Wild Things With A View

I have never been much of a landscape photographer and am ashamed to admit that during my first visits to Grand Teton National Park, where the views don’t get any better, I only had eyes for the close up shots of the bears.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Essence Of The Wild Animal

One day I saw an image of a fox with its head buried in the snow and only its butt and tail visible, and thought, why can't I get something like that? No, wait, my true thought was, why haven't I ever seen something like that?

Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014

Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.

Photography In The National Parks: It's Not Just About Landscape Or Wildlife Shots

Photography in a national park is not always about the landscape or wildlife shot. Sometimes, it can be about the people and culture, as photographer Rebecca Latson discovered while spending time within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Time To End Elk Culling At Grand Teton National Park?

The annual elk culling in Grand Teton National Park this fall was raw and ugly. Visitors coming to enjoy one of the jewels of the National Park System were greeted by a blood sport.

Photography In The National Parks: Katmai Or Lake Clark National Parks, Which Is Best For Bear Photography?

So you can't decide between Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park for your bear viewing photography? Rebecca Latson weighs in on comparisons between the two.

Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down

In Yellowstone National Park today the wind was blowing cold air, snow and rain into my face as I stood in Lamar Valley and watched as the “new” Lamar Canyon pack, two adults and six pups, made their first public appearance in their valley. The pack visited an old carcass, ran, played and hunted a 7-point bull elk.

Photography In The National Parks: Digitally Capturing The Bears In Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

Having focused on the bears during her 2014 photo tour of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Rebecca Latson returns to give us some tips on how she captured those shots and how you can use these insights to get amazing bear images of your own.

Photography In The National Parks: Oh, Denali!

Never been to Denali National Park but have it on your bucket list? Rebecca Latson gives you photos and a story as to why you should make that bucket list item come true sooner rather than later.

Photography In The Parks: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Dreams Of Wild Horses Realized

It is late August, and most families will soon be returning home, just in time to send their children back to school, but not before one last trip to see the wondrous sights in one of our nation’s major national parks.

Photography In The National Parks: Same Park, Same Scene, Different Seasons, Different Times

Rebecca Latson shows how the change of seasons, time of day, and/or weather conditions can make the same scene in a national park look totally different.

Photography In The National Parks: Avoid Those Bison (And Other Wildlife) Jams

Bison madness is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park with snorting, groaning, spitting, bison bulls chasing the girls (cows) down the roads, much to the delight of many park visitors who gladly park their vehicles in the road and film the action. No family vacation is complete without getting caught in a Yellowstone bison jam.

Photography In The National Parks: Leading Lines, Tight Compositions And One’s Point Of View

Opposites do attract...the viewer's eye. Rebecca Latson offers up a few more handy techniques for you to try out during your next visit to a national park.

Photography in the National Parks: DOF, Foreground Objects and Framing

How and where you choose to focus on your image can make a huge difference in how a viewer perceives your national park photo. Rebecca Latson provides some tips for helping you do just that.

Photography In The National Parks: A Wildlife Advocate's View Of Wildlife Photography

Nearly every day someone tells me that I have the dream job as a full-time wildlife photographer in Yellowstone National Park, but if they knew that a Dutch photographer nearly punched me out yesterday, when I was trying to assist a black bear in crossing the road on a blind curb, they might think again.

Photography In the National Parks: Neat Things To Create With Your Images

All sorts of fun, useful items can be created using your national park photos and Rebecca Latson has a few suggestions for you.

Photography In The National Parks: Blending In To Capture The Best In Wildlife

At this moment I am sitting in the forests fringing Yellowstone National Park in a blind, which is a camouflaged colored tent with windows that the camera lens fits through, hoping and praying that nine or ten little fox kits will come out and play. Or that their mother will return to the den with a fat juicy vole and teats filled with milk, because there is nothing like watching 10 babies running to greet mom.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Spring

Springtime is a great time to take photos in the national parks, but are you prepared for that task? Rebecca Latson has some suggestions for what you need to consider before heading off into the parks.

Photography In The National Parks: Stand Back And Shoot

The first bright spot of spring in Yellowstone is the mountain bluebird when it returns to Lamar Valley where they come to feast upon the newly hatched caddisfly that is hopping around on top of the snow near the Lamar River.

Photography In The National Parks: Make It A Macro Kind Of Day

When capturing those landscapes and wildlife images in a national park, don't forget to throw in a few macro-type shots for good measure. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson demonstrates different ways to achieve these "super" close-ups.

Photography In The National Parks: The Story Of Bison Mourning A Cow Elk

It is March madness in Yellowstone. The weather is warming, the snow is melting, the rivers rising. The bluebirds have come back to town, and every once in awhile one might see a splash of intense blue flitting across the otherwise drab landscape.

Photography In The National Parks: Telling A Story With Your Photos

The photographs you take while visiting a national park tell a story to your viewers, with or without accompanying words, as explained in this Big Bend tale by Rebecca Latson.

Photography In The National Parks: Put People In Your Shots For Perspective And Interest

I am a natural born writer but did not realize my passion for story-telling until finding photography with which to illustrate my words. Personally, I don't see the point in telling a story if it can't be punctuated by images.

Photography In The National Parks: My Five Favorite Images Of 2013

Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.

Photography In The National Parks: Going Inside

In early November of every year the gates are closed and the rest of Yellowstone National Park seems to cease its existence for six whole months.

Photography In The National Parks: Choosing An Organized Photo Tour

How do you go about lining up a photo safari with a guide? Rebecca Latson shares some tips and insights to help you navigate what might seem like a cumbersome task.

Photography In The National Parks: Traveler's Photo Tips From 2013

For the past year, Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson have collaborated to bring us two columns a month on how to get the best pictures during our national park adventures. While my photographic aspirations were dashed by their incredible photos, let's take a look back at their tips with hopes we can benefit from them in some way.

Photography In The National Parks: Dealing With Dancing Snowflakes

Recently a friend wrote to ask where I was spending the winter and when I replied, "Yellowstone," they appeared to be dumbfounded.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Winter In Our National Parks

“Winter” is a relative term. For me, the word conjures images of snow and ice along with such adjectives as “crisp” and “stark.” Winter for others, however, can bring to mind sandy beaches and turquoise water or alligators and migrating birds along with adjectives such as “warm,” “hot,” “humid,” even “wet,” depending on one’s location within the National Park System.

Photography In The National Parks: Winter Essentials

At this time of year, winter waxes as fall wanes, so I thought it pertinent to now emphasize the concerns and rewards of winter photography, be it in the sub-zero temperatures of Yellowstone or along the balmy beaches of the Virgin Islands or the moss-carpeted downed tree trunks of Olympic National Park.