Category Archives: Opinions

firmware-3.0-FI.jpg

Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware 3.0 Field Test

Yes, I know I’m a little late to the party with this test. However, rather than just installing the new Z6 / Z7 firmware, testing it for an hour, and giving you a “report” like most YouTube videos, I wanted to be a little more thorough. 

I have been using the Z7 heavily – both at home and in the field – since the 3.0 firmware update and really putting …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Tests, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
BCG-Podcast-FI-4.jpg

VR Shutter Speeds, BBAF Tip, Adobe Or sRGB? and Tripod vs Monopod

In this episode we continue our conversation from Episode 3 about VR use – this time discussing which shutter speeds work best and which ones to avoid.

From there, it’s off to the Q&A section where we tackle a common technique question with Back Button AF, decide if you should set your camera to sRGB or Adobe RGB, and finally talk about when to use a tripod vs a monopod. …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Podcasts, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
BCG-Podcast-FI-3.jpg

Keep Shootin’, Mirrorless Future, Box Talk, VR And Tripods

In this episode, we’ll talk about the importance of knowing when to stop shooting and when to keep going. From there, we’ll talk about when it’s time to upgrade to mirrorless, if you should keep your boxes (yeah, it’s weird), and if you should use VR / Stabilization when using a tripod.

Lots of great stuff this time, so grab a warm drink, your favorite earbuds, and take a listen. …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Podcasts, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
BCG-Podcast-FI-2a.jpg

Settings Check, YNP Gear and Locations, RAW Trouble, Get Low And Dirty

It’s here – podcast #2!

In this episode, we’ll start with a quick followup to episode #1 to add a little clarification to my Z series analysis and shadow pulling. Then we’ll jump to a quick tip that will cover a simple but effective tip that’s sure to help minimize mistakes in the field.

In the Q&A section, we’ll talk about gear and locations for Yellowstone National Park, then we’ll …

Also posted in Locations, Photo Trips, Podcasts, Techniques, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
Wildlife-presentation-FI.jpg

Wildlife Photography Presentation – My Best Techniques

This video is a little different. I was invited to be a keynote speaker for the Chicago Area Photography School and this is the presentation I gave. Yes, it’s long – about 2 1/2 hours – but it’s jam-packed with tips, techniques, and advice.

When I put this presentation together, I chose topics and techniques that have had the biggest impact on my own photography – as well as the …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife Tagged |
HIGTS-FI-SSDB.jpg

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 …

Also posted in How I Got The Shot, Locations, Photo Trips, Techniques, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
buy-local-FI.jpg

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 …

Also posted in Misc, Nikon Gear
7-tips-fi-part-1-1024x411.jpg

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 …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
get-low-fi-2-1024x411.jpg

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 …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
Gimbal-monopod-FI-1024x411.jpg

Using A Gimbal Head On A Monopod

So…

A few months ago I released a video where I discussed my various tripods, heads, and how I use them. It generated a lot of comments and a few really stuck in my mind – they were about using a gimbal head with a monopod. 

At first, I sort of dismissed the idea. I mean, why would you want to place a giant gimbal head on a monopod when …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife