Colorado Night Sky Photography Class July 31

Join me July 31st to photograph the night sky!

Join me July 31st for a special night sky photography class!

Photograph the stars and Milky Way over the massive wind farm near Limon, Colorado. I will teach you how to set up your camera to capture stunning night sky photos, including time-lapse star trails and more. Visit the link below for complete details and to register.

Limited to 10 photographers; register here.

The Night Sky Photography Handbook is available here

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How to Photograph Fireworks

Fireworks at Chicago's Navy Pier.
Fireworks at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Nikon D810 with 28-300mm Nikkor lens. 3 s f/8 ISO 100

It’s July, and that means many of us in the USA will be able to watch fireworks demonstrations. If you’ve never photographed fireworks before, you don’t want to have to troubleshoot camera settings in the dark. Most fireworks displays are under 30 minutes in duration, so you’ll want to be prepared! Here are my tips for photographing fireworks displays: Continue reading How to Photograph Fireworks

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Night Sky Workshop in Moab August 28-31

Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop
Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop

Join me in Moab, UT for a 3-day night sky photography workshop! The rock formations and dark skies of eastern Utah are perfect for photographing star trails and the Milky Way. This is a small group experience (max: 6) and includes both field and classroom instruction. RSVP by July 29th to ensure your spot on this trip!

Sign up here: Night Sky Photography Workshop Moab

Interested in night photography? Check out The Night Sky Photography Handbook, a printable guide to creative night photography techniques.

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Nikon D500: Setting up a Focus Trap

Scratching my head and a Eureka! moment…

So, I’ve been playing with my new Nikon D500 and one thing was a real head-scratcher: the behavior of focus vs. release priority mode when using continuous servo (AF-C) focus. For some reason, I couldn’t get focus priority mode to work when using AF-ON mode.

The priority mode option (in theory) allows you to choose as to whether or not the shutter will fire when the camera’s active AF sensor indicates proper focus. In single-servo mode (AF-S), focus-priority is the default. In continuous-servo mode, release-priority is the default. Continue reading Nikon D500: Setting up a Focus Trap

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