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December 2009

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Print Your Own Holiday Cards

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

Create your own holiday cards with this video and printed article outline all of the steps involved. This is a great project if you send cards during the holiday season, or if you want a special gift to give others. Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge, I explore techniques for arranging both images and text to create your custom card.

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Photo Destination: Columbia River Gorge

Upper Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

Located in northern Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of our countries best spots for waterfall photography. Opportunities range from roadside falls tumbling hundreds of feet to secluded cascades deep in the lush forests. This article explores some of my favorite locations in this amazing area. Tips include what time of year to visit, where to explore, and how to make the most of your time in the area.

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Gearing up for Winter Photography

Dock during the winter on Lake Kabetogama, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA

Winter can be one of the most challenging seasons to be outside with a camera. It can also be one of the most rewarding. Being well prepared goes a long way to making it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This article explores some of the new gear that enhance your experience this season. Learn to enjoy and make the most out of winter photography.

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