Category Archives: Techniques

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10 Amazing Wildlife Photography Tips

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I know, I know, you’re ready to go photograph some wildlife. However, before you march out into the field check out the ten tips below! In this rapid, quick-fire video, I’ll go quickly go over ten tips that can help every wildlife photographer. Sure, you probably already do some of these, but there might be one or two critical ideas or tips that you’re missing. Hey, why take a …

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All About UV Filters

UV filters – do you need them or not?

It’s a question that comes up all the time in photography circles with usually about half the people thinking they need UV filters and the other half thinking the fist half is crazy! So, what’s the truth?

To find out, I put everything to the test in the video below and answer questions like:

1. Do you need a UV filter …

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Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?

OK, I know what you’re thinking, but no, this isn’s some article about heroically bushwhacking your way to a remote location for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. (One of those will probably be coming in the future!)

So, how can a compass help you snare better images? Simple – by helping you to precisely predetermine sun and moon position. It may seem a little basic, but you’d be amazed at how easy …

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Waterfall Photography In Eight Easy Steps

It’s 5:00AM and my obnoxious alarm shatters the silence, bringing an abrupt end to my slumber and jarring me out of bed. As my synapses reluctantly begin to fire, I notice the pitter-patter of raindrops as they dance upon the top of my camper.

A grin starts to draw across my face, but not because I think I’m going back to bed. See, I’m out for waterfalls and conditions are about …

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Lens Diffraction In Photography

Thanks for stopping by! This tip is all about lens diffraction in photography – as you probably guessed from the title 🙂

The video discusses not only what diffraction is, but also how it can affect your photography. In addition, I’ve put a TON of examples in plus I answer five of the most common questions that come up when the subject turns to diffraction. The video is below – …

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Manual Mode With Auto ISO

Did you know your Nikon camera has a “hidden” exposure mode?

Sure, we’re all familiar with Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual – but there’s one that’s left off of the list – and that’s Manual Mode with Auto ISO.

Basically, this setup allows you to adjust your F/stop and shutter speed to exactly what you want and it floats the ISO in order to generate a proper exposure.…

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Getting Rid Of Lens Flare

Want to get rid of and eliminate lens flare? Well, in this video I’ll show you a technique you can use to easily eliminate flare, even if you’re pointing directly at the sun. If you’re ready to banish lens flare from your photos, you’ll love this odd little trick.

The video covers everything you need to know from the field to the computer. Go on, press the play button, you …

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Long Lens Heat Distortion

Are you a long lens shooter? If so, you’ve gotta check out this video! In the video, I’ll explain everything you need to know about the “hidden” enemy of all long lens shooter – heat distortion. Most people dismiss this out of hand, but the truth is, heat distortion is often the root cause of a surprising number of poor quality images.

So, if you’ve ever been out shooting and …

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How To Use A Polarizing Filter

Quick – What do you think a polarizing filter is used for?

If you said, “blue skies” then you’re certainly among the majority of photographers. However, that answer merely skims the surface of what a polarizer is really capable of.

The primary purpose of a polarizing filter is to remove reflections. I know, that doesn’t seem like something you should be losing any sleep over, but stick with me here. …

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Blue Skies Without A Polarizer

When I talk about polarizers, people are often surprised that I don’t use one for enhancing blue skies (the most common use for that filter). Instead, I have a handful of photoshop tricks that I like better. (for more on polarizers, click here)

Well, that generated a ton of questions about how the heck to do it, so I decided to make the video below. In the video, I’ll show …

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