Nikon 500mm f/4

Nikon 500mm f/4

Nikon 500mm f/4 lens review For a long time I have been shooting wildlife with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in combination with one of those teleconverters. At some point I started playing with the idea of upgrading my gear but wasn’t sure where to invest. It took me a long time until I finally decided…

The fantastic three

fantastic three

The fantastic three: Shutter speed, aperture and ISO Today I was walking the dogs in the park and as always had my camera with me. We met a friend who was asking a couple of questions on how to adjust the camera settings „properly“. I have been thinking all day on how to easy explain…

Out of focus

out of focus

Out of focus My wife and I have been walking the dogs in our new favorite park. I had my camera with me and took some shots of the inhabitants of the park. A few of those shots went out of focus and I would like to share some thoughts about them. This might help…

Bird photography

Bird photography Birds are beautiful and amazing animals. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors and can be encountered almost anywhere. According to researches of the American Museum of National History about 18’000 different species can be found worldwide. Looking at my bird life list (a life list is a list of…

Crop factor in photography

Crop factor in photography Different cameras may have different sensor sizes depending on format, model and brand. Full frame (FX) cameras come usually with 36mm x 24mm whereas APS-C (or crop cameras) come with 24mm x 18mm (exact dimensions vary by model and brand). This means that a full frame sensor is approx. 1.5 (Canon…

Macro lens vs extension tube

Macro lens vs extension tube vs lens reverse mount Some years ago I bought a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens that I am using mainly for portrait work at weddings but I was never big in macro photography. This has changed, when we started with our little garden in front of our house with all sorts…

How to create low key images

How to create low key images Low key images are fun to take as one can play around quite a bit with light and shadow. Lets see on how to create low key images and lets talk about the gear that can be used. What is low key Low key in photography pretty much means…

Shutter count

Shutter count I haven’t been writing for quite some time as I have been busy with projects. Things are calming down for a week or two so I am taking time to clean my equipment (my memory cards for sure have seen better days but they still work perfectly). While getting some dust out of…

Some ideas for dog photography

Some ideas for dog photography – All you need is a dog All you need to get started with dog photography is a dog – and a camera of course. These wonderful animals are great for working on photography skills as dog photography covers many aspects of animal photography such as portraits / head shots,…

Backlight

Backlight Backlight is a very powerful thing in all kinds of photography (not only wildlife photography). Backlight photography means shooting directly into the light. This may sound a little weird and indeed it takes some time to practice. I remember when I took some backlight pictures at a wedding and a guest „reminded“ me that…

Traveling with heavy camera gear

Traveling with heavy camera gear or why carry on can be tricky Traveling with heavy camera gear can be very challenging as airlines are showing less and less goodwill when it comes to carry on luggage (which I understand). I would have no issue to pay an extra charge to take my lenses with me…

Thoughts about depth of field

Thoughts about Depth of Field or why this is my favorite topic I have mentioned several times that the concept around Depth of Field (DoF) is for me one of the most important things in wildlife photography. Therefore it’s time to discuss some thoughts about depth of field. When I started with (wildlife) photography, I…

Lens and sensor cleaning

Lens and sensor cleaning I take good care of my stuff but every now and then I need to do some lens and sensor cleaning. I am shooting a wedding tomorrow and I discovered some nasty spots on my recent images. They only become visible when working quite a bit on the image so they…

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