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Behind the Shot: Poison Dreams

Many nature photographers profess to shoot only natural light because they don’t like flashed-looking pictures. While often said as if it were a badge of honor, this statement is actually an admission that the photographer doesn’t know how to use flash, one of our most important tools! Employed properly, flash can look completely natural and…

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How to Photograph Shapes Instead of Landscapes

I believe that the three biggest concepts in photography are gear, composition, and post-processing. The smallest of those three is gear, the second smallest is post-processing, and the one that is most essential is composition. If I had to attach percentages to them, it would go like this: Gear: 10% Composition: 65% Post Processing: 25%…

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Tips for Planning Landscape Shooting Locations

I often get asked the question: how do you find your landscape photography locations? Typically, a lot of planning goes into my choice of locations and compositions, sometimes even months ahead of time. I start with research at home, which helps me narrow down potential spots. When I arrive on location, the hard work begins,…

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OPG LIVE: October 2017

In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares inspiring images and video from his recent photo trip to Kenya, and shares some of his favorite techniques for making compelling wildlife photos. He also answers questions about wildlife photography.

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The Importance of Photographing Clouds for Outdoor Photography

Whenever you include the sky in your photos, chances are your compositions will look better if there are clouds—the right kind of clouds, that is. Photographing clouds is really important for landscape photography in particular, but I find the presence of clouds to be useful with other types of outdoor photography as well. Look for…

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Photoshop Tips for Beginners

In the 21st century, making photographs has evolved into a process. First, you capture the image with your digital camera, and then you transfer the electronic file into post production editing. There are several post processing software systems, but Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular for beginners. In this article, I will address…

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Three Ways to Immediately Improve Your Photography

In this blog post we are going to discover three compositional guidelines that can immediately improve your photography in a very real way. Photography composition and the placement of things within your frame can elevate a typical photograph if organized correctly. This is going to teach you how to improve your photography without buying a…

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Behind the Shot: Too Close?

Possibly the most prominent symbol of Central America’s tropical forests, often seen on posters, puzzles, and greeting cards, is the red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). These small creatures are only about 5-7 centimeters long, and are very difficult to find in their natural habitat. Tree frogs are green, naturally camouflaged in tropical green forests, and…

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Photographing Birds in Flight

When it comes to bird photography, there is nothing I love more than capturing an intimate portrait of a bird in its natural environment. Successfully creating an artistic photograph of a challenging bird on an appropriate perch is what I live for! That being said, there is also something thrilling and deeply satisfying about capturing…

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