Cameras

Bright bluebird skies sprawl above a dark, craggy mountain peak. Glistening snow drifts along the shadowy forest’s edge. The same natural contrasts that make outdoor photography so spectacular can create a major technical challenge: How do you capture detail in both the brightest and the darkest elements of a scene? Fortunately, a standard smartphone feature can help you eliminate blown-out skies and dark shadows: high dynamic…

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One of the great joys of the AMC Photo Contest is seeing what everyone has been up to for the past year. Where did your adventures take you? And what did those new and exciting—or maybe old and familiar—places look like through your eyes? While several subjects link all 21 editions of this contest (victorious…

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Just as the trees begin to flood the ground each fall with brilliantly colored leaves, submissions from across the region flood AMC’s annual photo contest. (Winners of the 2015 contest, which ran from June to September, appear here.) If a photo is worth a thousand words, the 10,000-plus photos we’ve received over the past 21…

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For the first “AMC Photo & Art Contest,” launched two decades ago, entrants submitted prints, transparencies, and slides—even black and white art, in the form of pen and ink, charcoal, and woodcuts. When we published the winners in the January/February 1996 issue of AMC Outdoors, we even included technical notes about the type of film…

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Leaf-peep your brains out this fall. Then bring home some foliage photos that actually replicate the brain-popping colors you just witnessed. Here’s how: Motivate on wet mornings after a rain; bright foliage often awaits. Use a polarizing filter, which enhances foliage color by eliminating reflected glare from leaf surfaces. Adjust the white balance setting on your…

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Like many children, my 4-year-old daughter loves the tactility of my iPhone, especially swiping back and forth through the photo albums and studying each image, however mundane. It seems natural, then, as Mabel’s dexterity with the camera grows, to encourage her to experiment with her own visual interpretations of life, to give her an additional…

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Earlier this spring, AMC released the 2nd edition of my guidebook, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England. The revised edition features 37 trips across the region, each one of which was researched in the field to ensure the most up-to-date information and accuracy. Here are the crucial items I carry specifically for researching while in…

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