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How To Use Hyperfocal Focusing

There seem to be a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to critical focusing for scenes with lots of depth, like my image above captured in the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra. I’d like to discuss hyperfocal focusing and dispel the myths I commonly hear about how to attain maximum depth of field for any given scene...
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Last Frame: Daydreaming

“In July 2017, I had a fantastic opportunity to spend a week in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, for an exciting photography adventure,” says Heather Genovese. “It was my first time visiting Alaska, and I immediately fell in love with the lush, pristine landscape. One of the many highlights of the trip was watching these adorable cubs run and play. They reminded me of when my siblings and I were kids. I could almost hear them say, ‘Mom, she’s picking on me!’ as they took turns pinning each other down. I was lucky enough to snap this shot as they took a very brief break from playtime to enjoy a moment of peace.”..
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Motivation: As Simple as ABC

Have you ever had a teacher who motivated you to perform better in school? If so, I’m sure your grades that year were among your best. As a former classroom teacher of 27 years, my teaching philosophy was centered around first motivating every student in my class and then sharing with them the facts the curriculum demanded. It almost didn’t matter what the subject was as long as the student was motivated to learn. My philosophy remains the same when I run a nature safari/photo tour or when I write my Tip of the Week. And Inspiring motivation is as simple as ABC: Arouse, Boost and Catalyst. Contemplate the words below and immerse yourself in your cognition—hopefully, you’ll want to pick up your camera and apply what’s suggested in this week’s tip...
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Milford Sound

You know how it works when discovering new locations. You’ve seen it once somewhere, and you immediately start planning the perfect shot, including light, fog and all the fancy conditions that need to be there to make it the money shot. Usually when you get there, however, something is missing. That’s why you go back to the place until everything fits in perfectly, and you finally take the picture you worked out in your head...
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Your Local Wilderness Assignment Winner Max Foster

“This image was taken on one of the highest cliffs along Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior," says Foster. "Only a few hours north of my home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the north shore is a favorite weekend getaway. With rocky outcroppings, plentiful streams and gorgeous foliage, it's easily one of the best locations for photography in the Midwest. For this photo, I crawled to the edge and used a 14mm wide angle to capture the cliffs, lake and sunrise."..
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Hands On With Nikon Z

In the months before announcing its new Nikon Z series full-frame mirrorless system, Nikon put the Z 7 camera and Mount Adapter FTZ in the hands of select Nikon Ambassadors to test pre-production models. We talked to two of the Ambassadors who had advance access to the camera— wildlife photographer Michelle Valberg and landscape and night photographer Adam Woodworth—about their experience and initial impressions working with the Z 7 and Mount Adapter FTZ with their F mount lenses...
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Blending Multiple Exposures In Photoshop

Have you ever been haunted by the wind when you need to make a long exposure but elements in your composition move in the breeze? You wait and wait, but the breeze doesn’t subside. You try a faster shutter speed, but it’s still not fast enough to stop the motion for the effect you desire. You think about returning on another day, but your schedule doesn’t allow it. Fret not—there’s a solution. First, make the image using a long exposure to obtain the effect you crave. And here’s the beauty—next, raise your ISO, open your aperture, remove the neutral-density filter and make the photo using a shutter speed that’s fast enough to freeze the motion. When you post-process the photos, use a layer mask and blend the parts of the frozen movement into the image with the slow shutter speed. Here's how...
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