Category Archives: Using Your Gear

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Video Workshop – Focus Shift Shooting (Nikon)

Have you ever wanted to try Nikon’s Focus Shift Shooting and just weren’t sure where to start?  

Have you ever wondered… 

What is Focus Shift Shooting? How do I use it? How do I set the menu? How do I set the camera? How do I know what to do in the field? How do I know if I got it right?​​​​​​​ How do I use stacking software? How do I retouch …

Also posted in Lightroom Tips, Misc, Nikon Gear, Photoshop Tricks, Techniques, Workshop
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Fall Photography Basics

(Note, this was published a few years back, but I decided to update it for the upcoming fall season)

So, ready to photograph some fall color are ya? Not so sure where to start? Well, take a gander at the 10 tips below and you’ll be well on your way to snagging yourself some wall hangers!

1. Timing is EVERYTHING!

I’ve said it before, but it’s even more important …

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Spot Metering Crash Course

Wanna get the most out of your spot meter? Did you know that most people think they’re using it correctly but they really aren’t? YIKES – could that be you???

In this video, we’ll go over what spot metering is, where the camera spot meters in the viewfinder, how the spot meter thinks, where it works well and where it lets you down – and why. We’ll also look at …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Wildlife
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5 Metering & Exposure Tips Every Nikon User Needs To Know

Want to get more from your Nikon metering system? In this video, I’ll show you five quick tips that every Nikon user really needs to know. I take advantage of these tips and tricks all the time in the field – and surprisingly, most people I encounter seldom know any of these!

The tips in this video will help you leverage your metering system to help you work faster in …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques
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Tripod, Monopod, Or Handheld – Which Is Best?

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you should use a tripod, monopod, or just go handheld?

In this video, we’ll look at a quick, easy way to determine the best support solution for any given wildlife scenario. We’ll talk about the four major considerations and how to weigh them against each other in the field. In just a few minutes, you’ll know how to always pick the right support …

Also posted in Misc, Techniques, Wildlife
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Nikon D6 Wildlife Photography Review

It’s finally here – my D6 wildlife photography review!

For this review, I hit the road for just over five weeks photographing wildlife in Theodore Rosevelt NP, Badlands NP, Custer SP, and a final two weeks in Yellowstone NP. During this trip, I really put the camera through its paces for action, stills, low light – you name it. Over 18K shots and counting!

This review was done entirely on …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Reviews, Tests, Wildlife
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How I Got The Shot: Flying Lambs

4:00 AM, Badlands National Park.

The world is peaceful and silent, save for my iPhone alarm jolting us out of bed. Time to head out and see if my wife and I can track down some adorable bighorn lambs. We’d spotted them in the same place a couple days in a row (about a 45-minute drive from camp), and while we were able to secure a few good shots, I …

Also posted in How I Got The Shot, Nikon Gear, Opinions, Photo Trips, Techniques, Wildlife
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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 …

Also posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques
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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 …

Also posted in Techniques, Wildlife
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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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