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Nikon D7500 Review (with D500 and D7200 Comparison)

It’s Here! The D7500 review you’ve been waiting for! This in-depth review comes after a solid month of using the camera professionally in the field as my primary body for wildlife photography.

In this video, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the D7500 from a wildlife photographer’s perspective, as well as compare it to the D7200 and D500. Plus, I’ve loaded the video with a bunch of cool tips, tricks, and …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Reviews, Tests, Wildlife
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Reading And Understanding Histograms In Photography

Want to know one of the secrets to perfect exposure? 
 
One word: Histograms
 
Sure, it sounds a little intimidating at first, like something your high school math teacher would force on your tired brain first thing Monday morning, but I promise, it’s way easier than it sounds. Plus, once you learn how to read a histogram, you’ll be able to tell at a glance if you have a …
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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 …

Posted in Landscapes, Photoshop Tricks, Techniques, Using Your Gear Tagged , , , |
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How To Choose Your Next Lens

One of the most common questions in all of nature photography has to be, “What lens should I get next?”

That question makes a daily appearance in my e-mail, the comments section of my YouTube videos, and across every photography forum known to man.

Typically when the question of getting a new lens is posed, it’s met by a host of internet pundits who are more than happy to weigh in …

Posted in Opinions, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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Reader Poll – I Need Your Advice

The survey is now closed – thank you!

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 …

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