Travel Photography With the Nikon Z7

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Is the Nikon Z7 a perfect camera for travel photography? No. Is it one of the best cameras for travel photography? Absolutely!

On the positive side, the camera handles well, is easy to use, and has a killer combination of fantastic sensor, fast and accurate autofocus, epic low-light performance, and ultra-sharp EVF and touchscreen LCD.

I found the battery life to be even better than what Nikon claims, so that was a happy bonus while having this rig with me on long days of shooting as I traveled.

On the downside, the Z7 isn’t as small or lightweight as other mirrorless cameras, which could be of concern for some travel photographers. 

Of greater concern is the point I mentioned just above – the Z7 takes too long to wake up, so you will inevitably miss some shots if it’s been off for awhile.

However, the benefits of this camera for travel photography far outweigh the detriments. If you’re looking to upgrade your kit with a capable, all-around camera for travel photography, this could be the one for you.

In fact, this camera isn’t limited to just this one type of photography. It’s great for landscapes, portraits, action photography – you name it!

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Adorama Steps Up For Kenya, Part 4: Meet the Maasai Tribe

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As Erin and the Ubuntu team discuss, it’s important not to oversimplify the story of the people you’re photographing.

Instead, strive to focus on ways that you can portray your subject such that their story is told in a modern way, not an archaic manner that is so prevalent when photographing indigenous people.

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Erin makes the point that she wants to “convey a rich, deep, complicated story of human life” in her photos.

That might sound like a lofty goal, but as you can see in the video, it’s definitely one worth pursuing.

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Selfie Deaths Forces National Park Service to Create #SafePlaceSelfie Day

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The #SafePlaceSelfie day was actually started by the National Weather Service, which is when the National Parks Service caught up and put their own spin on the title to create, #SafeParkSelfie day. 

While the National Weather Service was trying to encourage people to share pictures of their bad weather day emergency supplies, we think #SafeParkSelfie day is a whole lot funnier.

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Teacher Photoshops Himself Onto Cover of Forbes, Reads It During His First Business-Class Flight

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

A 59-year-old teacher from Washington decided to play along when one of his students Photoshopped a cover of Forbes magazine with the teacher’s face. 

My high school gov teacher put himself on a cover of Forbes and read it on a plane while he sat in first class for the first time in his life. from r/funny

During a first class flight to Kauai with his wife, Steven Perez whipped out the Photoshop job and slapped it over a New Yorker magazine he found on the flight to take the now viral photo. 

The picture features Perez wearing sunglasses with a bold title, “Perez Unbound,” and was created by one of his students from Hanford High School. The joke came about after Perez got into a discussion with some of his students about the smugness of first class passengers. 

“If they look at you going back to your seat, they are quietly saying, I am better than you,” said Perez in an interview with the real Forbes magazine.

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Perez’s wife, who accompanied him on his first first-class flight for their 35th wedding anniversary, tweeted the photo and it immediately found its way over to Reddit’s r/funny channel where it exploded.

As far as April Fool’s jokes go, we’d consider this one pretty pure. 

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Zoom vs Prime: What Lens is Best for Portraits?

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In the video above, the fine folks at Mango Street offer their perspective on the issue.

As they discuss in the video, they prefer to shoot portraits with prime lenses. But, for comparison’s sake, they shoot with a Canon 24-70mm as well as 24mm and 35mm primes.

Below, I’ve outlined a few arguments for zooms and primes as being great options for portraits.

Which Lens is Best for Portraits? The Argument for Zooms 

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So, both zooms and primes have their advantages, and as you can see in the video by Mango Street, you can create gorgeous images with either kind of lens.

In the end, the selection between the two will mostly come down to your personal preference and budget.

Fortunately, no matter if you’re after a zoom or a prime lens, all major camera manufacturers have a huge selection of both types in all manner of price points.

Better still, you can find great deals on used lenses so you can save some money at the same time (or use your extra cash to buy multiple lenses!).

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Giant, Rainbow-Colored Squirrels Catch the World’s Eye

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A photographer’s viral photos of a giant, multi-colored Malabar squirrel are captivating the internet today. 

Vijayan, the amateur photographer who happened to explode overnight, caught pictures of the Malabar squirrel while on a deep trek in an India forest. 

“I felt so amazed by how drop-dead gorgeous it looked,” Vijayan said in an interview with CBS News. “It was indeed a jaw-dropping sight to behold.” 

And, as is fashionable on the internet, people immediately started cracking jokes about the huge, furry creatures. 

The squirrels can grow up to 36 inches long, or almost as tall as an average sized mailbox. They also live about 20 feet up in the trees and fly from tree to tree.  

Vijayan was shocked at how much attention his photos are getting.

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If you’re hoping to catch a photo of these little guys, you may be in for quite the journey since they only live in South Asia. 

You may also look ridiculous while trying to find them since the internet’s best advice is to climb a tree and remain extremely still for hours on end waiting for them to emerge. 

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Best Print to Frame Companies

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If you’ve ever used Shutterfly for other purposes, you know that creating and placing your order is a simple, straightforward process.

Despite having a huge selection of frames, Shutterfly makes it easy to sort through them to find precisely the type of product you need.

Shutterfly also often has big sales and coupons you can use to decrease the overall expense. That’s definitely a bonus since Shutterfly is more expensive than some of the other companies on this list.

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How to Edit Drone Photos the Easy Way

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Skylum released AirMagic earlier this month, and it is specifically designed for enhancing aerial photos – and doing so quickly.

In the video above, Jim Nix demonstrates just how simple it is to take your drone photos from so-so to beautiful. Below, I’ve highlighted a few critical features that make AirMagic a must-have for drone photographers.

What Exactly is AirMagic?

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 If you’re ready to edit drone photos the easy way, you can pick up a copy of AirMagic for $39.00.

In addition to being affordable, a single AirMagic license will work on two computers, even if one is a Mac and the other is a PC.

Skylum is also offering the AirMagic Creative Edition for $41.00 right now, which includes the two licenses as well as the AirMagic Premium Style (you can also buy more styles from the AirMagic Marketplace).

If you’re a professional drone pilot and have a drone business, Skylum has thought of you as well. AirMagic Business is $89.00, and that gets you five licenses.

So, AirMagic is easy to use, fast, and affordable. What’s not to like about that?

Russia Has a Drone That Carries a Shotgun Just For Shooting Down Other Drones

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This isn’t the first time Russia created an anti-drone drone. The Carnivora drone, which they released in late 2018, can shoot nets at other drones and can carry explosive devices to shoot at other flying objects.

While this drone is currently just in its test phase, you can bet that Russia is working diligently on creating new, interesting ways to beat drones with other drones. 

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The Best Camera Strap for Mirrorless Cameras

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The metal hardware on this strap is worth mentioning, too.

Holdfast founder Matt Swaggart designed the metal hardware himself, giving it a custom look and feel. The hardware is stainless steel, too, so it won’t rust.

In other words, this is a strap that will look great, function even better, and give you the utmost in comfort for years and years and years to come. 

If you want the best camera strap for mirrorless cameras, look no further than the Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo!

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Beautiful Drone Footage of Wintery Saudi Arabian Wonderland Unveiled

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