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First, watch that video above (it's got all the major specs, and we deliver them short and sweet!), then come on back down to find out why I think the just-announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II is literally going to shake up the entire sports and wildlife photography world (hint: we've never seen a camera with these specs, at this low a price â” ever!)

OK, thanks for watching the video â” what you just saw was literally the little brother to Canon's flagship 1DX, but for nearly $5,000 LESS!!!

The reason why this is such a game changer is that when it came to seriously shooting sports and wildlife so many people were literally left out of the game because of the cost of the type of camera you need to shoot at that level, but with Canon putting a camera out there with these specs, at just $1,799 â” today all that changed and the playing field has been leveled (no pun intended). Hey, before we get deep into this, I just want to throw out one spec that blew my mind. 10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)

I think one of the biggest advantages this new camera has (and a lot of folks might not realize this at first), is that it's a crop-sensor camera, so it brings you 60% closer to the action than a similar full-frame camera. This allows us to use less expensive lenses and still get in really tight, so the 7D Mark II doesn't just change the equation for the body; it lets you get closer to the action with less expensive lenses. I think not making this a full frame camera may have been Canon's most brilliant move.

Sports photography legend Peter Read Miller, renowned wildlife photographer Adam Jones, and I were all I lucky to have had a chance to spend some serious time with this camera before its release and it's everything they say it is (and then some). We were all just blown away. These guys totally knew how this was going to change the game for sports and wildlife shooters, and they were just as amazed as I was at the specs and price point.  I take my hat off to Canon for taking the risk and doing what needed to be done, in releasing the 7D Mark II with these specs at this price.

Canon's got all the detailed specs (and is taking preorders) over at their site.

Also B&H Photo (I buy all my gear there) is taking pre-orders starting today (the camera is set to ship in early November). Here's that link. If you want a complete list of Canon's authorized dealers that sell the camera, go to this link (I’m very linky today).

Well, that's the big news from here â” hope you all have a game-changing Monday and we'll see you back here tomorrow!



P.S. Although I know Canon aimed the specs of the 7D Mark II at the sports and wildlife crowd, it'll take a photo of whatever you point it at. I did a bridal shoot with it (you can see some of my bridal shots in that video at the :56 mark and around 2:30) and it absolutely rocked!  A lot of folks outside of sports/wildlife fields will fall in love with this camera big time.

Hey Gang: Canon also released the PowerShot G7 X today, an awesome little point-and-shoot camera that's a perfect 2nd camera for pros since it takes amazing images yet it literally fits in your pocket, and connects to your cell phone via Wi-Fi!  It's also great for anyone moving up from a cell phone camera that wants more "umph!" and flexibility.

Anyway, check out the video and see what ya think!

More details over at Canon (here’s the link)

You can get it at B&H (well, that’s where I’m gettin’ mine, anyway). Here’s the link.



Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).

Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link:

I tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera, lens, and shooting info.


(1) Photokina (the world’s biggest photography expo, held every two year in Cologne, Germany), kicks off this coming week, and if there are any earth-shattering product releases, I’ll have that here for you on Monday morning around 8-ish.

(2) Tonight, don’t miss the world premiere of KelbyOne’s first movie (it features the amazing Moose Peterson) and it’s called “Aviation Photography: War Birds and the men who flew them.” This premiere is FREE and open to the public this one time only, then it goes inside KelbyOne for subscribers only, so come and watch it live with us tonight during this free premiere.

Moose himself will be live with me in our studios taking your questions. It will definitely be a night to remember. Here’s the link to join us tonight.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for taking a look at my images, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you tonight.



This is one of the most creative things we’ve done here at KelbyOne  â” the idea started as a class, then it morphed into a documentary and now it has grown into a feature film and we’re just so excited about it. Warbirds is the brainchild of renown aviation photographer Moose Peterson, and the aerial footage, and stories behind the men that flew these Warbirds is just amazing.

Please take just a moment to watch the movie trailer above, and then come and join us for the premiere this Friday. Best of all, it’s free, and Moose will be joining me live in the studio and taking your questions during the presentation. It’s going to be a really fun, “make some popcorn” dim the lights kinda night).

What: Warbirds and the men who flew them

When: This Friday at 7pm (New York Time)


How much: Free!

If you’re an old airplane buff, if you’re into photography or cinematography, you will absolutely love this very special nite. I hope you can join us. :)




We just got an email from Photoshop World and KelbyOne instructor Erik Valind letting us know that he’s doing a lighting workshop in Nelson on Saturday! If you’re interested, here are all the details directly from Erik himself…

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th 12PM – 6PM
Location: Nelson’s Ghost Town

Attendees will learn how to master lighting on location using a variety of light sources and modifiers for every skill level and budget. This workshop will focus on getting the attendees behind the lens and creating killer images. I’ve hired local agency represented models and have made sure to keep the model to attendee ratio balanced to ensure maximum shooting time. I will walk them through a location and lighting scenario then my assistant Julio will step back to assist, as everyone gets a turn to direct and shoot.

We will cover the following:

  • Taming Natural Light
  • Working with speedlights and small flash
  • Overpowering the sun with studio strobes
  • Softboxes, Umbrellas, Reflectors, Diffusors, and Beauty Dishes

What is Provided:

  • Round-trip transportation from Mandalay Bay
  • Boxed lunch and plenty to drink
  • Professional models
  • An AMAZING location – Nelson’s ghost town

Again, you can find out more and register right here!

I just released a post over at (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).

I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds â” super nice people!).

Research Beforehand Really Paid Off!
I did a LOT of research before this shoot, and while I think I did “OK” for my first time out, I have a long way to go to get to where I’d like to be. The only reason I even did “OK” was this research beforehand, plus I got help from three sources:

(1) Dave Black. I called him and he had all sorts of little tips about the bigger picture of shooting tennis. The guy’s just amazing. He’s shot everything! (including the US Open).

(2) Right when I walked in to the photo workroom at The Open, I ran right into Elsa Garrison from Getty Images (our guest on “The Grid” just a few weeks ago). She gave me some great, very specific tips for shooting at that venue. Andâ¦

(3) I read an awesome book called Photographing Tennis by Chris Nicholson and it was incredibly insightful. He really did a great job of explaining so many things I had questions about. I really got a lot out of it.

Anyway, there are lots of photos and the full story, and all the camera gear, settings, shooting positions, and the whole nine yards all over at â” if you’ve got a sec, I hope you’ll check them out.


I’ll be back…
I’m going back to New York one week from tonight to shoot the US Open Finals and I just can’t wait. It’s great to have a “second chance” to shoot any event, and even though I’m sure there will be 10x as many photographers, and that will make it that much more challenging â” I don’t care â” I’m thrilled to have that 2nd chance, and the opportunity to photograph the world’s best players.

Of course, before then I have the Bucs vs. Panther’s NFL regular season home opener and I’m off today for Photoshop World in Vegas. No rest for the weary! (hahaha â” don’t worry â” I’m lovin’ it!).

Lots to share from Photoshop World this week â” Brad will be shooting, and posting lots of pics from the Vegas show. Hope to meet a whole bunch of you there in person, and thanks for letting me share my first Tennis shoot with you here today. I absolutely had a blast, learned a lot, and can’t wait to shoot it again!

All my best,


P.S. We’ll be streaming the Photoshop World Keynote LIVE â” keep an eye out here for the link (it’s Wednesday morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time).