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Reader Poll – I Need Your Advice

So, I need your advice.

I’m looking for my next project or two and I have a ton of ideas. However, it would really help if I had a better idea of what kind of gear you shoot and what topics you were the most interested in.

Most of the topics below are self-explaintory, however, I want to explain the Field Techniques book in more detail since it’s kind of a …

Posted in Misc
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The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever!

(Note – the tips in this video are intended for mid-to-pro range bodies and not for the D3xxx and D5xxx series).

So, for the last few months I’ve been neck-deep in Nikonland while working on the Nikon AF guide. As I dove through the menus, I started thinking about all the ways I like to customize my camera(s) – and this idea was born. 

You see, over the years, I have …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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Nikon D7500 Musings

Nikon has just launched the brand spankin’ new D7500 (DX body), and my inbox is already overflowing with questions. So, I thought I’d put together a quick post, first examining the camera itself, and then briefly comparing it to the D500 and D7200.

First, the camera. In my opinion, it won’t beat out Kate Upton for the next cover of the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue, but it’s still a good looking …

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Comparison Test – A Crop Camera vs A 1.4x Teleconverter On Full Frame

So, what’s better – using a 1.4 teleconverter on a full frame camera or, when you need the extra “reach,” switching on a crop camera instead?

Well, there’s a lot to consider, and the video below covers it all and then some! We’ll look at several sharpness scenarios as well as cover some of the other pitfalls that using a teleconverter can create. So, click play, sit back, and enjoy!…

Posted in Techniques, Tests, Using Your Gear
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Use A Teleconverter Or Crop The Image?

Think fast!

You’re out searching for wildlife – your camera in hand – when you spot some critter you’ve always wanted to bag off in the distance. Sadly, you know that your lens is just not going to be quite long enough to get the shot you want on its own.

So, here’s the question – what’s going to give you the best-looking photo, slapping on a teleconverter or just cropping …

Posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Lens Sharpness Testing

NOTE: I’ve had a few comments / e-mails asking if this is how I AF fine tune my lenses. I wanted to mention before you start the article that this testing technique is NOT for that purpose. This is simply for sharpness testing between optics, not for AF fine tuning. For AF fine tuning, I use LensAlign. On to the article 🙂

Lately, I’ve been producing quite a few videos featuring sample shots from various …

Posted in Misc, Techniques, Tests
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Fall Photography Basics

(Note, this was published a few years back, but I decided to update it for the upcoming fall season)

So, ready to photograph some fall color are ya? Not so sure where to start? Well, take a gander at the 10 tips below and you’ll be well on your way to snagging yourself some wall hangers!

1. Timing is EVERYTHING!

I’ve said it before, but it’s even more important …

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Understanding Nikon AF Modes (updated)

Have you ever wondered if you’re getting the most out of Nikon’s AF system?

Sure, AF modes may not generate the kind of anxiety that keeps you up till the wee hours of the morning, but it is something to consider. After all, we put a lot of time and effort into our photographs and I doubt you’ll ever run across a photographer who wouldn’t appreciate a higher keeper rate.…

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Nikon 200-500 vs 300PF Review And Comparison

So, if you landed on this page you’re probably interested in the Nikon 200-500 OR the Nikon 300PF OR maybe just can’t decide which one is the best choice. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In the video below, I go over the two lenses in all kinds of detail, comparing and reviewing them simultaneously.

Also, this isn’t like many of the reviews you stumble across out there in …

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Wildlife Photography – How To Get Close

“Don’t Do Scary Stuff”

People often wonder how I get so close to the wildlife I photograph and my #1 response is simply:

“I don’t do scary stuff!”

I know, you were probably hoping for some covert, “super secret” stalking technique or perhaps a revolutionary piece of gear that masks your approach, but really, just don’t do scary stuff.

So, what’s scary stuff? Here’s a list that should help. Note …

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