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What's a Focal Plane and Why Should I Care?

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The focal plane tells which elements are important, and which aren't. A well chosen focal plane creates impact, a poorly chosen one introduces confusion.
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The Tao of Landscape Photography

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For pro photographer Alex Lagarejos landscape photography is the absolute antithesis of his day job. Here is how he pursues it.
Canola and wheat fields merge to highlight a shaded barn on a beautiful day in the Palouse, Washington.

Don’t Dismiss Daylight Hours for Taking Great Photos

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Patricia Davidson gives us some great advise on how to take great photos during those dreaded daylight hours.
Cathedrals Caves, Catlins, New Zeland

Dealing with Extreme Tonal Range

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Bracketing and Blending is not the ONLY way to capture extreme tonal range. Here are some other ideas.
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Emotional Impact of Color in Landscape Photography - Part 3

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Charlotte Gibb takes an in-depth look at how to use color in landscape photography to create an emotional impact.
Our eyes are particularly sensitive to green, and we can distinguish between more subtle shade of green than any other color.

Emotional Impact of Color in Landscape Photography - Part 2

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Charlotte Gibb takes an in-depth look at how to use secondary colors in landscape photography to create more emotional impact.
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Emotional Impact of Color in Landscape Photography - Part 1

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Charlotte Gibb takes an in-depth look at how to use primary colors in landscape photography to create an emotional impact.
Sometimes when the sky is plain and blue, black and white works to create a nice contrasty scene where the focus is on the shapes and tones.

When to fall back to Black and White photography?

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Here are some basic guidelines by pro photographer Christine Hauber on when to fall back to black and white photography.
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Photographing Flowing Lava in Hawaii

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Varina Patel has fallen in love with the Big Island of Hawaii. Here's what she recommends for photographing flowing lava.
A brief window of light over the grand canyon after a clearing winter storm.

An Intro to Camera's Metering Modes

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Metering modes - What is it and why it is important to understand how they work even if you may not always use them.
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Photographing Lava from Air – Part II

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Photographing Lava from air can be challenging. Here are few tips from Grant Collier to get some stunning aerial shots of lava flows.
Coyote Buttes, Arizona

How to Capture Great Photos at All Times of Day

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Ugo Cei gives some easy to follow guidance on how to come away with great photos in any light conditions.