Congrats to John Batdorff!

December 4th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

John_headshotWe are pleased to announce John Batdorff as the winner of our Think Tank StreetWalker HardDrive contest. Out of thousands of entries, John won in a random drawing.

The son of two avid photographers, John began his photo career as a teenager, shooting pictures for the family’s newspaper business.  A renowned landscape photographer, John’s work has been showcased at the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work has also been featured in numerous publications.

John has a strong following on his photography blog and he gives photography instruction and seminars in Chicago where he resides. In addition to photography, John enjoys many outdoor sports including running, fly fishing and mountain climbing.  He’ll put his StreetWalker to good use!


Be sure to check out all the cool pics on his site.

Also, check out John’s blog.

Thanks to Brian at Think Tank Photo for his support in this contest!

More to come!

Welcome David duChemin!

December 2nd, 2009 by Chris Klapheke


Outdoor Photo Gear is proud to have David duChemin as a supporter and as a provider of fantastic ebooks!

David duChemin is a world & humanitarian photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader. David uses his powers for good and not for evil.

Based in Vancouver, David has extensive international experience on 5 continents.
He specializes in creating compelling images that are both aesthetically and emotionally moving.  David is also the best-selling author the of hard copy books Within the Frame and Vision Mongers.

David brings his world view and experience into beautiful, thought-provoking ebooks.  Reasonably priced (only $5!) they are a must-read for any photographer.


To celebrate the addition of David’s wonderful e-books to our line, David has graciously allowed us to offer his collection of iPhone wallpaper for Free!

You can get David’s iPhone wallpaper here:  link

Browse David’s ebooks here:  link

You can check out David’s blog here:  pixelated image

Black Friday? It's "Camo Friday" around here!

November 26th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke


Instead of the normal retail Black Friday, we thought we’d have some fun with “Camo Friday”.

We have lots of stuff on sale, so check out the store!

More importantly, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Outdoor Photo Gear Team–Matt, Chris and Kim


Marketing Strategy for Photographers – Understand Your Potential Customers

November 26th, 2009 by admin

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When most photographers turn pro, they spend more time worrying about photography than business. And that’s a mistake. You have to think business first or you may be locked out of your photography studio.

The Colors You Use in Your Photos Set a Mood

November 19th, 2009 by admin
by scottbourne

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Did you know that color symbolism plays a big role in everything from religion to culture? Have you stopped to think about the colors in your photos and how they might (or might not) mesh with the subjects you’re photographing?

Let’s look at some primary colors and talk about the mood they help to convey.

Red is a stimulating, engaging color. It denotes action, passion, romance, energy, heat and power.

Blue has the opposite effect of red in many cases. It’s calming, quiet, peaceful and cool.

Yellow is the brightest color of all. It’s very uplifting and cheerful. In some cultures it conveys wisdom. It’s radiant.

Green symbolizes renewal and has some of the qualities of yellow in that it is uplifting. It signifies a new beginning.

How can you use this information? Be mindful of the mood that you’re trying to set. If you want to shoot a lake on an overcast day, during the cold winter, be careful about interjecting something red or yellow into the scene since those are in conflict with the calm mood. Get the idea? Feel free to share other examples in the comments section.

HDR Panoramic Photography

November 18th, 2009 by Rick Sammon

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Histogram Basics

November 17th, 2009 by admin
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by scottbourne


At a workshop I once taught, an older fellow in the back of the room raised his hand. He said, “I just bought me a new toy and she’s a beauty! But I can’t figure out how to make the hysterectomy work?” Fortunately, my student wasn’t describing a lady of the evening. He was talking about how to pull up the histogram on his new Nikon digital camera. His confusion is not unusual. One of the first things new digital cameras ask about is the histogram…what is it, and how should they use it.

In this article, I will detail the basics of working with histograms.

Exposure Tips

November 16th, 2009 by admin
by scottbourne

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If you’re having trouble getting the right exposure, here are some basic tips that might help you solve your problems.

Looking for the Catchlight

November 14th, 2009 by admin
by scottbourne


If you make portraits – be they of fish, birds, insects, people or animals, you need to think about catchlight.

They bring life to the subject. Without them, you might as well be shooting at a wax museum or taxidermy.

Here are some tips for finding the catchlight.

a. Make sure the light source is BEHIND the camera. If not, it’s going to be pretty tough to see that reflection in the eye of the subject.

b. If you can’t find the catchlight in the subject’s eye, move the camera until you can.

c. If moving the camera doesn’t help you find the catchlight, move the subject.

d. If no natural catchlight exists, consider using a reflector or fill flash.

e. Avoid multiple catch lights. There is only one sun so here on Earth so let’s make sure we have no more than one catchlight in the eye.

Alan Murphy Interview

November 9th, 2009 by admin


Alan Murphy is a busy bird photographer. His work has appeared in publications ranging from National Geographic to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Alan also has a CD Book coming out in mid December detailing the secrets of his fantastic songbird photography.

Scott Bourne interviewed Alan earlier this year.