“Unseeing” Photo Challenge: Wrap Up

We would like to send a big thank you to all those who participated in the Outdoor Photography Guide “Unseeing” Photo Challenge! It has been amazing to see the amount of talent you brought to this experience! Thank you for your willingness to share your work while providing feedback, encouragement and tips to fellow participants.

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“Unseeing” Photo Challenge Assignment 5: Shutter Speed

For this Outdoor Photography Guide Photo Unseeing Challenge assignment, let’s get creative with shutter speed! Cameras don’t record motion in a way that corresponds to human perception. At one extreme, a camera can freeze the motion of a moving subject, preserving even the tiniest slice of a fleeting moment for eternity. At the other, a

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“Unseeing” Photo Challenge Assignment 4: Focus

Human vision sees the world with considerable depth of field, allowing us to simultaneously perceive everything from close to far away as sharply in focus (although some of us need glasses, contact lenses, or corrective laser surgery to realize our fullest vision potential). Actually, we don’t really see everything with such perfect sharpness all at

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“Unseeing” Photo Challenge Assignment 3: Perspective

I see it all the time—photographers who show up at a location, drop their camera bag, and start shooting, never moving from that first spot. Successful photography is all about moving your feet, looking for unique and compelling angles, and finding fresh perspectives. Changing position doesn’t really change the way our eyes see the world;

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“Unseeing” Photo Challenge Assignment 2: Exposure

Welcome to your second assignment in the Outdoor Photography Guide “Unseeing” Challenge! This week’s challenge is all about learning to creatively use exposure. A camera sensor cannot record the same range from light to dark as our eyes can perceive. By getting creative with this technological limitation, one can create compelling photos that challenge viewer

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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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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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Video: 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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Video: Behind the Shot: Sunset Over Lake Superior

In this video, pro nature photographer Ian Plant wades through waist deep water to get into a sandstone “sea cave” on the shore of Lake Superior. Join him as he discusses artistic and technical strategies for photographing sunset over the lake from inside the cave. WATCH NOW >>