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Outdoor Photographer July 2018

Outdoor Photographer’s blend of big, beautiful portfolios, in-depth how-to features, buyer’s guides and product reviews combine to make it the premier magazine about nature photography. Our expert staff of editors and columnists is committed to giving you the tools, techniques and inspiration to capture your favorite subjects in a whole new light. Whatever your interest, Outdoor Photographer will inspire and inform you. Special Introductory Offer

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Photographer: Jimmy Chin/Squarespace Location: Yosemite National Park, CA Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Situation: Jimmy Chin is a photographer, filmmaker and mountain sports athlete known for his ability to capture extraordinary imagery. He began his professional career in 1999, and his talents were quickly recognized by top expedition leaders and outdoor brands. In 2002, he secured a breakthrough assignment to be the cinematographer for a high-profile National Geographic-sponsored trek across Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau. In 2006, he was part of the first American team to ski off the summit of Mt. Everest. A longtime member of The North Face Athlete Team, he has joined dozens of exploratory expeditions and completed first ascents around the globe. Chin has garnered numerous photography awards from Photo District News, Communication Arts…

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in this issue

Our national parks recorded over 330 million recreational visits in 2017, not quite matching the record-breaking numbers during the park system’s 2016 centennial year but coming very close. These celebrated wild places are a major draw for nature photographers exploring on their own and increasingly for organized photography workshops. When Zion National Park released new rules for commercial use earlier this year that included restrictions on tripods, the photo community was understandably alarmed. While camera and lens image stabilization technology helps reduce the need for tripods in many circumstances, pros and serious photo enthusiasts continue to rely on them, especially for work in low light, with long lenses and for long exposures. What is commercial use, and how exactly do these restrictions actually affect photographers? Justin Black is a professional nature…

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Justin Black’s photographs have been published widely and featured in numerous exhibitions. In collaboration with organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Panthera, the Sierra Club and Conservation International, his photography has been used to promote conservation campaigns to protect threatened landscapes and ecosystems around the world. See more of his work at Based in Montana, Jason Savage has shared his love for the natural world by photographing the wildlife and landscapes of the American West. His images have been featured by many conservation organizations, magazines and books around the world. As an educator, Savage spends his time teaching and leading photography workshops throughout the Northwest. See more of his work at Don Smith began his career over 40 years ago as a sports photographer and transitioned to…

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Old Faithful At Dawn By Gale Stoner “This image was shot just after daybreak on a crisp, frosty morning in September. I had planned to venture out early enough to take advantage of the morning golden light and, most importantly, to avoid the typical crowds that gather to watch Old Faithful release her energy. I walked completely around Old Faithful to explore different perspectives, looking for the best combination of background, foreground and light. I settled on this angle to capture the backlighting on the steam and show the contrast between the brilliant-colored grass and the gray, barren ground. Old Faithful is a powerful and very predictable geyser. But on that morning, I found a quiet, peaceful and rather humbling miracle of nature.” See more of Gale Stoner’s photography at Line On The…

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sony a7 iii

Sony’s a7 III is the latest full-frame mirrorless camera from a company that’s been particularly prolific since it defined the category with the Sony a7 just a few short years ago. With a price tag of $2,000, a relatively small form factor and a laundry list of high-end specs, the a7 III is a compelling camera, even for those DSLR shooters who have been reticent to go mirrorless. With a 24.2-megapixel sensor, a capture rate of 10 fps, an ISO range of 100-51200 and 14 bits of dynamic range, the a7 III compares well with any camera currently offered, regardless of price tag or whether or not it has a mirror. The most expensive DSLRs (the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II) just slightly best the a7 III in…

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It was 3 a.m., and I was wide awake. I’d soon be driving up to nearby Yosemite Valley to work with a private student for the day, starting with sunrise. A few days earlier, the valley had closed for the day due to flooding. I knew it would be a day for excellent water photography, and my excitement resulted in me being awake before my alarm went off. Come to think of it, I always wake up early when I know I’ll soon be in Yosemite Valley again. Spring was coming fast, but it was too early for dogwood blooms, so we spent a good deal of our time photographing rapids along the river and in the meadows where ponds full of reflections enticed us. At one point in the late morning,…