Category Archives: The Image Doctors

“The Image Doctors” Jason Odell & Rick Walker discuss photography in this weekly podcast. Topics include gear reviews, photography tips & tricks, and digital processing software.

The Image Doctors #220

Interpreting Online Camera and Lens Reviews

Any time a new camera or lens is announced, we often scour the internet for any available reviews. While many online reviews are excellent, it’s also important to consider that every review (including ours) are implicitly biased. We tackle the issue in this week’s episode.

The Image Doctors #219

Photographing car shows and other automotive displays

We might be in the dead of winter right now, but spring is right around the corner, and that means the car show season will soon be in full swing. Whether it’s restored vintage automobiles, hot rods, or rusted relics in a junkyard, we’ll give you our tips and tricks for photographing cars at these events.

Spring Photo Safari with Jason & Rick

Join us for a small-group photo safari to California’s redwood coast, May 15-19, 2024. Space is extremely limited for this unique safari location.

The Image Doctors #218

OM System OM-1 Mark II announced with new lenses

This week, we take a look at the (big?) announcement of a new OM-1 camera and 150-600mm lens from OM Digital Solutions (aka Olympus).

The OM-1 MkII is a surprise considering the OM-1 was released less than two years ago, and we’ll take a look at the new features and give our thoughts on upgrading. The OM System 150-600mm lens appears to be a reworked version of the Sigma 150-600mm lens that’s available in Sony E mount and Leica L mount already. However, on a M 4/3 camera, you have the equivalent of a 300-1200mm super telephoto lens, making this lens an interesting choice for bird and wildlife photographers who want extreme reach for small subjects.

Until we can get our hands on the OM-1 MkII to properly review, we’ll limit our discussion to features we’ve seen reviewed online.

The Image Doctors #217

A smaller kit without changing systems?

Last week, we had a great discussion about moving to smaller format systems as a way of reducing the size and weight of your camera kit. But what if you want to stick with a full-frame (35mm) system and get lighter?

The good news is that many of today’s slower, or variable-aperture mirrorless system lenses are very, very good. In the past, you’d have sacrificed optical quality with slower lenses, and you’d have to stop them down significantly to get better sharpness and clarity. Today’s mirrorless system lenses, including lenses in the f/4.0 range from Canon, Nikon, and Sony are very good, and can be shot wide-open without concern. By moving from fast glass to slightly slower glass, you can downsize your system weight while still using a camera body that you know and love.

The Image Doctors #215

Photographing Snowy or Sandy Scenes

It’s wintertime, and that means for many of us, snow is in the weather forecast. This week, we’ll discuss settings and creative approaches to photographing snowy (or sandy) scenes.

Photographer Spotlight: Walter Iooss, Jr.

If you’ve opened an issue of Sports Illustrated in the last 50 years, chances are you’re familiar with the work of Walter Iooss, Jr. Not only has he captured many iconic moments in sports, but he pioneered the artistic, storytelling style we often see in modern sports photography. We encourage our listeners to check out his work at

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