Rick Sammon releases“Social Media Marketing for Photographers” iPhone App

May 17th, 2010 by Chris Klapheke


If you are interested in Social Media Marketing (and in expanding your business), check out Rick's new iPhone App  Social Media Marketing for Photographers (iTunes link).

Martin Bailey's Canon 1D Mark IV Custom Function Settings

May 14th, 2010 by Martin Bailey

I’m sometimes asked what custom function settings I select on my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV camera, so I figured I’d share this information so that you can compare my settings with your own. I have also made my custom settings file available below for you to apply to your own camera if you want to try this. First, here are my settings.

Martin's Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Custom Settings

Martin's Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Custom Settings

This equates to the following custom settings:

C.Fn I: Exposure

1 – Exposure Level increments = 0 : 1/3-stop set  1/3-stop compensation
2 – ISO speed setting increments = 0 : 1/3 stop
3 – Set ISO speed range = * : Highest ISO set to H2 (51200). Lowest set to L (50) – I don’t use H3 (102,400)
4 – Bracketing auto cancel = 1 : off
5 – Bracketing sequence = 1 : -, 0, +
6 – Number of bracketed shots = 2 : 5 shots
7 – Spot metering link to AF point = 1 : Enable (use active AF point)
8 – Safety shift = 0 : Disable
9 – Select usable shooting modes = * : M, Av, Tv, BULB (I turn P off, because I will never use it)
10 – Select usable metering modes = – : Disabled; all metering modes available
11 – Exposure mode in manual exposure = 0 : Specified metering mode
12 – Set shutter speed range = – : Disabled;  settable shutter speed range is 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec.
13 – Set aperture value range = – : Disabled; maximum aperture to minimum aperture of lens attached
14 – Apply shooting/metering mode = – : Disabled; Pressing the <*> button will lock the exposure (AE lock).
15 – Flash sync. speed in Av mode = 0 : Auto
16 – AE Microadjustment = none set
17 – FE Microadjustment = none set

Congrats to Mike Moats!

May 12th, 2010 by Chris Klapheke


Congratulations to macro master Mike Moats, an OPG blog regular and the author of best-selling ebooks in the OPG Store!

Mike just had an article published in the June edition of Outdoor Photographer magazine, which was delivered to subscribers this week and should hit the stands soon.


Mike's article is titled Diversify Your Macro Portfolio and is full of tips and Mike's inspiring images.

You can read the online version of Mike's article here:  Outdoor Photographer

You can see Mike's ebooks in the OPGStore here:  Mike Moats

Check out Mike's images here:  Tiny Landscapes

Introducing Induro's New PHQ 5-Way Panheads

May 11th, 2010 by Matt Dennison

Induro's new 5-Way panheads hit the shelves today.  We thought you would enjoy this video that illustrates the options this unique head has in store for all types of photography.


You can learn more, see detailed specs, and purchase a PHQ in the OPG store here:  Induro

Photographer Spotlight: Andy Biggs

May 7th, 2010 by Chris Klapheke

From Houston, Texas to the wilds of Africa, Andy Biggs makes a living as a professional photographer.  Andy’s diverse business interests mix photography, safaris, workshops and print sales with his newest venture—camera bag designer. More impressive still is the fact that Andy only started taking photos ten years ago.


Andy picked up his first camera and started his journey in photography in 2000.  At the time, he was employed in the software industry, implementing accounting systems.  In a short two years, he honed his skill and made the decision to become a full time pro.  Since 2002, Andy has put both his business skills and his photographic vision to use, creating a diversified professional photographic business.


Andy started building his business with stock image sales and worked toward fine art sales, two areas of business he still pursues today.  However, as Andy's business interests have diversified, his stock and fine art images have narrowed to his favorite subject:  Africa.  This specialization in his images has served him well.  Andy's stock sales have continued to be strong in today's environment of stiff competition and falling prices.

Martin Bailey : Meguro River Sakura (My First Short Movie!)

May 3rd, 2010 by Martin Bailey

Here’s my first short movie “Meguro River Sakura” shot on my Canon 1D Mark IV, along with just a little bit of background information on the project.

It’s High Definition video too, so if you hit the full screen button to the left of the Vimeo logo in the player below, the video will expand to fill your screen. Turn up the sound too, and sit back and enjoy.

This first short movie started out as practice using my new Manfrotto 519 Pro Video Fluid Head. I didn’t want to just point my camera at any old subject and waft it around to get used to the tension etc. of the head, so I decided to give myself a project. As the cherry blossom (sakura) was in full bloom last weekend, I decided to shoot enough footage to make a story out of it.

The Path to Greatness is Along with Others

April 29th, 2010 by Rick Sammon

The path to greatness is along with others. – Baltasar Gracion

I am kinda big on quotes – because they drive home a point quickly. Lately, I have been having fun matching famous quotes with some of my wildlife pictures – as illustrated here by this picture that I took by the Mara River in Kenya.

If you are young and starting a business, or have been around and are looking to begin a new venture, perhaps the best advice any seasoned/sharing pro would offer is to do what the wildebeest and zebra are doing in this picture: working together as a team for a common goal (to get across the river uneaten in this case).

Find a trusting partner or partners that can help you along to the path of greatness.

Explore the Light,


Make sure and check out Rick Sammon and Juan Pons at the Digital Photo Experience.

Powerful Searching with Lightroom’s Library Filters

April 28th, 2010 by Rob Knight

"Flower Man" Savannah, GA


There are many ways to find your photos inside Lightroom. The Library Filter bar contains several tools that make finding specific images easier. You can apply these filters one at a time or in different combinations to see only the images you’re looking for. To apply multiple filters, command(cntrl) click on the filter names in the filter bar. This is a great way to find and organize your photos for creating collections, as filters can be applied to individual folders or your entire catalog.

Stepping Off The Cliff

April 26th, 2010 by Jerry Monkman

Climbing Top of the Prow on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Twenty years ago, before I had the bug that drives me to be a professional outdoor photographer, I worked in a Nature Company store in a mall in Massachusetts.  As awful as working in the mall was, this 8-month gig had a big impact on my life, as I met Galen Rowell and discovered the world of adventure and nature photography.  One memory from that job was a comment I overheard one of our regular customers make to my manager one day. 

Photographer Spotlight: William Neill

April 23rd, 2010 by Chris Klapheke

If you read Outdoor Photographer magazine, chances are you’ve seen William Neill’s landscape columns. 
William writes a regular column, On Landscape, where he conveys his images, techniques, and viewpoints on landscape photography.


William attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a BA degree in Environmental Conservation in 1976.  The connection between William's formal education and his images is pervasive.  During summer breaks from college, he worked in Glacier and in North Cascades National Parks.  William spent those summers backpacking extensively and began to carry a camera to record his treks.  A year after graduation, he began working in Yosemite, and never left.