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How To Add Copyright Information In-Camera

Do you have your camera set to automatically add copyright information to your images? If not, why not? Digital theft is at an all time high and adding copyright data to your images can add another layer of protection in the event of a dispute.

However, it’s important to know the correct way to add the information to give yourself maximum protection – and most people do it wrong. In …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear
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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 …

Posted in Locations, Opinions, Photo Trips, Podcasts, Techniques, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Sony a9ii vs Nikon D5 and Z6: High ISO Shootout!

What happens when you take the new Sony a9ii and pit it against the Nikon D5 and Z6 in a high ISO shootout? Will the D5 be able to hold its own against the new kids on the block – or will it be crushed?

Watch the video to find out!

We’ll look at ISOs a stop at a time from 1600 up to 51,2000 and compare the results from …

Posted in Reviews, Tests
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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 …

Posted in Opinions, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife Tagged |
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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

Posted in Nikon Gear, Podcasts, Techniques, Wildlife
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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 …

Posted in How I Got The Shot, Locations, Opinions, Photo Trips, Techniques, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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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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What’s In My Bag? Costa Rica Edition

Here it is! I’ve had a TON of requests over the years for a “What’s in my bag” video. The trouble is, what’s in my bag varies by location. So, I decided to start with the wildlife kit I use when I’m in Costa Rica. However, this is also a really great “general purpose” wildlife kit as well.

For this video, we’ll discuss not only what’s in the bag, but …

Posted in Nikon Gear, Travel Tips, Using Your Gear
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The “Secret” To Locating The Hard-To-Find Gear You Want

So, I talk to a LOT of people who are excited about Nikon’s new products (although this post applies to any manufacturer) but there’s often an issue with availability.

In fact, I get e-mails and comments on a regular basis from people asking if I know anything about a particular product’s availability (and no, I don’t).

However, there is a simple little trick for finding hard-to-get gear. In fact, I …

Posted in Misc, Nikon Gear, Opinions