LensCoat RainSleeve

October 21st, 2013 by Clay Cook

We created this promotional video for LensCoat and their new product; RainSleeve. The LensCoat® RainCoat RS (RainSleeve) provides protection for your camera and lens from the elements like rain, snow, salt spray, dirt, sand and dust while allowing you easy access to the camera and lens controls. The RainCoat Rain Sleeve is constructed from a lightweight waterproof, breathable material.

Live From PhotoPlus Expo!

October 21st, 2013 by Clay Cook

Every October, we hit the “Big Apple” and take on the largest photography and imaging expo in North America; PhotoPlus. This year we will be live tweeting and posting a daily wrap blog and vlog. Want to know what cool new gear is on the horizon? Stay glued to our social channels and our blog, using the hashtag #opgliveppe and the official hashtag of PPE #ppe2013


The Art of Choosing the Right Camera Settings in the Field

October 9th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Buck Pond, Adirondack State Pk - Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L IS), No Filters

Buck Pond, Adirondack State Pk – Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L IS), No Filters

Setting The Scene

Proper exposure for any photographic situation is a balancing act between light, depth of field, movement, and camera noise. Determining why you choose one exposure setting over another depends on what you need in order to capture the image in your mind, OR make the best possible photograph given actual circumstances. So lets explore these ideas using a real world example of a deceptively simple photograph I made a few years ago.

So You Want To Go On A Safari…10 Items To Make Your Life Easier

October 2nd, 2013 by Clay Cook


 When you love photographing wildlife and you mix in the idea of travel and adventure, it will eventually happen. Whether it be Alaska and the Arctic for bears, India for tigers or Africa for everything else, you will eventually go to one (or all) of these places. Once you commit to the safari of your choice, there are many decisions to make. In this article we are going to focus on 10 camera accessory items that will you’re your life easier and your safari more enjoyable. So let’s go!

5 Ways To Step Up Your Editing Game

September 25th, 2013 by Adam Griffith

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These days, most photographers spend way more time staring at a computer screen than peering through a viewfinder.  Despite this, we sure do spend a lot more talking about lenses and cameras than widescreen monitors. Perhaps that’s because editing tends to be the far more tedious part of the job. With a little investment though, you can make those late nights pouring over the day’s images just a little bit more comfortable.

An Exercise in Paranoia – Martin Bailey and His Data Backup Strategy

September 16th, 2013 by Martin Bailey


Today I’m going to walk you through my data backup strategies at home and in the field. This is in response to a listener question from someone that heard me talking about this briefly on This Week in Photo. I should precede this with the disclaimer that I’m perhaps a little bit paranoid with my backups, but I should also add that I’ve never lost an image in 18 years of digital imaging, and that includes scans of slide film from way back when.

Macro Fun

September 9th, 2013 by Clay Cook

 IMG_6459 Red Gerber Daisy

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The Creative Flow And How To Find It In Landscape Photography

September 6th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Canon 1DS Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 24mm (EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM), Manual, No Filters / Processed in Lightroom 5

Have you ever thought about how competent you are as a nature photographer? Or whether your competence in one area is limiting you in another area? Say for example you’re really comfortable with editing your images, so comfortable in fact that you pay less attention to composition or camera technique.
In this post I want to explore competence, and see how that can be use to help you improve your vision and your craft.

Tons Of Fun Photographing Oil And Water

September 5th, 2013 by Mike Moats

I’ve seen many images posted in various websites of mixing oil and water and always thought they were really cool images. For what ever reason I never took the time to photograph oil and water. So I finally decided to take some time and give it a go. Here is how to do it with simple basic household items.

What’s needed

1) Clear glass pie dish or clear baking dish.
2) Cooking oil
3) Water
4) Multi colored photo, fabic, wallpaper, etc.
5) Two tall drinking cups
6) Butter Knife

I fill the clear glass pie dish with about an inch of water and add maybe a half cup or oil. I used a stool to set up my system on, but a small table will also do. The two tall drinking cups are placed underneath the pie dish at the outside edges to support the dish. You can see below the pie dish I have a print of one of my fall multi colored leaves. You can use fabrics or wall paper, that has lots of colors. I set up inside next to a window for lots of light, but you could do this outside as well.

Making Creativity a Habit

August 30th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains
Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/5.6@1/125 sec, ISO 200, 90mm (EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM), Manual, No Filters

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl Buck