Most digital cameras give you two basic choices for recording your photo files: JPEG or raw (and, sometimes, both). Which to choose? Although JPEG is fine for casual photography, if you really want to take your photography to the next level, consider using raw format for your image files. I shoot raw format because it
Generally, photographers think of light as the thing that illuminates the subject being photographed. There are times, however, when the light itself can be the subject—or at least an important element of the overall composition. There are several general circumstances when you should consider photographing light as your subject. Sunlight passes through a layer of
In my over ten years as a professional landscape photographer, I’ve learned that artistic composition—the positioning of visual elements within the picture frame—is vitally important to taking successful photos. A critical component of mastering composition is learning how to recognize and creatively use abstract shapes. When assessing potential landscape subjects, I always keep an eye out for objects that form a triangle shape, as I’ve found that you can make powerful compositions by using triangles in landscape photography.
I’ve been a professional landscape, nature, and travel photographer for over ten years, and I often get asked the question: what are the best times of day for ta¬king outdoor photographs? The answer, of course, depends in large part on what you are photographing. Outdoor photographers like myself spend weeks in the field hoping for incredible displays of natural light to fully bring their subjects to life. Understanding light, how it changes during the day, and how you can best use the light to your advantage are all critical aspects of successful outdoor photography.
During a recent trip to southeast Utah, I spotted a magnificent rainbow arcing high above the twisted red rock desert. Unable to resist its beckoning call, I followed the rainbow to the end, where I found a wee little fellow wearing a bright green suit. He led me into his subterranean lair, glowing brightly from
Join professional photographers Ian Plant and Zac Mills on their thrilling photo adventure in Kenya to photograph lions, leopards, cheetahs, and the world-famous crossing of the wildebeest migration over the Mara River. In this course, Ian and Zac share a number of their favorite wildlife photography techniques that allow them to create compelling wildlife photos
Have you heard of a technique called back button focus? In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant takes you on a wildlife safari in Kenya for tips on back button focus. When you are doing wildlife photography, you should use your camera’s predictive autofocus mode because this allows you to track the
If you want to improve your outdoor photography lighting, there are certain factors you need to be aware of. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you three basic lighting styles and how they can work for you. The first is front lighting, which occurs when the sun is behind you
For outdoor photographers, practical landscape photography tips can be invaluable. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant travels to the Badlands and shows you five essential landscape photography tips to help you improve your images. The first is to look for a dramatic sky with colorful clouds. Second, you want favorable light,
Perspective photography is very important in the art of composition, especially when capturing images of animals in the wild. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant travels to Kenya for tips on perspective photography, which is defined as your position relative to the wildlife subject. Ian shows you three angles of composition.