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To some people, a photograph is no more than a moment in time that has been captured forever, through the wonders of science, to be preserved or cherished for a lifetime. To others, it is a method of communicating with others or, better yet, art. Wildlife and outdoors photography presents its own set of challenges, and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine takes pride in exhibiting the work of some of the state's finest photographers each month.

From Our Pages: Photography Articles

Picture This: Shooting in the Raw

Uncompressed format captures greater range of color and light.

Picture This: Scouting for Shots

Exploring an area before a shoot can give your photography an edge.

Picture This: Lights, Camera, Action!

Smaller, better gear offers increasing variety of options to tell visual stories.

Picture This: From Selfie to 'Selfiescape'

A great outdoor selfie takes your surroundings into account.

Picture This: Sunbursts and Starbursts

Capturing rays of light requires a small aperture and the right conditions.

Picture This: The Secret Setting

‘Aperture priority’ is a mode both amateurs and pros can embrace.

Picture This: Let It Snow

Winter weather changes the photographic landscape.

Shadows and Light

Photographer Lance Varnell lost his sight but not his artistic vision.

Picture This: A Wider Field of View

New products continue to expand the ways we take photos.

Picture This: Birds in Focus

Photographer Cissy Beasley offers tips for better bird photos.

Picture This: In Search of Style

Photographers can develop a recognizable look that sets their work apart.

Picture This: 5 for Fall

State parks offer autumn photographic opportunities beyond foliage.

Picture This: Past Meets Present

Vintage lenses offer fresh perspectives in today's photography.

Picture This: Smaller, Sharper, Faster

Camera companies continue to make strides in photo technology.

Picture This: Phototherapy

Photographer uses light like an artist's brush to enhance night shots.

Picture This: The Age of Images

Today, it's not just how you take a photo, it's how you use it.

Picture This: Zooming in on Big Lenses

Zoom lenses offer quality alternatives to traditional single-focal-length lenses. read more

Picture This: The Need for Speed

Correct shutter speed makes the difference in capturing action. read more

Photo Essay: The Space Between

Valley nature refuges could end up between a border wall and the river. read more

Photo Ranches

Wildlife in the viewfinder. read more

Better Bird Photos

Tips for shooting like a pro. read more

Picture This: The Drone Age

Rules are catching up to increased use of aerial devices. read more

Picture This: Holding the Bag

Harnesses, bags and cases make carrying photo gear easier. read more

Picture This: Crank It Up

Opportunities expand for shooting in low light. read more

Picture This: Hip to be Square

Shooting square requires a different type of photographic thinking. read more

Picture This: Camera Obscura

Photographer Ian Kasnoff turns a trailer into a camera to capture state park landscapes. read more

Picture This: An Artful Second Act

Photographer turns wildlife shots into works of beauty. read more

Picture This: Shooting Blooms

Smartphones boost options for flower photo creativity. read more

Photo Essay: Focus on the Wild

Foundation's photo contest celebrates the Texas outdoors. read more

Picture This: Shoot the Moon

Lunar photography provides its own set of special challenges. read more

Wildlife in Focus

In photo contest, nature’s the star. read more

Picture This: Click-mas List

Photographers will enjoy unwrapping the latest photo and video gear. read more

Picture This: Dedicated to Craft

South Texas photographer Hector Astorga works hard to make his images just right. read more

Picture This: Elements of Excellence

The keys to a prize-winning photograph lie in these 12 competition standards. read more

Picture This: Photographing Moving Water

The silky effects of water can add a touch of magic to a photograph. read more

Picture This: Pictures of Summer

The season of heat and bright light brings special challenges and opportunities for photographers. read more

Picture This: Keeping It Steady

Stabilizers are evolving to enhance video shot on phones and action cams. read more

Photo Essay: One in a Million

Veteran wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer shares images of his rarest finds. read more

Picture This: Think Shallow

Use of selective focus brings special attention to the subject of a photograph. read more

Picture This: The Blue Hour

After the sun goes down, the first few minutes of evening present a special photographic opportunity. read more

Picture This: Accentuate the Negative

Incorporating ‘negative space’ into your images will add context and provide some breathing room. read more

Picture This: Prime Time

Although zoom lenses are better than ever, don’t forget the old standby: the prime lens. read more

Picture This: Optics for All

Ever-improving scopes and binoculars offer a clear eye on the outdoors. read more

Picture This: Capturing the Colors of Fall

Autumn provides creative chances to photograph the vivid beauty of the season. read more

Picture This: The Burden of Excess Gear

Acquiring more camera equipment doesn’t lead to better photography. Or does it? read more

Picture This: Do You Need a Filter?

Filters help protect your lens and enable color correction, but they have drawbacks. read more

Picture This: Eye in the Sky

Drones are grabbing the buzz in the photo and film worlds. read more

Photo Essay: Living History

Re-enactors bring the past to life. read more

Picture This: Refining Color

Moving beyond "auto" on the white balance setting can enhance your photos. read more

Picture This: Better Wildlife Photography

Avoiding these three errors will get you closer to pulling off that winning animal shot. read more

Bare Bones

Loss of sight caused photographer Jim Bones to see Big Bend in a different light. read more

Picture This: Action Cams

Small video cameras pump up the thrills in outdoor photography.. read more

Picture This: Photo Round-Trip

Your smart device and its apps can serve as a processor for enhancing images from your camera or desktop. read more

Picture This: Digital Darkroom

Post-processing allows a wide array of enhancements to be made to a photograph. read more

Our Photo Contest Winners

2011 Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest — Congratulations to our photo contest winners — Laura Vu, Howard Cheek and Daniel Ray! View the gallery of winners and finalists here. The winning photos are featured in photographer Earl Nottingham's column in the January 2012 issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Frame by frame: Our 2011 photo issue

Big Bend

Earl Nottingham: Moments in Time

Wyman Meinzer: Drama of the Landscape

John C. Abbott: Inside the Insectarium

Russell A. Graves: Solitary Power

Lance Varnell: From Sea to Shore

TPWD Staff: Ebb and Flow

Also: Our 2010 Photo Issue: Beyond Words

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