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 #134

Small kits vs your smartphone camera

With both of us having some vacation travel recently, we started asking the question about the role of smaller camera systems, and whether or not it’s better to simply use your smartphone when traveling casually. Even “small” camera systems are too big to fit into a coat pocket easily, and the image quality from today’s newer smartphones is quite stunning, especially for tricky low-light situations.

The Image Doctors #133

Field Report: Two months with the Nikon Z9

This week, Jason revisits the Nikon Z9, which he’s now been using for two months. Jason recently published a wildlife photography settings guide for Nikon Z9 users. We’ll also recap some recent product announcements. Note: we’ll be off next week on vacation.

New Products for Photographers

The Image Doctors #131

How We Use Autofocus

This week, Jason & Rick discuss some of the recent advances in digital camera autofocus systems, and how they’ve changed (or not) the way we shoot. We’ll talk drive modes, AF-area patterns, and the recent implementation of AI-based subject-detection in higher-end mirrorless cameras. In the end, we’ll share the settings we use most frequently in our own photography.

The Image Doctors #130

Raw formats: Compression, bit depth, & more

This week, we are happy to announce a travel photography workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 20-23, 2022. It’s limited to 6 participants, so be sure to check it out!

There’s been renewed interest in compressed RAW formats lately, specifically with both Canon & Nikon offering smaller, “lossy” RAW formats. We’ll discuss the pros & cons of the various RAW compression formats so you can decide on the best settings for your own photography.

The Image Doctors #129

Nikon Z9 Hands-On Review

Nikon Z9 camera with lens

Jason recently received a Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera, and we both had a chance to use it in the field. This week, we’ll discuss the major new features it offers Nikon users, and discuss how those features can change your approach to photography in the field.