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on Jan 4, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

MagBeam Kiss of Light is Sweet

We’ve been very fortunate to receive a couple of feet of snow over the last 24hrs, perfect timing to try out MagMod’s MagBeam Wildlife Kit. After I reposted an old video on the BetterBeamer, a fan emailed telling me that it was so “yesterday” and I need to try out the MagBeam so I called up B&H and had one shipped to me. Being pinned to my desk, it was the perfect time to give it a whirl cause when shooting birds in falling snow, you need that kiss of flash light to bring out their colors. So with Sharon keeping warm dressed in her ski clothes while she works at her desk as the office doors are wide open, I shot from desk testing. The basics are pretty simple here, the Wildlife Kit is a new twist to the Projecta / Tele flash extender. There are many applications for this attachment, mine is simple, to increase the effective DoF I can shoot with when using flash fill. I’m...

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on Dec 26, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

New DLSR – Here’s Some Out of the Box Thoughts

You get a new DSLR yesterday? Congrats .. I personally can’t think of a better present but then, I have issues :-) If that’s the case, I highly recommend you get your settings dialed in from the start. You might not know though what settings to plug in. Here are my settings for a couple of the current Nikon bodies D5 Settings D500 Settings D810 Settings D750 Settings What if you didn’t get one of these bodies? Well, the majority of the settings and how they are set doesn’t change much. Some settings appear or disappear or might change menu, but the setting for Folder or Image Information and many more don’t change. You can use these as a great starting point as you begin you journey into photography. Welcome to the photographic...

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on Dec 19, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Which AF Mode Do You Use?

This is a real common question because, well, the answer is not really obvious, and varies from photographer to brand. Here’s what I do with my Nikons FWIW. I’m always in AF-C and either select S = Single, GRP = Group Dynamic or Auto = Auto Area AF (what I call AAA). Auto Area seems to bring the most confusion to folks, here are prime examples of when I use AAA. It’s when I have subjects against a clean background such as bird or aircraft in flight. The one aspect of AAA one must understand is for Nikon, it’s the one focus mode where Closest Subject is used. In the Snow Geese photo, you can see where it locked on the closest goose. On the Wildcat, it locked on the engine cowling. As long as you know this you can use DoF to your advantage to tell your story. Hope this...

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on Dec 14, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

White Pops Color

It’s real simple, white makes color pop! The way the mind’s eye works, it goes out to two colors, black and white and with those color sampled, it makes conclusions about other colors it sees at the same time. Ever noticed photos with deep shadows (blacks) make the color seem really vivid? You can have the same effect with colors in landscape photos using white. And this is the time of year when white is rather common in our landscape photos (snow). So if you’re thinking about visiting a locale with lots of reds, oranges, yellows and you want those colors to really pop (without using the digital darkroom) then visit them when there is snow on the ground. White pops...

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on Dec 12, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Moose Podcast #15

In this Episode:
Nikon D5, D750 & Keymission 360
B&W Post Processing
President Bush
Dec 7th Ceremonies
Texas Flying Legends Museum

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