Nature: Extreme Makeover

Overcome the most common mistakes in outdoor photography with just a few simple fixes.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*WIND AND SEA, LA JOLLA, CA*Before sunset: Tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D with 24-70mm f/2.8L Canon EF lens. Exposure, 1/80 sec at f/15, ISO 100.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*WIND AND SEA , LA JOLLA, CA*At dusk: Same equipment, lens zoomed out wider; 5 sec at f/13, ISO 100.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*GULL, PACIFIC BEACH, SAN DIEGO, CA*Handheld Canon EOS 5D with 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L Canon EF IS lens; 1/60 sec at f/13, ISO 400. Canon Speedlight 580EX used with no compensation.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK , CA*Before: Tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D, 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L Canon EF IS lens; 1/50 sec at f/16. ISO 100.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK , CA*After: Same equipment; 1/160 sec at f/13, ISO 100.

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Nature: Extreme Makeover*WATERFALL, SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, CA*Before (left): Tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D with 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Exposure, 1/160 sec at f/13, ISO 100.After (right): Same equipment, plus circular polarizer; 1/15 sec at f/32, ISO 100.