Nature Photography

5 Encounters with Giant Beasts

When you head out into the unknown with a camera around your neck, there's always an element of uncertainty. At the end of the day, we're just mortals, who can rapidly make the transition from predator to prey. From the jowls of giant watery creatures to the horns of charging bulls, we present the top five encounters with giant beasts.

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Capturing the Romance of Fall Photography

When it comes to romantic seasons, there is only one—fall! The sun dips low and clings to the horizon, and autumn gives way to the coming winter in a final celebration of color. Fall brings all sorts of magic to the photographer. It’s a time of year when, rain or shine, there is great photography at every turn. However, the days of just a red leaf being considered a great photograph are long gone. Embracing and relaying the romance of the season is the challenge.

Editor's Note: this is a guest blog post by Moose Peterson

Lenses for Bird and Nature Photography: Birds As Art Style

In this practical and educational slide program, we learn which Canon lenses—from the 8-15mm fisheye up to the 800mm f/5.6 L IS that Arthur Morris uses to create his amazing images, how, why and when he uses each of them, and what he is thinking as he depresses the shutter button.

White Balance: Neutral is not Always Natural

For many years, we've been told that color casts—those shifts in color towards blue or yellow—are a bad thing and should be corrected at all costs. In the film days we used color-correction (CC) filters to battle them and, in the digital age, most choose to set their cameras to auto-white-balance (AWB), in effect telling the camera to detect and neutralize color casts automatically. After all, neutral whites and lack of color casts are desirable and natural, right? Wrong!

Photographing Wildlife Eye to Eye

There is no better way to portray animals than at eye level. It’s true for birds but even more true for large mammals. One of the best parts of my yearly trip to lead photo safaris to Alaska, where we photograph Alaskan Brown Bears (also called Grizzly Bears), is that we can photograph them from the ground, at eye level.

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