Category Archives: Wildlife

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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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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 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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Use It Or Lose It!

“I’m an idiot,” I said to my wife as I examined the missed shot on the LCD panel. To my surprise, she did not appear as shocked at this revelation as I had imagined. I decided she must not have heard me the first time, so I repeated it at a higher volume.

With just a touch of exasperation, she sighed, “What happened dear?”

I showed her this little gem …

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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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Nikon D780 Menu Setup Guide

In this video, I grab my new Nikon D780 and take you step by step through how I set up the menus. I show you all the settings I change (and recommend) as well as discussing why I don’t change others. Plus, I’ll also talk about WHY I set things the way I do and how these menu settings can impact your photography in the field. Also, please note that …

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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. …

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Cropping? Better Drop Your ISO!

Let’s face it – sometimes we need to crop. However, when you’re faced with a photo in the viewfinder that’s gonna need an appointment with the crop tool, you gotta be careful. Noise is a tricky thing and it’s especially hard on images where cropping is required.

In this video, we’ll take a look at why your personal maximum ISO for your camera may be too high if the image …

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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. …

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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 …

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