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The Image Doctors #132

We’re back, and this week we’re discussing photography locations in our home state of Colorado. Colorado is a beautiful place to photograph, but there’s some challenges associated with living above 5000′ elevation. We’ll offer some places we love to photograph, plus some locations that we generally avoid due to crowds and other pitfalls.

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New eBook Coming Soon!

Bird Photography with the Nikon Z9

Coming soon: the complete guide to bird photography with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera.

I’m putting together a complete settings guide and best practices for photographing birds with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera. Watch this space for pre-ordering details!

A complete settings and techniques guide to bird photography with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera

  • Printable PDF eBook
  • A complete list of every setting I use in my Nikon Z9 camera for bird photography, including Shooting Menus and Custom Menus
  • My Z9 Birding Settings file that you can use to load my settings directly onto your Nikon Z9 camera
  • A complete hierarchical (nested) set of keywords of birds of the world
  • My Nikon Z9 Birding Preset for editing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom Classic
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Why 3D-tracking autofocus is a game-changer in the Nikon Z9

Concentrate on your composition, not your AF-area

Red-winged blackbird in the dreaded “back to the photographer” pose.

This red-winged blackbird provides us with a perfect example of how animal face detection in the Nikon Z9 is a game-changer for Nikon shooters. The bird is in the dreaded “back to the photographer” pose, which is always a challenge for us photographers who want to get the eye in focus.

In previous Nikon cameras, using a traditional AF-area mode such as Dynamic or Group would have a tendency to lock onto the body of the subject when its back was turned to you. Instead, you’d need to use something like single-point AF and work hard to keep the active AF point on your subject’s eye.

With the Nikon Z9, I selected 3D-tracking and had subject detection set to “animals.” Once the blackbird turned its head, the camera immediately detected the eye and locked the active AF point on it. This AF mode let me then recompose my shot without having to move my active AF point all over the frame with the sub-selector joystick. The camera does that for you, so you can concentrate on your framing.

Capture & Create Perfect HDR Landscapes

Live HDR Class with Jason Odell Jan. 13, 2022

Join me online to learn how to create perfect natural HDR landscape images

Thursday, January 13th
6-8pm US Eastern Time (online)

In this online mastery course, you’ll learn fundamental and advanced techniques for capturing and creating HDR landscape images. Everyone who signs up will receive a video replay of the class.

  • How to identify HDR scenes in the field
  • How to set up your camera to capture perfect HDR images
  • Creating HDR files in Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Processing HDR raw files with Lightroom
  • Adjusting HDR images in Aurora HDR

Live Online Training Event

You will be able to ask questions during the class!
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.

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