The best African safari boots need to protect your feet from sharp stones and nail-tough thorns without blistering or scorching them. But that's not all... Most southern African safaris are conducted in dry, gravelly soils, often sand deserts. But some are run … [Read more...] about Best African Safari Boots Explained
Wildlife photography, flower photography, landscape photography – it's all nature photography to me. Outdoor people know a good thing when they see it, and it's human nature to want to capture it. This is why kids bring bugs and frogs and rocks home, why hunters save antlers and pay taxidermists big bucks to preserve deer heads and flying pheasants.
Photography is another way to capture the often fleeting beauty of nature. My fascination with it started way back in the early 1970s when I set about to learn as much as I could about the natural world. That learning became more challenging and exciting and I spent more time afield because of my cameras. I found myself camera hunting 12 months of the year, capturing the wildlife and scenes I loved. A big mule deer in my viewfinder made me shake as much as much as one behind my scope reticle. It still does. Learn about Telephoto Lenses & Longer Lenses for Fewer Dollars
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Now that digital photography has freed us from the tyranny of film, we can blaze away on high speed motor drive without the fear of running out of ammo. SD cards store thousands of images. How SD Cards Work SD cards (Secure Digital) are the modern version of film — a place to … [Read more...] about Photo 101: SD Cards Exposed!
So you want to be a wildlife photographer? Why? If it’s to fund an outdoor lifestyle or make a living, think again. It it’s to get your money’s worth out of life, to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful natural world you’re a citizen of, more power to you. Go for it! Some 40 … [Read more...] about Why Be a Wildlife Photographer?
Sharp focus is the foundation of a great photo. You can crop to fix poor composition, tweak contrast and exposure, but if the subject is out of focus, yuck. Here are six techniques for getting sharper photos. 1. Use a Fast Shutter Setting for Sharper Photos A fast … [Read more...] about 6 Tricks Make Sharper Photos
Sensor Crop Factor Adds Power to Any Lens Did you know you can buy DSLR cameras that add telephoto power to your lenses? The right DSLR camera can turn your 100mm into a 150mm or 160mm, your 200mm into a 320mm, your 400mm into a 640mm. It's practically a free lunch via sensor … [Read more...] about Photo 101: Sensor Crop Factor = Free Telephoto
Birds fly. Deer run. Wildlife photographers have to be ready to capture wildlife action in an instant. Pre-setting the ideal camera controls is the best way to do this. Defeat Hand Tremors With the Right Shutter Speed To prevent handheld camera shake, choose a shutter speed … [Read more...] about Photo 101: Pre-Set Camera for Wildlife Action
Contrast and light can make subjects look pretty or ugly. It’s up to you as photographer to figure this out. Most photographic amateurs think high noon on a sunny day is a great time to take a picture. “Look at those snow-capped mountains, Gertrude. Stand there under … [Read more...] about Photo 101: Contrast and Light