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Pushing Limits — Delving into Another World (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka Macro photographers know that once you get a glimpse of the detail in an insect’s eye or the inside of a flower, you want to get even closer. Some subjects have unending detail and no matter how close you get, there’s still more to see. A surprising number of […]

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Pushing Limits – Using Unexpected Lenses to Push Your Creativity (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka Modern lenses are marvels of technology and engineering. They offer Pristine optics at the highest resolutions, fast and accurate autofocus and image stabilization that allows us to push the technical limits of image making. They are also expensive, and can sometimes hold us back from certain creative workflows — […]

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Pushing Limits – Stacking Images to Expand Focus and Time (preview)

By Don Komarechka One way I’ve been pushing limits with my own photography in the past decade is trying to uncover ways to overcome the limitations of physics. For astrophotography, especially over long timescales, light pollution adds up to frustration. In macro photography we are faced with a depth-of-field that’s so shallow, we miss important […]

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Pushing Limits – Freezing Soap Bubbles (preview)

Cold and desolate winter days can leave many photographers uninspired to pick up their camera. It’s hard to get excited about long nights and sub-zero temperatures, but the inventive spirit of photography is alive and well with something as simple as blowing bubbles. Each year we get a number of days with exactly the right […]

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Pushing Limits – Pushing Back: Treating Images with Respect in the Digital Era (full story)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka I want to use my column in this issue to bring up an important matter that affects all photographers, even if you don’t know it: image theft. Copyright infringement in the digital era is rampant and it has a significant impact on photographers, especially those who depend on their […]

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Pushing Limits – Bokeh (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka There are many elements that a photographer can control to change the look and feel of their image, everything from focal length to lighting and time of day, but one ingredient that’s often overlooked is “bokeh.” This is a term you might be familiar with, but what does it […]

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Pushing Limits – Fluorescing Nature: Using Ultraviolet Light to Make Your Subject Glow (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka  I’ve often referred to the world of macro photography as “the universe at our feet,” with unending details to explore everywhere you look. Photographers can capture magical qualities in this unseen world, but there are techniques that push further into a realm of fantasy: ultraviolet fluorescence. Many natural and […]

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Pushing Limits – Post-Processing Magic, and Where You Cross the Line (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka I was standing in line at my local City Hall in early November a few years ago, waiting to book the city hall rotunda for an art display for the following year. Everyone in the line was an artist or photographer, and a few conversations were started as we […]

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Editor’s Assignment – Macro (full story)

Here is the winner of the July 2016 online Editor’s Assignment contest. To enter the contest and for full details, please visit our website at www.opcmagazine.com. – Editor-in-Chief   Yellow Jacket Wasps Macro photography is all about the details that we don’t see with our own eyes. The winning image depicts not only the detail, […]

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Pushing Limits – Making Images With Ancient DSLRs (preview)

Story and Photography by Don Komarechka Technological limits are always pushing forward, and with each new iteration of camera gear we have more capabilities as photographers than ever before. This thought process can be crippling as we often start to think, “If I just had that latest lens or camera body, I’d be able to […]

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Pushing Limits – How Technology Broadens Our Creative Potential (full story)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka There has never been a better time to be a photographer. It’s easy to say that photographers have had access to unlimited creative choices and possibilities, yet somehow new technology always pushes those limits farther. New camera sensors, lenses, software and countless gadgets allow us to pursue ideas and […]

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Beginner Basics — A Beginner’s Look at Tripods (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka   Tripods can be a blessing or a curse. In much of my work they are an essential piece of equipment, and in other situations they simply get in the way and obstruct my creativity. When and where to use a tripod is a personal choice and one often […]

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Beginner Basics – Exploring the Unknown Buttons on Your Camera (preview)

By Don Komarechka   Unboxing your camera for the first time is exciting, until you begin to contemplate the myriad of buttons, wheels, dials and menus that seemingly stare back at you. Your first instinct is to open the manual and sink your teeth in, but the camera manual is a technical reference and is […]

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Beginner Basics – What’s in a Filter? (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka The very first accessory usually offered to you after a new camera purchase is a filter. Lens filters serve a number of useful purposes, but they can often cause more harm than good when used in the wrong scenario. Some filters offer protection while others allow for new, creative […]

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Beginner Basics — Free or Cheap Things to Add to Your Camera Bag (Full Story)

Story and Photography by Don Komarechka Dipping your feet into the world of photography can be a wonderful, creative experience, but it comes with challenges. Because photographic topics and genres can be so varied, you might want to spend some time exploring various facets of the art form; this can get expensive. Photographic equipment usually […]

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Beginner Basics — Take More Images Than You Think You Need (preview)

Modern cameras introduce an entirely different shooting mentality to photographers. In the days of film, photographers would associate every click of the shutter with money being spent. In the modern era of photography, memory cards are inexpensive and camera shutters are resilient; a photographer can take as many images as they want! In many scenarios, […]

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Beginner Basics — Working With Telephoto Lenses (preview)

  Many landscape and nature photographers crave the experience that telephoto lenses provide. It’s usually the first new lens purchase after buying a camera. Shooting with a telephoto lens offers a different set of challenges that new photographers often struggle with; motion blur, incorrect exposures and out-of-focus images are commonplace. These obstacles to great images […]

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Beginner Basics — Colour and Photographic Potential (preview)

  Of the many elements responsible for a great image, beginners usually ignore colour when considering their compositions. It’s easy to understand why — there’s so much to worry about. Focus, exposure, leading lines and balance; stressing out about the “rules” of composition sucks the fun out of photography. The easiest way to find great […]

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