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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

June 26, 2018  •  4 Comments
The SkyGuider Pro is an excellent star tracker, and it features a number of improvements over the SkyTracker Pro. In this review, I'll explain the most important aspects of the SkyGuider Pro, like the counterweight system, polar alignment, build quality, and if it's worth the price. Before I get into the actual review, I would recommend you watch t...
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Nikon D750 'Service Advisory' - Long Exposure Noise Reduction

May 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Recently, I discovered a weird 'glitch' caused by Long Exposure Noise Reduction on the Nikon D750. Note, this only applies to astrophotographers and night photographers taking images with stars in them. If your image does not have stars, you shouldn't notice any problems. When LENR is enabled, the processing causes stars to lose their true colors...
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Introducing: Private Lessons!

May 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I'm excited to announce that I will be offering private lessons this summer! Click here to view my current availability and registration. I will be on the road until at least September, traveling all across America. If you happen to be in the area, and want to learn more about photography, consider scheduling a private lesson! Whether you're lookin...
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Sigma 14-24mm vs Nikon 14-24mm - Astrophotography

April 20, 2018  •  2 Comments
This morning I had the opportunity to test out the new Sigma 14-24mm! For this test, I drove down to the local "dark" sky park in Ohio and took some test shots. As you will see, it's virtually impossible to find a truly dark sky here in Northeast Ohio... Just 2 more weeks and I'll be back under an actual dark sky - in the Utah desert! *If you woul...
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iOptron SkyTracker Pro Review

April 15, 2018  •  1 Comment
A star tracker is the most effective way to capture higher-quality nightscapes and astro images! With a star tracker, you will no longer be limited by the earth's rotation. These devices allow you to shoot much longer exposures, even up to 5 minutes, without star trails! The SkyTracker Pro was my very first star tracker purchase. Since July 2017, I...
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What's in my Bag?

February 24, 2018  •  2 Comments
I've gotten a number of questions on what gear I use, so I thought I'd share my favorite camera equipment! As a traveling nature photographer, I need to have the right gear for the job. That includes a great backpack, diverse lenses, a rugged camera, quality filters, and reliable camera insurance! Camera Body First up is the Nikon D750. I've had...
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The End of Wilderness?

January 30, 2018  •  2 Comments
What do all of these places have in common? They are all overrun with tourists!! Now sure, most of these spots are well-known overlooks and they are often right near a road or trail. With that being said, the amount of tourists visiting our National Parks each year is becoming overwhelming. This report from 2016 shows just how bad things are gettin...
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The Desert

January 16, 2018  •  3 Comments
A New Beginning I've now spent 6 months living on the road. I love having the absolute freedom to go where I want, for as long as I want, with nothing holding me back. It's how I am able to do my best work. With my time in Colorado nearing an end, and my journey into Utah rapidly approaching, I was actually getting bored and lonely. It didn't help...
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Autumn in the Colorado Mountains

November 27, 2017  •  3 Comments
Steamboat Springs By mid-September I arrived in Steamboat Springs, a beautiful mountain town in northern Colorado. I had heard wonderful things about this spot from many people so I was excited to finally explore the nearby aspen forests! As usual, I stopped at the library to download my maps, scout out the surrounding area, and fill up my water. A...
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Mindshift rotation180 Professional Review

November 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Mindshift rotation180 Professional is Mindshift's premier backpack. This pack has been specially designed for nature photographers who spend much of their time hiking and exploring. It features a rotating beltpack that provides quick access to your camera and lenses, as well as a larger interior compartment than can quickly be accessed without...
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Star Tracker Tutorial

November 14, 2017  •  26 Comments
Tired of grainy Milky Way photos? Don't want to spend $2,000 on a new wide angle lens? A star tracker is the easiest, and most cost effective way to capture higher quality nightscapes! These devices move the camera at the same speed as the stars, allowing you to take much longer photos without any star trails. The key to this process is a proper po...
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Telephoto Landscapes

November 07, 2017  •  5 Comments
For the past three months I've been on the road exploring some of the most beautiful places in America. From the Wind River Range to see the Great American Eclipse, to Maroon Bells for the first snowfall of the season, to the Pacific Coast! Surprisingly, one of my most used lenses is the Tamron 150-600mm. Many would consider this a wildlife lens, b...
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The Power of RAW

November 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When many new photographers get their first DSLR, they tend to shoot in JPEG only. Shooting in JPEG is an easy way to go, but you lose a lot of control over your final image. RAW allows complete control over your images! A RAW file is an unprocessed image, like a digital negative. In the film days, a negative contained all the information to make...
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Waterfalls and Wildfires

September 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
After witnessing the Great American Eclipse, I had some free time to kill before the fall colors came to Colorado. Without hesitation, I knew I wanted to see the Pacific Northwest again. It is, by far, one of my favorite places in the entire country. Little did I know what was about to unfold... For the entire duration of my roadtrip, wildfire s...
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Great American Solar Eclipse

August 25, 2017  •  2 Comments
On June 14th I found the perfect spot to watch the Solar Eclipse: Square Top Mountain, in the Wind River Range. Using a photo I'd seen from the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and Google Earth to pinpoint the exact coordinates, I began to plan my Solar Eclipse photoshoot. If you look closely, you'll see a dead tree hanging over the river. Using Googl...
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