Category Archives: Techniques

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Nikon Mirrorless AF Modes And Settings

Are you struggling with the AF modes and settings in your Nikon Z-Series camera? This video will teach you everything you need to know to get started with the Nikon mirrorless autofocus system!

In this video, we’ll cover focus modes (AF-S & AF-C), AF Area Modes (Single Point, Dynamic, Wide, Auto, Pinpoint, Tracking, Eye Detection, More), PLUS a ton of autofocus custom settings!

If you want to get the best …

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Create Smooth, Blurry, Buttery Backgrounds For Wildlife

Have you ever wondered how to get those smooth, blurry backgrounds you sometimes see in wildlife photos? It’s a handy technique for any wildlife photographer and there are times it can really save the day when the background is a bit distracting.

In this video, we’ll look at six tips and techniques you can use to create creamy, dreamy, buttery smooth backgrounds. We’ll talk about what to look for, where …

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New Book! Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System: Mirrorless Edition

I’m so excited! I just finished my newest book, Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System: Mirrorless Edition!

If you’ve been struggling with the autofocus on the Z series cameras – or just want to know the secrets of how to get the most out of it – this new book has the answers you’ve been looking for. 
 
Also, I had considered trying to add the Z series the current
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Bird In Flight Photography Crash Course

Want to discover the secrets to amazing bird in flight (BIF) photography? Check out this 18-minute video with my TOP TEN techniques for photographing birds in flight! It’s time to supercharge your BIF game!

In this video, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get started – or to get better – at bird in flight photography! From the best shutter speeds and F/stops, to the best backgrounds, what …

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Nikon Mirrorless: Button & Control Setup

In my last video, I asked if anyone was interested in my button and control setup for the Z cameras. I wasn’t 100% sure if that was something anyone would really care about…

Wow, was I wrong! Tons of requests flew in!

So, here it is. In this video, I’ll share my control and button setup for the Z cameras. We’ll look at both function buttons, the joystick (Z6/7), the …

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Nikon Mirrorless Performance And Action Tips

Do you have a Nikon Z6, Z7, or Z50? Wish you could get a little better action performance when you’re in the field? Looking for a way to crank up your keeper rate?

Well, now’s your chance!

In this video, I’ll reveal my top tips and tricks for getting the most from the Nikon’s Z series mirrorless cameras. Tons of tips and techniques that’ll help you get better results for …

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The BCG College Of Photo Education :)

Since so many of us are locked away in our homes, I thought I’d put together a “master list” of the various articles and videos found on this site. Below, you’ll find a long list of categories and the posts that go with them. There are hours of video and hundreds of pages of articles at your virtual fingertips. Plus, all the posts on this site are free 🙂

(Note …

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Has Mirrorless Killed Back Button AF?

So, there I was, diligently working on a Z series version of my AF book when I came to the Back Button AF (BBAF) chapter. Within moments I found myself running head-long into an instructional blockade.

As I was confidently outlining the benefits of BBAF, it occurred to me that one of its primary benefits has virtually disappeared with mirrorless cameras. In fact, within a week of updating that chapter, …

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RAW Vs Jpeg: Everything You Need To Know

At one time or another, we all face the dilemma – RAW or Jpeg? Have you ever found yourself wondering if you’re shooting the best format for your work? Do you really know the advantages and disadvantages of each format?

In the video below, I’ll explain everything you need to know. 🙂

We’ll look at why so many people can’t see a difference between the two formats (and why they’re …

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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 …

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