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on Apr 22, 2015 in Field Reports

D4s Firmware – WOW!

This is BIG folks! – NO LIMIT BUFFER + More. Click on Banner to download • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. * • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit. • Auto white balance is now more consistent. • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. * • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. * • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and...

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on Apr 20, 2015 in Field Reports

Flight for Prom

“Hey, I’m supposed to photograph my daughter for her prom at 4 but I’ll be flying. Can you do it?” When my good friend and partner in crime Brian asked me, what choice did I have? Of course, folks were out doin air to air photography and I was shooting a portrait. That seems perfectly normal. “I would like a plane in the photo, the Stearman. That OK?” Again, what choice did I have. The only choice I had was where the plane and portrait would be staged. I picked a spot where some afternoon light would be bounced off the hangar doors. The sun was still up, we had bald skies and I had not scrims, so to control the light, I put the couple in the shade and flash filled. Lucky for me, I had my new tool with me. I brought the new Profoto B2 kit with me just in case. And this comes under the category of just in case. While I had tested the...

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on Apr 16, 2015 in Field Reports

Have Faith

“What metering mode do you use?” This question is rapidly going up the charts as most asked question that hits my inbox. My answer often brings back a confused look as if it can’t be true. I’m in Matrix Metering mode 100% of the time. And with that answer comes, the what ifs. “What if I’m shooting a concert?” I’m not, it’s not what I do. “What if you’re shooting an indoor sport event?” I’m not. “What if you’re shooting into the sun?” Now there something I do along with a bunch of other outdoor subjects. And my answer stays the same, Matrix Metering. Our relationship with light is very special. It’s what brings life to our subject, sets the stage for our subject in our photo and leads the eye around the frame to take this all in. So for me, it’s real simple. Exposure = Emotion Recently I said that to a photographer and they said back to me, “That sounds great but how does that help...

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on Apr 6, 2015 in Great Stuff

Photography FUNdamentals – a Must!

Thousands upon thousands have it on their iPad…You? It’s been updated and updated FOR FREE and has all you need and more to make your photography, your photography! It’s FREE, you have nothing to lose and everything to learn. Oh ya … it’s...

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on Apr 2, 2015 in Great Stuff

Photo Forte Month

I’m very fortunate to be the guest Mentor at Photo Forte for April. It was gratifying to be asked back again, guess that means I wasn’t too hard on folks images last time. The theme for the month are planes, trains and things that move. It’s going to be fun. If you want to join in, please do. The more the...

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on Mar 25, 2015 in Field Reports

The Ambassador Summitt

There have been many, many, many rewards, successes and amazing moments in my photographic journey, one of them just came to an end. Nikon brought in seventeen of the Nikon USA Ambassadors (two had dates conflict and were sorely missed) for a whirlwind 36hrs summit to talk about, YOU! Yep, not a camera or lens was shown or talked about (on full disclosure, we did get our sensors cleaned), barely heard a mention of a feature even. Instead, the Ambassadors, a powerfully creative and deeply touched group (take that as you will) sat in meetings for two days talking about how we can further our passion for photography through teaching and outreach even more. The creative juices and motivated conversations were some of the most stimulating photographic conversations I have been apart of for a long, long time! I am totally exhausted and completely energized from it all. None as much as meeting some of my idols who I have only known from afar but now can say, they...

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