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You can always do better

In Wildlife by Patrick

Birding is one of those things that once you get the bug, you are always looking to get different species to the feeders. As a wildlife photographer, being able to get glass on these species is an ongoing quest. Here in the Midwest, I have two species, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and the Baltimore Oriole that I have seen in …

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Rule of Photography

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Anyone who has taken photography classes is familiar with all the rules that are thought and have been developed over many years to try and help improve our photography. Rules of course are made to be broken and there is no magical formula for making a great image. What defines a great image? One that invokes a strong emotion in …

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Learning from your photos

In Standard by Patrick

Now that we all have more time to do more photography, it is amazing what looking at your own photographs can teach you. This is something that we should all be doing anyway to push our photography forward, but specifically, look for trends. I personally have noticed from processing the images that I have taken recently that while always trying …

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Flash and Wildlife

In Tips and Tricks, Wildlife by Patrick

Given the current state of the times, with everyone staying home, more folks have been experimenting with backyard photography and I could not be more excited about that. With more people taking photographs of the species coming to their backyards, more questions are coming in. One in particular is about the use of flash. I have done many posts on …

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Brief Winter Interlude

In Video by Patrick

In this time of the pandemic as it is now being called, turning to things that ground us to what is important like family, our health and for me, nature. These past couple months have seen normal daily routines dramatically changed and altered but the one constant for me has been nature. Recently, we had an unexpected snowfall. It fell …

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Lightroom and Picture Control

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

So maybe I forgot this and this is old news, but I had. to re-visit the thought when I recently took some black and white images. I live in the Midwest and the weather has been somewhat of a roller coaster to say the least. 70 degrees one day and below freezing the next. I only mention this as it …

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Get your creativity on

In General Stuff by Patrick

Nikon is offering some free inspiration this month with their Creators Hour featuring some really great photographers sharing ideas on how to keep the inspiration coming in these current uncertain times. Check it out!

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BTS- Backyard Birding

In Behind the scenes, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I received a fair number of questions on how my setup for the backyard studio looks so I thought it better to do a post to answer all the questions. Usually when shooting in the backyard studio the birds are pretty used to me being out there so they will get relatively close. I normally h andhold and use one …

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Backyard Birding Boom

In Wildlife by Patrick

Lately, my inbox has been filling up with a repeating question and I thought it was post worthy for an answer. With all the downtime that photographers have, and not just photographers, but people in general, the question has been rolling in “How do I get started in backyard bird photography?”. Great question and I could not be happier to …

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Downtime ideas for photographers

In General Stuff by Patrick

Normally when I write my blog posts, I realize that they are geared toward a specific group of folks, namely photographers. In this case, my audience may be a bit broader as many of us are at home do to the current state of things. I wanted to offer up some ideas to help pass the time both for photographers …