I’m pleased to announce two birding workshops for 2024. Both of these locations offer can’t-miss bird photography experiences for photo enthusiasts. Both of these workshops are limited in size to offer the best possible instructional experience. I’ll be specializing in Nikon and Olympus/OM System cameras.
Both of these workshops include field and classroom instruction. You’ll learn the optimum settings for bird photography, workflow, and post-processing techniques. Reserve your space before they sell out!
Want even more wildlife photography? Join me in Panama Oct. 18-26 for an unforgettable experience
This week, we took a short road trip down to southern Colorado, where we photographed abandoned towns and the historic downtown of Trinidad. Hear what motivated us, what gear we used, and the styles of images we produced. You can check out our image galleries here.
Understanding the creative aspect of lens aperture
We all learn in Photography 101 that the aperture setting is a physical property of the lens, and you can vary its size to control the amount of light entering your camera. Usually, we think of aperture as it relates to the rules of exposure.
Back when I was shooting film and early digital cameras, it was considered ideal to have a “fast” lens (meaning one with an aperture of f/2.8 or wider). Why? because with limited ISO options (remember film rarely was faster than ISO 800 and early DSLRs got noisy in a hurry above ISO 400), a fast lens meant you could shoot hand-held in dim conditions without a flash.
Today, ISO no longer limits most photographers. Sure, images are still cleaner and have greater dynamic range at a camera’s base ISO, but you can shoot above ISO 6400 these days pretty much with impunity. That means you have much more creative latitude to choose the aesthetic of your shots by varying the lens aperture.
Nikon recently issued a service advisory regarding the new Z8 mirrorless camera.
Users of the Z 8 camera have informed us that in some rare cases, a lens cannot be mounted on the camera because the lens cannot be rotated to the locked position.
The affected camera bodies are identified by serial number. Visit Nikon’s Z8 service advisory page, enter your serial number, and see if your camera is affected. If it is, you will receive a pre-paid shipping label to send your camera to the nearest Nikon service center.
My clients are reporting that the turn around time for this service is about one week.