Reader Poll – I Need Your Advice

The survey is now closed – thank you!

So, I need your advice.

I’m looking for my next project or two and I have a ton of ideas. However, it would really help if I had a better idea of what kind of gear you shoot and what topics you were the most interested in.

Most of the topics below are self-explaintory, however, I want to explain the Field Techniques book in more detail since it’s kind of a new approach and may not be precisely what you think it is. This book would feature an image (a mix of wildlife and landscapes), and the story behind how I captured it along with the actual settings and gear used. PLUS (and more importantly) it would cover why I did what I did along with any special tricks or techniques I used to capture the photo. My idea for this book is that it would be like a virtual one-on-one workshop for each image.

So, here you go. You have to vote for each one separately. Thanks for helping and although I can’t promise what I’ll be working on in the coming months, your guidance will help me make the decision. 

What camera system do you use (or, if you use more than one, which one do you use the most)?
Which book / video topics are you the most interested in? (Pick 3)
For post processing, do you prefer videos or books / articles?
Of the following, which two are you the most interested in?
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  1. Robert Jones August 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    Are you aware of any kind of clearing house or published list of those who conduct photo workshops? I just got burned by one I picked off line and would like to look for those who have been recommended by a knowledgeable person. I know that may be impossible but gotta ask. The joker that burned me just up and cancelled my reservation and refunded my money but I was out airfare changes and insurance cost.
    Hey, I like you NIkon AF book, read the whole thing!

  2. Jeff Cameron July 14, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    Steve, I have pretty much purchased all your books and if you have something I have not bought yet I will. I have found you to be a kind of mentor. I appreciate your style and patience.

    I’ll be studying your Lightroom studies next (if you have some. LOL).

  3. Jan Wagner July 8, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    I shoot with Nikon professional bodies. While I appreciate your eBook about the Nikon autofocusing systrm, where I have by far the most trouble, and subsequent time consuming delays in my shooting while I make adjustments after “chipping,” is with the Nikon auto exposure system. It seems like no matter which of the three exposure settings (spot, central area or overall scene) that I choose, too often I still have to quickly dial in an exposure change using the exposure compensation dial. Would you either write an eBook or do a video about this very important subject? Thank you.

  4. John Steadman May 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Dear Steve.
    Have just purchased your book, the secrets to the Nikon auto focus system, and are not half way through the book yet. But what I have read so far it is first class, the way you explain the different settings and detail you go into are excellent. It is by far the best guide I have to help me using the Nikon D810. I have always used Nikon Cameras. I shoot a few landscapes. 1940’s events, steam trains and buildings etc. Your wildlife images are superb so crisp and sharp the best I have seen.

    Thank you Steve, for the wonderful work you do and for sharing your work with us.

  5. Stacy May 9, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Steve: Thank you for the extraordinarily rich content you provide. I would love to see more on the Canon system, particularly the AF with the advances in the past few years. Indeed, the same could be said of Sony with the (e.g., the A9). I imagine you are thought of as a Nikon-guy – so your audience (and answers to your survey) are skewed to Nikon simply because you have many more Nikon-user readers – but I am 100% sure your approach to teaching through your videos and books would be wildly appreciated by both Canon (i.e., me), and the growing crop of serious Sony users. If you are looking for a growth market, I suspect Sony is the best avenue. But I would love to see you take on the Canon AF system, at least in the 5D Mk IV and 1DX Mk II.

    • Steve Perry May 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks Stacy – if I do add additional systems, Canon will be the first. Sony is growing, but Canon still has the biggest market share.

  6. Frank Ciccone May 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    Your the best photography instructor in the field. Your videos are always full of useful info and your conversational style is like having your very knowledgeable best friend give you pointers and how to instruction over a cup of coffee. There were great tips in your video about the little known features of Nikon’s autofocus system and I immediately went to my trusty Nikon D800E and set it up for several of them.
    I have purchased both your e-books, Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography” and the Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System, and have found that your great conversational instruction style carries over to print. The pictures are so tack sharp that when I first opened the Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography e-book they looked positively three-dimensional!

  7. Mark Conde May 3, 2017 at 2:53 am #

    Thanks for all the helpful tips and tutorials. I have your ebook on wildlife photography, and I always watch your you tube posts. The best thing about your stuff is knowing that all your suggestions are thoroughly field-tested.
    One suggestion that might be worth doing a tutorial on would be ways to add extra lighting lighting to landscape shots. I personally have a few tricks for using a speedlight to add foreground light to my landscapes – but I’ve always suspected there’s plenty more I could do to bring some controlled light onto my scene.

  8. Phil May 2, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I had a thought for your survey that might be helpful as you decide your next project. Personally, I would be interested in purchasing books on your list that aren’t in my top three topics and I suspect that many others might feel the same way. It might be useful to ask those responding to the survey a second question, would they be likely to purchase a book on each of the topics in your list topic. Even topics that are not in the top three might still sell well.

  9. francine April 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    After reading your E book I started to use Manual Auto ISO. when I looked at the picture on the back of the camera it was great, but after looking on the computer pictures that were at ISO 3200 (highest i had set for) had way to much noise for my liking. I saw you mentioned Topaz to fix. I have Cloud photoshop which I use. I would love it if you can do a short video on the best way to fix noise on a picture for both photoshop and Topaz to see if I need to invest in Topaz. I would love my pictures to come out better after using Noise reduction. I love your tips.

  10. Ryan April 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    I am not at all surprised at the number of Nikon Camera users who voted in your poll here. Your main focus is technique with the Nikon camera. Although most of your instructions – video and books – are transferable between Nikon and Canon, to translate from one camera system to the other with every example and technique would seem watered down and unfocused. I would say that if you were to delve into another camera realm I would completely separate your channels (video and books) into Nikon and Canon to have each project focused on one or the other system. As a Nikon shooter myself I would not like to go through stuff meant for Canon systems interspersed with info for my system. Like there is a separate magazine for each of these Cameras in the marketplace so should there be a separate product (of yours) if you are so inclined but I think that’s probably a bigger elephant than you could eat, unless you want to be the next David Busch or John Greengo.

    • Rolf May 2, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Steve,

      I know a lot of followers of your outstanding work in Germany.
      As not all of them have the needed command of the (American) English language,
      a German edition of your books would be great.
      I can assure you, that you would have a big, big market in the German speaking countries.
      to make your books a great success in all respects.

      Kind regards
      Rolf, Germany

      • Milt May 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        Hi Steve,
        Phil’s comment regarding how you process your images from raw to final is exactly what I’m looking for as well.

  11. Phil April 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I have always been very interested in how you process your images to achieve such beautiful clarity and color. While this topic is not currently #1, I would like to ask if you could either produce a few videos of selected images (especially landscapes) and how you went from the raw image to the finished product. A book on the topic would be amazing but if that doesn’t happen some videos would be great.

  12. Paul April 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    I really appreciate your instructional videos, especially the ones which simplify some of the basic camera settings for the most basic functions. I enjoyed your 7 Best Nikon tricks video and have incorporated all of them into my settings. Time will tell whether I prefer a couple of them. I especially like your personal approach to the instruction which includes comments on what you like and what you actually do and why. For this reason the Field book you’re talking about sounds like a great idea and a sale to me. I am more into Landscape work these days but have done and will continue to make some wildlife images. I’m sure you agree that great wildlife work requires a certain level of dedication that is not always available. Thanks for the great work.

    • Ismael April 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      I also incorporated most of 7 tricks into my D750 settings, and love the one of the ISO, however wodering how I will do video from now on???
      Thanks in advance

  13. Morgan April 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    I would like to see a book on exposure, Getting is dead right in the camera every time. I’ve been shooting for may years but refining my in camera Setting close to perfect most every time is my goal. I would like to be able to increase my quality of my photos but also reduce my time spent in Lightroom / Photoshop.

  14. Barry Byrd April 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    A video demonstration of Nikon tilt shift lenses for focus control in landscapes would be much appreciated:)

  15. Steven April 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Getting through your wildlife book. Great suggestions and help. One thing I would suggest is a training video: Repeatable exercises (after set up) for altering the focus point on birds that are stationary, moving right, left, and towards you. I know it sounds odd, but that is the most difficult aspect I have to deal with.

  16. Kevin April 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for all the tech tips and your advice. This is really the first time that I have had the chance to give my opinion on contents of a future book (here in France its not the “done thing”), just shows how dedicated you are to wanting to help us “amateurs” out there. Since I discovered your site the quality of my photos have taken leaps ahead (dixit my wife!!!).
    Keep up the good work and look forward to your future articles.

  17. Susan Jones April 28, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Hi Steve,
    As I am 65 years old for me personally I would be interested in a beginners introduction on how to use your camera and what settings you need to use for a specific area as a starter point, i.e landscape, wildlife, sports.
    I find it at present difficult to choose a starting point and even though I have a very basic idea of what I should be doing, my photographs are disappointing. I think for me I need a check list (due to my old age lol)so I can do this as I go along for I tend to forget so many things, especially if I have changed one of the settings. Sorry if this is a silly comment/question to make, I really enjoy photography and it is just for my own personal use that I want to improve my pictures. Thank you for your time.

  18. Hannes April 28, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    Videos and Books are excellent, combination of video and a book is unbeatable ;-))

  19. Alan April 28, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I echo the above positive comments – I really appreciate your work. I’ve purchased some of your e-books, videos and have adopted some of your excellent tips and techniques. I really like your style – knowledgeable but you don’t take yourself too seriously. Keep up the great work ! Thanks again.


  20. Brian April 28, 2017 at 12:34 am #

    At last, understandable Nikon tutorials, well done Steve.
    Many thanks,

  21. Tom Jones April 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Steve, a video or article on using Live View would be useful. Post processing wildlife and BIF using Lightroom and the NIK Collection would also be helpful and unique in that most tutorials focus on landscapes or portraits. Appreciate your work. Tom

  22. Tim Vaclavek April 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Interesting poll, I am mostly a wildlife guy (mammals) and I photograph birds when I can’t find something with fur on it. Anything thing that you decide to do will be of help to us.
    Thanks for all of your hard work.
    Tim Vaclavek

  23. Larry Chism April 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm #


    Your book and videos are very enjoyable and helpful. One of my question is how to pre-scout a location or find a good location to scout for photography, nature, wildlife or landscape. I don’t really expect an answer from this comment, but your process in a new book might be a chapter.

    Best Regards


    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

      Hi Larry –

      Actually the Field Techniques book will cover that sort of thing – and based on the poll, I think it’s one ofd my next projects πŸ™‚

  24. David Offord April 27, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Hi Steve, I live in England and I have been a photographer all my life, photographing cars for major car companies but since I retired I have taken up wildlife photography, I have always used Canon cameras and lenses, but recently I did purchase a Nikon with a big zoom lens but unfortunately the image quality was not up to my Canon lenses so it had to go back to the shop, anyway I would like you to do something with Topaz De Noise as this looks very interesting and I would love to learn more about it, hope that you can do more for canon users and the Topaz De Noise would be really good, thanks for your help in the last few months. Regards David.

  25. Georg April 27, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    I very like your new book. I personally use D500 with the Nikon 500 fl and 1,4 teleconverter. I love the stuff. I learned from you how and why to use automatic ISO and last video tip how to set functions on Fn and F1 buttons. Great help.

  26. Parag Salasakar April 27, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I liked your both books ‘secrets. to wildlife… and The_Nikon_Autofocus_System. Both the books have helped me improving my photography skills.
    Keep posting your videos and new books.

    Many Thanks and Cheers!


  27. eamon brennan April 27, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    hi steve,keep up the great work,love reading your articles.

  28. Rolando April 27, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    Hi, I just bought yesterday your two e-books and started reading them. I find them fantastic, same as the video with the 7 tricks for Nikon shooters, 1st class tips at a budget price πŸ™‚

  29. Michael Nenes April 27, 2017 at 6:31 am #

    Hi Steve, the excellent work you produce both in e-books and videos strongly reflects the passion and expertise you have in your field of photography. The knowledge you have provided me from your e-books and video’s has strengthened my passion in photography and always looking forward to new information you provide also in simple format for me to understand.

    Keep up the excellent work

    Regards Michael

  30. Don Nauer April 27, 2017 at 4:33 am #

    Bought both your books and though I’ve not finished either, very very helpful. Your video methods of instruction are the best I’ve ever come across and have watched them several times over as they are fabulous. Your methods/sugestions are just great so keep them coming as they have helped me and others with skills. I use the Nikon D7200 and have over the years acquired various lenses that I find still satisfy my needs. Keep up the great work!

  31. Mazen April 27, 2017 at 3:29 am #

    Steve Perry .. I’ve read most of the below comments, and the nicely written words, they love you Steve, they love your great work you put in their hands, and I’m one of them. your work is highly appreciated. thank you.

  32. michael wellman April 27, 2017 at 3:06 am #

    It was tough to pick just three topics to cover. Most are interesting to me. thanks for asking

  33. Jim Greer April 27, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    Steve, love your book on Nikon Auto Focus Systems & Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography.

  34. Barry McKee April 27, 2017 at 1:51 am #

    Spring migration is on! It is taking me a bit longer than expected to get through your 2 eBooks. I’d say I have a great excuse. Thanks for all the great tips!

  35. Graeme April 27, 2017 at 12:57 am #

    As an addendum to my last post, do you by any chance use any of the Topaz Lab plug-ins? If so, I’d love to know which ones you find most useful.

    • Rob Cross April 27, 2017 at 1:34 am #

      Yes we use most of the Topaz plugins with CS6, but find Impressions, Clarity and Simplify are the most useful. Have just bought Glow so will be interested to see how that goes.

      • Marcel April 27, 2017 at 11:04 am #

        Amen, love that book !

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      For me, Topaz Denoise. Not too many beyond that at this point, I’m still clinging to the Nik collection LOL

      • Tom Jones April 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

        Steve, If you could write or video about using NIK Collection for wildlife and landscape that would be very helpful. Using Lightroom for wildlife too. Most of the tutorials on Lightroom are directed at landscapes and portraits. Appreciate your work. Tom

  36. Stephen Sheoskie April 27, 2017 at 12:50 am #

    I enjoy your down to earth explanation of Nikon auto focus systems.

  37. Graeme April 27, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    Hi Steve
    Have both you ebooks and have got tremendous value from both. Unlike most photographers I know, I don’t use either Lightroom or Photoshop, so if you plan on a post-processing book I would love to see one that deals with the ‘why’s’ rather than the ‘how’s’. I struggle more with what I should do with a photo than with the detailed steps for doing it. I have an ebook on ‘Post-processing with Purpose’ by Rojas, but I find it very technical and difficult to read and understand. I reckon the same thing done with your style and wit would be a real winner.
    Keep up the great work.

  38. Tom Emmel April 27, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Steve: The above comments say it all. Thank you for all your work. Looking forward to your next book or video. TJE

  39. Peter Cleaver April 27, 2017 at 12:03 am #

    Thanks for the new book Steve, it’s a very useful addition to my library… keep up the good work.

  40. Dianne April 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    Your generosity and expertise are soooo very much appreciated!

  41. Carol April 26, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

    Thanks for all your useful tips, and techniques.
    Greatly appreciated.

  42. Greg St John April 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi Steve
    I purchased your Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography and Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System books. Both books are well thought out and educational. I look forward to reading your emails and watching your videos. Thanks for your help, keep up the great work!

  43. Mark Gulley April 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    Your book “The Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus” is soooooooooooooooooo good.

  44. Norm Lacroix April 26, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    Loved both ebooks look forward to the next

    How do I find out when you do Photo Tours (field trips)


    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Norm –

      At this time, I don’t do any workshop / tours (too busy with books, articles, and videos), however if I do they will be announced in the newsletter πŸ™‚

  45. Frank April 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    Keep the videos coming & keep up the great work

  46. Bo Becher April 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    Thank for great books and advices

    • M3d750 April 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

      Steve as a photographic enthusiast I am interested in Lightroom, however, my goal is to get it right straight out of camera. I hope your training efforts steer me in that direction. Thanks for all you do and the way you present it.

  47. Brenda Jacobs April 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    Steve, I not only love your videos and tutorials but appreciate them as well. I don’t know how you find the time to do it all. I always learn something new from you. Thank you for taking the time to do all of these educational, inspirational tutorials. Keep em coming!!!!

  48. Shutterbug April 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Am vastly enjoying your ebooks, Steve.

    You are doing such a great service for photographers – especially Nikon afficionados – by revealing, in a simple and delightful tone, how the Nikon Auto-Focus system operates. I only hope that the folks at Nikon realize what an asset you are. If Nikon gear sales have been at all flagging, your Nikon AF ebook surely should turn that around.

    The great thing about your ebooks is that they can easily travel with the reader who can choose to read them from cover to cover or pick and choose which chapter(s) to read and in which order. I like the fact that, once they have been downloaded, your ebooks are readily available, such as, via an ipad, in just about any setting AND without internet connectivity.

    It’s all good!

  49. Terry April 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Steve, I’m enjoying the Nikon AF book. I would really like an in depth treatment of manual exposure.

  50. Woody Green April 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    One thing I always enjoy is the story behind a shot, or the details of a trip. Things like how you spotted wildlife and set up the shot, how you selected a spot for a landscape, how you took advantage of the weather or got the shot despite the weather, etc.I think we’ve all nearly fallen off a cliff, sunk calf deep in mud, frozen our fingers off, etc to get the shot. It’s interesting/inspiring to hear or read these kinds of accounts.

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

      That’s sort of what the Field Techniques book is all about. It will give the blow by blow of getting the photo, but also include all the juicy tech tips and details πŸ™‚ Based on the poll, that’ll be one of the next projects.

  51. Gordon Bruce Reid April 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    I fine your video very good and helpful Keep up the good work

  52. John Spencer April 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    Love to see your work and information in whatever format it comes.

  53. Frank Wadsworth April 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    Thanks for your e-books and videos. I am an old (84) Nikon shooter and somewhat infirmed so that I mostly shoot from the drivers seat of my car if I am driving. Love shooting Florida’s wading and shore birds that I can see from driving through the swamps. Keep up your good efforts and I will keep on buying and reading. Thanks.
    UHH’s Ol’ Frank

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

      Love FL – I’ll be back there a few more times this year for sure, wading birds are my favs

  54. Natalya April 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    Your e-books and video are outstanding. I am glad they are written for Nikon cameras and lenses. I have learned a lot for using my D810 and D500. Please keep it up!
    Please note: IE does not work for payment with Visa but is does work with Microsoft Edge.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words and letting me know about the payment issue.

  55. Joe April 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Love your books and photos!
    Since the trend appears to be photographers giving photo tours and publishing ebooks, Is it still possible to make a living being a wildlife/landscape photographer? Where do you sell the most photos? How much time do you dedicate to being in the field? Possibly just a chapter in one of your ebooks.

    Sony a9, will you do a review? Think you would consider a change from Nikon? You’re one of the few reviewers I trust. Thanks!

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      That might make a good article. I personally like doing photo education WAY more than selling prints though. At least for me, its far more satisfying.

      As for the A9, I probably won’t be doing anything. In order to review it, I’d have to buy it and I just can’t justify it (cool as it seems). As for changing from Nikon to Sony, no way – at last not now. Dpreview did an article and estimated it would cost a typical pro $10K to switch when all is said and done. Just no way I’d see that kind of benefit (not sure I’d really see any). Plus, the entire Sony system is a non-starter for me until they get some big glass in there. So, Nikon for now πŸ™‚

  56. Peter April 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    Great video, very useful and informative. Good to see you back online, was a bit worried there for awhile that a bear may have got the better of you. πŸ™‚

  57. TonyE April 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Steve – personally I’d like you to stick purely with Nikon and wildlife photography, as technical and as in-depth as you can possibly go, both in the field and back home on the computer with processing. In my opinion, this is where you really shine, both with e-books and your videos. I think I only picked up a couple of new tips from your Nikon AF system e-book, but plenty of reminders and much thought-provoking reading – terrific, well done and thanks.

  58. Finn Larsen April 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Very intresting, i dont think anybody have done a book like that before……exellent idea

  59. Brian April 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Panasonic seems to have missed the camera cut.

  60. Marguerite April 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    I’m enjoying your Secrets to the Nikon AF system. I currently have a D7000 and am looking to upgrade and would like your opinion. I do a lot of action photography, mostly highschool sports and All Star cheerleading. Unfortunately I don’t get good lighting situations. What camera would you recommend? For football, lacrosse and basketball I use an older generation Nikon f2.8 70-200mm lens and for cheer and volleyball (I’m closer to the action) I use a Tamron f2.8 28-75mm. Thank you for your informative books and input! πŸ™‚

    • Bruce April 27, 2017 at 5:20 am #

      Steve, I think Paul’s idea is a great one, if not a book, an article.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Although I know it’s not a fan favorite at the moment, the D7500 might be an option to consider. Fast frame rate, great IQ, and a deep buffer make it interesting. I’ll be doing a full review on it once they come out, so stay tuned πŸ™‚

  61. Paul April 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Steve – the ‘new book’ idea I like best is a nitty gritty “How did I do it” recap of example images
    – Camera gear, settings, time of day, other considerations and factors that went into the shoot
    – Post-processing steps for the example images

    Thanks for everything you do – Keep it up, I’ll keep buying.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      That’s sort of what the Filed Techniques book will be about – although it will be light in post processing (just the essentials you need to know to go with the field techniques). Post processing will have to be handled separately in its own book.

  62. Bruce April 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Steve, I see one of the comments referred to a sharpening article you wrote so perhaps this is already covered (or is in your Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography book, I just bought, and am deep in to your Nikon AF book but haven’t bought the former…yet) Two issues I struggle with is 1. Nose reduction (and not “general noise reduction” by moving the Lightroom luminance slider but something more specific). That is one of the reasons why I voted for Photoshop in case they do it better than Lightroom. The other topic I am interested in is how to sharpen more intelligently. You have a gift in writing both for the novice and the more advanced something very tough to do. And for the guy who criticized Kelby for constantly making jokes I guess he gave you a pass but I must confess your jokes make me chuckle and as my Dad always said, if you can’t keep your audience entertained, it doesn’t matter how good your technical material is. Thanks for all you do.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks for the ideas πŸ™‚ I’m seeing a lot of people ask about noise reduction, so I’ll have to do something with that either as an article or part of a book (or both).

  63. Adrian April 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Have enjoyed your articles (all) keep them coming, thanks.

  64. Bret April 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    The Field Techniques book should also include post processing. I envision you take us through a photo from idea to finished print.

    • Paul April 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

      Steve, I too would like more information on post processing workflow, tips, etc. What works best for you? When to use Lightroom, Photoshop, other. I’d like to simplify the process as much as possible. Do you calibrate your monitor? Do you work only with RAW files? If you work with JPEG, what D800 custom settings do you recommend? Your images and your teaching style are both outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      Thanks of the comment. Unfortunately, post processing will have to be covered in another book though. It would make the Filed Techniques book far too long. That said, there will be some relevant post processing techniques in the book where the apply (like focus stacking for example).

  65. Alan Jones April 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    I would like to see an ebook on the ins and outs of how to use off-camera flash for bird and wildlife photography. How to set up my SB-600 and SB-700 Speedlights to stop action (like stoping hummingbird wings) and how to balance flash and ambient light.

    • Luc April 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      Adding to that the use of a better beamer

  66. Wayne Keene April 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    Your personna in video is far more desirable than so many other folks on Youtube, most notably the obnoxious Angry Photographer (not discounting what he has to say but he is incapable of saying anything without mindless repetition and a level of self-centered promotion that smacks of an authentic personality disorder), that your gentleness and genuineness make your videos a worthwhile treat. I’d love to see more videos!!!

  67. Chad Goddard April 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    For me personally one of the reasons I subscribe to your media is for your view and information on wildlife photography. Landscape and other topics I tend not to research but your book on Stunning Wildlife was fantastic. I also like gear reviews and recomendations again for wildlife. As an avid sports photographer I find the tips in one translate to the other for a large part.


  68. Jenny April 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    I have purchased a couple of your e-books. I had Secrets to Stunning Wildlife printed off. As I am dyslexic, I MUCH prefer videos. On thing I would really like you to do is when you show one of your marvelous photos… please put down what shutter speed and f-stop you used to get for this particular shot. It would be of great help.

    • Graeme April 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

      Jenny, a lot of less-experienced photographers ask for shutter speed and f-stop to be supplied with images. In all honesty, they’re not really relevant as the choice of settings depends very much on the lighting conditions at the moment the shot was taken. What’s more important IMO, is reading the light and using it to create a great image. I see lots of so-so wildlife and landscape shots that could have been spectacular had they been shot at the right time of day when the light was at it’s best. For wildlife, this usually entails developing a close relationship with your alarm clock as sunrise is almost always the best time to shoot! Yes, f-stop determines depth of field, but focal length, camera to subject and subject to background distance is what really sets the look of an image at a particular f-stop. Shutter speed depends on whether you want to blur movement or freeze movement and depends a lot on the size/focal length of lens you’re using and whether you’re working hand-held or using support. The best thing you can do is get out there, shoot lots and try stuff out.

  69. Jens-Uwe Walther April 26, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

    I really like the videos and both ebooks. It’s not only the information but it’s the way you describe everything in a cool style πŸ™‚

  70. Lawrence Broski April 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Your photography advice and instructions have been valuable to me, having had a Nikon D90, and then a D800 since it first came out. A lot of your viewers are Nikon users, so benefit much from your experience. I was a bit on the fence with your first question, as I have just purchased the Fuji X-T2, and must say I am very impressed. I am not giving up my Nikon, but intend to use my Fuji mostly for Street photography. (Very light, compact and non-obstrusive, and is retro designed, so lots of external dials.). I would recommend for you to do a special on the Fuji X-T2 in the future.
    All the best in your upcoming instruction!

  71. Jeff April 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    I couldn’t vote (there were prefilled checks which I couldn’t change). But that is OK since I agree with most of what has been voted on. I love your work – just fantastic!

    • eddie wiseman April 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

      This site is NOT “alive” for active voting Steve..Or am I missing something Steve??

      • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

        Thanks for trying. The system looks at the IP address and if your ISP uses the same IP for multiple users, when one person votes, it take it as everyone from that IP voted. I just turned that off, so it might work now if you want to try it again.

  72. Winston April 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm #


    Lightroom book is at the absolute top of my wish list! I’ve probably reread your Secrets To Stunning Wlidlife Photography 5 times and love it! I am presently reading your autofocus book am finding it extremely useful as well. Most of the books already published on Lightroom simply don’t compare with your work in terms of clarity, detail, and overall usefulness. Scott Kelby tells greamt jokes in his books but is more than somewhat vague when it comes to details. The Lightroom Queen’s best efforts barely qualify her for Princess status… Martin Evening’s work is the best so far…but I am confident that you can do better!

    All best,
    Winston Shaw

    • Bruce April 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

      Dave, My recommendation would be to SELL the D500, buy a Nikon D7200 refurbished and with the savings buy a Tamron or Sigma 150-600mm (after testing for lens variation). With that combination you would be able to take outstanding wildlife pictures.

    • Darryl April 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      Simple solution to that problem is older film camera lens. I use a 28-105 AF Nikkor D that cost about $160 on my D750, and my wife uses a 28-200 AF Nikkor G that cost about $275 on her D750. My expensive lens is a 20mm F3.5 AIS manual focus from 1984 at $300. Ken Rockwell has some interesting info on older lenses. Also my favorite DX lens was the 18-140 G. You can check the quality of the 28-105 at the flickr website:[email protected]/pool/
      Hope this is of interest.

  73. Dave April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    I have been doing photography for over 50 years. (I started with a Speed Graphic, Nikon F and Leica). Now living on a very limited income, I am frustrated at the cost of lens and cameras. Almost all reviews I see for lenses in particular are very high cost. I recently received a Nikon D500 (body) as a retirement gift. There is no way I can afford to put out over a $1000 for a lens. How about some (YouTube) advice on wildlife (hiking) lenses for the non-rich.

    • Deanna April 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

      I’ve had good luck with Sigma lenses. It’s just important to manage expectations. I really like my 18-300 from them, it isn’t an f2.8 but it also isn’t $2,000. In my situation having a versatile lens that isn’t perfect for everything is better than not having one at all.

    • Graeme April 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

      Dave, the D500 is a spectacular body. Rolling it on may not be an option, especially as it was a gift. I’d consider looking at used lenses to get you started. Given the D500’s capabilities at higher ISOs, ultra-fast primes/zooms aren’t essential.

  74. Tom April 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise! That was a tough survey. I wanted to select all on the Pick 3. I guess I can’t rely on Nikon’s help FOCUSING on everything πŸ™‚

  75. Gary Wall April 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    I have been an armature photographer for 35 years and it’s been a part of my work for twenty years. If there is anything I can pass on with this experience it’s this. Record every experience not just the jaw-dropping, award winning shot. It’s great to watch families grow as well as the tree you planted grow. To see buildings grow and how they fall to make way for other marvels or monstrosities. Photography is a way of recording history for us to learn lessons from, good and bad.

  76. George Evancho April 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    Would you please make a video on setting up and using Shooting Banks and Custom Banks. The Brainiacs at Nikon have no clue as to how to instruct Nikon owners if getting the most out of their cameras. Your videos are simple to understand and you are amazing at teaching photographers how to set up, use and most important, understand their camera functions.

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks for the idea – might make a good video!

      • Tom Jones April 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

        Yes to setting up the banks. Also start a petition to get Nikon to provide a firmware update for the D810 and D500 that allows changes made to the banks to be saved along the lines of the U1 and U2 banks in the D750. Perhaps you and other Nikon pros could make this appeal to the company.

  77. Christopher Jack April 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    Secrets to Nikon AF system has now been read from cover to cover and is a great source of information for this beginner, thank you. I will now read again whilst putting into practice with my 7200.

  78. David April 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    How about using flash with bird photography. Been interesting in high speed sync, and the Better Beamer flash attachment

  79. John Havord April 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Good luck, with whichever book, you decide to write next. I’ll look forward to it, being as informative, as your previous offerings.

  80. Tom Johnson April 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    I look forward with earnest to your next book/video installment Your survey showed subject options that are requested by many. Your gifted approach to simplifying the subject is most appreciated and seldom accomplished by authors.

  81. Paul Moirano April 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Good luck with your project.

  82. Gregory B. Douglass April 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Love your work and videos…just wish you shot Canon, because that’s what I use obviously! Would really appreciate a step by step in Photoshop and Lightroom, especially how to pick particular areas of landscapes and be able to add light, contrast,etc.

  83. Katherine F. April 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Have been following you, reading articles and watching videos – all have greatly helped me in my chosen pursuit of Wildlife Photography. I have both of your ebooks; the last one, “Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System” is a God-send. I will be awaiting your next book with great anticipation. I use a number of Nikon cameras and lenses and am considering checking out a Compact Camera system. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for all your help and encouragement!

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      If I were going to get a compact camera, I’d be looking hard at the Fuji XT-2. Although, not sure if that’s as compact as you may have had in mind.

  84. Allen April 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    I think there is a point at which most photographers, including myself, should start reducing their time reading and watching videos about becoming a better photographer and start spending more time actually taking photos. Part of doing that includes picking out the best instructors and writers who will help you continue to learn and improve. You are in that group. Your book about the Nikon auto-focus system is the best I’ve found. It is thorough, easy to understand and even fun to read. I appreciate and enjoy your articles and videos.

  85. Christopher Morrow April 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Steve, have been enjoying your two ebooks, and am in the midst of reading your latest, Nikon AF. Very helpful.
    Chris Morrow

  86. Festus Lunn April 26, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    An aside. I hate videos. So, what ever and by whoever, if it’s a video I don’t purchase.

  87. Stephan Guth April 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    I enjoyed both of your E books. I enjoy wildlife photography. Any subject regarding that, is good. I am always eager to take things to the next level. Maybe a subject regarding how to capture and produce artistic wildlife photos.

  88. Oscar Pineyro April 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Looking forward to see the final product of this survey. Always educational, friendly, easy to digest and entertaining

  89. Leroy Lamb April 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and art.

    • Bruce April 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

      I think Michael has hit the nail on the head!

  90. Michael Neil April 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    Your vote for Nikon outweighs Canon. My guess is that more Nikon shooters would follow you because you use Nikon. Thus the lop sided interest rate.

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      I have to say, I’m pretty shocked by it. I knew I had a lot of Nikon people on the list, but wow – way more than expected.

  91. Oscar Pineyro April 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Looking forward to see your next project. Always exciting, easy to understand and entertaining.

  92. Sadako Whitener April 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Looking forward to your next e book

  93. John April 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Your books and video’s are fantastic. Keep making your YouTube videos, that’s what helped me get started. I’ll buy any materials you put out, but really appreciated the free video’s and articles. Many photographer’s have limited budgets and rely on the expertise of professionals like yourself to get them started and to keep their interests going and improve their skills. Remember there are many young photographer’s that do not have much money and have a burning desire to learn the techniques. BTW, I’m and old photographer (67) and learned a lot because of people like you. Keep do’in what your do’in. Thanks !!!

  94. Kathleen Grubbs April 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    Keep making it simple. It’s the first step to understanding. Besides my retired brain has trouble enough learning my D500. Thank you for your efforts!

    Kat Grubbs

  95. Robert Jones April 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Have a nice day

  96. Jarold Hayden April 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Tried to buy your Nikon focus book, but your site wouldn’t take my card. Not sure why. What I really am interested in the most is how to improve focus on my Sony A7r. There is not a button to push as far as I know, like the D800 has, to keep on refocusing. I shoot three different cameras, Nikon D800/810, Sony A7r, and an Olympus Pen 5 which is my knock around, carry everywhere just in case camera. So far Nikon has been the best, Sony the worst for critical focus… Lens is Sony 24-240…

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

      Sorry for the CC problem – give it another try, about a week or so ago we changed providers. As for the A7r, I’ve never used one, so I won’t be of much assistance there – at least for now.

  97. Janet April 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    Whatever you do I know it will be great. I love your teaching style.

  98. Robert Jones April 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    Have a nice day. You write well.

  99. "Chip" April 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    I am happy to follow anything you put out on any platform due to the fact that I can learn a great deal from your knowledge base and apply that information to my specific needs.
    Keep up the great work……….

  100. Jean-Luc Dubois April 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Your last book “Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System” is a real mine gold, I mostly integrate all of it, now I need to practice and read it again.
    It also confort me with some practice I develloped while feeling things works better this way.

  101. Gary April 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I use DXO Optics Pro for my post processing – mainly because, when Capture NX2 stopped being maintained, I tried Lightroom, Photoshop, and Capture One Pro, but all seemed more complicated and time consuming to learn and use, whereas DXO produced good results very quickly.

    So my question is: should I have invested more time in learning one of the above?

    Therefore, I’d find a good video that highlights the comparative strengths of the different post-processing tools really useful in helping me to decide whether to stick or switch.

  102. Bob April 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    Steve, I’ve learned plenty from your ‘Secrets of …..’ books and look forward to your future articles, books and videos. All the best, Bob (Ottawa, Ontario)

  103. Teri April 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks for all you do, appreciate it!
    My finger hit Fuji instead of vote so I don’t have a Fuji camera. Pls change to Nikon. Thx

  104. Thomas Langhans April 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    I am old and slow. Your videos cover so much so quickly. Would be really great to have a downloadable PDF file of the voice content to save and read.

  105. Mikkel April 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  106. Estelle April 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    I have enjoyed so much you book and video. Looking forward to the next one.
    Thank you kindly for sharing your great knowledge in technique along your great talent as a photographer.

  107. Marcus April 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    If I am at all like other readers/viewers (enthusiastic amateurs) of your work, my sense is that you have that rare ability both “to do” and “to teach”. Having read both your books and watched many of your videos, I know the quality of my technique and pictures advances. Appreciate the survey as so many of those topics are of interest…hard to narrow down.

  108. jukka tiippana April 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    I’m usually quite critical about books, articles and videos but have liked your’s a lot! Partly because your style is practical, but not at all superficial.

  109. Andre April 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    I look forward to your future books/guides/videos. I am sure that anything you produce will be great, I truly enjoy your “Real and Practical” extremely useful information. I learn so much from you. You are “The Nikon Whisperer”! I am a geek that reads the manual, and I have read my D7200 manual forward and backwards, but nothing seems to make very much sense until you explain it in your easy to understand way.

    Thanks for all you’ve done and keep doing what ya do!


  110. Michael April 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    As someone else commented, I always enjoy your videos and books. Currently there are a lot of courses/tutorials being offered on how to use Lightroom/Photoshop for post processing, so I would be more interested in the topics related to how to take pictures that you suggested.

  111. Neal April 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    How the heck do I vote? There are no checkboxes/any way to enter a choice?

  112. Sven Englund April 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    Looking forward for your next project. Based on the books I have bought and your YouTube videos I expect it to be excellent.

  113. shirley April 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Appreciate what you’ve done

  114. Carol April 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    I find your writing style to be excellent – clear, easy to understand, detailed, full of valuable pointers, and fun as well. You carry that same style into your videos. A number of your options in the survey sound enticing. It was hard to pick just three!

  115. BOB DONNELLEY April 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm #


  116. lorenzo bertuzzi April 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Thank you!

  117. Paul Barcewicz April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Agree with others that I much appreciate and enjoy ALL your work.
    Would also appreciate a photographer’s guide to some of the locations you know best.

  118. BOB DONNELLEY April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #


  119. Cookie April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    I always learn from your books!

  120. Ron April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Id love to see someone to do either a book or video on the best places for the common man to get great wildlife photography….like state parks & wildlife reserves

  121. Mick Mates April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    I’ve learned a great deal from you. Most tips have helped me. Thank you, Mickey

  122. suraj April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Best of luck Steve.. and I wait for the next material. So far I have got (by tow different payment names ‘ssumit1612’ and ‘nawneet singh’) your two e-books and found them very-very useful.

  123. Edenfield Roy April 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Love your books. Fun to read and full of info.

  124. Mick April 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Very informative and easy to understand writing. Keep it coming!

  125. Janice Sveda April 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Just starting to learn more about photography since I have retired and can spend more time on it. No real comments at this time other than I have watched some of your U-tube videos and have really enjoyed them.

  126. Mark Gromko April 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    As regards video vs books/articles, I distinguish between on-line and on paper. I dislike ebooks, and use them least of all. For shorter things, on-line articles are ok. Videos work best for short to medium length treatments. For longer subjects, paper bound books are the best.

  127. Jack Pearson April 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    I use both Nikon and Sony cameras. I have your “Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography” and “Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System.” Both are very comprehensive and written in an easy-to-read, humorous style. Many of the items covered in “Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System” are applicable to any camera. Look forward to your future books and articles.

  128. Steve April 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    I cannot begin to tell you how helpful you have been for the information you have shared on the Nikon cameras both the tricks and technique.

    Thank you,

  129. John Cutrone April 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    Love your work!! No one can accusse you of burying your talents. Thank you for your websites.

  130. Reaburn April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    Appreciate your interest and help. You do a great job – clear, easy to follow teaching, and good examples. I purchased your book, “Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System,” and it cleared up a lot a issues for me. It must have been a lot of work to put it all together!

    • Richard DeLuca April 27, 2017 at 1:06 am #

      A few hours later, it works fine. Must have been some kind of glitch.

  131. Richard DeLuca April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    For some reason, my iPhone 7plus doesn’t seem to want to record my votes in your pole.

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

      Odd – I tried it with my phone and it worked. The poll watches IP address, if your eon a shared Ip it may not allow a vote if someone on the same IP already has.

  132. Tim April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    I never had any desire to shoot wildlife. I hunt and spend plenty of time in the field, just no patience for shooting wildlife. Then I bought Nikons 200-500 since I was missing out on some opportunities and was so taken by the reach and image quality that I’m now hooked. Lots to learn and your book was a tremendous help. In this world of Canon shooters, it’s nice to have the likes of Steve Perry in my Nikon world. I’ll never have the depth of your Nikon knowledge so it’s great to refer to your insights via books, videos etc.

  133. Dan Cogan April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    Your book on Nikon AF is superb and invaluable! Thank you.

  134. Bill April 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Can’t get enough of it – just keep doing it !!

  135. John April 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks for asking us for input on your next project. However it doesn’t matter what you finally decide because (a) it will be good and (b) it will be worth reading/watching for the learning alone.

  136. JP Degroote April 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Thank you for your great work, enjoyed all of it

  137. Joann Long April 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    This was a tough survey because I would be interested in several of the selections. I’ll be happy with whatever you come up with! πŸ™‚

  138. Andrew Udall Lee April 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Your advice is easy to absorb and delivers a ton of value. How do I go out on a real photo shoot with you? I watch your videos over and over.

  139. Geoffrey cuff April 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    As a recent convert it Nikon I find your tutorials and bios both informative but also very easy to follow. You are my first choice

  140. Robert Venner April 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    What a great idea, asking what would be most useful to us. Many thanks. I look forward to your next production

  141. Alan Jonker April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    Congratulations Steve on producing products which are informative, provide great value and which are well written.

  142. Rev Gary Ettlemyer April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    I’m still enjoying your fine text and humor in The Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System. If you continue writing in this style
    you won’t be able to keep up with the demand! Keep it up! I’m right behind you, ready to step up to the “counter” and make my
    next purchase!

    • Robert Cohen April 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

      I agree regarding the sense of humor. Steve, you don’t hit us over the head with it, nor do you talk down to us. Your tone is excellent!

  143. John April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    I think the survey results may be a bit skewed because Nikon shooters are more familiar with your work than are Canon shooters. I think Canon content would bring a new audience.

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

      I agree. Don’t get the wrong idea about the poll. I see two things when I look at the Nikon / Canon results – the first is that I need to keep dishing out Nikon stuff, the second is that I need to shore up my Canon support πŸ™‚

  144. Francisco April 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Always excellent production on all the topics you pick, very easy to understand and very useful tips and tutorials.

  145. Charles Versaggi April 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    There’s no place to submit my vote. All I see is the answer summaries. I’ve tried FireFox and Safari, but no difference.

  146. George H Mitchell April 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Look forward to you doing something along the lines as mentioned about ‘How you set up your gear and how you managed to obtain the image and any special tips or techniques that you used to gain the image. Weather and lighting conditions, time of day etc.,
    Another useful tip would be in the use of flash guns etc., what to do and how you arrived at the setting(s)
    Neutral density filters, do they need adjusting and why ! Also when/ not to use a particular lens and settings.
    My camera that I use is a Nikon D800

    George H Mitchell

  147. Bill lindner April 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Tough decisions. I’d be interested in the final tally. I’m surprised at the low “Canon” user count but I guess your appeal is mostly to Nikon users. Not to over complecate your thoughts, but possibly address the mirrorless / DSLR choices in the final topic(s) you choose. Some interesting releases recently, albeit pricey.

  148. Skip Grominger April 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for your books on wildlife photography and Nikon focus which are helping me tremendously. Thanks to you I’m traveling around the western U.S. with my Nikon D500, and 300mm f/4 PF. In spite of being 73 years old with a substantial tremor in my hands, the combination works wonderfully for me.

    Hope to get up to Yellowstone next month.


  149. Mike Wootton April 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Everything you’ve done for us so far has been excellent!
    I’m sure that whatever you choose to work on next will exceed our expectations.

    Thank you.

  150. LarryM April 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Do you have any plans for a “How to do Video on a DSLR? Thanks

    • Steve Perry April 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

      LOL, I’m not even very good at that one!

  151. Joe Parisi April 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Thank you for your well written articles & books.
    They are very helpfull…

  152. Norma April 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    I’am also interested on insects photography

  153. Deborah April 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    Your video on editing for sharpness and size for web use has helped me so much in real estate photography. Thank you.

  154. Rob Dijkman April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Next to my Nikon 800E,I use my Leica 9, 6, 3, Rolleiflex 3.5 an Hassie 503cx with relish. No autofocus, but it Goes well without. Thank you for your interesting articles. Kind regards, Rob Dijkman from The Netherlands.

  155. Gordon Berry April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Your books and web articles are always a good source of information presented in a no-nonsense way.

    Keep up with the excellent work Steve.

  156. James lee April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    I have both the wildlife and autofocus books and they are two of the best that I have ever read!

  157. Isaac Vaisman April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    I have your books and they are easy to read and understand and of course full of valuable information

  158. GΓΆran Ritterfeldt April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Good luck

  159. Normanicus April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Too much emphasis on camera functions , how to expose etc. These topics have already been hammered to death!
    Perhaps there ought to be more emphasis on photographic aesthetics, still life photography, and abstract photogaphy

  160. Gary April 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    I hope that the coming book/video is as good as your previous ventures.

  161. David April 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I tried to purchase your book but could not. However, my wife managed to buy for me. There was a problem, the payment would default to Paypal. I wanted to pay by Visa.

    I am a bird photographer and would like to see settings on the Nikon for Bird Photography. Although I probably know the settings.


  162. Mike April 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Thank you for your very informative email articles. Are there any plans to just consolidate them into an ebook?
    I am sure you get tons of questons and would be great to include them with your responses.

  163. Michael April 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Appreciate what you do. Most helpful and well thought out.

  164. Jan Roos April 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    Got 2 of your books already, Brilliant

  165. Richard Kenny April 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    Not sure I can be of much help since I ditched my Nikon system in favour of the Olympus OMD and turned to (almost) exclusively landscape.

  166. Colin Mitchell April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Really appreciate your work trying to help all of us – thank you

  167. Ted Uihlein April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #


  168. David Kearnes April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Your content is always full of very useful information and never filled with any fluff. You are one expert that stands above the rest.

  169. Magnus SvΓ€rd April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Looking forward to your next book you are such a gifted photographer and excellent teacher!

  170. John D Farr April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Always enjoy a pro’s help.

  171. David Jackson April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Not in your list but there is I would think a big demand for an an independant Nikon D5 Manual wriiten by someone like yourself.
    A D500 book is now avaiable but they tell me that there is no D5 one planned.

  172. Dick Hoogenboom April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I’m verry happy the way you explain your video’s and books. Tips and tricks are helpfull altough I’m a keen photographer for 37 years now. Aspecially the new camerabody’s have my attention because they are complicated. Thanks again mate!!

    Rergards Dick

  173. Paul Brown April 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    thanks for all the education you provide

  174. Noella April 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Always enjoy what you do.

  175. Michael April 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I always follow your hands-on videos and read your books. Keeps me fresh with ideas and opens up areas where I maybe never looked.

    There is always at least one takeaway for me and that inspires…

    Thanks a lot, Michael

  176. jacqui higgins April 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    I hope that helps

  177. Wiley Loughran April 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Steve –

    Great idea surveying the customer. And kudos to you for showing the results after voting! I just love immediate feedback. I was amazed at the number of Nikon voters. I thought it would be 60% Nikon, 30% Canon, and 10% others. Really eye opening.


  178. Robb Harriss April 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    I only switched over to Nikon in the last year. I was a Canon film shooter for decades as a photojournalist. My primary business for the last 35 years has been film and video. I’m very interested in any techniques relating to Nikon bodies. I’ve found your explanations to be among the very best, so please, keep it up.
    I’m using a d750 with a mix of G, D and AiS lenses, and Capture One Pro 10 for processing.

  179. Michael April 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Thank you for your thorough work. It has helped me a lot.

  180. robert April 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    need some advise on shooting trains (moving) fast and aircraft (moving) fast also.
    settings and filters .

    thanks Bob Q

  181. Jerry Smith April 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    I particularly enjoyed the 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever! Thank you!

  182. Susan April 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Do you ever do workshops?

    • Steve Perry April 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

      Not at this time – too busy with book, articles and videos!

  183. Mark April 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Still cant thank you enough for back button focusing also nikon D5oo review doing a lot more wildlife these days and loving it

  184. steven Davis April 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    I enjoy your wildlife e-book and have learned quite a bit from it. Thank you.

  185. Alan April 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi Steve, I have 2 of your books; wildlife & secrets to AF. I like the books but the AF one covers too many cameras (I have a D500) which interrupts the flow for me. I like specific camera books. Otherwise, great resources. regards, Alan

  186. Bob Quarles April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm #


  187. Brian Bullock April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks for your sharing your work.

  188. Craig April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks for allowing us to provide input to your projects.

  189. Ivan Hardwick April 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Like all Steve’s books, it’s excellent.

    • Greg Gorter April 26, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

      Hi Steve,
      A video on “A Day In The Life Of..” how you would go out from start to finish with all the technical aspects of your setup, shooting & processing for say your landscape & wildlife shoots. What makes you come to the decisions you make for a particular shoot and so on. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for a begginer video, rather intermediate, semi pro, assuming the audience have the basics to start. Possibly some gear choice prefers included of course.

      Thanks Steve, wonderful work you do



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