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A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom
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A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Panorama photography can be a very rewarding experience, it really is a lot of fun. However, to get it done correctly can become very tricky at times. Even the best tools may not be very efficient, depending on how you made your individual photographs. Mike Hagen had to come up with a custom approach for his series of images, combining both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Here is how. Read more...

7 Things I Learnt Photographing 500 People
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7 Things I Learnt Photographing 500 People

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Whether you will be photographing a single person or group or many, you will benefit from this article where Mike Hagen tells us the seven most important things he has learned, after doing it more than a few times. Read more...

Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review
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Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Great flash photography results are produced when the light sources are off-camera. Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reviews for us another very nice solution by Profoto, portable and efficient, allowing for full TTL or manual control at the power pack or at the camera. Read more...

Using the Nikon D750 in Africa - Field Report
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Using the Nikon D750 in Africa - Field Report

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

The Nikon D750 gets tested in one of the toughest environments on earth: Africa, under wildly varied photography scenarios, during a Nikonians Academy African Photo Safari. See why Mike Hagen confirms it is a killer camera. Read more...

Nikon D750 Initial Impressions - User Review
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Nikon D750 Initial Impressions - User Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Mike Hagen looks at Nikon's newest DSLR camera and tests it in sports photography and beyond. Look at his observations and see what made him say, that "there is so much to like, that I am officially giving it one of my highest camera recommendations ever." Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp
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Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Adobe released recently a number of updates for Photoshop CC, but the one that was most interesting for me was the new Perspective Warp feature. This is a tool that allows you to modify the perspective of elements within a picture while not impacting other parts of the picture. A common situation where this presents itself is in architectural photography where a building needs perspective correction. Read more...

How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape
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How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Trying to capture detail in both the landscape and the stars can be difficult, but from about one hour before sunrise to approximately 30 minutes before sunrise there is a sweet spot that allows you to capture enough information in both areas to produce a stunning final image. Follow Mike Hagen as he goes through the checklist of 10 steps to perfect star photography. Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens
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Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

For most photographs of nature, the color green is essential to the overall impact and believability of the image. If the greens look good, then the rest of the photo is believable. In this article, Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) will show you three ways for achieving believable greens using a variety of software tools. Read more...

How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches
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How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Panoramas are a lot of fun not only because of the pleasing visual effect but also because of the challenges they may represent to get it right. One of such challenges is missing pixels while stitching together the images made. Mike Hagen shows us how to go about it without much hassle. Read more...

How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines
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How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

If you are looking to further improve your photographs, this article by Mike Hagen offers straightforward practical tips to use the Leading Lines compositional principle that will definitively add to the ‘WOW Factor’ of your images. Read more...

Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die
Travel Stories

Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

During November’s Nikonians Academy African Photo Safari to Tanzania, Mike Hagen witnessed a fight of the predators and found his new favorite Tanzanian bird, the Tawny Eagle. Read this inspiring story to find out why. Read more...

Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background
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Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

It's a bird, it's a plane! Ok, they're just birds, not superman. But with Autofocus Tracking techniques like this, you'll feel like you've conquered a lot in getting those epic shots. Photographing small birds, fast in flight, is one of the most difficult things to photograph. Learn how you can overcome this challenge, and practice practice! Read more...

How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes
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How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

It's always a challenge to overcome when you take photographs and they come out hazy. Do you remove, and spare another precious moment that might not be captured? Well, it's always worth another shot - no pun intended - but don't delete that photograph. Read how fellow Nikonian, Mike Hagen makes things crisp and clear. Read more...

Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko
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Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Camera bags and photographers. Sometimes I think we go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Other times, I think we go together like oil and water. Picking the right camera bag for every situation is pretty near impossible and that’s why I have an entire closet devoted to just camera bags. Small ones. Big ones. Medium ones. Waist bags. Shoulder bags. Backpacks. Black. Green. Yellow. Read more...

Profoto RFi Review
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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out. Read more...

Markins ball heads - Comparing leaver clamp and screw knob
Accessories Reviews Videos

Markins ball heads - Comparing leaver clamp and screw knob

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

In this video Mike Hagen reviews the different functionalities of two Markins ball heads. He explains us the differences between the QL and QR quick release and the convenience that goes with each of them, as well as the various dimensions of the two top plates provided for the ball heads and the right usage for them. Read more...

Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review
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Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

For more than four decades, Profoto has been manufacturing some of the highest quality lighting equipment known to the professional photography market. I had always heard that their gear was top-notch but it wasn’t until I actually tested Profoto’s newest product, the Profoto D1 Studio 3 Head Kit, that I really came to appreciate what fine lighting equipment can do for a photographer. Read more...

Nikon D800 print performance (video)
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Nikon D800 print performance (video)

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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In this video professional photographer and instructor Mike Hagen reviews the print quality of photographs taken with the Nikon D800. Read more...

Phase One Media Pro 1 Review
Software Reviews

Phase One Media Pro 1 Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Phase One’s Media Pro 1 marks a new chapter in the life of this leading professional digital asset management software. I’ve been using a version of this product since it was created by iView Multimedia quite a few years ago. Then, when Microsoft purchased the rights to the program and renamed it Expression Media, I signed on as a beta tester for the new platform. Within the last year, Phase One acquired the software and renamed it Media Pro 1. Read more...

Review Capture Pilot v1.2 With Camera Control
Software Reviews

Review Capture Pilot v1.2 With Camera Control

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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A few months ago I tested Capture Pilot v1.0 for the iPad and fell in love with the product. At the time, Capture Pilot’s functionality was limited to an image viewer with the ability to integrate with Capture One Pro for ranking and rating images. Even using Capture Pilot strictly as a viewer, it was a fantastic companion for the studio. Over these last few months, Phase One has been diligently at work creating new updates for their software and recently released Capture Pilot v1.2. Read more...

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