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How I Got The Shot: Sunset Dust Bath

It was evening on the Chobe River in Botswana, Africa. The day had been a good one, bursting at the seams with all manner of wildlife. We were in the final, golden hour of it, had our game faces on, and our cameras at the ready.

As our flat-bottom boat glided through the water, all eyes were glued to the shoreline with keen interest, seeking our next photographic victim. 

Our …

Posted in How I Got The Shot, Locations, Opinions, Photo Trips, Techniques, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Is This The Best Monopod Head Ever?

As you know, I’m a bit of a tripod / monopod junkie. So, I’m excited to share my review of the new Wimberley MonoGimbal head.

This new lightweight head allows you to balance your rig just like a regular gimbal head – point up or down and everything stays in place, no need to tighten the locking knob. However, this compact unit is only a fraction of the size of …

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ISO Insurance

I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck – is Steve trying to peddle some kind of ‘photo insurance’ now”?

Not so much, but I didn’t really know how else to describe what I’m about to explain 🙂

So, let’s dive in – what do I mean by ISO Insurance?

Probably the easiest way to explain it is to grab a crayon and draw an analogy.

You know how when …

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What’s In My Bag? Costa Rica Edition

Here it is! I’ve had a TON of requests over the years for a “What’s in my bag” video. The trouble is, what’s in my bag varies by location. So, I decided to start with the wildlife kit I use when I’m in Costa Rica. However, this is also a really great “general purpose” wildlife kit as well.

For this video, we’ll discuss not only what’s in the bag, but …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear
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The “Secret” To Locating The Hard-To-Find Gear You Want

So, I talk to a LOT of people who are excited about Nikon’s new products (although this post applies to any manufacturer) but there’s often an issue with availability.

In fact, I get e-mails and comments on a regular basis from people asking if I know anything about a particular product’s availability (and no, I don’t).

However, there is a simple little trick for finding hard-to-get gear. In fact, I …

Posted in Misc, Nikon Gear, Opinions
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Finding Your Subject With A Long Lens

One of the most common problems I observe while in the field – and during my workshops – is when someone can’t find the subject in their viewfinder while using a telephoto lens. Nothing’s quite as cringeworthy as watching a photographer flail around with their glass in a desperate attempt to capture an image before the opportunity disappears (oh, and it usually does). 

Of course, it doesn’t have to be …

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How To Back Up Nikon Camera Settings

Stuff happens.

You send your camera in for repair and it comes back reset to factory defaults. You mess around in the menus, things get out of hand, and you can’t get back to the way things were. You get a second identical body and want a quick way to get your settings from one camera to another.

Well, if you’re using a mid-range or pro-level Nikon body (sorry, this …

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The “False Positive” Autofocus Trap

Have you ever faced a low light or low contrast subject and discovered that, despite the viewfinder showing a confirmed AF lock, the camera actually missed critical focus?

If you answered yes, then you’re certainly not alone. You fell victim to the “false positive” AF lock – and it can be a heart breaker.

When I run across that scenario myself, I use the technique outlined in the video below …

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All About Teleconverters (TCs)

This time around I thought we’d take an in-depth look at teleconverters. Not just what they do – but how they work, how to get the best results, how they affect AF speed and accuracy, the best way to use them and more. Even if you think you know all about teleconverters, there’s probably something new for you in this video.

Plus, as a bonus, towards the end I even …

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The Secret To Sharp Eyes & Better Compositions

Psst…Wanna know the secret to getting consistently sharp eyeballs and better compositions with your wildlife photos? Use your AF points in conjunction with your composition.

One photographic faux pas I see regularly – even from more experienced pixel pushers – is improper AF positioning technique.

What the heck am I talking about? I think this discussion is best illustrated with an example using the regrettable photo below. I think we’ve …

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