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10 Amazing Wildlife Photography Tips

Stop!

I know, I know, you’re ready to go photograph some wildlife. However, before you march out into the field check out the ten tips below! In this rapid, quick-fire video, I’ll go quickly go over ten tips that can help every wildlife photographer. Sure, you probably already do some of these, but there might be one or two critical ideas or tips that you’re missing. Hey, why take a …

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All About UV Filters

UV filters – do you need them or not?

It’s a question that comes up all the time in photography circles with usually about half the people thinking they need UV filters and the other half thinking the fist half is crazy! So, what’s the truth?

To find out, I put everything to the test in the video below and answer questions like:

1. Do you need a UV filter …

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Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?

OK, I know what you’re thinking, but no, this isn’s some article about heroically bushwhacking your way to a remote location for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. (One of those will probably be coming in the future!)

So, how can a compass help you snare better images? Simple – by helping you to precisely predetermine sun and moon position. It may seem a little basic, but you’d be amazed at how easy …

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Image Backup For Traveling Photographers

If you’re a traveling photographer, I’m sure you’ve thought about image backup on more than one occasion. In the video below, I go over ll of my tips and tricks that I use for backup when I’m on the road – including a “super secret” method I use to keep all of my images on my person at all times!

In my opinion, keeping images safe is the #1 priority …

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Yellowstone Trip Journal (fall 2014)

Note: This was originally a three part post on the old website, however, I have combined those posts and below I present the trip in its entirety. 

Pre-Pre-Intro

OK, so I was searching for something on my computer the other day and came across my trip journal from my fall 2013 Yellowstone trip! I had completely forgotten that I had written this, so I’ve decided to place it here on

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Wildlife Photography: Enhance The Eyes

When it comes to wildlife photography, there’s not too many hard and fast rules. However, there is one – you gotta pay attention to the eyes!

Well, I like to take that one step further by using a couple easy photoshop techniques to help enhance them a little. Keep in mind that we’re really just talking about a minor little “upgrade” to the eyes here, but it can make a …

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Do You Like Nature, Really?

I received an interesting e-mail the other day, and it really got me thinking – so much so I decided it would make an excellent blog post.

Here’s the e-mail:

Hi Steve, I just read your bio page. I enjoy nature too, probably because I’m NOT a photographer.

Why? 

I find people who are fond of clicking shots usually do not seem to take time to enjoy the scenery. Whenever they find

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Lens Diffraction In Photography

Thanks for stopping by! This tip is all about lens diffraction in photography – as you probably guessed from the title 🙂

The video discusses not only what diffraction is, but also how it can affect your photography. In addition, I’ve put a TON of examples in plus I answer five of the most common questions that come up when the subject turns to diffraction. The video is below – …

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Straighten Your Horizon, No Cropping

Have you ever taken a photo only to later realize that the horizon was less then level? Of course, that can be easily corrected in Photoshop, but you’ve probably noticed there is a downside – you lose part of the image when you fix that corked horizon. Instead of just laying down and taking it, why not try this trick instead?

In this tip, I’ll show you two ways to fix …

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Manual Mode With Auto ISO

Did you know your Nikon camera has a “hidden” exposure mode?

Sure, we’re all familiar with Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual – but there’s one that’s left off of the list – and that’s Manual Mode with Auto ISO.

Basically, this setup allows you to adjust your F/stop and shutter speed to exactly what you want and it floats the ISO in order to generate a proper exposure.…

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