Workshop Update: Chicago is a Go!

Buckingham Fountain is just one of the fabulous locations you'll photograph on our Chicago: Art & Architecture instructional photo tour August 19-23, 2015.
Buckingham Fountain is just one of the fabulous locations you’ll photograph on our Chicago: Art & Architecture instructional photo tour August 19-23, 2015.

I’m pleased to announce that we are moving forward as planned with our Chicago: Art and Architecture instructional photo tour. I’ll be joined by fellow pro photographer Deborah Sandidge August 19-23, 2015.

On this tour, you’ll experience the best Chicago while learning new creative photography techniques each day. From our hotel in the heart of downtown, you’ll sample Chicago pizza, go to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), and take an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River. Our photo spots will include Buckingham Fountain, the Navy Pier fireworks, Cloudgate (the bean) and of course the Chicago skyline at twilight from the Adler Planetarium. We also plan to photograph the artwork and fountains in Millennium Park, and visit the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reserve your seat now for Chicago: Art & Architecture instructional photo tour through Digital Underground Instructional Photo Tours.

Space is limited to 10 photographers on this tour, and the RSVP deadline is June 20th.

Florida Birding Safari Report

Great egret in flight, St. Augustine, FL
Great egret in flight, St. Augustine, FL. Captured with a Nikon D810 and 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AFS G VRII lens, hand-held.

I’m winding up a successful photo safari in Florida. This year, we covered three main locations: Viera Wetlands, Merritt Island NWR, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. All of these places are hotspots for birds, depending on the time of year and how lucky you get. Right now is breeding season, so while Merritt Island isn’t quite as active, the Alligator Farm is literally alive with nesting activity. Continue reading Florida Birding Safari Report

Creative Techniques for the Traveling Photographer

When we hit the road, photographers are often faced with less than ideal conditions for photography. Often times, we can’t be at a location at the perfect time of day, or with the perfect weather and light. However, the well-prepared photographer knows how to work within the confines of the conditions at hand, and has a virtual camera bag that helps them deal with a variety of lighting conditions. In this presentation, I discuss how I’ve learned to adapt to a variety of conditions in the field and still come away with creative photographs by using both in-camera and post-processing techniques.

Review: Metabones Speed Booster Nikon F to Fuji X-Mount Adapter

If you are transitioning to a Fuji X-mount camera system, there may be times when you want to use your existing glass. For this, you need to get a lens mount adapter.

While a lens mount adapter lets you use your Nikon (or Canon) lenses with the Fuji X-mount bodies, there are some major limitations. You will have to use manual focus and set the aperture using a ring on the adapter barrel. Vibration reduction (VR) will not function, either. In my opinion, the reason you get one of these adapters is because you have a particular use for one of your existing lenses. In my case, I like to be able to combine my infrared-converted Fujifilm X-E1 body with my Nikon glass when traveling so that I don’t need to pack two sets of lenses. I have two adapters that I have tested with my Nikon lenses. Continue reading Review: Metabones Speed Booster Nikon F to Fuji X-Mount Adapter

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