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on Aug 24, 2017 in Field Reports, Random Thoughts

Facts Are Not Enough

It’s actually quite simple, just listen and apply to your photography. NPR Tech Nation CARMINE GALLO relates “The Story Teller’s Secret.” Turns out – there’s a science to telling your story. Then on Tech Nation Health, there’s more in your gut than bacteria. Case-Western University Professor MAHMOUD GHANNOUM and his son, AFIF GHANNOUM, the CEO of Pathobiome, about fungus. Decades of NIH-funded research tell us what they do, how they interact with the bacteria, and why that’s...

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on Aug 8, 2017 in Field Reports

Turn Your Photos into Dollars!

After last week’s episode of The Grid, the office has been flooded with calls asking about our business class. Well, the next one is 29 Sept to 01 Oct at our office in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The price is $595 and has a seat left (class holds 8). This is a hard core class starting off with your showing a 30 image portfolio, then going shooting for profit. After that, the work really begins because you HAVE to come to class with a 1500 word article already written! Understand the focus is the editorial market place and how to succeed there to grow your business. So, you wanna make money from your camera, here ya go! To grab that last seat, give Sharon a call 760.924.8632 (plz leave message and we’ll get back to...

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on Aug 2, 2017 in Field Reports

The D5’s New G HL / VL

A couple of weeks back, Nikon released a firmware update to the D5 bringing us two new AF Modes, G HL and G VL. I was intrigued by the two new AF modes so have set about seeing what problems they solve the other AF modes might not. From my own shooting as I have nothing official, one Dynamic Focusing attributes the two new modes have is Closest Focus Priority. How does this help make the G HL / VL worth putting in a new firmware? As you can see above, when using the G HL mode, you have a “bar” of AF Sensors. With my feeling that they work on Closest Subject Priority, I’ve been using them as I would the S or Single AF sensor but knowing that only one of the AF Sensors of the 11 will grab onto the subject because of closest subject and focus. In other words, you have the selection ability of jsut one AF Sensor but the computer to assist in...

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on Jul 10, 2017 in Field Reports

The Amazing UTM-86

The Senal UTM-86 Lav Mic is truly an amazing Lav Mic especially for the price! The video covers all the great attributes about this mic including the additional power supply you see pictured below (not used in the recording of the video). You can plug this Lav mic into a Sennheiser or Nikon WE-M1 and other units. The UTM-86 comes with: UTM-86-35H Lav Mic with 3.5mm Connector PS-48B-35H Phantom Power Supply Single, Double Tie Clip, and Cable Clip Magnetic Clip with Lanyard Viper Clip and Foam Windscreen Carry...

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on Jul 5, 2017 in Field Reports

The D7500 is a Delight!

I’ve just finished my first month with the D7500 and I can tell you, it’s a delight to shoot with! What many are calling the “lit’l brother of the D500,” I think that if that’s the kind of performance you’re looking for but in a smaller package, the D7500 accomplishes that very well! This DX body packs a lot of goodies inside its smaller frame but the most important is the file and there, the D7500 isn’t coming up short. There were two stands outs for me in the D7500 performance that I truly appreciated. Its metering and AF performance are the same as the D500. While it doesn’t have the same FPS as the D500 and its handling is a tad different from its smaller size, the D7500 took no time to get used to, no little goofies to overcome. I shot with it like I do the D500 and it delivered. As you can see in the two images above, The D7500 worked in low light or...

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on Jun 13, 2017 in Field Reports

Nikon D7500 – 1st Impressions

Ever since my post yesterday I’ve had lots of questions about the D7500 which is great! It’s fun to see excitement about a camera body. There have been lots of good questions, many I don’t have an answer too since I’ve only been shooting with it for a few days. To answer some, ya it feels really good in the hand and is very light. Shooting with the 300PF worked really well as you can see above. Its firing rate is pretty impressive for such a small thing with a really nice buffer. The viewfinder is really bright but it does have the square exit pupil which personally drives me nuts. The big question, would I recommend it? From my first impression, ya, it’s a really fun, light responsive DX body producing sweet files! The Arctic Hare was real fun to work last night at midnight. At first, we seemed a little shy but within five minutes we were walking around working it in the last rays of the...

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