Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

2015 was a busy year for me! Here’s a quick recap of news you may have missed.

My Favorite Images From 2015

Badlands photo safari 2016 with Jason P. Odell
Sunrise in the Badlands

I’ve put together a gallery at my portfolio of some of my favorite shots from the past year.

New eBooks and Videos

I published two new eBooks, bringing the total up to 13!

I also produced several new training video tutorials, mostly focusing on Adobe Lightroom, but I also covered other topics like HDR and infrared, too. Each video includes a printable PDF notes package.

Field Workshops & Photo Safaris

Experience photography in breathtaking settings
South Dakota Badlands

My field season started in March, in Washington, DC. From there, I conducted birding workshops at the Florida Space Coast, and in South Texas. In June, I made my annual trip to South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. In July, we photographed wildflowers in Colorado before heading to Chicago for an urban photo workshop in August. I also did an urban workshop in Miami Beach, which was totally fun! I ended the year back in Florida for birds in the Everglades. <exhale>

Join me in the field in 2016

Online Photo Classes and Mentoring

Throughout the year, I managed to reach photographers from all over the world via online training classes on Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR, and infrared photography. I also added several seminars  to my YouTube channel. Many of you reached out to me for private tutoring sessions online, too!

Gear: What’s in the Bag?

FirstLight Interior
What’s in the bag?

I’ve slowly revised my kit. Right now, my primary camera is the Nikon D810, backed up by a Nikon D750. I’ve found that the D810 excels in just about every situation I’ve used it for, including bird photography. I also started going with a lighter kit for urban photo safaris. I’ll use the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR and  the 28-300 f.3.5-5.6 VR coupled with my wide 16-35mm f/4 VR lens. I also purchased the new 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR Nikkor and I was impressed!

My infrared kit is currently a Fujifilm X-E1 (590/Super Color Conversion).  I use it with the 14mm and 23mm Fuji primes, and with Nikon lenses via a Metabones adapter. Since purchasing the Nikon D750 earlier this year, my Fuji X-T1 gets far less use. I’m considering converting it to infrared, too. As much as I’d love an IR D810, the size and weight trade-offs are too much for me right now, so I’m sticking with the smaller Fuji mirrorless cameras.

See my recommended gear here

The Computer I’d Never Thought I’d Buy

The late 2015 27" iMac with 5k Retina Display.
The late 2015 27″ iMac with 5k Retina Display.

I was way overdue for a desktop computer upgrade in 2015. I’ve been a Mac Pro user since, well, forever. In October, Apple announced a revised iMac lineup, and I purchased the 27″ retina model (full review). I’ve been incredibly pleased with it so far and the retina display with wide gamut is amazing. If you’re a Mac person, I highly recommend the new iMacs, especially with the ability to upgrade them to 64GB RAM.

My Go To Software

My current photo workflow is based on the following software  products:

I’ve used other software, but by and large these are my go-to tools; the ones I use for the overwhelming majority of my images.

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. second question – went down to Miami for a reunion and tried to get out to Cape Florida for a Sunrise shot – park didn’t open – how did you do it!

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