The Image Doctors #30

The Image Doctors Photography Podcast

Bird Photography With the Nikon Z6

This week, Jason discusses his experience photographing birds and wildlife in San Diego with clients, and the Image Doctors share their thoughts on why DSLRs still have some advantages over mirrorless cameras.

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Bird Photography with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

Autofocus settings for birds in flight with Nikon Z cameras

Brown pelican in flight, captured with a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera and 200-500mm f/5.6E VR zoom Nikkor lens.

I’m back from my third annual San Diego Birding & Wildlife photo workshop, and this year I decided to use the workshop as a testing ground for the Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera. Ever since the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras were released, the general consensus seems to be that their hybrid phase/contrast autofocus system was great for everything except fast moving subjects, like flying birds. I decided to test the Z6 myself and see how well it could perform in the field in real-world conditions.

For four days I put the Z6 through its paces, and came away with the conclusion that by tweaking the autofocus settings, you can nail BIFs with this camera almost as well as I could with my tried and true Nikon D850 DSLR. The trick is to customize your autofocus settings to something other than the defaults, and the settings I chose will actually seem counter-intuitive. More on that in a moment.

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Birding with the Nikon System

Online class Saturday, January 25th

Discover the secrets to capturing great bird photos with Nikon digital cameras
Discover the secrets to capturing great bird photos with Nikon digital cameras

Join professional photographer Jason P. Odell live online for tips and tricks for better bird photography using the Nikon digital system.

Topics include

  • Exposure & White Balance Settings for bird photography
  • Autofocus modes and settings for bird photography with Nikon DSLRs
  • Getting accurate focus in the field with Nikon DSLRs
  • Custom settings for Nikon DSLRs
  • How to photograph birds in flight
  • Gear recommendations

Join professional photographer Jason P. Odell live online for tips and tricks for better bird photography using the Nikon digital system.

Topics include

  • Exposure & White Balance Settings for bird photography
  • Autofocus modes and settings for bird photography with Nikon DSLRs
  • Getting accurate focus in the field with Nikon DSLRs
  • Custom settings for Nikon DSLRs
  • How to photograph birds in flight
  • Gear recommendations

Your registration includes live webinar access (you can ask me quesstions) and a video replay download for future viewing.

The Image Doctors #29

The Image Doctors Photography Podcast

Our Favorite Photo Locations

We all have favorite places for photography. Whether it’s in a national park, or exploring a city or country, here are some of our favorite places to shoot, and reasons why some of the better locations might not be what you expect.

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The Image Doctors #28

The Image Doctors Photography Podcast

Nikon D780, Canon 1DX Mk III, and more!

This week saw the announcements of several new cameras, from Nikon and Canon, along with some new lenses. Jason and Rick give their first impressions of the new Nikon D780 and new Nikkor lenses, plus the flagship Canon 1DX Mk III, Fujifilm X-Pro 3 and Olympus OM-D-EM1X. New lenses from Nikon include the 120-300mm f/2.8 sports zoom, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 S for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras.

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