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Outdoor Photographer

Outdoor Photographer June/July 2021

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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United States
Madavor Media, LLC
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
midnight sun

It’s not every day you get to camp on a beach in the shadow of a 200-foot high, 2-mile-long glacier. In 2018, I called this area at Nellie Juan Glacier “home” for a week as I spent time exploring the glacier and wilderness of Prince William Sound with National Forest Service rangers as an artist-in-residence for their “Voices of the Wilderness” program. Summertime in Alaska is home to the midnight sun, and for this Florida boy, what an amazing treat it was having 24 hours of sunlight. Each night, the sun would skim the horizon only to rise again at about 3 a.m. It was a photographer’s dream to have full light in the middle of the night, and I took advantage of it. On the morning I made this picture, it…

8 min
wild texas

Raucous calls outside my photo blind alerted me to a pair of green jays, an extremely colorful songbird. To photograph them, you must travel to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. This songbird is one of many wildlife species found only in Texas. Texas is the largest state in the continental U.S., so you’ll want to plan your trip there thoroughly to maximize your photo opportunities. One of your first decisions should be when to go. Many unique species are year-round residents, but a few are only present in spring to mate. The golden-cheeked warbler nests in old-growth, Ashe juniper woodlands in the “Hill Country” of central Texas. Kickapoo Caverns State Park near Brackettville is a destination for breeding birds that begin arriving in early March. Contact the park to…

10 min
safety in the national parks

Our national parks are popular. They welcomed roughly 327.5 million visits in 2019, and though 2020 was an exception due to COVID, the parks still recorded 237 million visits. With those crowds come folks unprepared for the hazards and sometimes lacking common sense, increasing the risk of accidents. People falling from cliffs trying to take “selfies” is far too common an occurrence at places like Grand Canyon, and at Yellowstone, more than 20 people have died (and many more have been injured) when illegally leaving the boardwalk and falling into the park’s famous hot springs. Tragedies like these can be prevented with common sense and preparedness for the conditions. With proper planning and situational awareness, you can avoid foreseeable problems and enjoy the incredible views. The beauty of our national parks is…

4 min
new gear & tech

CANON DEVELOPING NEW PRO EOS R3 Canon has announced the development of a pro-grade camera in its full-frame mirrorless EOS R line that we expect will be a top choice for serious wildlife and sports photographers. The Canon EOS R3 is positioned between the Canon EOS R5 and the company’s flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark III, and will be its most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera yet, with design and performance features targeted at professionals. The Canon EOS R3 will feature an all-new stacked CMOS sensor with back-illumination that Canon states greatly improves readout speeds and reduces “rolling shutter” effects when shooting stills with the camera’s electronic shutter, which can shoot continuously at up to 30 fps—the fastest continuous shooting rate yet for an EOS R camera. Canon has not yet disclosed…

12 min
sharing your work, part 2

In the last issue of Outdoor Photographer, I asked an important question: Once we’ve invested in equipment and explored the outdoors in search of inspiring photographs, what’s next for our images? To kick off answering that question, I covered some important fundamentals, including file formats, resolution settings and color spaces. Here in part two of this four-part article series on sharing your work using Adobe Lightroom Classic, it’s time to jump right into Lightroom’s Export dialogue. I’ll show you how to apply the knowledge from the first article to your chosen settings as you export. Accessing The Export Dialogue The first step is to select a set of images for export. You can choose one or many, and there’s no limit to how many you can export. If you have 100,000 images in…

1 min
cover shot

Photographer: QT Luong Location: Zion National Park, Utah Equipment: Sony a7R II, Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Situation: Zion National Park is famous for its sheer cliffs and narrow canyons, but it’s also a remarkable oasis in the desert. One of my favorite places to photograph water and lush vegetation is the popular Emerald Pools Trail, where waterfalls flow over walls and alcoves. Lower Pool is a flat, half-mile, one-way hike from Zion lodge; each of Middle and Upper Pools adds another quarter mile and 200-foot elevation gain. In previous autumn visits, I had found colorful foliage, as red maples are abundant. However, the waterfalls were a trickle. I was hoping for spring runoff in mid-May. Although better than in the autumn, the waterfalls turned out not to be raging—one would…