The bigger the WHY, the smaller the HOW.  If you want to be a better photographer, build confidence at any level, and capture images of excellence, then take time to shoot the things you love and are passionate about.  Shoot what excites you, and use that energy to break through your own limitations, reach new levels of creativity within, and ultimately electrify your images. This secret ingredient, the intent or reason for shooting coupled with your own emotion towards the subject are often overlooked amiss all of the technical considerations.  Those technical aspects can always be learned but creation flows from within.  What drives your image?

Photographing a sport at the peak of the moment can be exhilarating, especially when you nail it, that’s just one of the many reasons its one of my favourite subjects to shoot.    After shooting professional sports for many years I eventually realized that I could up my own photography game and get better images simply by changing my mindset.  When I was shooting an event like World Cup Skiing or even the Winter Olympics I noticed that I would get better shots when shooting a Canadian versus an athlete from any other country every time.  My technical ability was the same, but the only thing different was that it was more important to me to capture the Canadians. This importance or reason was my WHY.  I have since been able to apply this knowledge as wisdom to allow more meaning in every shoot I do. 

I find that most photographers also love to travel.  When we are travelling, our senses are heightened because everything we experience is new and exciting.  This is a great time to practice our skills, learn our camera and lenses inside-out and expand our toolbox by trying settings and photographic techniques we might not usually try.  I love shooting faces and portraits of people I meet in different countries.  Its amazing the bridges we can build and captivating images we can achieve just by asking a stranger if they would mind being photographed.  

Shooting landscapes are also one of my passions.  I love being in nature, slowing down life and taking the time to appreciate the beauty around us while from the perspective of my Nikon D800E (favourite landscape camera) and lens.  If you have a macro lens, put it on next time your are in nature and see how your world changes instantly.  Adjust your picture control settings and increase your in-camera saturation and sharpness to enhance the richness of your environment and adjust your white balance to add warmth or cool down your masterpiece.

Architecture or exquisite objects like high-end homes, sports cars or jets are also one of my favourite things to shoot.  They are made with excellence and deserve to be captured in kind.  I find that these subjects can be some of the most technical to shoot, but that also can make it the most fun.  Challenging situations always push us outside of our comfort zone and succeed or not you will always expand and learn more tools in the process which will always make you a better photographer.  I am constantly pushing my Nikon gear and new ideas to the limit and try to never shoot the subject the same way twice.  Try experimenting with in-camera HDR, flash, different light shapers, painting with light with Speedlights or even flashlights, high ISO, multiple exposures, long exposures or whatever technique your imagination can dream. 

Shooting a portrait can be a transformative experience, both for the photographer and subject.  As a photographer we see the subject through our own perspective and filters, and then often create a story in our mind about it.  Then we choose an appropriate lens, exposure, etc., and shape light to the subject to best tell that story we hold in our mind.  Sometimes we even capture the essence of someone or freeze a moment of them being in such a beautiful way that when we reflect that image back to the subject we give them the gift of reminding them how amazing they are.  Photographing someone is a wonderful gift and just having the positive intent that you want to make them feel beautiful can give your images huge meaning and make the HOW seem like a walk in the park.

Find your passion.  Capture it with excellence and let that energy flow into all areas of your photography and to every subject you shoot.  Make every shot count, with intention and purpose and your images will inspire!


By Kristian Bogner - Nikon Ambassador for Canada

"Here are a few of my best images of Patrick Chan from from the Vancouver Olympics.  I am always amazed by the height and amplitude of his jumps.  In of the images he looks like he's flying!!  Congratulations on the Silver Medal at Sochi Patrick."


Visualize the Final Image before you Click

Like an Olympic athlete who visualizes their entire routine or event, I am a strong believer in visualizing the final image before you click the shutter. I see the image in a very final form, the look I want, including any treatments, filters or effects I may add in post processing.

I may even visualize the image cropped as it may appear in the final brochure, magazine or canvas fine art piece. I call this “shooting with the end result in mind” and I find that this gives me greater clarity that allows me to execute the shot more effectively, which translates into a much better final image. I look at it as “Excellence in, Excellence Out.”

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Landscapes are one of my favourite summer/fall subjects. Here are 10 of my Top Tips to help you get better landscape images. Click on each of the images below to see the info on the Gear and Exposure Settings I used to create them. The Feature Image: "An Ocean of Romance" was shot at Seal Rocks Beach, Australia on my Nikon D3 with 24-70mm f/2.8G lens,  f/13 at 1/2 second, ISO 400.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_row_inner css=".vc_custom_1432529439181{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #eeeeee !important;}"][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

1 - Shoot the "Sweet Light"

Early Morning or Late Evening

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Good lighting is a key element to getting an outstanding photograph. When shooting landscapes the quality of light is generally better in the early morning and late evening because the light is lower and warmer. This time of day will generally create more pleasing shadows, contrast and texture along with more vibrant colours in your imagery. Avoid shooting around noon when sun is generally harshest and flattest.

Early morning may bring fog, mist on the water and maybe even some wildlife to complement your landscape image. Mornings generally have less haze and less wind and that might help you get a clearer shot. Sunsets can be epic and offer wonderful lighting opportunities as well like my image "Fiery Skies over Three Sisters Mountains" (right) where I capture the alpenglow on the mountains with moody clouds and fiery red skies above.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3331" css_animation="appear" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Fiery Skies over Three Sisters Mountain - Nikon D3X with Nikon 24-70mm lens | f/10 at 1/125 sec

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2 - Get to Know Your Gear and Settings

Achieve Excellence In-Camera

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Get to know your equipment, when you get a new camera or piece of gear test out your settings and find out what works best for you.  My favourite camera to shoot landscapes with is my Nikon D800E because of the incredible detail I can capture at 36 megapixels.  Here are some settings that I use to get fantastic results in-camera and save me a ton of time editing later:

First of all set your camera to shoot RAW so that you can record the full capabilities of your camera.  You can use Nikon View NX2 or your proprietary camera manufacturer's software to retain and adjust these settings later on the computer.

Next, adjust your in-camera Picture Control Settings and crank up the saturation, sharpness and sometimes even the contrast depending on my subject. This immediately makes a HUGE difference in most landscape images and adds some extra sizzle to those brilliant summer and fall colours.

When shooting I generally meter for the intensity in the sky and expose for the highlights.  Unlike film, there is more exposure latitude in the shadows of a digital file and and you can bring out that detail with software later. I usually set my highlights to flash in my camera display settings.  I look for a few specular highlights when evaluating my images and make sure no light areas where I want detail are blown out.  Then I know that I have pushed the Dynamic Range of my image to the limit.

Nikon’s D-Lighting setting also works great to get more detail in the mid-tone to shadow area. I usually leave the D-Lighting set on low or normal. If you don’t have this feature you can try reducing the contrast when shooting in difficult light and with dark contrasting subjects.

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Maui Sunset- Nikon D3X with Nikon 24-70mm lens| f/11 at 1/200 sec | 200 ISO

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Nikon D800E - My 1st Choice for Landscape Shooting

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Adjust Your Saturation, Contrast and Sharpness Using Nikon's PICTURE CONTROL SETTINGS

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3 - Use Your Polarizer Sparingly

Only in Situations where you want to Reduce Glare or Reflection

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I often see photographers overusing their Circular Polar Polarizing filter when out shooting landscapes by leaving it on their camera all of the time.  The benefits of a polarizer are that they can reduce glare or reflections and can darken your sky when used correctly. However you also lose 2 stops of light which can be a major disadvantage especially if your shooting hand-held.   They also can produce an uneven darkening effect in the sky on wider angle lenses.

Most newer lenses have very good coatings already which increase contrast and reduce some reflection.  I rarely use a polarizer and have a high quality UV filter on my lens at all times to protect my investment.  If my sky needs to be darkened I use Nikon Capture NX2 or Nik's Viveza to darken the sky perfectly and evenly with colour control points.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3282" css_animation="appear" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Framing this image with the spring flowers helps draw you in to the scene, further enhancing the impact of this landscape. Nikon D3, 14-24mm lens, 1/160 second, f/13, ISO 250

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4 - Bring a Tripod

Slow Down Your Shutter Speed, Shoot In-Camera HDR, Time Lapses + more

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Carrying a tripod everywhere can be painful but it is an indispensable tool when it comes to shooting amazing landscapes. Tripods are a necessity for shooting any slower that 1/30 of a second for even the steadiest hand. They allow you to settle in to your image, adjust composure, shoot, correct and shoot again until the image is perfect

Tripods also assist you to shoot at almost any combination of ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed with great results.  So you can set your ISO to its lowest best setting (least noise) and aperture to the desired depth of field, meter for your sky and let your shutter speed be the adjustable variable to get the correct exposure.

You can also use the tripod to keep your camera still for long exposures like startrails or night shots but also when you want slow down your exposure for movement like I have in this image of Botanical Beach, Victoria, where I dragged the shutter for 1/10 of a second to create the bursting movement in the water.  Instantly after this exposure I shielded the camera and saved it from this rogue wave.

Some new cameras like my Nikon D-800E have the ability to shoot HDR (High Dynamic Range) images right in-camera. It takes more than one image at different exposures and blends them together to expand your dynamic range.  This can be very useful when you have a brighter sky and darker foreground and you want to have detail in both.   For more instruction on HDR setup see my blog article on In-Camera HDR HERE.

Finally many new cameras have the ability to shoot time lapses right in-camera.  These can look incredible and are worth experimenting with.  Capture an entire one hour sunset in 20 seconds with all of the saturation and still techniques mentioned in this article.  For best results prefocus and then set focus to manual and exposure setting to aperture priority so that you get nice smooth video.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3323" css_animation="appear" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Nikon D3 with 24-70mm lens at f/22 at 1/10 sec | 100 ISO

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Manfrotto - My Tripod of Choice

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5 - Reduce Vibrations

This Ensures Your Images are Perfectly Sharp

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I have found that the higher the megapixels of the camera you are using the greater the likelihood of vibrations or camera-shake showing up in your images because there is so much more detail to work with.  Additionally the longer the lens focal length the more possibility of shake.

In order to reduce vibrations when trying to capture the perfect landscape shot I would use a tripod but also reduce vibrations made when you press the trigger by using a cable release or wireless remote like my favourite Nikon WR-R10 + WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter shown (right).  You can also use the built-in exposure delay mode available in most new camera settings.

If your lens has a VR (vibration reduction) function than turn it on in NORMAL mode for sharper images.  VR may have erratic results in certain instances that have moving elements like water.  Review your images, zoom in to 100% and evaluate if it's making a positive difference.

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Nikon WR-R10 + WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter

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6 - Paint with Light

Create Amazing Night Images

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]One of my favourite techniques is to paint a scene with light in the darkness. You will have to put your camera on a tripod and use a long exposure while painting the subject with different light sources like flashlights, glow sticks, LED’s, coloured gels, flash etc. This technique will help you get dramatic results with vibrant colours and it can be a lot of fun - especially if you share the moment with friends and get them involved.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I would suggest starting with a 20 or 30 second exposure with your camera on a tripod at 100-250 ISO.  Set your aperture depending on the depth of field you want to achieve.  I suggest f/8 to begin.  I exposed the image (right) for 180 seconds using a special cable release and used the Princeton Tec headlamp below to paint the waves with light in a swirling pattern while flashing my Nikon Speedlight several times at full power to the left of the image to illuminate the scene.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3345" css_animation="appear" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Princeton Tec Apex Headlamp and Nikon SB-910 Speedlight

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Mystical Moon Rise Over Botanical Beach - Nikon D3 with 24-70mm lens | f/8 at 180sec | 800ISO

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Coloured Gels

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7 - Use White Balance

A Powerful and Non-Destructive Filter

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/1"][vc_column_text]I often use my white balance settings as “lens filters” to manually adjust my white balance to warm or cool my landscape images which can enhance the feeling and mood. I can create a nice warmth by setting the camera to “cloudy” white balance instead of “daylight”. If you want to go even warmer, use the “shade” setting. You can use this technique to get a really warm sunrise or sunset, or cool down the colour temperature of your image using the “tungsten” or other custom settings. If you are shooting RAW, then you can always change these settings back after the shoot - so you can experiment without fear.

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Monochrome, Cloudy and Tungsten White Balance

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8 -Mindfully Frame Your Image

Keep Your Horizon Line Straight

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=""][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Creatively framing your images in-camera can add a tremendous impact.  Look for objects like clouds and rocks that naturally give a border/crop to your image and draw you in.  Try making the  focal point of interest off-centre and use the rule of thirds to create a harmonious composition.  You can also try placing the horizon line a third of the way down from the top or bottom of the frame in stead of in the middle.

Creatively framing your images in-camera can add a tremendous impact.  Look for objects like clouds and rocks that naturally give a border/crop to your image and draw you in.  Try making the  focal point of interest off-centre and use the rule of thirds to create a harmonious composition.  You can also try placing the horizon line a third of the way down from the top or bottom of the frame in stead of in the middle.

In order to get nice straight horizon lines in my photos, I love using the “virtual horizon” and “grid view” features on my Nikon cameras. These really help to get that perfectly straight horizon line. I always leave grid view turned on which shows a grid in my viewfinder display.  This is really helpful to align with any horizon line and with composition as well.  I also use a tool called virtual horizon to see my camera level in live-view mode on the display screen at the back of my camera.  If your on a tripod or the camera is low, live-view is a great tool to help compose and align your frame.  My favourite setting is to set the function button on my Nikon D800E and D4 to show me my camera virtual horizon levels through the viewfinder.  With this feature I can switch from exposure meter to vertical and horizontal camera alignment meter and get perfectly straight horizons with ease.

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I framed this sunset image with the clouds and grass. Vermillion Lake Sunset - Nikon D3X with Nikon 24-70mm lens| f/9 at 1/100 sec | 250 ISO

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Virtual Horizon In-Camera Level

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9 - Create Depth

Using Colour, Contrast + Foreground / Middleground / Background in Your Shots

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Depth of perspective can be create by establishing a distict foreground, middleground and background in your images.  In order to have these elements all in focus you will want to shoot with plenty of depth of field.   However a lot of photographers have the misconception that you should shoot at f/22 or your maximum aperture to get the best images.  It is true that the higher the f-stop the more depth of field you get but most lenses will produce a much softer and poorer image at these high apertures.  I usually shoot between f/8 and f/13 to get the best combination of depth of field and sharpness.  Test out your lens and see for yourself what apertures it performs best at.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3324" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" css_animation="appear"][vc_column_text]

Sunshine Meadows in Bloom - Nikon D2X with 17-35mm lens | f/8 at 250 sec | 100 ISO

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10 - Don’t Pack Up Too Early

When the Sun Goes Down Your Camera Sees More than You Do

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Meter for the sky and allow your foreground to turn to a silhouette or illuminate it with flash or other mixed light sources.  Eventually the light in the sky will dull and the overall image exposure will become more even.  Stick it out a little longer, set up your tripod if you haven’t already, play with your white balance and keep creating.  When it doesn’t look interesting through your eyes anymore the camera can still capture some fantastic colours with a long exposure.  You may be amazed with what you get.  You may even stay out all night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner el_class="" width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3283" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" alignment="center" img_link_large="yes" css_animation="appear"][vc_column_text]

Nikon D2X with 17-35mm lens | f/5.6 at 1/10 sec | 100 ISO


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Nikon Ambassador Program Recognizes the Dedicated Storytellers that Help Move the Photo Industry Forward

New Nikon Program Partners With Leading Photographers to Energize the Industry Through Inspiration, Education And Empowerment


MISSISSAUGA, ON (August 20, 2013) – Nikon Canada Inc. today announced the Nikon Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. In a rapidly changing industry, the significance of these admired photographers goes beyond the creation of inspiring imagery; this diverse group of individuals has shown a commitment to empowering photographers with knowledge, providing guidance for the imaging community and a mastery of technology and trends.

“We recognize that our business is constantly changing, and this world class program will help us identify the needs of the working professionals while honouring the best photographers of today," said Amanda Mohammed, Nikon Professional Services Manager, Nikon Canada Inc. “Our Nikon Ambassadors are the voice of the professional community and we highly regard their input and feedback. Their valuable insight will permit us to grow and evolve this segment of the business while inspiring others to pick up a camera and shoot."


Responsibilities of the Nikon Ambassador

The core idea behind the Ambassador Program is to create a mutually beneficial collective to help bolster the photo industry and individuals.  While already considered mentors, the Ambassadors will use their experience to empower photographers through education and inspiration. Whether an enthusiast attending an interactive workshop or a seasoned pro learning new techniques, the shared experiences from these select individuals will apply to all levels of photographer. From shooting and managing a studio to social media and running a successful imaging business, the Ambassadors will help to empower a new generation of professionals with the tools and knowledge to succeed.  Additionally, the Ambassadors will work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of the evolving photo industry such as enhancements in workflow, service and even products.

To be selected as an Ambassador, a photographer must be considered among the most talented and influential visual artists working in the business today. This elite group consists of gifted, spirited storytellers who are admired for their passion, energy and commitment to their craft. The Ambassadors represent a vast array of backgrounds and shooting disciplines that reflect the breadth of professional photographers today; including wedding, portraiture, fashion, wildlife and adventure.

These artists have evolved with Nikon through the years. And, their careers represent a mastery of technology and trends that have had a positive impact on their business. As the realm of digital media continues to expand, these savvy, influential shooters have embraced digital capture and social media to help educate their fans, friends and followers as part of a community.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Photography is my Life.  I am the third generation of pro photographers in my family, and ever since my earliest memories I have held a camera in my hands.  My first Nikon was my Dad's Nikkormat, as I got older I would covet/borrow his F-801. I saved for years to buy my own Nikon F100, MB-15 vertical grip and 80-200mm sports lens and I never looked back. From Nikon scanners to my first digital camera – the Nikon D1X to now, I have been unwavering in my dedication to Nikon.

Why?  Because I truly believe in Nikon, what they represent, and that they make the best photography gear on the planet. I feel that I have become part of the Nikon family over the years. It's not just the gear, but the people that make up the company and Nikon Professional Services who have enriched my life, given me pro support across the globe, and joined me on the most epic of shoots while truly inspiring me to take my photography higher.  Last year I realized a dream come true when I was honoured by Nikon Canada to receive the very first Nikon D4 in the country. Over the last 10 years I have enjoyed an extraordinary partnership with Nikon Canada as keynote speaker at many of their largest events and as an ambassador of their brand and products. I have made it my passion and pleasure to push their gear to the absolute limit and join them in inspiring others about this wonderful art form – photography!

"I am very honoured to be chosen as a Nikon Ambassador for Canada and to be a part of this new exciting program. I feel truly privileged to be associated with Nikon over the past many years and I look forward to taking this journey to whole new level with such an exceptional group of fellow Nikon Ambassadors Worldwide."

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"A photograph captures the co-creation of energy between the photographer and subject at the moment the shutter is clicked. Part of the magic of a great photograph is how you feel at that moment. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, a Nikon D4 purring in your hands feels pretty Awesome!!
If you want to capture this moment with excellence, then you have to be in it.
Play full, put your heart into it and I assure you your images will inspire. "


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I did a shoot a little while ago with 2 other photographers Benjamin Von Wong and Renee Robyn at my parent's historic 10,000 sq.ft. studio in Welland Ontario.  The 3 of us split up and took turns shooting different models with amazing clothing line by Wendy Ng.  I had a few minutes to shoot Adam downstairs in a dark studio.  I shot most of the images with the camera picture control set to black and white.  I loved the hand painted background.  Adam did some fantastic jumps and I was able to freeze the action with my Broncolor studio lights with soft boxes on either side of the subject. The detail on these with my Nikon D800E is outstanding.  Roll over each image to see the exposure info.


Photographer: Kristian Bogner

Model: Adam Joshua Norrad

Makeup Artist: Shawna Downing

Hair: Faye Crasto

Designer: DYSTROPOLIS by Wendy Ng


Shooting outdoors can give you studio-like effects with some simple tools and techniques.  Similar to landscapes try to shoot in morning or evening light when the light is lower and warmer.  Position the sunlight behind your model and bounce light back into the face with a silver or white reflector or even a white piece of cardboard or tin foil.  This will soften the sunlight so they aren’t as squinty and will give you nice balanced light on the face while the sun provides a great hair light from behind and helps separate your subject from the background.

You can also use flash to fill in the front of the subject.  I use my Nikon SB-910 flash on camera or off camera at about 45 degrees to fill in or give some direction of light to the subject.  This works especially well at sunset when there are brilliant colours or just after the sun has gone down when flash becomes more powerful relative to the sunlight.  Meter and expose for the background and light your subject with your flash.  Try softening your light source with a small softbox or by shooting through some translucent material.  If you need more power increase your ISO settings.  For instance if you increase the ISO on your camera from 100 ISO to 400 ISO your flash essentially becomes 4 times as powerful.

These are just a few ideas to get you started with your outdoor fashion/portrait shoots! Have any great outdoor lighting tips of your own to share? Please comment below, I would love to hear how you get your great outdoor shots!

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Shooting sports, whether it’s the Olympics or your children’s soccer game, is a great way to practice capturing the peak of the moment.  With the groundbreaking high ISO capabilities of the new digital cameras out there, shooting sports has never been easier or more exciting.   The trick to getting great sports images is knowing how fast a shutter speed you need to stop the action.  I suggest starting at 1/2000 sec, reviewing your image and zooming in to check focus and any movement in the image and adjusting from there.   I had the pleasure of shooting this windsurfer launching out of the water at f/5.6 at 1/8000 sec, 800 ISO, all while keeping the horizon line in mind, focus tracking and recording a sequence of razor sharp images while my titanium shutter purred along 10fps on my D4.  Capturing fast action can be exhilarating!

High ISO capabilities can be a great tool for all types of photography.  It allows you to not only shoot faster but also control light in ways never before possible.  At 1000 ISO a flashlight or your camera flash becomes 10 times as powerful as it was at 100 ISO.  Therefore you can have a lot more fun with mixed lighting. When the Nikon D4 camera was first released, I had the pleasure of testing it first. With its incredibly high ISO capabilities, I was excited to see how the camera would handle in low light and sports settings.  After discovering I could get great results at a remarkable 12,800 ISO, I shot a series of star images with the Haleakala volcano in the foreground.  During my exposure a car in the parking lot turned on its parking lights and magically illuminated the volcanic rock bright red in this 10 second exposure.  Those parking lights at 12,800 ISO became a powerful light source – now image the possibilities and how that can affect our photographic perspective.

At this past winter Olympics I used high ISO, especially indoors to freeze the action.  I was even able to shoot at 8000ISO to capture stunning images with very little grain that look amazing at 24x36 inches and larger.  To stop the action of a sport like that of bobsled you have to push the limits.  High ISO capabilities of most new cameras allow you to do just that!  Play with your settings, test out High ISO Noise Reduction and the settings that work best for your camera and see what utilizing HIGHER ISO settings for your sports photography can do for you.

Had a wonderful day shooting Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup and the Monster Energy Snowmobile Freestyle at the Nakiska Snowdown in Kananaskis today.  We had some blue skies, good snow and fantastic athletes to photograph!  I found ski cross required mored depth of field to capture several racers in sharpness and shot most of my images at around 800 ISO f/8 at 1/3200 of a second to freeze the action with my Nikon D4 and D800e cameras.   The BIG AIR Snowmobile event was so visually exciting with the epic stunts and mountain backdrop.  I shot this primarily on my D800E so that I could record all 36 megapixels of crushing detail to illustrate this sport.  I was crazy impressed by the mental toughness and fearlessness of the athletes to preform such gravity-defying feats!

Check out a few of the images below.  More to come soon!!!

Photography by Kristian Bogner | Written by Sarah Rideout

"Everything happens for a reason  – as luck would have it that reason ended up with us being able to attend and photograph some of India’s most lucrative fashion shows."

Delhi Couture Fashion Week is a five day celebration of fashion and intrigue, featuring some of the most well known names in the industry. Masked with brilliant colours, intricate embroidery and luminous fabrics – Delhi Couture Week is a radiant feast for the eyes. In which one could completely gorge on King Henry the Eighth style – with complete excessiveness and true extravagance.

For India couture represents a time when clothing was associated with fantasies, beauty, creativity and detailed artwork for the maharajas (a great king) and the moguls (an imperial power in subcontinent India) The clothing is meant to tell that story of seduction and power by using nature and human emotion as its inspiration.  This was apparent during the shows with the designers’ choice of colour and creativity used to develop the clothing.  The way the fabrics fell and swayed on the models as they glistened down the runway – you could see that no King would’ve been able to resist the temptation. It was very sensual with out trying to be sexy- just pure and beautiful.

This is how our fashion adventure began...  We landed early morning in the hot, very humid and chaotic city of New Delhi.  There was a chauffeur waiting for us at the airport to bring our bleary eyed, slightly delirious and maybe a tad hung-over (thank you British Airways) selves to the grandiose Taj Palace Hotel. Neither opulent or luxurious would even come close to describing the service and atmosphere provided by the lovely Taj Palace Hotel – but it would be a start. For instance; we totally got “leid” as soon as we walked in by two beautiful women with warm gracious smiles – oh yeaaah - the day was off to a great beginning! The wonderful staff go over and above to ensure their guests receive the highest level of customer service, one can truly define the word pampered after at stay at the Taj!

Once settled, we headed down to the lounge area for breakfast and to meet our friend, mentor and great ambassador of India - Chandan - and his lovely partner Liza. Chandan would also be guiding us through our next adventure in Ladakh (check back for our blogs on Ladakh soon!) They certainly helped shake off some of the jet leg with big hugs and smiles as they greeted us. Liza also brought with her two beautiful scarfs for us – which would prove to be very useful later that evening.

It was over breakfast that we were informed by a charming lady that some of the biggest shows of Delhi Couture Week were to take place that evening in our hotel. Kristian and I only had to quickly exchange looks to know exactly where we would be heading that evening!

After our breakfast and saying “see you soon” to Chandan and Liza – it was time for a dip in the pool and maybe to sneak a little nap. The pool was shockingly refreshing despite the heavy heat and a quick beauty rest provided us with the stamina for the upcoming evening. We pulled on the best we could find to wear based on packing for a hiking trip; flip flops, casual pants and the “nicest” tops we brought- my saving grace was the scarf (thank you Liza!) It was the only thing that kinda made me look like a fashion conscious person! With a Nikon D800E and Nikon D4 cameras around our necks we headed down to where the action was.

We went down to the main floor of the hotel and noticed an escalator down to a level below – it was there that we found what we were looking for! The escalator ride down brought us into the frenzy of the who’s who of India from the affluent to the Bollywood stars – they were all there and so were we!

We figured out where the first show was being held and spoke to the security team. We informed them of our purpose to shoot the show and bring it to the Canadian audience. They most graciously welcomed us into the media section of the first show by Shantanu & Nikhil, www.shantanunikhil.com, who delighted us with a captivating show.

We were completely stunned with the fashions and atmosphere–  it was appealing to all senses and left us wanting more. After the show we ran into our charming lady friend from earlier that day. She invited us up to join her and friends and once again provided us with another useful bit of information – that the next show was the top designer in India and that we had to attend.

After some time mingling with our new acquaintances, it was time to grab a quick dinner before the big show. We went to one of the many hotel restaurants and were provided with a beautiful meal including a local specialty drink. Which at first glance kind of looked like dirty water but ended up tasting very unfamiliar but super delicious. After which we headed back down the escalator to check out the next show.

It was clear that this show was “The Show” based on the line of people trying to get in and chaos happening all around. Kristian was able to effortlessly slide in past security based on his credentials and his big lens but I on the other-hand was made to wait outside, “No room” being the explanation. Just as I heard the runway music start and began losing hope of entering “The Show”, Kris and our charming friend re-surfaced and managed to convince the security to let me in. The room was packed!!! It was Bollywood, tons of media and fashion devotees – meshed together in one room and completely bypassing any fire codes that could possibly be in place. The media section was jammed but a quick jump over a gate (thanks to one of the security guards that boosted us over) we found our spot in the pack and became completely immersed in the enchanting madness all around. The designer was Manish Malhotra, www.manishmalhotra.in, the top designer in the Indian fashion scene and it was obvious why that was the case once we saw a few models go by. The fashion was spectacular, a complete piece of art that cleverly hugged the models in all the right places. You literally couldn’t take your eyes off the runway – else you would’ve missed a masterpiece in human form. The show was topped off with an appearance by one of the top Bollywood starlets, Katrina Kaif.

All and all – the evening was completely mesmerizing – not only by the designers but also by all the lovely people we met who helped create such an enthralling experience. Kristian captured some truly incredible shots of the beautiful fashion, which will certainly help keep this moment alive in our minds for some time to come.  I think its safe to say we would happily return to Delhi Couture Week 2013 if the opportunity presented itself.



Watch as we take the new Nikon D800s to the Extreme on Day 1 of the Nikon D800 - One Camera. Two Perspectives movie

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