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Nikon Z9 Wildlife Settings Guide Update

Now Includes Settings for Nikon Z9 Firmware v2.1

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of the second edition of Bird Photography with the Nikon Z9. This new edition is updated to include the new features (and their consequences) available with Nikon Z9 firmware version 2.1

What’s New in the Second Edition

  • I’ve fully updated the printable PDF guide to include new features in Z9 firmware 2.1, including:
    • Wide-area Custom AF
    • Recall shooting settings (hold)
    • Focus recall
    • Pre-burst capture
    • Focus point selection speed
    • High FPS viewfinder display
  • I completely revised my custom settings to incorporate the new features in the Z9 and my most recent control configurations for both BBF and Shutter AF
  • Updated camera file (.bin) includes my latest Z9 camera settings

Panama Wildlife Photo Safari Announced

Photograph sloths, birds, and more April 15-22, 2023

3-toed sloth

Discover the biodiversity of Central America as we photograph the wildlife of western Panama. On this unique photo safari, you’ll photograph rainforest birds, mammals, insects and more. Observe and photograph colorful birds from a 65′ high observation tower, tour the rainforest with experienced naturalist guides, and enjoy home-cooked meals at our luxury air-conditioned eco lodge retreat.

When: April 15-22, 2023 from Panama City, Panama

What’s Included

  • Three nights lodging in Panama City
  • Monkey Island & Sloth Sanctuary Tour in Panama City
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Air transportation to Bocas del Toro
  • 4 nights at the Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge Includes:
    • Lodging in single occupancy, all meals, bilingual professional guides, all tours mentioned in the itinerary, non-alcoholic beverages (house wine, Panamanian house beer & local rum at dinner time), all taxes, WIFI, entrance fees to national parks, meals, snacks and beverages during outings.
  • Guided boat tour to San San Sak Ponds Wetlands
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Group photo tours as described above

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop

January 22-26, 2023 in La Jolla, CA

Royal Tern, La Jolla, CA

Join me in La Jolla, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to six (6) participants for a personal experience that you can’t get from the big tours. I offer “ask me anything” instruction during the safari to ensure you’re getting the best quality images. Because of the small group size, I’m able to offer a more intimate instructional style that allows each participant to get the knowledge they need to succeed.

Winter is the breeding season for the pelicans and cormorants in southern California, so we’ll be able to capture them in their colorful breeding plumage.

This workshop is perfect for intermediate to advanced photographers who wish to learn how to capture stunning images of birds in flight. We will have the opportunity to photograph numerous species, including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and terns. We will also likely encounter sea lions and other wildlife on the beaches, and have the opportunity to get some nice sunsets and environmental shots.

Each day, we will download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos stand out. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products.

Click the RSVP button to learn more, and to register! This event is limited to 6 photographers.

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The Image Doctors #147

Architectural Photography

This week, we’re talking about architecture photography. Architectural subjects are easy to find, and a very typical subject when you’re traveling or even in your own home town. It’s more than just photographing buildings! We discuss some creative approaches that we use when photographing architecture, including tips for post-processing your images.

Join us in Denver: Sept. 29-Oct 2

We’re hosting a small-group photography workshop event in downtown Denver, Colorado.

The Image Doctors #143

Traveling through Portugal & Major Lightroom Updates!

We’re back this week after Rick returned from a vacation trip to Portugal. Many times, our travels don’t always line up for “pure photography” so Rick will discuss how he used his OM System OM-1 and his iPad Pro to work on his photos while traveling.

Earlier this week, we saw updates to the Nik Collection by DXO (paid upgrade) as well as Lightroom/Photoshop. Lightroom’s masking tools got a HUGE boost to functionality by adding a true “Invert Mask” function. We both think it’s a great update, and recommend our Lightroom users update their software to the latest version.