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Yellowstone Trip Journal (fall 2014)

Note: This was originally a three part post on the old website, however, I have combined those posts and below I present the trip in its entirety. 

Pre-Pre-Intro

OK, so I was searching for something on my computer the other day and came across my trip journal from my fall 2013 Yellowstone trip! I had completely forgotten that I had written this, so I’ve decided to place it here on

Posted in Photo Trips
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Wildlife Photography: Enhance The Eyes

When it comes to wildlife photography, there’s not too many hard and fast rules. However, there is one – you gotta pay attention to the eyes!

Well, I like to take that one step further by using a couple easy photoshop techniques to help enhance them a little. Keep in mind that we’re really just talking about a minor little “upgrade” to the eyes here, but it can make a …

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Do You Like Nature, Really?

I received an interesting e-mail the other day, and it really got me thinking – so much so I decided it would make an excellent blog post.

Here’s the e-mail:

Hi Steve, I just read your bio page. I enjoy nature too, probably because I’m NOT a photographer.

Why? 

I find people who are fond of clicking shots usually do not seem to take time to enjoy the scenery. Whenever they find

Posted in Opinions
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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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Straighten Your Horizon, No Cropping

Have you ever taken a photo only to later realize that the horizon was less then level? Of course, that can be easily corrected in Photoshop, but you’ve probably noticed there is a downside – you lose part of the image when you fix that corked horizon. Instead of just laying down and taking it, why not try this trick instead?

In this tip, I’ll show you two ways to fix …

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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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