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Advanced Shooter — Do We Need a Code of Ethics in Nature Photography? (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Every week there’s another story in the news or on social media about photographers behaving badly out in nature. I’ve read about people making selfies up close and personal with roadside bears, defacing rock formations with graffiti in national parks and setting up staged camps at iconic overlooks where […]

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Advanced Shooter – How to Pick the Right Shutter Speed Every Time (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Most photographers rarely think about shutter speed as a creative camera control for adding story to images. Indeed, it’s rare that photographers even pay attention to shutter speed unless they’re purposely photographing action or trying to prevent handheld camera shake. But shutter speed choice, just like aperture choice, can […]

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Advanced Shooter – The Resurgence and Importance of the Photographic Print (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Abundance blinds us to the inherent value of things. As the old saying goes, “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.” In the case of photography, the digital revolution has created a paucity of the printed image. Twenty years ago, nearly every photo we took ended […]

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Advanced Shooter – Can Child Psychology Apply to Photographers? (full story)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett They say children pass through several developmental phases on their way to becoming an adult. Now, I’m no psychologist, but looking back on my 30-year career taking pictures, I can see some pretty persuasive similarities between childhood development and my creative journey as a photographer. Non-photographer (incubation) I started […]

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Advanced Shooter – Towards Realistic Wide-Angle Photography (full story)

Story and Photography by Darwin Wiggett What’s the perfect landscape photography lens? Did you immediately think a wide-angle lens? It’s no wonder as wide views seem all the rage now; the wider, the better. Just check out any landscape photo-sharing website and you’ll see a flood of images created with wide focal lengths. After all, […]

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Advanced Shooter – Would You Photograph if You Couldn’t Share? (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett I recently found myself pondering a rather strange question: Would I still photograph if I could never share the resulting images with another soul? This thought got me thinking about why people photograph in the first place. Certainly we do so to share our memories, stories, travels and life […]

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Advanced Shooter — Lessons in Photography from Paul Burwell (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett One of the things that’s great about photography is that it brings you together with really interesting people. Paul Burwell was one of those individuals who influenced those around him and had a wide circle of people he touched. I was one of them. I first knew of Paul […]

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Advanced Shooter – The Unlikely Landscape Lens (full story)

“Often, I will slap on the 300mm lens and just explore a distant scene to grab graphic elements that attract my eye”   Ask any landscape photographer what their favourite lens is and you’ll most likely get answers that include wide-angle focal lengths or maybe the inclusion of a mid-range telephoto, like a 70–200mm lens, for those more […]

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Advanced Shooter — Atmospheric Haze: A Landscape Photographer’s Dream or Nightmare? (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Nature photographers like their landscapes pristine. Generally we don’t want to see any “hand of man” in our pictures, but rather we want to present nature in her purest and finest form. So we venture forth in hopes of recording clean and crisp mountain, desert and forest landscapes. When […]

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Advanced Shooter — Camera Club Rules: Do They Stifle Creativity? (preview)

Story and Photography by Darwin Wiggett Camera clubs are excellent places for photographers to learn and share photography. In my own development as a photographer I owe much of my early inspiration, learning and excitement about photography to time spent in Images Alberta Camera Club in Edmonton. The friendships developed and the lessons learned have […]

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Advanced Shooter — The Art in the Abandoned (preview)

I admit it, I have a fascination with derelict buildings, decaying cars and industrial detritus. And I’m not alone. Most of my fellow nature and outdoor photographers are equally fascinated by abandoned artifacts of the industrial age. Maybe it’s the haunting stories, the recognition of our fragility in nature or simply the graphic visuals that […]

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Advanced Shooter — Who Are You Creatively? (preview)

Why do you make photographs? Some people will answer that they want to document their travels or important events in their lives. Others are inspired by nature and want to capture this inspiration. And many use photography as a positive escape from the hectic rat race of life (a kind of meditation or mental yoga). […]

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Advanced Shooter — Creative Photography – Using Post-Processing to Enhance Story and Mood (full story)

What is creative photography? For me, as soon as I see the word creative I think personal expression. Art is about personal expression. Therefore I think of creative photography as art. Art often points back to its maker. How do you feel about a subject? What is your connection to what you see? Why are […]

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Advanced Shooter — So You Want to be a Professional Nature Photographer? (preview)

Have you ever sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic on your morning commute to work and wished you could just be out in nature taking pictures of fiery sunrises and plunging waterfalls? Or maybe your job is as tedious as counting blades of grass in your lawn. Every waking moment you dream of ejecting yourself from the […]

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Advanced Shooter — Looking Back at the Last 25 Years in Photography (full story)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett I’m not usually one for looking back. It’s not that I’m such a forward-looking guy; it’s mostly because I barely remember yesterday, let alone what happened 25 or more years ago. But several years ago I reached the 50-year old milestone and I thought maybe I should sit back […]

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Advanced Shooter — The Myth of Documentary Landscape Photography (preview)

                                              Story and Photography by Darwin Wiggett I used to think I was a documentary landscape photographer, especially during the period when I only used slide film as my medium to capture images. […]

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Advanced Shooter — Forget the Macro Lens (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Over the course of 25+ years in photography I have owned at least six different macro lens. And the fate of every single one of these lenses has been the same: I sold them! I know that macro lenses allow me to focus really close and make detailed photos […]

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Seven Tips for Adding Flash to Your Nature Photos (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Do you know how to properly integrate flash into your outdoor photography? Nature photographer Darwin Wiggett shows us how, covering topics such as how to eliminate the deer-in-the-headlights look, create drama while using flash as backlighting and the appropriate times to use off-camera flash and pop-up flash. To read […]

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