Cover Shot, September 2019

The September 2019 issue of Outdoor Photographer features 10 Fall Color Hotspots—ideal locations around the country to capture the beauty of autumn foliage. Some of these destinations are places you might not expect. Wherever you live, there’s likely an opportunity to photograph spectacular fall color within a few hours drive.

Also in this issue is a unique take on color photography: color infrared. In Beyond Visible Light, Russell Hart explains his technique for using a camera converted to capture infrared wavelengths and the results are inspiring. If you have an older camera gathering dust, consider converting it for infrared; the cost is relatively affordable.

On the cover is a dramatic fall color photograph by Stan Bysshe. Here’s the story behind the shot.

“Huntley Meadows Park in Northern Virginia is managed by Fairfax County and occupies about 2 square miles of woods and wetlands. It is probably one of the best wildlife habitats in the suburban Washington, D.C., area. Just 15 minutes from my home, it is my go-to spot to photograph locally. It’s a rare week that I don’t spend at least one sunrise at the park. In the spring and fall, when migrating birds are passing through the area, I am at Huntley several mornings a week. Usually, I am looking for wildlife subjects, especially birds.

“A year ago, I decided to try and create images of Huntley through all four seasons. I made several trips to scout the best areas to capture some of the fall color in the park. It turned out that sunset was the best time for light on the woods across the marsh, and I waited for the peak color to appear. The day before a planned evening shoot, a very strong storm tore across the area, and in one night almost all the trees were bare. Nonetheless, I decided to see how Huntley had fared from the high wind.

“Walking along the boardwalk through the marsh, it was as if winter had arrived in one day—there was no color. But I spotted a lone maple at the water’s edge that somehow was spared and still had its bright red and orange leaves. I tried many compositions, but the vertical tight image turned out to be my favorite because of the immediate contrast between the dark, colorless bare trees and the red leaves.”

–Stan Bysshe

The September 2019 issue is available now in a variety of digital formats including Apple News+ and will be on newsstands beginning Tuesday, August 27.

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GoPro with Man’s Last Moments on Earth Retrieved by Diver, Returned to Owner’s Family

Every once in a while, we stumble upon a heartwarming story from the world of photography that we just have to share, and this is one of those articles. A diver located a deceased man’s GoPro containing his last moments on Earth at the bottom of a waterfall and the diver was able to return […]

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Apple Announces National Park App Collection

Apple Announces National Park App Collection

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 103rd anniversary on Sunday, August 25, Apple has announced a special app collection that will help people make the most of their visit to America’s parks by offering trail maps and guides, mountain identification and peak elevation maps, plant and animal identification, and more. To learn more, check out the apps below or visit the App Store.

REI Co-op National Parks Guide This free app offers trail data and hike descriptions with terrain and satellite maps. You can also use it to plan your next national park trip as it offers information on seasons, camping, lodging, food and drink, and tours. Best of all, no cell signal is needed; all of the data is available offline.

Chimani — National Park Guides – Local experts have researched and written about the national parks’ histories and highlights to help create this comprehensive app. You’ll find maps with detailed trails and info on available facilities, plus activities like hiking, biking and camping. The app also offers alerts and notifications to keep you up-to-date on park-specific news. The offline maps will keep you on track when cell service is spotty, and money-saving discounts are available for dining, lodging and activities.

AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run – Outdoor enthusiasts can explore over 75,000 hiking and mountain bike trails. The app’s filters allow you to sort based on difficulty and length, and help you find kid-friendly, dog-friendly and wheelchair-accessible trails. Maps are downloadable for offline access.

PeakVisor – Aim your phone’s camera at a mountain and this handy app will tell you its name and elevation. In addition to the identification of a million-plus mountains and hills around the world, the app features 3D maps and hike and photo planning, with no internet connection required.

iNaturalist – This app helps you identify the plants and animals you encounter in nature simply by taking a photo. Upload the image and share your observations with a community of nature lovers.  

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Illustrator FAQ: The Total Beginner’s Guide to Vector Illustration, Pt. 1

Illustrator FAQ: The Total Beginner's Guide to Vector Illustration, Pt. 1 - Cover

How do I change canvas size? How do I change the color of an image? How do I erase? Answers to the questions every Illustrator beginner asks.

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15 Photography Books to Read to Inspire Your Next Shoot

Photography Books to Read: Winding Staircase

Pick up one of our top fifteen photography books to read, and find endless inspiration for shooting imagery of every type.

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Photographing the Last Tattooed Headhunters: Advice for Successful Travel Photography Trips

Photographing the Last Tattooed Headhunters: Advice for Successful Travel Photography Trips

Have you always wished you gathered the courage to dive deep into travel photography? It can be an unforgettable experience, but be cautious because you are highly likely to contract a “travel bug” for the rest of your life!

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Award-Winning Wedding Photographer Has Line of Customers Claiming They Never Got Their Pics

One investigative team at a local news station in Orlando has done a pretty eye-opening piece about an award-winning wedding photographer that has apparently yet to deliver photos to multiple clients. The story came to the station’s attention after said clients began complaining about the photographer. FStopper’s reports that Nick Seago’s SNi Photography has come […]

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Photo Of The Day By Beth Young

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Douglas Falls” by Timothy Joyce. Location: Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.Photo By Beth Young

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Doud Creek Backlit Calla Lilies” by Beth Young. Location: Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California.

“Photographing the calla lilies that grow along a small stretch of Doud Creek in Garrapata State Park in Big Sur is a massive exercise in patience, to be sure, particularly on a warm Saturday afternoon,” says Young. “The best time to photograph them is when the sun is low to the horizon to the west, backlighting the luminous petals in contrasting warm and cool colors. There’s only one prime vantage point looking out towards the Pacific Ocean in a very narrow canyon now completely overrun with tourists who weren’t present just a few years ago. Couple those challenges with coastal winds blowing through the canyon, and high contrast, which requires bracketing a wide dynamic range and a high ISO to freeze the movement, then using layer masks in Photoshop to blend multiple images to erase the people continuously walking through your shot and voila, there you go: a lily photo, only eight hours of driving and multiple post-processing tricks to achieve. Wellies are most certainly your friend here; they protect against an insane amount of soft mud and poison oak and were useful for composing images from the middle of the creek where far fewer tourists in white sneakers roam! I sound like I’m complaining, I know, but would I do it again? In the words of Napoleon Dynamite: ‘HECK YES!’”

Exposure: 1/80 sec., f/16, ISO 1600.

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Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Useful Gimbal Tripod Head Configuration Tips

Useful Gimbal Tripod Head Configuration Tips

When I purchased my first large zoom lens it came equipped with a tripod foot. I quickly learned that a standard ball-head wasn’t the best way to use one of these beasts on a tripod. This started my venture into the gimbal games and actually helped in ways that I didn’t anticipate.

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How We Got 100,000 Subscribers on Our Youtube Channel

How We Got 100,000 Subscribers On Our Youtube Channel

Recently, our Shutterstock Tutorials channel was able to reach 100k subscribers. Here’s a look behind the scenes at what it took to get there.

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