Category Archives: Techniques

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AF Help For Tricky, Low Contrast Subjects

So, there you are, face to face with a once-in-a-lifetime shot, but your AF seems less than confident. As you attempt to focus, it tries, misses, tries again, and finally, reluctantly, latches on. However, as you study the image in the viewfinder, the “sharpness” of the subject leads you to suspect that maybe the solid green focus confirmation dot is overly optimistic. You pop off a few shots, and a …

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How To Properly Balance A Gimbal Head

“Hey! You’re doing it wrong!”

That’s what I want to shout pretty much every time I’m out and spot other wildlife photographers with gimbal heads. It seems that well over half of them believe they have their gimbal properly balanced when they really don’t. It’s a shame too – a properly balanced gimbal head is so much nicer to work with than one that’s only half way there.

In the …

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Amazing High ISO – The End Of Fast Glass?

(NOTE – when I refer to “fast glass” in this article, I’m referring to the maximum opening, not AF speed.)

Do we really need fast glass anymore?

After all, with all that fantastic high ISO performance we find in modern cameras, should we all just agree to relegate fast glass to the Jurassic section of the Camera History Museum? Is it time to stop spending crazy amounts of money on …

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Nikon’s New “Recall Shooting” Feature

Nikon just released a new firmware update for the D5 that, at least at first, seemed somewhat minor. There were a couple of bug fixes along with a new feature called “Recall Shooting.” (Get the update here if you have a D5.)

The name of this feature may lead you to believe that it’s somewhat trivial – until you see what Recall Shooting actually does! For me, this looks like

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Free Back Button AF Guide For Nikon

(Note – if you already have my Secrets ToThe Nikon Autofocus System e-book, you don’t need this book – you already have all the info 🙂 )

Have you ever wondered how back button autofocus works?

Have you ever wondered how to set up Back Button AF (BBAF) for your Nikon?

Well, you’re not alone! My inbox overflows with questions about Back Button AF all day long, so I decided to …

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My Tripods For Wildlife And Landscape Photography

I have to admit, I always believed I was alone when it came to my love of tripods. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I use them for nearly every shot I make. Still, I never thought anyone else really cared all that much about our three-legged photographic friends, especially based on the lack of discussion found on internet forums and such. The fun stuff – bodies, lenses, and such …

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How I Got The Shot – Costa Rica Squirrel Monkeys

In just a few short weeks, I’ll be back in Costa Rica running our May workshops. (Yeah!) So, it’s probably not too much of a surprise that visions of rainforests have been sneaking into my thoughts with increasing regularity.

At the forefront of those musings is one of my favorite species, squirrel monkeys. Now, before you click away with the idea that this article may not apply to you, just …

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10 Tips For Photographing Local Wildlife

So, here’s the thing, I travel quite a bit. If you’re a regular here, you know this isn’t exactly the kind of news that would cause any concern over at the USGS earthquake monitoring center. Since I do get around, the images on the site and in my articles tend to reflect those adventures – almost to the point where one could conclude that doing serious wildlife photography requires packing …

Also posted in Locations, Photo Trips, Wildlife
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7 More Of The Best Nikon Tricks Ever

First some backstory.

About 10 months ago, I created a video called The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever. This video has become my most popular upload with nearly 1 million views already. 

Well, as it turns out, when I did that last video I had a lot more than just 7 tricks up my sleeve, but I didn’t want to make a video that went on so long it …

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How I Got The Shot – Storm Warning

It was a dark and stormy night.

There I did it. I know it’s painfully cliché but I’ve always wanted to start an article with that old line. Although, in this case, it truly was a dark and stormy night. I remember it just like it was yesterday.

I had just captured the shot you see below and had beat tracks back to my new solo backpacking tent, arriving just …

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