Our New Home in Costa Rica

Our New Home in Costa Rica

I wanted to tell you about the hotel where I will be hosting my Costa Rica photography workshops in 2020. The Carara Costa Rica Ocean View Hotel has much to offer me and my guests. Not the least of which is airconditioned rooms and wifi throughout the hotel. This...

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Manfrotto BeFree Advanced Travel Tripod Review

Manfrotto BeFree Advanced Travel Tripod Review

Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod Review I reviewed the original Manfrotto BeFree travel tripod a few years ago. The latest generation is known as the BeFree Advanced. Manfrotto has added a lot of features that professionals look for in this new model. Check out my...

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Tenba Axis 20L Photo Backpack review (Updated)

Tenba Axis 20L Photo Backpack review (Updated)

Tenba continues to innovate and improve their line of photo backpacks! I've been using Tenba camera bags for years, but the new Tenba Axix line of photo backpacks is as close to the perfect pack as I have found. Check out my review of the Tenba Axis 20L to find out...

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LUMIX G9 Review

LUMIX G9 Review

I have used almost every G series LUMIX camera since the GH3, and I have really enjoyed using most of them. There have been a few favorites, but I had forgotten what it’s like to really love a camera. The Panasonic LUMIX G9 has reminded me what that’s...

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Is it time to replace Lightroom with Luminar 2018?

Is it time to replace Lightroom with Luminar 2018?

I've been hearing rumblings about replacing Lightroom since Adobe's move to subscription-based pricing. Most of my clients are not professional photographers, and they are happy to use the same photography software for years without paying for updates. For these folks...

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Back Button AF for LUMIX Cameras

Back Button AF for LUMIX Cameras

Back button auto focus is a great way to get the benefits of both single AF and continuous AF at the same time. Wildlife photographers use this setup quite often, but it is useful for many different types of photography. It is easy to setup Back Button auto focus on...

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GNARBOX 2.0 Might Just Change Your Workflow

GNARBOX 2.0 Might Just Change Your Workflow

I was a little skeptical when I first got a GNARBOX. It seemed like another portable hard drive with a built-in card reader. You can see from the video above that it turned out to be much more than that for me. The original  GNARBOX has allowed me to ditch my laptop...

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LUMIX/Leica 200mm f2.8 shooting impressions

LUMIX/Leica 200mm f2.8 shooting impressions

I’m definitely feeling lucky lately. I got to shoot the LUMIX G9 early, AND I have had the privilege of shooting the Leica 200mm f2.8 lens and it’s 1.4 teleconverter. This lens is as good as you hope it’s going to be. If you’ve read my blog you know that I LOVE the...

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Lumix G9 Shooting Impressions

Lumix G9 Shooting Impressions

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot the LUMIX G9 for a couple of weeks now, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite features about this fantastic tool. As you may know, I don’t shoot test targets or test dynamic range in a controlled environment. When I get a new...

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The Perfect Micro 4/3 Travel Photography Kit (for me)

The Perfect Micro 4/3 Travel Photography Kit (for me)

We all have different ideas about what a “perfect” travel camera kit includes. Some photographers need wheels on their camera bags, while others choose a pocket camera and nothing else. The important thing is to decide what YOU need. A travel photography setup is...

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A still photography look at the LUMIX GH5 (Updated)

A still photography look at the LUMIX GH5 (Updated)

Update: I received a few comments from readers who who report having trouble getting good quality still photos with the GH5. I have added some screen shots from Lightroom with a still image at ISO3200 as an example of the still image quality. This shot was made with...

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Mood Lighting with White Balance

Mood Lighting with White Balance

White balance is an import way to control the mood of your photographs. Slight shifts in color can result in big changes to your photos. I have grown to trust the auto white balance setting in my cameras for most situations. Modern cameras do a fantastic job of...

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