10 Great Photography Gifts under $100

November 20th, 2013 by Andy Williams

It’s the gift-giving time of year, so we thought we’d put together a list of some of the coolest photo gifts for the outdoor photographer that you can give, or put on your own list for Santa Claus or Hanukkah Harry! We don’t receive anything for recommending these items, we use them ourselves and love them enough to recommend them to you and your friends. Share this post with the spouse, significant other, or family members of your photography friends, they’ll be very grateful!

Enjoy (gift-giving) photography, 

Andy, Marc & Dave

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Neos Overshoes

Improve Your Camera Technique for Better Prints

November 8th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr

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“There’s nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

If there’s one constant to making great fine art prints, it’s that it starts with a great image. Of this there is no debate. As the old adage says “garbage in, garbage out.” A properly composed and exposed, sharp image will make printing a much more enjoyable and satisfying experience, and give you better results.
This of course starts in the field with good camera technique and attention to detail. While you may think that your images look good on a monitor, a print will definitely magnify any defects and undesirable artifacts that you may not have otherwise noticed. This is especially true when making larger prints bigger that 19” wide. Also remember that the resolution of your printer is far greater than that of your monitor, so there is nothing you’ll be able to hide.Bottom line, the better the Raw file, the better your prints will look, at any size.

So how do you go about making sure your captures are as good as they can possibly be? Well here are a few key techniques and practices you can adopt which I’ve learned over the years as a photographer and print maker.

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 – Troy The Turkey Takes On Manhattan

November 6th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Being the grand celebrity he is, Troy The Turkey invaded New York City and explored the town before hitting the big show; PhotoPlus Expo 2013. Check out this documentation of the week! If you haven’t seen our PhotoPlus gallery yet, check out the blog post here.

OPG Annual Pumpkin Pick

October 31st, 2013 by Clay Cook

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We’ve hidden pumpkins all over our website! These pumpkins are filled with treats for you to win. Find a pumpkin, click and win!

We’ll be adding pumpkins all throughout Halloween Day, so make sure and check our website often to find new treats.  The Pumpkin Pick ends at midnight.

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 – Wrap Up!

October 28th, 2013 by Clay Cook

What a week it’s been! We’ve finally settled back in the office from a hectic few days in the big apple. Well, it’s tough to wrap up an entire trip into one post, so what better way then to show our week in gallery of photos. We met a lot of great people and saw a lot of amazing new products. Much of that product will be coming down the pipeline in the next few months, but you can see a sneak peek below.

Thanks to all those that showed up hospitality and we shared a conversation with! 

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LensCoat RainSleeve

October 21st, 2013 by Clay Cook

We created this promotional video for LensCoat and their new product; RainSleeve. The LensCoat® RainCoat RS (RainSleeve) provides protection for your camera and lens from the elements like rain, snow, salt spray, dirt, sand and dust while allowing you easy access to the camera and lens controls. The RainCoat Rain Sleeve is constructed from a lightweight waterproof, breathable material.

Live From PhotoPlus Expo!

October 21st, 2013 by Clay Cook

Every October, we hit the “Big Apple” and take on the largest photography and imaging expo in North America; PhotoPlus. This year we will be live tweeting and posting a daily wrap blog and vlog. Want to know what cool new gear is on the horizon? Stay glued to our social channels and our blog, using the hashtag #opgliveppe and the official hashtag of PPE #ppe2013

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The Art of Choosing the Right Camera Settings in the Field

October 9th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

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Buck Pond, Adirondack State Pk – Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L IS), No Filters

Setting The Scene

Proper exposure for any photographic situation is a balancing act between light, depth of field, movement, and camera noise. Determining why you choose one exposure setting over another depends on what you need in order to capture the image in your mind, OR make the best possible photograph given actual circumstances. So lets explore these ideas using a real world example of a deceptively simple photograph I made a few years ago.

So You Want To Go On A Safari…10 Items To Make Your Life Easier

October 2nd, 2013 by Clay Cook

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 When you love photographing wildlife and you mix in the idea of travel and adventure, it will eventually happen. Whether it be Alaska and the Arctic for bears, India for tigers or Africa for everything else, you will eventually go to one (or all) of these places. Once you commit to the safari of your choice, there are many decisions to make. In this article we are going to focus on 10 camera accessory items that will you’re your life easier and your safari more enjoyable. So let’s go!

5 Ways To Step Up Your Editing Game

September 25th, 2013 by Adam Griffith

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These days, most photographers spend way more time staring at a computer screen than peering through a viewfinder.  Despite this, we sure do spend a lot more talking about lenses and cameras than widescreen monitors. Perhaps that’s because editing tends to be the far more tedious part of the job. With a little investment though, you can make those late nights pouring over the day’s images just a little bit more comfortable.