Focus on the Unconventional

January 8th, 2013 by Jack Graham

Focus on the Unconventional

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with headlines and news that is filled with negativity or just plain old doom and gloom. And worse, it all happens so quickly in this fast-paced, internet, smart phone, iThis and iThat world. Volumes of information are sent our way from all kinds of sources. Blogs, websites, social media, advertisers came at us from all ends. It’s an “I need it now” world, and like it or not, most of us fall victim to these anomalies, often not knowing it.

Recently I have been writing as well as stressing in my photography workshops, that we must slow down, and “be into the zone” in order to attain the right state of mind that will give us the chance to create artistic images when we are out in the field.

Today, we have at our fingertips the most advanced equipment that our pocketbooks will allow us to purchase. We can process image with unthought-of technology non-existent, just a few years ago. This is useless unless we embody the creative process.

With all of this technology surrounding us, many photographers ignore the need for creativity and imagination and rely on the technology to produce the end product. This is what I call the “I can fix it in Photoshop” mentality. This is a prescription for failure. Unless we use the right side, or cognitive side of our brains, our creativity will be forever stymied. How do we do that? Read on.

We’re Moving!

January 4th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We’ve doubled our size, so we need your help!

Help us lighten the load by taking advantage of our moving sale. You only have this weekend though!

Sale ends Sunday, January 6 @ midnight PST.

The Tide of Changing Expectations in Landscape Photography

December 27th, 2012 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

I’ve been noticing a trend recently in people’s attitudes and perceptions on landscape and nature photography. I see it across different segments of people I talk to and work with—photographers on workshops, print buyers in galleries, people I follow and who follow me on social media, and just talking to friends on the street.

But I’m also seeing it in the industry as well, whether that be professional established photographers or leading magazines.

What trend am I talking about? The trend towards a more organic manipulation and processing of images, a return to reality, veracity, and hopefully art for art’s sake.

I’m getting a strong sense that the tides are changing against a heavy-handed approach to digital processing and manipulation. People are not impressed anymore with super saturation, or technical perfection, or perfectly exposed images where every tonality is perfectly captured and presented leaving little to the imagination.

Troy The Tree – OPG’s Best of 2012

December 20th, 2012 by Clay Cook

Troy The Tree recaps some of OPG’s best moments in 2012. The video above tells all.

Thank you to all who made this year one of OPG’s greatest and have a happy holidays!

Troy The Tree – WHAT?!

December 14th, 2012 by Clay Cook

Every photog needs this stuff.

PowerPax Battery Caddy
BlackRapid Metro Sling Strap
Gura Gear Tembo Memory Wallet
BlackRapid Wrist Strap
Ollo Clip for iPhone
Photographic Solutions Sensor Check
Hoodman Raw Steel USB 3.0



Buying for a photographer is like buying for a 5-year-old kid; as soon as
you buy them one thing, they want something else. Here is a few things that
every photographer is going to want, like the Power Pax Battery Caddy.
Handy? Yeah, but you’re probably going to lose it anyways. The BlackRapid
Metro Strap; even a tree can afford this one. [inaudible: 00:45] wallet;
it’s just another memory wallet, right? No way.

The wrist strap from BlackRapid; bringing it back with the wrist strap. The
Olloclip. Do you have 5,000 Instagram followers? Because I do. The Sensor
Check; I don’t even know what this thing does, but you want to know what,
it’s awesome. The Hoodman Card Reader; this thing is USB 3.0. It’s faster
than a falling tree.

You don’t need to know about model Canon XYZla-dee-frickin-da, because
every photog needs this stuff. I’m watching you.


Holiday Wish Lists and Recommendations from Great Photographers

December 10th, 2012 by Chris Klapheke


This time of year, all photographers have a wish list for the holidays.  From worldwide famous shooters, to our wonderful vendors, to our local pals, we bring you great photographers’ picks for this Holiday Season.  You’re sure to get some great gift ideas here!

Thanks to all of our participating photographers, and here we go…






Chris Dodds

Hailing from Canada, Chris Dodds is an inaugural member of the elite Canon Northern Explorer of Light and X-Rite Coloratti initiatives. He is a full-time freelance nature and wildlife photographer, nature photography workshop & safari leader/instructor, photography educator, blogger, and lecturer.  Check out Chris’ popular blog at , his workshops at and his stunning portfolio at

  1. Cotton Carrier System for Two Cameras.  This has got to be one of the most useful photo accessories that I own – and it’s a Canadian Company, eh!
  2. Jobu Jr. 3 Gimbal Head. I love mine so much, I bring it everywhere that I go! (and it’s made in Canada as well).
  3. X-Rite i1 Display Pro. Well, for all the money that so many spend on their photographic equipment and computers, this is to make sure they all see the world the way it is supposed to be seen; in a color managed environment where prints match the computer screen.
  4. LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System. There are so many people that should invest a small amount to ensure RAZOR sharp images from all of their lens and camera combinations – this might still be my biggest secret to consistently creating tack sharp imagery.
  5. Eckla Multi Rolly Gear Cart. The one thing I would really like to have under my tree!







Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy is the premier songbird photographer in the nation, if not the world.  Author of several ebooks on songbirds, Alan’s images are stunning and masterful.  If you’re serious about bird photography, by all means attend one of Alan’s workshops.  Find out more about Alan at

  1. Apex Bean Bag. So many uses for getting that shot, either in the car or on foot.  The included plate makes a great mount for a gimbal head.
  2. LensCoat RainCoats. Great for shooting in snow this time of year!
  3. Kwik Camo Photography Blind. I have several of

Put Your Best Foot Forward

December 5th, 2012 by Mike Moats

Put your best foot forward.

To act in a way that causes other people to have a good opinion of you. All I could do is put my best foot forward and hope I make a good impression. From the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms.

Lets make one change to this idiom.

Put your best photos forward.

Using Patience to Improve Your Nature Photography

November 28th, 2012 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

I’m often asked what are some of the things I practice in order to improve my photography. There are many as you might imagine, but one that I’m constantly working on is patience. In fact, one of the things I see most often when I’m teaching workshops is a lack of patience.

Troy The Turkey & Camo Friday!

November 20th, 2012 by Clay Cook



As Troy The Turkey said, we have a lot of awesome of specials going on this Thanksgiving week! Friday through Sunday we are launching top secret deals by liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or subscribing to our newsletter!



What a great sale and congratulations to Jonathan R. from Louisville, KY and Dave B. from Indianapolis, IN who found Troy The Turkey at the EXACT same time! But, since we’re in the Christmas spirit we’ve decided to give them BOTH $100 gift cards!


Just like yesterday, the deal is only 24 hours!

Troy The Turkey has been found! This time he was hidden deep in the store, so big congrats to Jeff from Wisconsin! To all others, you’ll have one last chance to track him down tomorrow at 9PM EST!


If you didn’t get enough Black Friday, well this is it!

Congrats to Kate from Louisville, KY! Well, unfortunately, that’s it for Troy The Turkey, it’s been fun. Thanks to all you frantic clickers for playing!

OPG Caption Contest – Winner!

November 16th, 2012 by Clay Cook

We Have A Winner!