Using Digital Cameras

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How to Photograph Wildflowers

The right equipment and camera settings can help you photograph wildflowers. In some areas, you find wildflowers everywhere: in the woods, by streams, and even in natural storm water ditches. You also [more…]

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 Capturing Bird Portraits

Birds are photogenic. Some birds will just naturally stay put and allow their portrait taken. As a nature photographer, you learn that birds that are used to the presence of humans, and occasionally get [more…]

How to Take Portrait Pictures of Animals

You can create wonderful pictures of wild animals by zooming in and taking a portrait. Similar to a portrait of a person, you want the animal to be in sharp focus, against a background that is out of focus [more…]

Focal Length for Nature Photography

It would be a wonderful thing if you could do all of your photography with one focal length. Well, actually you could, using a little thing called foot zoom [more…]

Focal Length for Photographing Wildlife

The type of lens you use for photographing wildlife depends on whether your subject is close to you or far away. It also depends on the type of wildlife you’re photographing. Let’s face it: Common sense [more…]

Tips for Photographing a Mountain Landscape

Some mountain ranges give you a wide variety of subjects to photograph. The Smoky Mountains include waterfalls, rivers, lots of trees, and wildflowers. Yosemite National Park also gives you a well-rounded [more…]

Camera Settings for Photographing in Mountains

In landscape photography, you need to have the right equipment and the right settings to get fabulous photos. Here are tips for which focal length range will yield great photos of mountain ranges. I also [more…]

Tips for Photographing Rivers, Lakes, and Swamps

If you live near a river or lake, visit it at different times of the year to photograph its full diversity. A river can be raging when snow is melting, or it can be placid at the end of summer. If you [more…]

Camera Settings for Photographing Water in Motion

Cascading water is exciting to watch and photograph. Raging rivers also make beautiful photographs. Surging white water rapids, briny mist, and cascading spray are all the elements you need for a great [more…]

Camera Settings for Photographing a Water Landscape

Still water is an interesting subject for a photographer. Lakes can be shallow bodies of water with vegetation on the shorelines, or they can be mountain lakes that are carved out by glaciers. A healthy [more…]

Tips for Photographing a Forest Landscape

Every landscape photographer’s goal is to take a picture that captures the true essence and beauty of a place. When your subject, such as a forest, is essentially monotone — in this case a lovely shade [more…]

Camera Settings for Photographing a Forest

In order to get good photographs of a forest, you must notice the forest as an entity. When you see the elements for a compelling picture fall into place, it’s time to think about composition, settings [more…]

Depth of Field, Focal Lengths, and Distance

When you photograph a scene with a wide-angle lens, you always get a larger depth of field than you would with a longer focal length. The figure shows an example of a scene photographed with a 24mm lens [more…]

Photographing Objects in Motion

There are a couple of schools of thought on photographing objects in motion. The recipe for a perfect exposure can be obtained in many ways. You can choose a small aperture [more…]

Tips for Shooting a Sunrise Photo

Sunrise is a glorious time for nature and landscape photography. You capture wonderful images just before the sun comes up and as it peeks over the horizon, and also for an hour or so after the sun rises [more…]

Camera Settings for a Sunrise Photo

Start shooting into the sun when it peeks above the horizon. When you photograph a landscape at sunrise, the quality of the light and the colors changes almost by the second. Shoot lots of frames and shoot [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…]

Camera Settings for a Sunset Photo

Photographing a sunset is exciting. The light changes by the minute (or even second) as the sun sinks lower on the horizon. And some of the best images happen just before the sun sinks below the horizon [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 an Image with Blown-Out Highlights

Your digital camera has a built-in meter that measures the amount of light in the scene and chooses settings to serve up what the camera thinks is a properly exposed image. However, when you photograph [more…]

How to Fix an Out-of-Focus Photo

There’s nothing worse than an image where the subject is out of focus. This often occurs when you shoot with a large aperture. If your focus isn’t spot-on, the entire image appears to be out of focus. [more…]

Photo Subject Blends into the Background

This problem crops up often when you’re photographing wildlife. Animals like deer and some birds use the natural foliage as camouflage. They tend to congregate in areas that closely match their coloration [more…]

Digital Camera Controls

If you’ve just graduated from a point-and-shoot camera to your first digital SLR, you may be wondering what each button and control on the camera is used for. This information may also be useful if you’ve [more…]

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