Equipment

Wilderness Medicine- Trip planning- Navigation

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Have you ever started hiking into a new area and got to a fork in the trail, with no signs, and wondered “which way do I go from here?“. Most of us have and that’s what I want to help you with today in our Planning section on navigation. I will admit, I’ve been obsessed […]


Antarctic Chronicles- Clothing

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  Clothing Preparation: boots waterproof pants waterproof gloves liner gloves and mittens or outer gloves long underwear deck shoes for ship fleece or wool sweater wool boot socks and liners pants and shirts for wear on ship (very casual) workout gear if you are so inclined Balaclava or cover for neck and ears and head […]


Antarctica Chronicles: Camera Preparation

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Since I have started traveling with a Panasonic system (GH4), my camera equipment weight has been drastically reduced without reducing the quality of images that I capture! My system below (with Laptop and IPad) weighed in at 16.5 pounds because I was given the communication that the chartered flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was […]


Germany Made Tripod Collar for Panasonic 100-300 lens

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I love my new Panasonic GH4 camera. The lenses focus quickly and are small and light, even though they cover a range from 14 -600. My biggest complaints are that the 100-300 (200-600 in 35mm terms) doesn’t have a tripod collar. So not a big deal if you are shooting higher speeds, since it is […]


Exploring new worlds! the MFT story

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I have been listening to and talking about smaller camera systems with my friends Rob Sheppard and Dan Cox for some time. Rob always kidded me that since we first started teaching digital photography together that our systems seemed to diverge, with Rob migrating to the smaller systems (like the MFT systems) and I migrated […]


Photo News Happenings and Equipment Update

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So the past couple of weeks have been a bit busy. Between starting training for SCUBA by completing classwork and pool work, working on Wilderness Medicine training opportunities in east TN, planning trips for the year and shooting, sleep has been a luxury.. To bring people up to date on things in the photography world, […]


10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

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Since we just experienced one “Polar Vortex“, I thought I would write about some tips for venturing out during the next cold snap to photograph. Extreme cold is great for water falls, snow, and icicles. Plus, most other people won’t venture out, so you will have a lot of solitude!   Dress warmly and in […]


Aerial Photography – Drone Style

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I become interested in aerial photography some time ago and have done some from small airplanes. When a friend of mine, Bill Fortney, did his book, America from 500 Feet, from an ultralight airplane, I was even more intrigued. After several of Bill’s close encounters, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go the ultralight route. […]


New Apple Products!

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Rob Sheppard photographing along the Tellico River in the Cherokee NF, TN (taking with my iPhone and edited on my MacPro) Well, besides the new iPhone 5S (which I haven’t gotten yet), Apple just introduced a bunch of new products and their new operating system. To give you some background about my experience with computers, […]


National Geographic got it wrong!

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I ran across an article on camera traps in an online article by National Geographic  where they claimed that George Steinmetz was the first photographer to use a digital camera trap in 2006. I don’t want to detract from George or his work because I really admire his photography, but I was using a digital […]


UW Options for Photographers

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I have always been envious of my friends who shoot underwater. Tropical places, bright colors. But I have never taken the plunge (haha) to learn to scuba, so my attempts have been limited to snorkeling. I have shot with all kinds of UW cameras and housings (even with the old Nikon Nikonos UW camera). So […]


Timelapse and Nature

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FOR BEST VIDEO, Wait a couple of seconds to allow download to start before pushing play! With photography we are limited to a slice of life equal to the shutter speed. Anywhere from 1/8000 of a second ( even shorter if you are using high speed flash) to maybe several hours (think star trail images) […]


Phone Cameras? Camera Phones?

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Rob Sheppard, one of my best friends, and I have been teaching together for 12-15 years. We first started teaching digital photography before the digital SLRs were affordable for most people. We used the compact digital cameras and Photoshop.. A lot has changed in that time. Lightroom, affordable digital SLRs, small form cameras with interchangeable […]


Nikon 80-400 Update

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  Image above from trip to Ireland. So I have been using my Nikon VRII f4.5-5.6 80-400 quite a bit since it arrived (70-200 is crying from neglect on my shelf while I explore my new lens). It has travelled around the Southern Appalachians, the Cumberland Plateau, Death Valley and Ireland. I love having the […]


New clamp for Outdoors

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I have always had some type of clamp or support device with me when shooting outdoors. Sometimes it is as simple as my hands (or, when I’m fortunate to have Rebecca along and she isn’t absorbed in her own photography, her hands) to sticks and branches to twist ties to string to tie things back […]


Wacom Intuos 5 Pen Tablet

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At the NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, I was fortunate to sit in on a demonstration of the new Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet. I didn’t need any convincing since I have been using a medium size Wacom Intuos 5 tablet since Christmastime. Wacom Tablets have been part of my workflow in Photoshop and also Corel Painter […]


Photographers’ Holiday Wish List 2012: Just in time for the Sales!

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  This is for all photographers. You can print this out, leave it in conspicuous place and circle the items you want. Do we really NEED any of this stuff? No, we NEED world peace and love and harmony, but it looks like the world is running a bit low on those things. Some of […]


Less is More

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After a 14-year presence in multiple sites on the Web, I decided to consolidate my presence (and my life). I had a website to premiere my images, a website to present my workshops, a website to sell my books, a presence for my video, a website to sell prints, and a blog to talk about […]


Quick Tips for Video with dSLR

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I will be using the Nikon D4 as an example (the d800 is set up the same way) for shooting video with a dSLR. Shooting mode– You will want to shoot in M (Manual) Mode. Why? Because if the light varies much, your shutter speed will vary and shutter speed is related to frame rate, […]


Why use a Leveling Base on your tripod?

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  Today I was talking to a friend about tripods, ball heads and leveling head/ leveling bases. He was asking if he should get a leveling base on the Feisol tripod he was about to order. From using a Bogen, a Really Right Stuff  and a Feisol leveling base for my ball heads over the […]


All Wet Photography

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So many times we give up when the weather becomes inclement. Because we don’t like to get wet, we don’t want our equipment to get wet, it’s a hassle. But have you ever considered the images you can make under stormy conditions? Or being out there as the conditions change? I’m not advocating standing on […]


Weather and Lightning Safety Outdoors (Hoping for a safe Friday the 13th for everyone!)

I’m writing this for all those outdoor photographers out there who want more information about weather and safety while we are out shooting. But much of this applies to anyone who ventures outside during possible inclement weather. As outdoor photographers (this might even include portrait or wedding or commercial photographers when they are outside), we […]


iPhone for Scouting

iPhone for scouting I have always carried my phone with me when shooting, Especially when hiking. I really don’t want to be one of those people who call 911 when I run out of water or get lost, but if something bad happens when I am alone, I will use it to facilitate a rescue. […]


What equipment to carry?

Many times you will find photographers who specialize in one type of photography or subject matter. In nature, we have underwater photographers, landscape photographers, bird photographers, wildlife photographers, adventure photographers, and so on. I guess that if you build up a clientele and specific images from you is what they want, you shoot what pays […]