Balls Done Right! First Look at the PMG Ballhead

Pro Media Gear is an interesting company. They don’t make the kind of gear that photographers and magazines usually get excited about but they do make an assortment of items that are essential to all of us. Things like Arca Swiss compatible clamps and plates, L-brackets, gimbal heads, flash brackets, etc., and now a ball…


Nikon’s New 300mm f/4 – First Impressions

Nikon recently announced their replacement for the current 300mm f/4 fixed focal length telephoto and I received mine about a week ago and thought I’d provide my initial impressions. I’ve wanted a compact 300mm for a long time but was hesitant because it lacked the Vibration Reduction (VR) feature that I wanted for handheld shooting….


Three Things that will Improve your Wildlife Photography (and a few that won’t)

If you’ve decided to read this, congratulations! You’ve decided to take up (or improve your skills at) one of the most difficult areas of photography. Not only will you need to brave all sorts of weather at dawn to track elusive subjects that don’t want to be near you, but you probably won’t make much…


Why Don’t My Pictures Look Like Yours?

I get asked this question a lot. Particularly from fellow travelers, who may be casual or beginner photographers, once we compare photos of the same sights taken at the same time. Much to their chagrin, the answer has almost nothing to do with cameras or other equipment. Reference my Photo of the Day posts on…


Spring is in the Air – Tips for Getting Great Bird Photos in your own Backyard

What a harsh winter this has been! As I write this in Thornhill, the temperature outside is still -19˚C but there are signs that the end of this frigid winter is near. The days are getting longer and the squirrels in the yard seem to be busier. As a wildlife and nature photographer, I often…


Meet the New Addition – The Lensbaby Composer

If there’s one thing photographers can’t get enough of, it’s gear and gadgets. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to find a Lensbaby Creative Effects Kit under the tree this year from Santa. Odd considering that most of the work I do demands critical sharpness and minimal distortion and a Lensbaby is kind of…


The If / Then Christmas List for Photographers

No one is more obsessed with gadgets and gear in general than photographers and it’s around this time of year that thoughts turn to wish lists. So I thought I’d put together a different kind of list than the usual “what to get for a shutterbug” list. With my list, what you should get depends…


On the Road Again

Like many photographers, I love to travel. Traveling the world provides unique and rewarding cultural experiences and photographic opportunities. In a few days, I’ll be scratching that itch again with an excursion through Patagonia, that wild and untamed region in the heart of Chile and Argentina. I’ve done my research, looked at other photographer’s images…


Living with a Hot Body – The Nikon D800E

That’s Hot Body as opposed to Hard Body which I would use to describe the D4. I bought the D800E to use as a second body to the D4 and to replace my retiring D2Xs – these are my impressions and experiences after three months of use. I’m going to dispense with the technical comparisons…


Butterflies are Free – So Here’s How I Capture Them

A little while ago, I wrote a piece on macro photography and some of the specialized gear and techniques that contribute to success in that field of photography. Unfortunately, a lot of that goes out the window when you’re trying to photograph skittish subjects like butterflies in the field. By “in the field” I mean…