Trip Report: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Located in the highlands of northwest Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains are truly a wonder to behold. Reaching as high as almost 15,000 feet above sea level, these rugged mountains are home to several photogenic wildlife species, including walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf, klippspringer, and gelada monkeys. Numerous vantage points offer stunning views of steep cliffs, jagged

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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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OPG GOLD LIVE: Photoshop Layers and Masks

Did you miss OPG GOLD LIVE with Ian Plant? Catch the full show now! Ian demonstrates how to use layers and masks in Photoshop. Working with layers and masks opens a whole new world of creative processing techniques, including advanced exposure blending and precise adjustments to specific parts of your images. You’ll never truly master

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OPG GOLD LIVE: Post-production Workflow in Adobe Lightroom

Join world-renowned pro photographer and Managing Editor of Outdoor Photography Guide Ian Plant in this first ever OPG GOLD webinar. This event is available to everyone as an opportunity to experience what the GOLD level membership has to offer. All future GOLD webinars will only be available to GOLD members. In this OPG GOLD LIVE

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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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OPG LIVE: September 2017

In this episode of OPG LIVE, Ian Plant, managing editor at Outdoor Photography Guide, shared photos, pro tips, and stories from his recent trips to Vanuatu to photograph Yasur Volcano, the Badlands of South Dakota, and the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming to photograph the recent solar eclipse. Ian also answered a number of viewer

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Devils Tower

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 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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