in which they fish. They also have pointy beaks that [more…]

How to Photograph Birds of Prey

You’ll be better prepared to photograph birds of prey if you know where to find them and know something about their lifestyles. You can find this information in books or through your local Audubon Society [more…]

How to Photograph Birds in the Nest

If you’ve never photographed large birds in a nest, do an online search for “rookeries” in your state. These areas are where birds can find materials and a sheltered area for building nests and tending [more…]

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Birds in flight are great subjects for nature photographers. When you’re photographing a bird in the nest or at rest, the bird may soon take off in search of food or to pick up building material for a [more…]

The Best Places to Photograph Wildlife

State parks and wildlife preserves are wonderful places to visit and capture compelling photographs of wildlife. In these places, animals get to roam in their native habitats with only minimal intrusion [more…]

Find Wildlife to Photograph

Photographing animals is an exciting part of nature photography. Photographing wild animals is similar to hunting, yet your prey survives to live another day. First, you will need to find wildlife. [more…]

Camera Settings for the Wildlife Photographer

You have a digital SLR camera and want to photograph wildlife. If you’re ready to go on safari with your camera, read on. These suggested camera settings for wildlife photography will help you get great [more…]

Tips for Wildlife Photography in Parks

You may think photographing wildlife in parks would be easy to do. However, many parks are huge, sprawling over miles and miles. Timid animals can more easily hide far from the beaten path trodden by the [more…]

How to Photograph Animals in Motion

You have two ways to approach action photography with animals. You can freeze the animal's action or create an artistic depiction of the animal’s motion. [more…]

How to Photograph Dangerous Animals

While photographing nature and wildlife, remember some animals are predators and can definitely pose a threat to a photographer. Alligators, bears, bobcats, and panthers, to name a few, are animals that [more…]

Safely Photograph Animals in the Wild

When nature photographers go into the wilderness in search of beauty and wildlife for that perfect photograph, it can and should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of stress. It should also be a stress-free [more…]

Lensbaby Photography Tips and Tricks

The Lensbaby is a tool that creative photographers use to capture images with a sweet spot of focus in one part of the image that gradually goes out of focus at the edge of the frame. The photographer [more…]

Photograph Nature's Patterns

Landscape photographers tend to look at wide expanses of nature and photograph majestic vistas like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite Valley. When focusing on these wonderful scenes, photographers miss some [more…]

How to Use Lensbaby Optics

The Lensbaby line includes a wide variety of optics. The Lensbaby Optic Swap system makes it possible for you to change the look and feel of your digital images by changing the optic. [more…]

Set Up Your Camera for Lensbaby

Lensbaby does not make an auto-focus lens, which means your all-singing, all-dancing camera will be as blind as a bat. You’ll have to manually focus the lens to get an image that has a sharp sweet spot [more…]

How to Use the Lensbaby

When you look at the Lensbaby Composer for the first time, you may frown and wonder what it’s all about. Nothing on the lens is automatic. You have to set your shot. But after the initial fumbling, you [more…]

Camera Settings for Detailed Nature Photography

Photograph details in nature like leaves, vines, flowers, and insects during the early morning or late afternoon. This gives you nice warm light that is flattering and more diffuse than harsh overhead [more…]

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