DSLR Audio

DSLR Audio

DSLR Audio – Hear what the camera Hears

“It’s easy to fool the eye, but it’s a lot harder to fool the ear.”

Probably the most important and difficult process for still photographers converting to DSLR Video is Audio. While great pictures and story are two of the three key elements of video production, it is audio that engages the viewer, immersing them in your production. Continue reading “DSLR Audio”

Bear Cameras

Bear Cameras

I have been receiving a few questions on theTV news item showing a Grizzly Bear video I captured in the Upper Pitt River (the Global TV report is linked here).

The footage captured by a remote game camera became newsworthy as it showed a Grizzly Bear trying to catch salmon in an area just 30 miles from Vancouver, B.C and in an area they are not known to live. I have been using remote cameras since the late 1970s mostly working at sporting events or aerial photography, but these game cameras are amazingly simple and fun to operate. Continue reading “Bear Cameras”


Tripods and Monopods

Nick Didiick Tripods
My Favourite Three

Over 30 odd years of being a photographer I have purchased many tripods amounting to $1000’s of dollars. What I learned is that I should have bought one good tripod and kept it for life.

Whats a good tripod you may well ask? And the answer would be it depends! The best tripod is one that you carry with you and use. So that means it should be lightweight (so you will carry it) and expensive (so that you will use it) if you buy a cheap heavy tripod it will probably never leave home. Continue reading “Tripods”

VR Lenses on a Tripod

Nick Didlick VR
Vibration Reduction (VR) On or Off

Vibration Reduction (VR) is one of the standard questions that comes up in seminars I do. Can I use Nikon’s VR lenses on a Tripod? And the answer is… Maybe!

Here is what Nikon says:

There are two techniques when using a camera/lens mounted on a tripod; keeping the pan/tilt head loose or fluid (when panning or moving with a subject) and keeping the pan/tilt head locked down and rigid while using a cable release (time exposures or for the new HDR techniques). Continue reading “VR Lenses on a Tripod”