The Image Doctors #32

The right way to hand-hold your camera & cold-weather shooting tips

This week, Jason & Rick answer a listener question from our Facebook Page regarding an upgrade from the Nikon D700 to either the new D780 DSLR or the Z6 mirrorless camera. Then, we discuss proper hand-holding techniques and how to deal with shooting in frigid temperatures.

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The Image Doctors #31

Backup Strategies for Photographers

Are your images safe? This week, Jason and Rick discuss their strategies for backing up images in the field and at home.

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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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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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