Camera size and Ergonomics

There is a lot of talk about camera size these days. Photographers have myriad choices for mirrorless cameras, "enthusiast" compact cameras and even tiny DSLR's. I don't think there is anything wrong with cameras getting smaller, to a point. I think it's great that...

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The Perfect Infrared Camera

I've had four digital cameras converted to infrared over the last eight or ten years. This process replaces the filter in front of the image sensor so that the camera is sensitive to visible infrared light instead of plain old visible light. The resulting photos are...

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Domke Next Generation review: Old School meets New School

Even if you’re not familiar with the Domke name, I’ll bet you’ve seen the bag. Domke is the classic canvas shoulder bag that virtually invented the idea of the camera bag that a photojournalist could shoot out of. That are known for being rugged, lightweight and loved...

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Saving Hearts in Costa Rica

It’s not everyday that I get to affect someone’s life for the better, but Rick Gerrity and I had an opportunity recently to do just that. My friends at the Leaves & Lizards Retreat in Costa Rica introduced me to Maria Fejervary a few months ago, and everything else...

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Making good wildlife photos in bad light

I was disappointed to see cloudy skies during my first visit to San Diego, California. I was there for the NANPA Nature Summit, but I had carved out some time to do some digiscoping with my buddy Clay Taylor from Swarovski Optik. We set out early on Saturday morning...

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Digiscoping: Long Lens for Your LUMIX

Digiscoping is the practice of making photographs using a high-powered spotting scope as a super-telephoto lens. It is hardly a new practice, but there are tools available that make the process easier than ever. Digiscoping is of special interest to me since I shoot a...

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Custom SLR C-Loop Mini Review

I am not the type to jump on every new photo product that comes along- especially when it comes to simple things like camera straps. How many different “unique” sling straps can there really be? As it turns out… The guys at Custom SLR recently asked me to try their...

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Route 66 Photo Adventure recap

My colleague Rick Gerrity and I officially started our workshop partnership this past October. It seems like a long time ago, but my travel schedule is just settling down and allowing me to get caught up on my blog posts. Rick and I have similar teaching styles and we...

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On the Air!

If you're familiar with any photography-related podcasts, you're probably a regular listener to This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson and company. This weekly podcast features Frederick and his guest hosts discussing the latest news about photography, photo...

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Costa Rica ReCap

I've been leading photo workshops in Costa Rica for almost six years now, and I can definitely say that the last trip was the best one yet. This was the fifth year for my Costa Rica Photo Adventure workshop in September. People freak out about the weather because it...

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Visual Inertia

I’ve been shooting video semi-seriously for almost two years now. I’m a long way from what you would call a “film maker”, but I have definitely seen the light when it comes to the value of moving pictures. One of the biggest challenge (if not THE biggest) for still...

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New gear for Costa Rica

It’s funny… even though I’ve been to Costa Rica a dozen times and led five photo workshops down there I STILL find myself doing some last minute shopping before I go. My overall packing strategy hasn’t changed much over the years, but I am constantly tweaking the gear...

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