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March 2011

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Rethinking Photography in the Digital Age

Wildflowers below the peak of Mount Rainier.  A ptrol cabin near Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds sits below the towering peak.  Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

In the last decade, photography has unarguably been turned upside down with the invention and popularization of the digital camera. Now more than ever, picture taking has become a part of our everyday lives - from camera phones to micro point and shoots. It might seem like the industry has completely changed direction, perhaps lost the roots it had in traditional chemical processes - but this article ventures to argue otherwise.

The digital revolution is merely another step in the evolution - and it's not as new, or as dramatic as you might think. For instance, did you know the first digital camera was patented in 1968 - more than 30 years before the first 2 megapixel professional camera was released to the public.

This article quickly surveys the history of the photographic process and how the photographer has had to adapt as cameras have evolved. The digital camera is merely a stepping stone in handing control of the photographic process from the few skilled chemists and engineers to the masses.

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The Next Generation of Nature Photographers

Waterfall and wildflowers, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, USA - Canada

As a young photographer, I had the unique opportunity to learn from some of the most inspiring and influential nature photographers as a recipient of the North American Nature Photography Associations annual High School Scholarship Program. It brings together 10 students from across North America, professional photographers, editors, and dedicated instructors for an intensive week-long experience.

I am honored to have become the committee chair for this great program. Together with many other talented instructors, we have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of young photographers. Learn about this great scholarship available to any high school student, and our unique approach to teaching both photographic skills and life-long lessons.

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Worth the Wait...

Hovenweep Castle, Hovenweep National Monument, Utah, USA

Often one the most important skills a nature photographer can have is the ability to be patient and wait for just the right light. This article looks at two situations in which I could have packed my equipment up early, but decided to wait and simply see what would happen. Though your patience certainly won't be rewarded every time, in these instances I got the shot because I took the chance. As Robert Frost concluded in his memorable poem, The Road Not Taken, "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

Be both inspired and uplifted as you journey with me into the field to explore the possibilities when you're present in the moment, and willing to explore the gifts nature has in store.

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