My Favorite Outdoor Classroom

Photographing the South Dakota Badlands

A HDR image I captured on my first photo safari in South Dakota in 2011.

The first time I experienced South Dakota was on a photo tour with Nikonians in 2005. I had just gotten the new Nikon D2x DSLR, and that was my first serious photo trip shooting digital. I’ll never forget the awe I experienced seeing the otherworldly rock formations there for the first time.

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Shoot Raw? You can ignore these In-Camera Settings

Some camera settings just don’t matter if you shoot in raw format

Tulips, photographed with my Nikon D850 in RAW format and processed with Lightroom Classic CC.

I see a lot of the same questions over and over on the online discussion groups. You’ve just gotten a new DSLR and you want to set it up. There are so many customizations in today’s digital cameras, so you want to do it right. As it turns out, many settings that are applied in-camera will have no meaning if you capture in RAW format and use a 3rd-party raw converter (Lightroom, Capture One, Luminar, Photos) to edit your images.

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B&H To offer Sales Tax Refunds with new Credit Card

B&H PayBoo card
In an interesting move, B&H is offering a new credit card that will refund sales tax on internet purchases.

Nearly one year ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales. While not all states have fully implemented this ruling, in time you will no longer have a sales-tax free way to shop. You’ve probably already seen that Amazon and other online retailers have started charging sales tax on internet purchases. For those of us purchasing photography gear, sales tax savings were a huge reason to shop online.

Today, site sponsor B&H Photo announced a premium credit card in conjunction with PayBoo that offers a rebate equivalent to your state’s sales tax. This card, issued through Synchrony Bank, is only valid for purchases at B&H Photo. You will still pay sales tax on your purchase, but then you’ll get an instant rebate on your order to offset the sales tax amount.

Read full information and FAQs on the B&H PayBoo card here

 

POTD: Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial, London, UK

Here’s another photograph from my recent travel photography workshop in London. The Albert memorial stands in tribute to Queen Victoria’s late prince consort. On this unusually cloudless afternoon in London, we waited until early evening to photograph the memorial and avoid harsh shadows.

Shooting Data

  • Nikon D850 with 24-120mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens
  • 1/200s f/5, ISO 64 (hand-held)
  • Processed with Lightroom Classic CC/Aurora HDR/Color Efex Pro 4 via Photoshop

POTD: Red Columbine

red columbine flower
Red columbine flower, Crested Butte, CO

The Colors of Colorado in Summer

There’s nothing like the colors that you’ll find high in the Colorado rockies in the summer. This year’s winter delivered the much-needed snowpack in the high country, so I’m optimistic about this summer’s wildflower blooms. One of the best locations to find wildflowers in Colorado is around the town of Crested Butte. While there are certainly many famous locations for Colorado wildflowers, many of them require serious 4WD vehicles to reach. At Crested Butte, I’ve scouted the surrounding areas and pretty much every site I visit can be reached by a standard vehicle.

Shooting Specs

  • Nikon D810 with Niko 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor
  • 1/125s f/16 ISO 1100

You can join me here in July 2019 to photograph these wonderful blooms and learn all about creative close-up photography.

Colorado Wildflowers 2019 with Jason P. Odell