Recently during the filming of a safety video project for a client I needed to capture some video footage looking straight down on a machine in operation. In order to film the required footage I used one of my existing tripods, which can be configured in a non-adjustable, lateral position. It occurred to me as I was fiddling around with this existing tripod that it would have been much easier to get the required video footage if I had a tripod with a range of lateral movement, rather than just one lateral position at 90-degrees. Since I’ve been pleased thus far with my other Oben tripod (CC-2491) I decided to give the Oben CC-2361L lateral tripod a try since it met my key shooting criteria for tripods. Continue reading Oben CC-2361L Lateral Tripod: A cure for my ‘tripodiphobia’
As photographers we all do our best to really think about the composition of our images and construct them to achieve a sense of balance. When we do this well we are able to control eye flow and create a pleasant viewing experience for people looking at our photographs. To accomplish that we often use the Rule of Thirds in our compositions. Obviously this is much easier to utilize when photographing static subjects such as landscapes and much more difficult to achieve when our subjects are moving. Continue reading Cropping images of birds-in-flight with the Rule of Thirds
If we’re lucky from time to time we get the opportunity to capture an interesting bit of nature playing out before our eyes. I had one such opportunity on Saturday afternoon when I was able to photograph a blackbird chasing a hawk in flight. Continue reading Blackbird Chasing a Hawk
Over the past few months I’ve had a number of readers contact me at my office or via email and inquire about the Nikon 1 gear that I use and why I selected various components. I thought that providing a list of my gear may be of interest and benefit to some readers so here is a “What’s in my bag” article as it pertains to my Nikon 1 gear. Continue reading What’s in my bag: Nikon 1
Earlier this year my wife and I went to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina for a brief holiday. I had the opportunity to capture a few images of brown pelicans in flight with my Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR zoom lens. Continue reading Brown Pelicans in Flight with Nikon 1
Most people who enjoy taking images of birds will attest to the fact that it can be especially challenging to photograph hummingbirds. Continue reading Photographing hummingbirds in flight without using flash
As part of the field work for my review of the Nikon 1 V3 I took some images of birds in flight under rather harsh winter conditions earlier this year. While I did have some success with the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens I wasn’t satisfied that I had given the lens a good test with this subject matter as my goal for the article was more to demonstrate the capability of the V3. I really wanted to try photographing some cormorants but by the time I purchased my copy of the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 in late 2014 most of the cormorants had already migrated south so I missed a good testing opportunity last year.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge. Continue reading Photographing cormorants in flight with Nikon 1
The ‘rule of thirds’ is a fundamental consideration in landscape photography composition. In this short article we’ll illustrate how to apply the ‘rule of thirds’ with various types of subject matter. Continue reading Using the ‘rule of thirds’ in composition
With the introduction of lenses like the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC more people than ever before are using long telephoto lenses. Sometimes they’re disappointed with their initial results when using these lenses hand-held, especially at slower shutter speeds. This short article provides some tips that can help improve results when photographing hand held. Continue reading Tips on photographing hand-held with large telephoto zoom lenses
I’ve owned a couple of digital bridge cameras in the past and I enjoyed the flexibility and portability that this type of camera affords owners. The integrated zoom lenses on a bridge camera makes them an especially good choice for people looking for an all-in-one travel camera solution.
When I read that Nikon had launched a new CoolPix P900 with an equivalent field of view of 24mm to 2000mm I was intrigued to see what this camera could do. Continue reading Nikon P900 Hands-On Review: It’s all about the zoom!