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 / Photography
Outdoor Photographer

Outdoor Photographer May 2013

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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14 Issues


1 min.
cover shot

Photographers, Clockwise From Top Left: Philip Kuntz, Moraine Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada; Hank Christensen, Death Valley National Park, California; Frans Lanting, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa; Rafael Rojas, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile; James Kay, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah; Dean Cobin, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona; Kerrick James, Lake Powell, Utah. The array of images on this cover shows some of the incredible photography in this special issue of OP. Among well-known names like Frans Lanting, James Kay, Kerrick James and Rafael Rojas, there are lesser-known photographers like Philip Kuntz and Hank Christensen who submitted their photographs to the OP Assignments galleries. When the new Assignments go out every week, photographers—OP readers—from all over the world submit some outstanding imagery, and more and more I’m looking for ways to…

3 min.
in this issue

As this issue goes to press, we’re in the late stages of our second annual American Landscape photo contest. The contest ends in late April, so as you read this, chances are good that there are still a few days left to enter. The 2012 American Landscape contest drew some of the best submissions I’ve ever seen for an OP contest, and that’s my favorite aspect of these contests. Amidst the submissions there are always a number of photos of the same place and similar conditions that I see every day. They’re good photographs, but they haven’t done much to add to the story of the landscape. My favorite photos are those that show me something new-not only something that I haven’t seen before, but something I haven’t even thought…

1 min.
show case

Two Medicine Lake Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, is infamous for colored rocks on the lake bed that can be seen from shore when the surface is calm. Because it’s surrounded by mountain peaks, the lake frequently sees a lot of wind, so capturing calm water isn’t easy. Kevin McNeal had to return to the area several times to find the right conditions. "The next step was finding a nice mix of colors in the foreground rocks," he explains. "I really wanted the warm tones of the foreground rocks to complement the light on the mountain peaks to tie the image together cohesively. The real magic of this lake is the infrequent visitors, however. It has a host of photographic opportunities and is well worth the visit." Go…

8 min.
in focus

DX-FORMAT DSLR The upgraded Nikon DX-format D7100 builds on the popular D7000’s success with several important new features. The lightweight camera integrates a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO of 100-6400 (up to 25,600 expanded), a 51-point AF system and built-in HDR. The wider and brighter 3.2-inch LCD features a 1229K-dot resolution and a spot white balance that can be adjusted while shooting live video or in unfamiliar conditions. It provides full AF with lenses at ƒ/8 or greater and includes a 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video, giving your telephoto lenses the effect of a longer reach. A stereo internal microphone is provided, as well as a dedicated external microphone terminal. Video is captured at 1080 60i/30p. The D7100 is compatible with D600 and D7000 En-EL batteries…

7 min.
high-tech landscapes

In this issue of Outdoor Photographer, we celebrate the landscape-the classic expression of photography in the field. Perhaps in no other genre of photography has the advancement of technology so greatly improved our technical and creative options. The variables of light and weather are often the very factors that make a landscape worth capturing, but at the same time they challenge the limitations of the photographic process. The good news is that some of the most vexing problems inherent in field photography have been solved; the bad news is, we no longer have excuses for burned-out highlights, murky shadows, noise, or lack of resolution or sharpness. Wait! That’s good news, too. Here are some of the more important technological advances that have revolutionized landscape photography in the digital age. Improved Dynamic…

4 min.
seeing the color

I’ve been wondering if there are any secondary effects caused by the amazing automation we find in cameras, especially with auto white balance settings. Have you experimented with your camera’s white balance settings, like switching your camera from auto white balance to one of the presets, or even better, to manual control with the color temperature (K, or Kelvin) settings? You can adjust white balance within the camera settings, or if shooting RAW photo files, during the post editing in your computer. Now, why would you want to override the camera’s auto function that seems to work just fine? The answer: to better understand the color output created by different light sources. This might reward you from missing some wild colors out there you might not have noticed otherwise. One of…