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  • OPG LIVE: February 2018

    In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares photos and stories from his most recent adventure on the Colorado Plateau in Utah. He offers tips for making compelling landscape and aerial photos, as well as discusses how to photograph slot canyons.

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  • Ground Level Setup for Your Tripod

    There are times when you need to get down really low to capture a dramatic image. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you various techniques of using tripods at ground level. A ground level adaptor removes the center column and allows the tripod legs to be spread within a few

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  • Behind the Shot: Caineville Badlands, Utah

    In the past, I’ve written and spoken a lot about how planning for landscape photography requires a lot of scouting, and patience. During a recent photo trip to the desert of the American Southwest, I put all three to work while photographing the dramatic badlands found around Caineville, Utah. I started by pouring over satellite

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  • Trip Report: Ethiopia’s Sof Omar Caves

    One of the world’s most spectacular and extensive underground caverns and a proposed World Heritage Site, the Sof Omar cave system is an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty. At almost 10 miles long, it is the longest cave system in Ethiopia, and possibly the largest cave complex in Africa. The Weib River flows through

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  • When to Use Back Button Focus for Wildlife Photography

    Have you heard of a technique called back button focus? In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant takes you on a wildlife safari in Kenya for tips on back button focus. When you are doing wildlife photography, you should use your camera’s predictive autofocus mode because this allows you to track the

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  • Outdoor Photography Lighting Styles

    If you want to improve your outdoor photography lighting, there are certain factors you need to be aware of. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you three basic lighting styles and how they can work for you. The first is front lighting, which occurs when the sun is behind you

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  • Trip Report: Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

    Remote, ancient, and breathtaking, the over 200 rock-hewn churches of the Tigray region of Ethiopia were built in high, remote places to protect against attackers. Carved from cliff faces high atop seemingly inaccessible mountain perches, these simple yet stunning churches are the oldest in Ethiopia, some dating back to the 5th Century. And although many

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  • 5 Essential Landscape Photography Tips

    For outdoor photographers, practical landscape photography tips can be invaluable. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant travels to the Badlands and shows you five essential landscape photography tips to help you improve your images and Landscape photography composition. The first is to look for a dramatic sky with colorful clouds. Second,

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  • OPG LIVE: January 2018

    In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares stunning photos of dramatic scenery, amazing wildlife, and ancient rock-hewn churches taken on his recent trip to Ethiopia. Ian takes you behind the lens and shares his secrets to taking compelling photographs. He also shares an exciting sneak preview of his upcoming eBook and

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  • Trip Report: Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

    One of the hottest and driest places on Earth, the Danakil Depression in the northern part of the Afar region in Ethiopia (part of the great East African Rift Valley) is one of the most cruelly inhospitable places on the planet. Much of it lies below sea level, with temperatures as high as 125 degrees

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