Photo Challenge Week 8 Recap: Bokeh

Hi everyone! Although the Photo Challenge is approaching the end (we’ve only got one more week to go!), I’m amazed at the enthusiasm and level of participation from members of the group. It makes it difficult for me to pick some photos to share during the recap—I can’t possibly review them all—so as always, the

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5 Ways to Tell a Story with Your Wildlife Photos

Make every picture worth a thousand words! Successful wildlife photography requires much more than just getting technically perfect photos of animals striking interesting poses. Instead, the wildlife photographer must strive to capture his or her subjects within the broader context of the environment by telling a story. Light, color, motion, composition, and the magic of

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Photo Challenge Week 6 Recap: Motion

Hi everyone! The Motion assignment is now complete, and as usual, I saw many really creative photos posted in the Facebook group. You guys continue to impress and inspire me! Here are a few photos that caught my eye this week. This week’s best shots This photo by Michael Nalsky is a good example of

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Photo Challenge Week 5 Recap: Foreground

Last week’s assignment—foreground—is in many ways the hardest of all the assignments in the Photo Challenge. Although it is easy to find foregrounds for your photos, most people struggle with finding a really good foreground, one that is both interesting and that leads the viewer, both thematically and compositionally, deeper into the scene. While reviewing

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Behind the Shot: Maasai Mara

Wow, this Photo Challenge has been great so far, we’ve seen so many incredible images from participants! Now we’ve come to one of my favorite assignments: motion. We live in a world that is constantly in motion, but when we take a picture, that motion is frozen in a static two-dimensional representation. Our job is

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Photo Challenge Week 4 Recap: Reflections

The Week Four assignment is now wrapped up, so it is time for us to reflect on the many great photos that we’ve seen (sorry, I just couldn’t resist making the pun). Here are a few images that caught my eye that I think are worthy of further discussion. As always, click on the images

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How to Use a Polarizer for Landscape Photography

When I first took up landscape photography, I carried around a big, bulky pouch of filters that were constantly getting scratched, being dropped, or accidentally getting left behind. As digital technology and file quality has improved, the need for most of those filters faded away. Using a polarizer helped reduce the glare on the wet

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Photo Challenge Week 3 Recap: Shooting Through

Hi everyone! I’m taking a short break from photographing polar bears in the Arctic; I’m having an amazing time but I’m thinking about you all and I’m enjoying your Week Three photos. We’ve seen some great images so far in the Photo Challenge, and I love seeing everyone push their creative boundaries. Although there are

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