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Nikon Z Series Firmware Update & Recall

Whew – it was a busy night for Nikon! The new Z series firmware (2.0) has been released. I’ve just updated my Z6 and Z7, but have not had the chance to test any of the new features yet – although on paper there does seem to be a lot of nice updates and improvements.

However, there is some bad news – Nikon has issued a recall for some of …

Posted in Nikon Gear
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How To Update Nikon Firmware

So, there you are, casually browsing the latest camera news and you discover that Nikon has just released new firmware for your camera.

But the question is – do you update it yourself or send it in to Nikon for the update?

Well, save your packing tape for returning all the stuff you ordered on that internet shopping spree last week! In the video below, we’ll go through the process …

Posted in Nikon Gear
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7 Quick Tips For Wildlife Photographers

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, but as it turns out, I tend to have a lot of “random” little thoughts creep into my mind when I’m out doing wildlife photography. Some of these are actually pretty handy, others are just bizarre, and some are simply not appropriate material for an article (but they are freakin’ hilarious).

Let’s talk about the handy ones for …

Posted in Opinions, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Avoid Overexposure With Blinkies

Think you know blinkies? Well, not so fast!

In this video, we’re going to take a look at “Blinkies,” – technically called your Overexposure Highlight Warning or Highlight Alert. No matter what you call ’em though – this video will show you just what they are and how to use them.

During our in-depth look at blinkies, we’ll cover the basics, how they work, why you might like them better …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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2020 Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshops

The 2020 Costa Rica Workshops Are Sold Out!

Get On The Waitlist ASAP!

WOW – All of the workshops (6 weeks / 60 people) sold out in less than 36 hours! If you still want in, we highly recommend jumping on our waitlist (form at the bottom of this page). While all the spots are currently spoken for, we are still waiting on deposits and we always have a few that fall through every year (as

Posted in Misc, Photo Trips
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Game Changer – Shootin’ Eye Level

OK, I’ll admit it, this is a weird post for me. The thing is, I realize I’m covering a topic that pretty much every photographer already knows:

If you want better wildlife photos, get to eye level or even lower.

In fact, getting eye-to-eye with my subject(s) is something I’ve been doing for a couple of decades now and is one of three techniques I would classify as having a …

Posted in Opinions, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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All About Auto ISO (Nikon Cameras)

Auto ISO is a frequent source of confusion but it doesn’t have to be that way! In this comprehensive video, we’ll cover how Auto ISO works in Nikon cameras (although it’s likely very similar for all brands). We’ll start with what it does, why / when you should use it, how to set it up, and how it interacts with your various exposure modes. After this video, Auto ISO will …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Photo Trips, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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The Cropping Epidemic

I see it all the time – lens jockeys hacking off pixels and tossing them out like they were last week’s kitty litter. It pains me to witness such rampant cropping with so little regard for the consequences – especially since I know how potentially devastating it is to a photo. 

What really makes me cringe is watching people accept a distant subject’s diminutive size in the viewfinder when I know

Posted in Techniques, Tests, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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New Book – Exposure And Metering For Nikon!

Hey everyone!
 
It’s finally here, Secrets To Exposure And Metering For Nikon!
 
Are you ready to finally master exposure and metering? The you gotta check out my new e-book – the biggest and best yet! (670 pages – over a year in the making!)
 
This new book is jam-packed with every exposure and metering technique I know, and I think it has, by far, the best information I’ve ever shared. Hundreds of …
Posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear
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All About Your Camera’s Crop Modes

First, let’s get one thing out in the open – I’m not a fan of cropping and I normally tend to avoid it as much as possible. So please don’t take the remainder of this article as some kind of an endorsement for reckless pixel pruning, it’s really not. 

Don’t get me wrong, I hack away at pixels like I’m the villain in a horror movie when necessary, but for …

Posted in Photoshop Tricks, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife