How To Nail The Shot: Costa Rica Edition

It’s another “How To Nail The Shot” video!

The last “Nail The Shot” video was received incredibly well so I decided to do another, this time focusing on Costa Rica (although the tips apply to wildlife anywhere). In this video, we’ll look at eight different images from Costa Rica and talk about the challenges each presented, how I handled them, and what settings I used (I went into more detail this time as requested).

I think you’ll really enjoy this one – it’s packed with a TON of practical, field-tested advice that’s sure to help on your next outing (even if that outing isn’t in Costa Rica).

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Karl Schneck
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You mentioned that you like to avoid bright spots in the background that could lead the viewer’s eye to that area instead of the main subject. With all the other challenges to getting the “perfect” picture, how do you feel about cloning, burning, healing the bright areas in post process?

Jodell Murray
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Jodell Murray

Like the video style

Alan
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Alan

Wonderful video to hear your thinking processes for capturing the images. Since you were using the Sony a1, I was wondering if you still plan on letting us know your setup guide for the camera? A video would be great for this but if you don’t have the time for that, and printed guide of some sort would be so helpful for the many Sony shooters that follow your excellent posts. Thanks so much.

Laura
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Laura

Thank you Steve another great tutorial

David Bennett
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David Bennett

About the Southern Lapwing in flight, did I hear you say APS-C? Is there a crop on the camera?

PaulB
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PaulB

I would love to see a video of your post processing techniques for those rare pictures which don’t come out of the camera perfect.
Do you dodge and burn much? If so, how? New Lightroom masking? Background blur? Sharpening? And so on.
Thanks

Bill Argo
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Bill Argo

Brilliant job, Steve. As always excellent presentation with plenty of inciteful info! You mentioned that you were at several locations in Costa Rica. I am going there next month and I would very much appreciate the name of the sites you visited. I have 3 of your books and am grateful you took the time and effort to put these together! Also brilliant idea with the “Nail the Shot” pubs. All the best!

Bill Argo
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Bill Argo

Many thanks, Steve! I’m really looking forward to this !

Joseph
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Joseph

Really nice presentation AND your books are marvellous. Thanks!

Pete D
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Pete D

This is great. Thanks Steve. Since the start of the pandemic I haven’t had any real “shop talk” with nature photographers. This video is such a wonderful presentation, it reminds me that I’m missing a lot by hearing other photographers discuss how and why they did what they did.

Pete

Peter Brackenbury
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Peter Brackenbury

Hi Steve, again a great video with lots of interesting information. Trouble is remembering much of it when out in the field but I think your advice of slowing down and hanging around to get further shots probably helps here.

David Burns
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David Burns

Great video Steve. Thanks for all the effort that you put in here. Very informative, great shots and good advice. I think that the way you are breaking down the thinking for each shot is very effective with just enough reference to gear for context. Nicely done.

Best wishes, David.

Gues de Rumine
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Hi, excellent points highlighted on good pictures. You have convinced me to buy a Sony Alpha 1. I am just not used to using their complicated menus yet. When are you going to put your talents to produce your (I repeat) your point of view on a new Video tutorial on “how to set up the best menus (123) on a Sony ICLE-1 (Alpha 1) camera. I have bought your 3 Secrets…for Nikon, but I always love to complete my learning curves with your video tutorials. Your are lucky and deserved to receive a Nikon Z9, I registered and signed… Read more »

Patrick Dirlam
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Patrick Dirlam

Steve, I noticed you keep mentioning 16×9. Are you shooting more 16×9 now? You said you’d crop a bit off the top and sides. Is there an advantage to 16×9 over 4×3 or other formats?

Dave Womack
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Dave Womack

Great Steve – I’m headed to a wildlife safari area in Texas and will be really close to a lot of animals. This video will help me a lot. Glad when you showed Auto Iso vs Non Auto Iso. I learned from you about man + auto Iso and use it all the time. tks!

Clark Johnson
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Clark Johnson

Steve, as someone who handholds my D500/500 PF combo for birds in flight because of the freedom of movement it provides, I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that you use a tripod for most of your shots. Is it just because your 600mm is so heavy, or would you also suggest a tripod for those of us who have lighter gear?

Joe Barlow
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Joe Barlow

Another fantastic video, thank you so much for sharing. Every time I watch one of your videos I go grab the camera and head out to see what I can do, always fun.