Photo Composition Tip: Three is a Magic Number

I’m not a big fan of the so-called “Rule of Odds,” which claims that photographic compositions are more visually appealing when there is an odd number of subjects. Of course, depending on your subject matter and overall composition, sometimes an even number of subjects doesn’t work—but then again, sometimes an odd number doesn’t work, either.

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Video: Time-Lapse Photography in the Falkland Islands

What is time-lapse photography and how does it work? In this video, you will find out more about time-lapse photography with outdoor shooter Ian Plant, who takes you to the Falkland Islands to photograph King Penguins. Ian uses his Canon 5DSR camera, which has a built-in feature that enables the camera to automatically assemble the

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Free Yourself from the “Photography Doldrums”

As cold weather settles in for most of the Northern Hemisphere, I bet many of you are stuck in the “photography doldrums,” with the chill of winter discouraging you from leaving the warmth of home. Comfort takes priority over creation. Doldrums is an old word from the sea; a ship “caught in the doldrums” was

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Things to Consider When Traveling Internationally for Photography

This is the second part of a two-part article on traveling for photography. In Part One, I offered a few tips to ensure a better experience while flying with photo gear. Here, in Part Two, I offer tips related specifically to international photo travel. Before traveling overseas, ensure yourself a smoother experience by reading this

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Tips for Airline Travel with Photography Equipment

I’m writing this while sitting at the Budweiser Brew House in the Miami International Airport, killing some time before boarding an overnight flight to South America. This is the less glamorous side of the nature photography profession—I know you think it’s all champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but it’s also lots of idle waiting and

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The Year in Review: Best Photos of 2016

Ansel Adams once famously said: “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” Of course, Adams was shooting with an old fashioned large format film camera; in this age of fast-paced digital technology, I think we can all do at least slightly better than twelve good photos a year! In 2016, I

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Video: Canon 200-400mm Lens Review

Do you have a favorite lens? In this free video, professional outdoor photographer, Ian Plant, shows you why the Canon 200-400mm lens acts as his go-to lens for wildlife photography. Ian explains how the Canon 200-400mm zoom telephoto provides instant flexibility for shooting wild animals on the move or birds in flight. The lens features

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Course: The Ultra-Wide Landscape

How do those great photographers capture magnificent, wide angle landscape images? In this series of videos, professional outdoor photographer, Ian Plant, shows you how he captures unusual landscape images in the South Dakota Badlands and the caves of Lake Superior. You will learn how to shoot from ground level, prevent lens flare, and correct for

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Video: Canon 11-24mm Lens Review

What is your favorite camera lens? In this free video, professional outdoor photographer, Ian Plant, shows you why the Canon 11-24mm lens has changed the way he approaches photography. What makes this lens special is the extreme, wide angle perspective at 11mm. It works best when you are photographing landscapes and need dramatic foregrounds and

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