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WINGS OVER THE WATER. May 1, 2020 1845
A CLOSER VIEW: Whatever your subject, looking through a macro lens provides an entirely different way of seeing the world. Feb 1, 2020 2079
Remote perspectives: Capturing the perfect shot sometimes means not having the camera operator present. Luckily, advances in camera traps and drone technology are making remote photography more and more viable, says Keith Wilson. Jan 1, 2020 2125
Shooting on the Move: When it comes to shooting a moving subject, most photographers fall into one of two camps: 'snipers' or 'machine gunners'. But is one better than the other, asks. Dec 1, 2019 2061
PHOTOGRAPHERS AGAINST WILDLIFE CRIME: As the ground-breaking photographic collection is reprinted with a special Chinese-language edition, Geographical's resident photography expert, Keith Wilson, recounts how a group of 32 award-winning photographers has launched a movement to fight wildlife crime using cameras, social media and a unique book. Oct 1, 2019 2169
TAKE ONE A DAY: The move away from film has meant more pictures being taken at more times than ever before - but does that always result in better photography? Is there something to be learnt from setting yourself limits, asks Keith Wilson. Sep 1, 2019 1743
HEATING UP: With guaranteed sunshine, bright blue skies and not a hint of air pollution, inland deserts provide some of the best and clearest natural light to be found anywhere on Earth, an ideal lure for photographers, says Keith Wilson. Aug 1, 2019 1608
WHAT'S THE STORY? With a camera in everyone's pocket, the once rarified world of reportage photography has been dramatically opened up. As news media scramble to adjust to 'citizen journalism', there are still techniques that can help the cream rise to the top, says Keith Wilson. Jul 1, 2019 1770
Flat Earth Society: Flat and level landscapes might not have much to offer in terms of dynamism and impact, but there's a lot to unearth if you know how to look. Jun 1, 2019 1867
UP AND DOWN LAND: The British Isles are packed with natural landmarks that serve as iconic references for national tourism campaigns and picturesque settings for feature films, none more so than our stunning chalk landscapes, says Keith Wilson. May 1, 2019 663
PEAK VIEWING: Mountains provide a dramatic sight at the best of times, and no time is better than early spring, says Keith Wilson. Apr 1, 2019 2133
The Ideas of March: March traditionally heralds the beginning of spring, a time of great change in the natural world, and great opportunities for the budding nature photographer, says Keith Wilson. Mar 1, 2019 1624
IN WITH THE NEW: The new year still remains a popular time to set life goals and career targets. There's no reason why that shouldn't include your photography, says Keith Wilson. Jan 1, 2019 1771
CIVILIZATION: The Way We Live Now. Book review Dec 1, 2018 486
SURVIVING ON THIN ICE: The majestic and mighty polar bear is in danger of becoming an animal of the past, consigned to the growing list of extinct species, yet polar bear tourism is increasingly popular. Essay Dec 1, 2018 1818
Where's the Remote? With motion detectors becoming ever more sophisticated, and clearer, crisper image resolution available with even the smallest setup, remote photography is a vital tool in the geographic photographer's kit bag. Nov 1, 2018 1858
The Enchanted Forest: Of Britain's 15 national parks, the New Forest is probably the one most synonymous with images of autumn. Home to some of the country's most extensive areas of broadleaf deciduous trees, as well as open heathland, wild ponies and five species of deer, this rural retreat is a favourite haunt of photographers, says Keith Wilson. Oct 1, 2018 1733
Water, water... everywhere? The recent heatwave had everyone longing for a drop of rain to break the sweltering conditions. But with future summers predicted to get even worse, knowing how to get the best from your water shots is increasingly vital, says Keith Wilson. Sep 1, 2018 1589
The Nifty Fifty: Some may see using the 50mm lens as a regressive step, but in fact there are still some very good reasons for getting the once standard lens out--and more photographers are choosing to do just that, says Keith Wilson. Jul 1, 2018 2129
Fun in the sun: With the days at their longest and more light in which to use your camera for a prolonged period, summer is a great time to get out and about with a camera and really notice the photographic potential of your surroundings. Jun 1, 2018 2157
The Soft Touch: So much photographic theory and practice is dedicated to image sharpness and keeping the subject in focus that you may think it best to delete any images that are remotely soft or blurred. But this doesn't mean pictures which are deliberately blurred or out of focus should be eschewed, says Keith Wilson. May 1, 2018 2037
Shooting for impact and change: It takes a lot more than the latest research data and alarming projections from conservation scientists to make headlines these days. What really grabs people's attention are the pictures that illustrate what's at stake and the damage already caused. Apr 1, 2018 1999
TAKING IT TO THE STREET: The essence of street photography is its raw, unfiltered, unstaged realism. The key to this is mastering your sense of timing and not being embarrassed to approach potential subjects. Mar 1, 2018 1740
Rhinos on the run: With their horns still much-prized by poachers, will the revered African safari bucket list of photographing the 'Big 5' of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino roaming wild and free soon be a thing of the past? This is a question many conservationists and governments are beginning to take more seriously as wildlife populations plummet across the continent. Feb 1, 2018 1861
Europe's alternative rivers: From the iconic narrowboats meandering along picturesque British landscapes, to the bustling water traffic of Venice, canals offer a visual treat far removed from the modern stresses of daily life, says Keith Wilson. Jan 1, 2018 1816
LAND OF FIRE AND ICE: Iceland is a sparsely populated country with one of the most geologically and volcanically active landscapes in the world, perfect for capturing some of the most striking landscape images on Earth, says Keith Wilson. Dec 1, 2017 1911
FROM DUSK TILL DOWN: November is a dark, quiet month, but it also marks the start of a period where long nights play a large part in how photographers adjust their visual interpretation of the world, says Keith Wilson. Nov 1, 2017 1981
Dangerous Crossings: Country borders are some of the most controlles environments on the planet. But restrictions on photography can vary surprisingly from one location to another, says Keith Wilson. Oct 1, 2017 1593
Season of change: the seasonal changes of september promise much photographic potential for your camera, but the variety of subjects and their proximity also means there are key practical considerations to master in order to get pictures that will meet your ambitions. Sep 1, 2017 1967
The grand tour: Camera technology may have come a long way since the early days of photography inspired travellers to capture the world on film. But when it comes to photographing ancient srtes, we can still learn a lot from the old masters, says Keith Wilson. Aug 1, 2017 1571
Under the sea: there's a world of visual wonder beneath the waves but it requires equipment, knowledge and an awareness of the environment to properly capture, says Keith Wilson. Column Jul 1, 2017 1571
Film stars: who in their right mind wants to shoot with film in this day and age? In fact, film photography is becoming popular again, especially with professionals looking for new dimensions and natural, saturated tones. Film, it seems, is 'cool'. Jun 1, 2017 1920
On the Tiger trail: less than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild, so it is hardly surprising that the recent discovery of the small breeding population of Indochinese tigers in eastern Thailand was described as 'nothing short of miraculous'. For photographers, capturing this apex hunter in the wild remains a tricky but rewarding challenge, says Keith Wilson. May 1, 2017 1921
The Camera in your pocket: today, the camera is regarded as an essential smartphone feature. But it was only in the previous decade that the developments we now take for granted were first conceived. Apr 1, 2017 1626
A constant changing shore. Mar 1, 2017 1983
The wider view. Feb 1, 2017 2005
Flight of the drones: camera drones are changing the photography landscape, but despite the ease-of-use and stunning possibilities, their use does not come without some elements of risk. Jan 1, 2017 1844
Winter Wonderland. Dec 1, 2016 1920
Sacred Nature: Life's Eternal Dance. Book review Nov 1, 2016 337
Never forget: for many, elephants are an integral part of the African landscape, a grand symbol of the natural wonders that make the continent such a favourite destination for the wildlife photographer. Nov 1, 2016 1993
Waders on the Shore: with hundreds of islands and thousands of miles of beaches, marshes, estuaries, and firths, the British Isles are home to large populations of photogenic birds known as waders. Oct 1, 2016 1880
Trees of life: as the most common tree species in the UK, the English oak holds both a venerable and symbolic place in the nation's landscape and heritage. Aug 1, 2016 1927
A vanishing idyll: few sights encapsulate the essence of summer better than a hay meadow in full bloom, and July is when many wild flowers are at their peak. Jul 1, 2016 1812
Return of the wolf: wolves may no longer roam the wild realms of the UK, but plans to bring them back to the Scottish highlands may be a boon for photographers wishing to visually capture the wild beasts. Jun 1, 2016 1866
Fire and pain. May 1, 2016 1899
By the water's edge. Apr 1, 2016 1948
A change of perspective. Mar 1, 2016 1911
Climate conflict. Feb 1, 2016 1969
Rabbit season: in the depths of winter, spending a day photographing a small, wary, long-eared mammal high above the snowline in the Scottish Highlands is not to be taken lightly. Jan 1, 2016 1698
Norway's arctic frontier: Svalbard's accessibility and proximity to the Arctic make it a popular destination for landscape and wildlife photographers who appreciate the pristine landscape and unique polar lighting conditions. Dec 1, 2015 1810
Shoot for the moon: the hundreds of Blood Moon images that poured onto social media sites the morning after the latest lunar eclipse demonstrates how night photography has become far more accessible to the public. Nov 1, 2015 1910
Island of wonders. Travel narrative Oct 1, 2015 1726
On the hunt. Sep 1, 2015 1718
Damsels & dragons: summer is the peak time of year for photographing insects, when city parks, rural fields and woodlands are buzzing with activity. Aug 1, 2015 1816
Birds of a feather: Seagulls may not be everyone's idea of photogenic wildlife, but Britain is awash with picturesque seabirds of all varieties from canoodling gannets to swooping kittiwakes. Jul 1, 2015 1656
Sleeping giants: volcanoes are one of nature's most spectacular sights and make for superb photography, as long as you take the correct safety precautions first. Jun 1, 2015 1855
The secret garden: spring is a season that many photographers look forward to the most because the changes in light, climate and landscape make a dramatic relief from the grey monotony that typifies a winter. May 1, 2015 1723
Following the setting sun: sunset has long been a favourite time of day for travellers and the breathtaking colours and light conditions make it a photograph many of us wish to take, wherever in the world we may be. Apr 1, 2015 1824
North America's cauldron: when it comes to geological features and ecosystems, it's hard to imagine anywhere else in the world more comparable to Yellowstone National Park. Mar 1, 2015 1659
A whale of a time: with the possibility of spectacular breaches and tail fluking, it is unsurprising that whale photography is growing in popularity in many global coastal resorts. Feb 1, 2015 1893
Weather warnings: the phrase 'four seasons in one day' applies aptly to Britain's weather patterns and for the outdoor photographer this usually means being prepared for rain or shine. Jan 1, 2015 1670
Between day & night: losing light can be the bane of modern photography, but with the right preparation, correct tools and a spot of experimentation, the twilight hours can provide stunningly imaginative results. Dec 1, 2014 1622
Photographing Mr Fox: they may be seen to most as an urban blight, but if you're prepared to look past the surface scavenger, red foxes can be the focus for some breathtaking natural photography. Nov 1, 2014 1682
Legend of the fall: from glorious reds to captivating oranges and scintillating yellows, when it comes to the colours of autumn, you can't get much better than the vibrant state of New England. Oct 1, 2014 1766
Athena's yellow-eyed hunter. Sep 1, 2014 1911
Where the land ends: a combination of dramatic cliffs, wild seas and fascinating flora and fauna make mainland England's most westerly point an excellent destination for photographers of all persuasions. Aug 1, 2014 1780
Heat & dust: offering guaranteed light, clear blue skies and interesting geometrical patterns, deserts are a photographer's paradise--just beware the dreaded dust and sand, and don't leave your camera in the sun. Jul 1, 2014 1635
Island sanctuaries: combining a wild coastline, evocative ancient castles and some of Britain's most important seabird colonies, the area around the Farne Islands in Northumberland is a photographer's paradise. Jun 1, 2014 1894
Great crested: hunted almost to extinction in the UK during the 19th century, the great crested grebe has undergone a remarkable recovery--good news for photographers hoping to capture its 'weed dance'. May 1, 2014 1904
A green and melting land: whether it's the spectacle of a calving iceberg, the fantastic array of wildlife or the sheer vastness of the landscape, Greenland offers a range of unique opportunities for photographers. Apr 1, 2014 1615
Migration watch. Feb 1, 2014 1936
The last place on Earth. Geographic overview Jan 1, 2014 1678
Where the reindeer roam. Dec 1, 2013 1801
Coastal guardians. Nov 1, 2013 1934
Vanishing Eden. Oct 1, 2013 1927
Fragile margins. Sep 1, 2013 1646
Africa's iconic big cats. Aug 1, 2013 1958
Vanishing meadows. Jul 1, 2013 1622
The roof of Britain. May 1, 2013 1983
The king of fishers: after their first clutch of eggs has hatched, kingfishers will spend the spring and summer busily hunting small fish and insects to feed their chicks. If you're interested in snapping this distinctive, colourful bird, now's the time to take your camera and hide down to the riverside. Apr 1, 2013 2031
March madness: after spending the cold winter months lying low, hares across the UK will emerge this month with their distinctive and conspicuous burst of activity. Many wildlife photographers, too, will head out with long lenses and tripods in hand to snap this early-spring favourite. Mar 1, 2013 1733
Salt of the earth: with their flat expanses of bright, white minerals, saltpans are intriguing photographic destinations. But they are also among the world's most inhospitable environments, experiencing some of the highest temperatures ever recorded, so winter is a good time to visit them. Feb 1, 2013 1952
Freeze frames: with the coldest winter in 100 years forecast, a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures will present photographers with a unique opportunity to shoot nature in its frozen state. Keith Wilson highlights the techniques you'll need to make the most of the icy months ahead. Jan 1, 2013 1630
Garden favourite. Dec 1, 2012 1543
Fragile margins: as work gets under way on the ambitious restoration and expansion of the saltmarshes on Wallasea Island in Essex, Keith Wilson offers his tips for photographing this endangered habitat, which acts as a vital natural buffer between the land and the sea. Nov 1, 2012 1678
Public enemy? For centuries, badgers have had a fraught relationship with humans. But that doesn't stop them making great subjects for wildlife photographers, particularly during the autumn, when these nocturnal creatures are most active and the light at dusk can be glorious. Oct 1, 2012 1573
Chalk lines and views: Southern England's chalklands are famous for their distinctive white cliffs and gently undulating landscape. Their quiet beauty makes them a popular draw for walkers, naturalists and photographers alike. Sep 1, 2012 1854
In-flight entertainment: small, dark and fast-moving, swifts and swallows make challenging photographic subjects. But with a bit of inside knowledge, capturing these summer migrants becomes distinctly easier. Aug 1, 2012 1761
Small is beautiful: in July and August, the UK's few remaining lowland heaths offer up a wildlife bonanza in miniature and give photographers a fantastic opportunity to document life below knee height with a macro lens. Jul 1, 2012 1719
The clowns of the sea: they're wonderfully photogenic and surprisingly tolerant of people, and their British colonies are easily accessible. No wonder puffins have become a favourite subject for wildlife photographers in the UK. Jun 1, 2012 1718
Return of the natives: twenty-five years ago, a group of plucky wild boar escaped from a farm in Kent and established the first wild population in Britain for almost 400 years. Since then, increasing numbers of reintroduced large animals have been offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife photographers. May 1, 2012 1707
Wild woodland: for a few weeks in April and early May, our broadleaf woods and forests are carpeted with sensational displays of bluebells, wild garlic and other wildflowers. But with a little patience and the right know-how, you can fine a whole range of flora and fauna to photograph. Apr 1, 2012 2007
Songs of spring: there's nothing more heartening than the sound of birdsong at the start of spring. But the return of migratory species in the coming months also provides photographers with a great range of subject matter. So be prepared to make the most of what nature has to offer. Mar 1, 2012 1583
Ghostly hunters: an icon of the British countryside, the barn owl demands a great deal of patience, research and technical skill from photographers looking to capture its ghostly visage and distinctive plumage. Feb 1, 2012 1766
The view from the top: an overnight stay at the top of a mountain will enable you to capture an evocative and serene quality of light found nowhere else. However, it's essential that plan your trip meticulously, says Keith Wilson, to ensure that it doesn't end in catastrophe. Dec 1, 2011 1735
Great migrations: the spectacle of animals moving en masse--whether it be wildebeest on the African pl or birds in British skies--presents wildlife photographers with an unrivalled opportunity to ply their craft. Keith Wilson offers his tips for making the most of the great migrations. Nov 1, 2011 1435
Reds on the run: the introduction of grey squirrels into the UK has sent the native red squirrel to the brink of extinction. However, the grey's ubiquity in British parks and gardens makes it ideal for photographic practice before going in search of the elusive red. Report Oct 1, 2011 1673
Up the country path: from roman roads to pilgrim's paths, the British isles abound with historically significant thoroughfares. Whether winding through woods or raised up on ridges, these ancient routes offer photographers an added element for their landscape studies. Sep 1, 2011 1429
Golden harvest: with the arrival of autumn, Britain's rural landscape takes on one of its most recognisable forms, as crops are harvested and hay bales begin to populate the fields. Keith Wilson explains how photographers can best capture the countryside at this time of year. Aug 1, 2011 1480
Colour in flight: summer's arrival means the arrival of butterflies in our parks and gardens--time for nature photographers across the country to grab their macro lenses, tripods and comfy chairs, and set off in pursuit of these reluctant insect celebrities. Jun 1, 2011 1286

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