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(left to right) Black Crowned Night Heron and Great Egreet. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld

Birding is a wonderful hobby that has gained a lot of new enthusiasts over the past year(s) due to COVID 19. When there’s nothing much you can do, viewing your backyard for wildlife, and even setting up birdfeeders to draw songbirds in is simple. And, a little birdseed will go a long way towards bringing new visitors to you, ready to model in front of your camera!

Hardcore bird photographers may spend upwards of tens of thousands of dollars on their gear — long telephoto lenses and cameras with high continuous shooting rates. But there is also an affordable option…

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After severe storms moved through southern Oklahoma, a horse grazes a field as a beautiful display of mammatus clouds glow at sunset. D850, AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8G ED VR II at 70mm focal length, 1/640 second, f/5.0, ISO 640. Photo credit: Mike Mezeul II.

Lens envy is indeed a real thing. If you’ve ever hung out with a group of wildlife photographers, the drool factor is real — 400mm, 500mm, even 600mm lenses are seemingly the normal choice — but are super telephoto lenses really necessary for amazing wildlife images? These lenses do indeed have their place in wildlife imagery, but there are plenty of ways to create wonderful wildlife images with smaller focal lengths.

Before we get going, Whenever you’re photographing wildlife, respecting the animal and its environment comes before capturing any image!

Responsible photography

No matter whether you’re photographing a giant grizzly bear or…

What is a teleconverter?

A teleconverter allows you to increase the apparent focal length of a lens, giving you a greater telephoto effect than a lens alone.

It’s basically a magnifying lens that is placed between the camera body and primary lens. Teleconverters are favorite accessories of nature and wildlife photographers, because they allow them to extend the photographic reach beyond what might be safe when out around wildlife or in an unfamiliar location.

In general, wide-angle prime and zoom lenses are not compatible with teleconverters; which makes sense, since you’re using a teleconverter to increase your reach — and you’d likely start out…

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Photos (top row l. to r.) by Alex Rivera, Anya Anti, Nicole Marder, Nicolas Bruno, Malike Sidibe (second row l. to r.) Anna Boyiazis, Brandon Woelfel, Damian Jones, Seth Miranda, Darrell Antone, (third row l. to r.) Lisa Zunzanyika, Taylor Gray, Lavina Lalchandani, DeShaun Craddock, Mike Mezeul II, (bottom row l. to r.) MaRia Popi, Kitty Peters, Joshua Dwain, Patrick McAllister, Gilmar Smith.

We’d like to share the work from 20 creators who have been inspiring us this year. They’re a diverse bunch — content creators, photographers, cinematographers and videographers, portraitists and fine-art conceptual artists.
Their work covers everything from headshots and portraits, families and weddings, to landscapes, street photography, astrophotography, documentary, photojournalism to time-lapse, video and live streaming.
You’ll find these creators encompass a wide variety of experience from newbies to those with well-established businesses. They’re a mix of self-taught through traditionally educated artists.
Stunning, whimsical, beautiful, amazing, striking, introspective, thought provoking all describe this collection of images. They’ll make you smile, laugh, think and reflect.

Check out the article, first published on to view all 20 images and learn about each of the creators. Then follow them on Instagram!

By Mike Mezeul II

This week in the northern hemisphere, Comet NEOWISE will be rising above the horizon in the pre-dawn hours, giving us one heck of a show through the end of July.

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Comet NEOWISE rises above a moonlit Sombrero Peak in Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona in July 2020. D850, AF-S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8G ED at 50mm focal length, 4 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 2500, manual exposure. Photo by Mike Mezeul II.

Without a doubt, our night sky is absolutely full of photographic gems. From the Milky Way to the Aurora Borealis to constellations and more, a bit of patience, dedication and sleep deprivation can yield some of the most jaw dropping imagery.

One of my favorite night sky subjects to focus my camera on is a comet. Why, you may ask? Well, besides the fact that I’m getting to create an image of a cosmic piece of ice and gas that is moving at nearly 2,000 mph, I enjoy the challenge of shooting them.

Although a great…

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Grey Catbird. Photo by Mike Corrado

While I would normally be setting myself up for photographing Major League Baseball, rock concerts and my favorite migratory birds spending the warm weather on Long Island, NY, I’ve found myself at home, like everyone else, not being able to get out to do the things that I really love. And like so many other photographers, looking for ways to stay creative, especially when we’re faced with challenging situations like being quarantined in the wake of a C0VID-19 pandemic.

Inspired many years ago by New York City based photographer Peter B. Kaplan who did a lot of bird photography in…

Make Mother’s Day and Father’s Day extra special this year, even if you can’t be there in person. It’s more important than ever to take photos and videos to share with loved ones.

We may not be able to be with one another right now, but we can still share photos and videos to brighten a loved one’s day.

To help you take great photos you’ll want to share, we’ve compiled our top tips for taking great portraits of your kids and pets — because, well, some folks really love their grandkitties and grandpups. …

Get inspired. Learn something new. Be entertained.

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Nikon’s Creator’s Hour is now showcasing the work and interviews with photographers who were the first to use the new—next generation—Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II mirrorless cameras.

Creator’s Hour On Assignment discusses these first assignment shoots and hear all about the quality of the output—photos and video—as well as improvements to the Z series mirrorless cameras and more!

Check out all of the Creator’s Hour On Assignment interviews and set your calendar for the next episodes to come.

Take a different look at photography — at finding new subjects and new ways to view those subjects. With abstract photography, composition can be key. You can go the route of shooting a macro view of a subject — asking the viewer to try to figure out what it is they’re looking at or simply finding colors or shapes, patterns and textures intriguing enough to you to make a photograph. Use the idea of monochromatic — not necessarily as just B&W but as an image that is all about one color.

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Photo by Diane Berkenfeld

Play on light and shadow. Shadows are just as…

Self-assignments of everyday subjects to spark your creativity

Featuring Tom Bol

I spend close to 300 days a year on the road shooting assignments and teaching workshops in some of the most far flung locations you can imagine. I love to travel, and photographing new cultures and environments gets my creative juices flowing. Sights, smells, colors, and sublime light jumpstart my passion for image making. But what ideas and subjects could you photograph at home to improve your photography? Staring out the window, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I was staring at a remarkable graphic shadow on our back fence. Right out the…

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