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The first half of my career I spent way more time photographing people than I did wildlife. At the end of my career those two subjects switched places and I spent way more time photographing wildlife. What’s interesting is that I did virtually nothing different when I switched to wildlife. I still used telephoto lenses […]

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Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor. Robert O’Toole is […]

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I did a post called – Looking Back – My 12 Favorite Bird Photographs From The Last Decade. It seemed to resonate and some of you asked to see different kinds of shots. It’s been a while since I put much effort into landscape photography so I went back further. Here are my 12 favorite landscape […]

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Circle Scott on Google+ Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances. As a bird photographer, it’s a required skill and the single most valuable thing in my kit. Why? Because I have no choice. Unlike the lovely brides that I used to photograph when I was a wedding photographer, birds don’t take direction […]

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Guest post by My Robert O’Toole – Follow Robert on Twitter Thanks to Scott Bourne for giving me the chance to share my latest macro set up images with you. I hope this post inspires you to get out and try some macro photography. I am a professional nature photographer based in Los Angeles. Over […]

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Before I get into my setups I thought I’d mention the species I photographed in Arizona. I got lots of broad-billed hummingbirds. I happen to think they are the prettiest of the North American species. There were also lots of black-chinned hummingbirds. The most skittish, and the hardest to find and photograph were the magnificent […]

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Executive Summary: Photographing hummingbirds is incredibly hard! The hummingbird is the only bird in the world that can fly backwards. That in and of itself makes me like them. While I’ve photographed many birds, this is my first serious attempt at hummingbird photography. So prior to this expedition to Arizona, I did what I always […]

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Sorry – none of these tips involve buying a magic camera. But if you try them, based on my own experience, they will help you become much better at producing images that matter. 1. Stop comparing your gear against anyone else’s gear. It doesn’t matter that Ernie in your local camera club has a better […]

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I am very proud of this photograph. I’ve photographed literally thousands of eagles, but this simple headshot is one of my favorite eagle portraits of all time. It may not be your cup of tea, but it’s exactly the kind of thing I aim to do. When I make a portrait – whether it be […]

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Guest Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter When I was a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art I attended a class on color and my first assignment was landscape photography. I wasn’t then nor am I now a serious landscape photographer but as a serious student developed a […]

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Summer is coming – really – it is – I promise – sooner or later. And with the better weather comes many a photo opportunity in nature. Outdoor shooters love this time of year because let’s face it; while it may not be as interesting to photograph as snowy mountains, at least it’s comfortable. With […]

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When I go out shooting nature, I try to make sure to go through what I call a planning list. It’s more than a checklist. It’s more like a play book. Here are some of the things I like to plan before the shoot. 1. Location. I want to learn everything I can about the […]

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