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!

OPG Caption Contest – Win a Peak Design Capture Clip System!

November 14th, 2012 by Clay Cook

Win a Peak Design Capture Clip System!!

Every other week Outdoor Photo Gear will be hosting a caption contest and will be giving away one awesome prize to the best entry. The contest will be judged by the entire staff at OPG based on the following; creativity, originality (from other posts) and comedic value.

Glass, RainX, Flower, Water, and Shoot

November 12th, 2012 by Mike Moats

This is a trick that I’ve seen done before, but finally got around to giving it a try myself.

The Importance of Social Media And Finding An Audience For Your Photography

November 6th, 2012 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

If you have any interest in finding an audience for your photography, art, business, or anything else where connecting with others is vital, then you need to be engaged in social media. I see it over and over again—photographers that are frustrated, pessimistic, and resistant to new technology and the way the world is changing. I say get over it and face reality, otherwise you’ll be left behind whether you like it or not.

Approaching A Landscape Photo Shoot

November 2nd, 2012 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.


Floating Color, Long Pond, NY

How do you approach an idea for photography of a subject: is it one or two photographs or a theme, and what considerations do you look at?

Thanks for playing!

November 1st, 2012 by Clay Cook

Myself and the entire staff at OPG would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual pumpkin pick yesterday.