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Can Lightroom help with panning

In Aviation, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Panning is an essential tool that every photographer needs to practice in order to have it become muscle memory. This is especially true for those photographers in the wildlife and aviation genres. There are many ways to practice panning to become proficient at it, but how do you know when your panning is good or needs work Aside from the …

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Panning technique and NX Studio

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One essential skill for a photographer that captures moving objects is panning.  Panning is simply keeping the film plane in sync on the subject while it is moving so to the camera it nullifies any movement.  This is a skill that needs to be practiced so when called upon, it is second nature.    So, how can you tell if …

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Z6 II FTZ Firmware Update

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Warning: The new Nikon Z6 II cameras require an FTZ firmware update before you can use your FTZ adapter with your F mount lenses. I was really surprised that the new Nikon Z6 II I just purchased required an immediate firmware update.  If you have not upgraded the firmware then the first time you attach an F mount lens to …

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Save / Load Settings

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Regardless of the camera model you shoot, the bodies give you a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to customizing your menus. This is a wonderful thing as each photographer has his or her own style and operate a little differently. As and example, one common preference that I prefer is to shift the focus from the shutter to …

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Fall Color Tips

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Crispness is in the air and leaves are starting to fall and change colors here in the Midwest signals fall is here. One question that I get quite a bit is how can I really show fall color in my photographs? Great question and I would like to offer up these tips from my experience with fall color. First off …

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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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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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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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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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Benefits of 1 Lightroom Catalog

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

There are many ways of organizing your photographs and there are many digital asset management programs to choose from. The one that I prefer and utilize is Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is often misunderstood and under utilized by many photographers in my humble opinion whom I’m sure if they give it a chance, would see the benefits of using this to …