Outdoor Photo Gear – A story of exceptional customer service

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Many moons ago, I used to work in the retail industry. While my job rarely took me to the front lines of retail service, I was always keenly aware of the many challenges involved in providing customers with a great level of service. Stories of poor customer service abound on the various Internet forums one comes across and that is all useful information. But, I think it is even more important to share the positive…

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Top 10 ways to make sure you’ll never be a pro.

Posted on 11. Feb, 2010 by .

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Through the various workshops I lead and classes I teach, I inevitably run into a number of aspiring professional photographers. More than a few of them however, seem doggedly determined to do everything they can to make their dream of professional photography impossible.

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An engaging snowflake photography weekend

Posted on 25. Jan, 2010 by .

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Well, I really had myself a tremendous weekend this last weekend that consisted of three spectacular and completely unrelated events…

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2009 – My photo year in review plus a new contest

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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I was sitting back the other day contemplating what a great year 2009 had been. 2010 is going to have to be pretty spectacular to upseat it, but I’m optimistic. My year, like my life, largely revolves around photography and I thought it might be useful to run through the time line and hit on a few of the highlights…

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A snowflake time of year

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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Instead, I’ve been doing some learning, updating of my web sites, working with a fabulous graphics designer on updating my logos, enjoying Christmas and time with my sweetie KAK, and, with KAK’s assistance I’ve been photographing some of the most spectacular snowflakes…

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Acer Aspire – Greatest travel laptop for photographers ever?

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by .

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Like most trips to remote destinations, this trip had weight restrictions. And unlike some trips I’ve been on, the folks at one of the airlines, actually enforce the weight requirements. This meant that I needed to carefully plan the gear that I was going to bring with me so that my time was optimized and I wasn’t scrambling at the airline gate trying to make their…

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Book Review: 100 Ways to Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by .

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I recently got my hands on a book called “100 Ways To Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs” by Guy Edwards and published by David & Charles. I’m a big believer in life-long learning and will…

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Canon 5D Mark II Autofocus Sucks? NOT!!!

Posted on 21. Oct, 2009 by .

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I’ve recently had the opportunity to start going through some of my pictures that I made during my recent Spirit Bear Tour. While I normally prefer to photograph with my Canon 1Ds Mark II, I decided to take a chance and exclusively use my new Canon 5D Mark II for the majority of the trip. My original intention in purchasing the camera was the use it primarily for its high-definition video abailities, but I’ve been extremely…

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Stop the hooey!

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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Today’s post comes with a simple, but strong message.

I often make the mistake of listening to the day’s news and worse yet the pontificater’s opinions on said news. And it caused me to pause and consider what a bunch of

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Shoot like a pro – Lens collars

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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Many pro photographers use tripods and monopods in their daily work. One accessory for a lens (sometimes included and sometimes not) that makes using a “pod” a lot easier is a…

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