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“Unseeing” Photo Challenge Assignment 1: Lenses

What is “unseeing?” The answer to this question begins with a secret: Photography is more than just pointing your camera at something beautiful and triggering the shutter. If you really want to take compelling photos, you need to unlearn the way you see the world, throwing decades of cumulative experience out the window and starting…

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Behind the Shot: Devils Tower

Devils Tower is one of America’s most famous landscape icons. Location of the alien mothership’s landing in the 1977 blockbuster hit movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is an igneous intrusion standing tall above the surrounding grasslands, revealed by millennia of erosion. When the magma that formed Devils Tower cooled, it contracted,…

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Behind the Shot: 2017 Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse that recently graced the United States has long been on my mind. I first learned of the eclipse at the beginning of the year, and I immediately marked my calendar and started researching potential photography options. The idea of making a wide-angle landscape photo featuring dramatic scenery beneath the eclipsed sun…

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How to Use Leading Lines to Create Compelling Landscape Photos

Leading lines are vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines that attract a viewer’s attention and lead the eye to critical areas in your image. Leading lines are an effective tool for landscape photographers looking to create depth in their photos, and to draw the viewer deeper into the scene. For the image below, I used a…

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Course: Photographing Vanuatu

Pro landscape photographers Ian Plant and Zac Mills travel to the island nation of Vanuatu to photograph one of the most active volcanoes in the world, sharing their techniques for making stunning images of this amazing natural spectacle. Ian and Zac discuss in detail the artistic and technical decisions they made when photographing the volcano…

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How to Photograph Lava

Although there is no force of nature more destructive than a volcanic eruption, there are actually a few places in the world where you can photograph lava as it explodes, erupts, or oozes out from the molten core of the Earth safely. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in the United States, Nyiragongo Volcano in the Democratic…

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Photographing the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic off the coast of South America, are world-renowned for their exceptional wildlife photography opportunities. Large, easily accessible colonies contain tens of thousands of some of the world’s most incredible birds, including five species of penguin, imperial cormorants, and black-browed albatross. Elephant seals, sea lions, and orcas are…

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Product Review: Peak Design Photography Bag

A flexible backpack is essential to organize your camera gear when you are in the field. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you his favorite backpack, the 20L version from Peak Design. The Peak Design 20L backpack has a top opening with four latches, two side pouches with internal dividers…

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