The Image Doctors #236

Nikon Z6iii Announced!

This week, we discuss the long-awaited Nikon Z6iii announcement. But another announcement sparked our curiosity… the Pentax 17 film camera. Wait… what? Let’s discuss!

Ultimate Birds in Flight!

Bird Photography Workshop in Southern California Jan. 12-15, 2025

Join me in San Diego, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. 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. We’ll also see terns, gulls, and possibly osprey as they fly above the famous sea lion colony at La Jolla Cove.

This workshop is geared towards 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.

In addition to “ask me anything” support, I will teach you my complete workflow for bird and wildlife photography using Adobe Lightroom Classic. You’ll get my full set of bird keywords with every bird species in the world, learn how to identify birds from your photos, and then learn how to process your images to deliver maximum impact.

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.

Prerequisites: You are expected to know how to set exposure and autofocus parameters in your camera.

Activity Level: Mild. There will be walking on sidewalks with some hills, but nothing strenuous. You’ll need to be able to carry your gear short to medium distances (0.1 mile).

Where: San Diego, CA (La Jolla & surrounding areas)

Photo Gallery: Southern California Birds and Wildlife

Partial Species List

  • Brown Pelican
  • Brandt’s Cormorant
  • Snowy Egret
  • American Coot
  • American Widgeon
  • Wood Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • White Pelican
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Heerman’s Gull
  • Western Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Osprey
  • Oystercatcher

Bonus! California Sea Lions & Harbor Seals

POTD: Ladybug Convention

Our weather has warmed up and the yuccas are starting to bloom. That means ladybugs are in abundance, preying upon the aphids which feed on the yuccas (and are often tended by ants).

For this photo, I used my OM System OM-1 Mark 2 body and the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. This tiny lens is quite sharp, and incredibly lightweight (185 g / 0.4 lb), which makes it super-easy to manage in the field hand-held. A side benefit of Micro 4/3rds format for macro photography is the 2x effective DOF (meaning you can shoot at wider apertures to keep shutter speed up without sacrificing depth of field) and the 2x equivalent magnification factor (1:1 with this format actually frames like 2:1 on full-frame).

For this shot, I was set at 1/1000s f/6.3 ISO 1250, hand-held. The equivalent setting on full-frame (to get the same DOF) would have been 1/1000s f/13, ISO 5000. Sometimes it’s good to go small!

The Image Doctors #235

The Case for A Fast Prime Lens

This week’s topic is inspired by a listener’s email to us (thank you). He wanted to know if a fast prime lens was necessary for shooting in low-light environments. We’ll take a look at the reasons for owning a fast prime and why they might not be what you’d expect.

Nikon Z6III Announcement Set for Monday, June 17th

Nikon teased the imminent release of the much-awaited Z6iii camera, which will be announced on Monday, June 17th. Stay tuned for our thoughts on the new Nikon!

The Image Doctors #234

Paradigm Shifts & More

This week, Jason is back from his South Dakota Badlands infrared safari, Sigma has announced a new 28-45mm f/1.8 lens (Sony & L-mount), and then we start a new segment called “Paradigm Shifts.”

In our first installment of Paradigm Shifts, we discuss gear that changed the way we approached photography, or had a lasting impact on our work. This week, we chose to discuss the Nikon D3 (and later D3x) cameras, which revolutionized our digital photography experience in later 2007.

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