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Use Photoshop To Blur Out Backgrounds

I’m a sucker for a nice, clean background. In my opinion, nothing ruins a wildlife shot (or portrait shot, if you roll that way), faster than a busy, distracting background. 

The thing is, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to do wildlife, fast glass and full frame cameras were the rule. However, with cameras like the D7500 and D500, we now have some serious DX options. In …

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Free Back Button AF Guide For Nikon

(Note – if you already have my Secrets ToThe Nikon Autofocus System e-book, you don’t need this book – you already have all the info 🙂 )

Have you ever wondered how back button autofocus works?

Have you ever wondered how to set up Back Button AF (BBAF) for your Nikon?

Well, you’re not alone! My inbox overflows with questions about Back Button AF all day long, so I decided to …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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My Tripods For Wildlife And Landscape Photography

I have to admit, I always believed I was alone when it came to my love of tripods. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I use them for nearly every shot I make. Still, I never thought anyone else really cared all that much about our three-legged photographic friends, especially based on the lack of discussion found on internet forums and such. The fun stuff – bodies, lenses, and such …

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How I Got The Shot – Costa Rica Squirrel Monkeys

In just a few short weeks, I’ll be back in Costa Rica running our May workshops. (Yeah!) So, it’s probably not too much of a surprise that visions of rainforests have been sneaking into my thoughts with increasing regularity.

At the forefront of those musings is one of my favorite species, squirrel monkeys. Now, before you click away with the idea that this article may not apply to you, just …

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Nikon 180-400mm First Test And Sharpness Comparison

So, here’s the story.

Nikon announced their new 180-400 and I’ve been more than a little curious about it. However, I’m not 100% sold on it just yet.

So, I decided to rent one and give it a whirl for a few days and share what I’ve discovered with you! In the video below, I’ll tell you what I think about the lens overall, performance, and sharpness. In fact, there …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Reviews
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10 Tips For Photographing Local Wildlife

So, here’s the thing, I travel quite a bit. If you’re a regular here, you know this isn’t exactly the kind of news that would cause any concern over at the USGS earthquake monitoring center. Since I do get around, the images on the site and in my articles tend to reflect those adventures – almost to the point where one could conclude that doing serious wildlife photography requires packing …

Posted in Locations, Photo Trips, Techniques, Wildlife
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7 More Of The Best Nikon Tricks Ever

First some backstory.

About 10 months ago, I created a video called The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever. This video has become my most popular upload with nearly 1 million views already. 

Well, as it turns out, when I did that last video I had a lot more than just 7 tricks up my sleeve, but I didn’t want to make a video that went on so long it …

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How I Got The Shot – Storm Warning

It was a dark and stormy night.

There I did it. I know it’s painfully cliché but I’ve always wanted to start an article with that old line. Although, in this case, it truly was a dark and stormy night. I remember it just like it was yesterday.

I had just captured the shot you see below and had beat tracks back to my new solo backpacking tent, arriving just …

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How I Got The Shot – Pouncing Coyotes

I love pouncing coyotes! And I don’t think I’m alone – these airborne coyote shots are by far some of the most popular images on the site. They also generate a few questions from time to time, so I thought they were a good candidate for the “How I Got The Shot” series.

These photos were captured back in 2013 in Yellowstone National Park – just after a late lunch.…

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Photographing Birds At The Beach – 10 Easy Tips

As a nature photographer, I must admit that when someone mentions going to the beach I frequently don’t have the same seaside scenario in my mind as they do.

For most people, a typical day at the beach involves a good deal of sun tanning, construction of sand castles, and the occasional dip into the ocean. Me? I’m all about hitting the oceanside before the sun peeks above the horizon and …

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