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on Jun 7, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Travel Dust

One of the first things I tell my folks on workshops after arriving is, “Check your sensor for dust!” And often the response is, “I just cleaned it before I came.” That might be the case but the mirror box of our cameras are not hermetically sealed. Dust in all its form live there and the vibration from travel, the car, the plane, the rolling bag, will most likely shake some of it loose and it will land on your sensor. It’s for this reason I carry the Gel Stick (I now get them from in my bag for quick and easy cleaning. So on your trip, remember that the first thing you want to do is get rid of that travel...

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on May 23, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Bigger – Better?

Just how large does the subject have to be in the frame for the perfect photograph? There are two really big problems with this question. First is the assumption that a perfect photograph exists. The second is that size matters. While we strive to do the best we can when we are behind the camera, if we could, would we really want to reach perfection? I for one wouldn’t because then the question would have to answered, what’s next that perfection has been reached. Besides, perfection is boring. Then there is this size thing, which comes into photography in so many ways. The one I run into the most often that downright screws up photographers is subject size. There seems to be this general feeling that bigger is better, that bigger makes it great just because of size. Content takes second fiddle, which often leads to a less than perfect photograph. Where in this dilemma is an answer that works? This size thing comes up the most in wildlife...

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on May 10, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Nikon Wireless Flash – A Video

  Gear seen in video D5 800mm SB-5000 WR-R10/WR-T10/WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter Set AS-10 TTL Multi Flash Adapter Gitzo 5561SGT w/ Zenelli Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head F-9 Flash Bracket for Wimberley Head Version...

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on Mar 31, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

#1 Setting to Set!

It’s real simple, when you get a new camera body like the D5, be sure to set the ColorSpace to Adobe RGB. You can always reduce color in post, you can’t grow...

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on Mar 29, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

The Panic of the New

All the photography we do at one point was totally new to us. Most of the time, it doesn’t start a panic attack. We know it’s part of the process, accept it, and we’re able to move on. There are times though when, be it either a new professional job, a personal project or for an important family member, we take on something new in our photography and the panic sets in. We accept the challenge for better or worse to make a photo that’s way, way, way outside our comfort range (nice of way of saying, we have no bloody clue what we’re doing). The panic starts because of the expectation placed on the final photograph and the unknown of how we’re going make that expectation even close to happening. Not that’s it’s any comfort, but you’re not alone! I for one have done this many, many times. And after the panic settles down, putting logic to the problem does find an answer. Doing your homework is a...

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on Mar 28, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

D5 Has Left The Bldg!

Like many, my D5 has been shipped by B&H and like all, I’m anxiously awaiting its delivery (some have it their hands already, lucky dogs!). I was very fortunate to be apart of the Nikon Ambassador mini summit this past week. I was very unfortunate like some other ambassadors flying from the west to get caught in the blizzard that hit Denver so even with a red eye, by the time we reached the Summit, the majority of the D5 briefing was over (just missed the AF brief, dang!). So at this point, I’ve not even picked up a D5 let alone shot with it. The briefing we did hear though was so very cool! The “Pinch” screen and touch features of the LCD are really going to make a huge impact and speed up pixel peeping and Live View focusing. The SB-5000 Wireless system is mind boggling! The D5 has a menu system driving it if you’d like and my favorite WR-R10 is a trigger for the system....

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