Archive for 'Equipment'

BWG-Pro Gimbal Head Video Review

Posted on 14. May, 2009 by .

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If you are using a large telephoto lens like a 200-400mm F4, a 300mm F2.8, a 500mm F4, a 600mm F4, a 300-800mm F5.6 or a 800mm F5.6, you need a really good tripod head. And in my opinion, you are foolish to consider anything other than…

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Khumbu Xtrahand Vest – Video Review

Posted on 12. May, 2009 by .

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I’ve had a Khumbu photography vest from the Vested Interest folks for about 4 years now. They have different vests for different types of photographer. The models include the Still, Magnum, Pro Video and the one I use, the Khumbu. For the wildlife photographer the Khumbu vest is a very useful accessory for trecking gear around. Every once in a while I see folks in the various Internet photography forums enquiring about them and thought it would be a useful…

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Top Ten Wildlife Photography Tips

Posted on 30. Apr, 2009 by .

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Creating a tremendous wildlife photograph is an extremely rewarding pursuit. However, developing the skills and techniques necessary to create captivating wildlife images is more difficult than it might appear on the surface. Composition, lighting, equipment, natural history, and patience are just some of the areas…

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February Update – Foxes, we got foxes!

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 by .

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My last update featured some foxes I’d managed to find and this update continues that focus with some images from another fox den. The images in today’s update were made alongside a sparsely travelled secondary highway around Mayerthorpe in Alberta. On my first journey to find the fox den, I was treated to a spectacular thunderstorm that literally shook and rattled my vehicle while it…

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Learning wildlife photography – Shoot in RAW or JPEG mode?

Posted on 05. Feb, 2009 by .

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Learning wildlife photography – RAW or JPEG? – Much discussion is bound to occur when photographers get together and the question arises: “Do you shoot in RAW mode?”

Many photographers prefer to have their camera produce RAW files because they consider them to be…

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Learning the digital darkroom – This just in, RAID is NOT a backup system

Posted on 02. Feb, 2009 by .

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Learning the digital darkroom – This just in, RAID is NOT a backup system – Surf the various boards on the Internet long enough and you’re bound to stumble across a conversation or two about disk storage. The great thing about digital photography is that you get to experiment without a lot of the cost. The down side is that those digital photos start taking up a lot of disk space. All disk drives will fail. They are mechanical devices and it is only a matter of time. When you realize this and you start getting serious about your photography to the point that you don’t want to lose your images…

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Cold weather photography – The bendy straw gambit

Posted on 29. Jan, 2009 by .

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Cold weather photography – The bendy straw gambit – If you’ve ever photographed in cold conditions (we’ll use below freezing as a definition for cold), you might have run into the problem of having the viewfinder in your camera fog over. This can occur when one’s breath inadvertently ends up directed towards the viewfinder. The problem can be further exasperated when you’re an eye-glass wearer. Well, do I have a solution…

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Learning wildlife photography – Monopod usage

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by .

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Learning wildlife photography – Monopod usage – There is little doubt that a monopod is a very useful tool for a wildlife photographer. Like everything, using a monopod requires proper technique to make sharp images, but probably equally important is the way…

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Learning wildlife photography – Winter photography

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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Learning wildlife photography – Winter photography – Winter is the time of year when furry critters have their best fur coats and look magnificent. Winter avian photographs have a special quality when the bird is on a frosty or snow covered branch. Depending on the climate you’re going to be photographing in, there are a lot of different considerations. This post is targeted at those intrepid photographers brave enough to…

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Learning wildlife photography – Electronic flash

Posted on 14. Jan, 2009 by .

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Electronic flash is an excellent tool when used correctly. Unfortunately, many photographers are not comfortable using flash and end up with images that look “flashed.” Furry animals can look especially bad when electronic flash is used too aggressively. When using flash, you are typically…

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