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Nikon Z6 and Z7 – A Wildlife Photographer’s Initial Perspective

WOW – I’ve been getting a ton of e-mail asking me about the all new Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras for wildlife photography. Well, after spending the last couple of days looking over the specs, brochures, and hands-on reviews from the people lucky enough to get their hands on a pre-release model, I have some thoughts to share. 

And they aren’t good, at least not for wildlife photographers. However, I’m …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Opinions
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2019 Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshops

Please note – our 2019 workshops are sold out. You can use the form below to sign up for notification if one of the 2019 dates becomes available. Note that we are not doing a waitlist for 2020 – if you want to notification of those dates when they become available, please sign up for our regular newsletter (on the left). Thanks!

The Adventure Of A Lifetime!

I’m excited to …

Posted in Misc, Photo Trips
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How I Got The Shot – The Big Guy

“Wow! That’s a big bear,” I exclaimed as I pulled the truck off the road.

As I brought the pickup to a halt, my wife was quickly scanning the nearby woods, “Where?”

I pointed at the 2 o’clock position from the windshield, “Down there, on the ground.”

As I opened my door and climbed out of the truck, I heard her make an excited religious reference – something about a …

Posted in How I Got The Shot, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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8 Awesome Accessories For Nature Photographers

One question I see drift through my e-mail box on a regular basis is about accessories – specifically, the ones I like and use when I’m out in the field. So I decided to put a video together and show you eight of my favorites. I use each and every accessory you see in the video on a regular basis and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them!…

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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 …

Posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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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

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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Use Photoshop To Blur Out Backgrounds

I’m a sucker for a nice, clean background. In my opinion, nothing ruins a wildlife shot (or portrait shot, if you roll that way), faster than a busy, distracting background. 

The thing is, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to do wildlife, fast glass and full frame cameras were the rule. However, with cameras like the D7500 and D500, we now have some serious DX options. In …

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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 …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear