Category Archives: Wildlife

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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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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 …

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Shadows, Used Gear, Aspect Ratios, and Z cameras

Yup – I’m doing podcasts now!

In this first episode, I’ll share a secret I use for better shadow pulling, plus we have our first Q&A session! This episode’s questions will tackle my feelings on used gear, how aspect ratios work, and what I currently think of the Nikon Z cameras for wildlife photography (brace yourself).

Also, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below 😀

Please

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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 …

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Is This The Best Monopod Head Ever?

As you know, I’m a bit of a tripod / monopod junkie. So, I’m excited to share my review of the new Wimberley MonoGimbal head.

This new lightweight head allows you to balance your rig just like a regular gimbal head – point up or down and everything stays in place, no need to tighten the locking knob. However, this compact unit is only a fraction of the size of …

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ISO Insurance

I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck – is Steve trying to peddle some kind of ‘photo insurance’ now”?

Not so much, but I didn’t really know how else to describe what I’m about to explain 🙂

So, let’s dive in – what do I mean by ISO Insurance?

Probably the easiest way to explain it is to grab a crayon and draw an analogy.

You know how when …

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Finding Your Subject With A Long Lens

One of the most common problems I observe while in the field – and during my workshops – is when someone can’t find the subject in their viewfinder while using a telephoto lens. Nothing’s quite as cringeworthy as watching a photographer flail around with their glass in a desperate attempt to capture an image before the opportunity disappears (oh, and it usually does). 

Of course, it doesn’t have to be …

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