MBP Companion App Update (Podcast 590)

Today I really just have an announcement for all of the listeners that use our MBP Companion iPhone App, which is currently showing a message about not being supported by the imminent new release of iOS, which is version 11.
You may recall that I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I had started studying how to develop iOS applications, because the app that someone kindly made for us as a companion for the Podcast a number of years ago, will no longer be supported by iOS 11, which will be released very soon now. When opened my app is
DoF Calc iPhone
DoF Calc iPad Landscape
App ND Calc
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What Makes a Photograph or Print Fine Art? (Podcast 589)

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on what makes a photograph or a print “fine art”. This is something that I’ve seen various takes on, and frankly, nothing I’ve read over the years really resonates with me personally, for reasons that I’ll explain.
The impetus for today’s episode comes from a comment on my recent post about The Balance Between Healthy Learning and Analysis Paralysis. Listener and workshop participant Glady Klip asked the following question.
Nowadays you see so often the term ‘fine art photography’ and ‘fine art printing’. I was wondering what exactly is the definition of ‘fine art’
Dahlia #3
Mount Asahi Trees
Jewel on the Shore
Kussharo Lake Tree
Iceberg Details
Shadow on Trees at Dune #35
Fine Art Print Border Dimensions
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Be Ready with Custom Shooting Modes (Podcast 588)

Today we’re going to look at a feature that is on most cameras but often overlooked, and that is the Custom Shooting Modes, which enable you to quickly change many of the settings of your camera with the flick of a switch.
In last week’s episode, I touched on the importance of not fumbling with your camera and overthinking the technical details in order to be more in the moment as you make your photographs. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that technical accuracy and being deliberate is important, but we have to get so comfortable with how our
Canon EOS 5Ds R Mode Dial
Canon EOS 5Ds R in Auto ISO Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds R Auto ISO Range
Canon EOS 5Ds R Minimum Shutter Speed
Canon EOS 5Ds R Minimum Shutter Speed - Auto
Canon EOS 5Ds R Registering Custom Settings
Canon EOS 5Ds R Custom Settings Auto Update
Canon EOS 5Ds R Both Manual Modes
Canon EOS 5Ds R Info Display
Steller's Sea Eagles at Dawn
Canon EOS 5Ds R Auto ISO Exposure Compensation
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The Balance Between Healthy Learning and Analysis Paralysis (Podcast 587)

As creative artists and sometimes small business owners, it’s vitally important to continue to learn and grow on many levels, but I urge you to not get so caught up in technical details that you become paralyzed in the field through overthinking every decision.
I love learning new skills and continuing to hone my craft. You might have noticed that I have a relatively good understanding of photography. My friend David duChemin often drops me a line when he has something technical that he’d like describing because he knows that this is one of my stronger areas. My Craft & Vision e-books were
Gems on the Shore
Martin in Landmannalaugar
Choushi Ohtaki Waterfall
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The Boot Cleaning Ceremony (Podcast 586)

On July 8 this year, almost three weeks after returning from Namibia, I cleaned my boots. So what? I can almost hear you saying, but to me, this is always a relatively deep, thought provoking, experience, which I’d like to explain today.
When I started hiking in the early nineties, I had a policy that no matter how tired I was, I would clean and wax my hiking boots as soon as I got home from a trip. It was my way of paying respect to perhaps one of the most important tools we use, our footwear. Twenty-seven years on,
The Boot Cleaning Ceremony
Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018
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Portfolio for iPad App Review (Podcast 585)

This week I’m going to tell you all about Portfolio for iPad, an app that I’ve just started using to display my portfolios in, and I’m mostly very impressed with. 
For a number of years, I used an app called Foliobook to share my portfolios on my iPad and I was very happy with it, but then Lightroom Mobile came along and gave us automatic synchronization across devices. This was incredibly useful until I started to use Capture One Pro to process my images, instead of Lightroom. I never used Lightroom Mobile to actually process images on the iPad, so
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Shooting and Focusing Techniques for Telephoto Lenses (Podcast 584)

Last week a friend and fellow traveler on my workshops Ulana Switucha asked me a question about good techniques for using long telephoto lenses to photograph moving subjects. Although I have talked about much of what I will cover in other posts over the years, today we’re going to bring all of this into one post, and I’ll update you with my latest settings etc.
Using a long telephoto lens, such as my 100-400mm Mark II lens, or even longer telephoto zoom and prime lenses, adds a few new concepts that we are required to keep in mind in
Hyperfocal Distance Diagram
Canon 5Ds R Tracking Parameters
Snow Monkey Running Down Hill
Catch from a Wave
Canon 5Ds R Custom Controls
Back of the Canon 5Ds R Camera
Using All 61 AF Points on the Canon 5Ds R
Canon AF Points
The Catch
Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pano-Gimbal Head
Canon 200-400mm 1.4X Ext with RRS PG-02 Pano-Gimbal
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NextGEN Pro Gallery Review and Walkthrough (Podcast 583)

This week I’ve created a video to review and walk you through the NextGEN PRO gallery that I have recently implemented on my web site. As you’ll see, it isn’t perfect, but it’s a very feature rich gallery and lightbox solution. With e-commerce built right in, it will save a lot of time as we can configure pricing and the types of products available on a high level and just assign them to the entire gallery. It’s also possible to apply different settings to individual images, as we’ll see in the video.
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NextGEN Pro Gallery Review and Walkthrough (Podcast 583)

This week I’ve created a video to review and walk you through the NextGEN PRO gallery that I have recently implemented on my web site. As you’ll see, it isn’t perfect, but it’s a very feature rich gallery and lightbox solution. With e-commerce built right in, it will save a lot of time as we can configure pricing and the types of products available on a high level and just assign them to the entire gallery. It’s also possible to apply different settings to individual images, as we’ll see in the video.
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Complete Namibia Tour 2017 Travelogue 5 (Podcast 582)

This week conclude our Complete Namibia Tour Travelogue series with my final twelve wildlife images from the awesome Etosha National Park.
We finished last week with a photo of a pride of weary looking lions. The male with a mane had a scared face and was really quite thin. There were three young male lions sitting on the ground near him, and the solitary lioness was sitting atop a small hill to the left of the scene from our perspective. 

Weary Lion Pride

It was the lioness that initiated a move, as she stood and walked down the hill,
Lioness Leading the Way
Lion in the Road
Lions Drinking at Waterhole
Lioness at Waterhole
Giraffe and Zebra at Waterhole
Giraffe Drinking
Lilac-breasted Roller
Black Rhino Flehming
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Catching Skink
Elephant with Curled Trunk
Baby Elephant Being Rescued from Waterhole
Baby and Mother Elephant in Long Grass
Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018
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Complete Namibia Tour 2017 Travelogue 4 (Podcast 581)

This week I’m going to share twelve wildlife images from the Etosha National Park with you, as we near the end of our Complete Namibia Tour Travelogue series.
We pick up the trail on day eleven of this epic tour, as we arrive at our lodge. For the next two nights, we are in perhaps one of the best lodges in Namibia. I’ve just been able to secure two nights here for the 2018 tour, which I’m really happy about, as our initial plans only included one night here. As we arrived, one of my guests said “roughing it with
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Complete Namibia Tour 2017 Travelogue 1 (Podcast 578)

Having just completed my Namibia tour, today we start a series of travelogue style podcasts to walk you through our adventures as we circumnavigated this beautiful country.
The Complete Namibia Tour starts with landscape photography, then we do a bit of cultural photography as we photograph the Himba people, then we finish with wildlife, as we move on to the Etosha National Park.

Editing Namibia

I shot a total of 5700 images, with just over 1,200 of these from the first 7 days during which we focus on landscape work. I shot 640 during the two days that we photographed the Himba
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