BACK ISSUES Click on Newsletter to download. Summer 2021 Newsletter - August 4, 2021 - Upside Down: An editorial on going inverted in a helicopter on a recent assignment. - Equipment Review: The FUJIFILM GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR lens. - On Assignment: 2021 Red Bull Air Force Training Camp. - Finding your Voice: An editorial about finding your true voice as a photographer. Winter 2021 Newsletter - February 19, 2021 - Mt. Everest Bump Edition: An editorial on playing guitar, testing camera gear and waiting for the vaccine. - Equipment Preview: The FUJIFILM GFX 100S. - On Assignment: Creating images for the launch of the FUJIFILM GFX 100S. - Riders on the Storm: An editorial about George Nobechi's incredible Evenings with the Masters program. Summer 2020 Newsletter - July 31, 2020 - Social Distancing Edition: An editorial on working from home during COVID-19. - Equipment Review: The Eizo ColorEdge CS2740 4K Monitor - Equipment Review: The Eizo ColorEdge CG319X "Holy Grail" Monitor - On Assignment: New Zealand - South Island. - Interview: Arthur Meyerson -- A conversation about his most recent fine art photography book. - A Bumpy Ride: An editorial on being creative in tough times with a pandemic and national upheaval. Spring 2020 Newsletter - May 11, 2020 - Covid-19 Edition: An editorial on going through the looking glass into the Twilight Zone. - Equipment Review: The FUJIFILM GF45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR lens - On Assignment: MARSOC. An assignment from last fall with the Marine Special Forces. - Excerpt: Chapter 2 -- Equipment Selection from my e-book A Professional Photographer's Workflow - Self-Quarantine: An editorial about dealing with forced isolation as an adventure photographer. Winter 2020 Newsletter - January 17, 2020 - Time Off: An editorial on taking time off over the holidays after a crazy assignment schedule this past year. - Equipment Review: The FUJIFILM X-Pro 3 - On Assignment: Red Bull Rampage. A detailed look at my assignment covering the 2019 Red Bull Rampage. - Work-Life Balance: An editorial discussing the work-life balance, which is always a struggle for freelancers. Summer 2019 Newsletter - August 14, 2019 - On the Run. An editorial detailing the crazy list of assignments so far this year and why there wasn't a Spring 2019 Newsletter. - Equipment Review: The FUJIFILM GFX 100 - On Assignment: Project Hermes. A detailed look at my assignment for the launch of the FUJIFILM GFX 100. - The Big Switch: An editorial discussing my latest adoption of the new mirrorless medium format FUJIFILM GFX 100 and the story of how this megapixel-monster has become my main camera system. Winter 2019 Newsletter - February 15, 2019 - Skiing with the Bison. An editorial from Yellowstone looking forward to another trip to Hawaii and recalling an earlier one from a month prior. - Equipment Review: The Nikon Z6 - On Assignment: Yellowstone National Park in Winter - Sold on Mirrorless: An editorial discussing how my latest experiences with mirrorless cameras have converted me from an optical viewfinder snob. Fall 2018 Newsletter - November 20, 2018 - The Embargo. An editorial on marketing while waiting for images that are under embargoes and also an introduction to this issue of the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: The Nikon Z7 - On Assignment: Merrell #OneTrail Assignment - The Instagram Game: An editorial discussing how professional photographers use Instagram. Summer 2018 Newsletter - September 6, 2018 - Photography Awards. An editorial on awards won by the Lighting the Spirit Campaign. - Equipment Review: The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL - On Assignment: Working with the Patriot Jet Team for Method Seven Sunglasses. - The Changing Face of Advertising: An editorial on how the advertising world has changed in the last decade. Spring 2018 Newsletter - April 12, 2018 - Is it worth it? An editorial seeking feedback on the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC - On Assignment: A recent big wave surfing shoot at Peahi, a.k.a. JAWS - Embracing Failure: An editorial on how embracing failure is part of the road to success. Winter 2018 Newsletter - January 11, 2018 - Hang Ten. An editorial introducing this issue of the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: A review of the Nikon D850. - On Assignment: The Elinchrom Adventure School - Excerpt: What is "Good" Lighting? From my e-book Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer. - Setting Goals: An editorial on how setting goals and writing them down can be the start of something big. Summer 2017 Newsletter - August 21, 2017 - Over the Edge: An editorial highlighting recent assignments. - A preview of the Elinchrom ELB 1200 battery-powered strobe. - On Assignment: Lighting the Spirit. - Recap: My recent CreativeLIVE class on Advanced Lighting for Adventure Photography. - Misconceptions: An editorial detailing the not-so-glamorous life of an adventure photographer. Spring 2017 Newsletter - May 16, 2017 - Deep Powder: An editorial highlighting recent assignments. - A review of the Wacom Intuos Pro graphic tablet. - On Assignment: Red Bull Air Force. - The Purple Cow: An editorial on Seth Godin's book and how it relates to the photo industry. Winter 2017 Newsletter - February 16, 2017 - Back in Action. An introduction to this issue of the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: A review of the Sekonic LiteMaster L-478DR-U-EL Light Meter. - On Assignment: Photographing boxers for Sekonic Light Meters. - G.A.S. An editorial discussing "Gear Acquisition Syndrome" and photographers fascination with equipment. Fall 2016 Newsletter - December 15, 2016 - Jet Lag, Surgery and Recovery. An introduction to this issue of the newsletter, a recap of recent travels and a note on my recent surgery. - Equipment Review: A review of the Pro Media Gear Elinchrom ELB400 cage and a bonus review of the Matthews Road Rags Kit. - On Assignment: Photographing ultra trail runners for New Balance. - Staying Curious. An editorial discussing a quote by Julian Richards about curiosity and it’s relation to photography from a recent interview in Rocket Science Magazine. Summer 2016 Newsletter - September 14, 2016 - Non-Stop Travel. An introduction to this issue of the newsletter and a recap of recent travels. - Equipment Review: A review of the Nikon D5. - On Assignment: Red Bull Summer Solstice Photo Challenge with Levi Siver. - The Next Level. An editorial about being challenged and inspired in a recent workshop with the legendary photographer Albert Watson. Spring 2016 Newsletter - May 20, 2016 - Motivation by Design. An editorial about shooting with a new camera and how that forces me to work differently. - Equipment Review: A review of the Hasselblad H5D 50c WiFi medium format camera system. - On Assignment: Traversing the Patagonia Ice Cap. - Breaking through the Noise. An editorial on strategies for getting noticed in this competitive industry. Winter 2016 Newsletter - March 14, 2016 - Big Decisions, Lots of Travel. An editorial about my latest travels, and on buying a Hasselblad medium format digital camera system. - Equipment Review: A review of the G-Technology G-Dock ev. - On Assignment: Hi-Sync BMX. An in-depth look at an assignment for Elinchrom USA. - Perspective: Standing Out. An editorial on making your work stand out and getting noticed. Summer/Fall 2015 Newsletter - November 20, 2015 - An Explanation. An editorial about why this Newsletter was so late and my recent travels. - Equipment Review: A review of the new Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS transceiver. - On Assignment: Hypersync Surfing. An in-depth look at a ground-breaking surfing image. - Excerpt: An excerpt from my updated digital workflow e-book on Making Fine Art Prints. - Perspective: The Hustle Never Ends. An editorial on the realities of working as a freelance photographer. Spring 2015 Newsletter - April 28, 2015 - Staying on Track. An editorial about being committed to this years goals and improving a variety of skills. - Equipment Review: A review of the new Elinchrom ELB 400 battery-powered strobe. - On Assignment: Hypersync Ice Climbing. An in-depth look at my latest portfolio shoot. - Expeditions: Details on a new breed of photo workshop with Vertical Shot Expeditions. - Perspective: A Diversified Strategy. An editorial on the importance of having a diversified income. Winter 2015 Newsletter - January 28, 2015 - Looking Back, Looking Forward. An editorial about making goals and thinking about long-term ambitions. - Equipment Review: A review of the Other World Computing (OWC) ThunderBay 4 RAID enclosure. - On Assignment: In the Fisher Towers with the Red Bull Air Force. - Perspective: Are you Indispensable? An editorial about the new realities of working as a pro photographer and digital content creator. Fall 2014 Newsletter - November 17, 2014 - A Confluence of Paradigms: An editorial about my latest assignments where I was given incredible freedom. - Equipment Review: A review of the Elinchrom ELC Pro HD strobes - On Assignment: Seakaypes - An assignment for Red Bull Photography and Nokia - Perspective: On Assignment with a Mobile Phone Summer 2014 Newsletter - July 29, 2014 - Out of Control: An editorial explaining why the Spring 2014 Newsletter never happened - Equipment Review: A review of the SmallHD DP4 external video monitor - On Assignment: Vale do Javari: A Profound Experience in the Amazon - Interview: An interview with Peter Dennen of Pedro + Jackie photo consultants - Perspective: Great Advice and Hard Truths Winter 2014 Newsletter - March 17, 2014 - Separate Reality: An editorial about the Red Bull Air Force team - Equipment Review: A review of the Nikon 1 AW1 hybrid waterproof camera - Bonus Equipment Review: A review of the Sensor Gel Stick - On Assignment: Red Bull Air Force 2014 training Camp - Fine Art Prints: Big Prints and the Nikon D800 - Perspective: On Being an Artist Fall 2013 Newsletter - October 31, 2013 - Fresh Eyes: Finding new creativity by shooting an unfamiliar subject. - Equipment Review: A review of the PocketWizard ControlTL Wireless Transceiver System - On Assignment: The Inside Passage - Perspective: The Photo Issue Summer 2013 Newsletter - July 28, 2013 - Getting a Boost: An editorial about finding inspiration on a recent assignment. - Equipment Review: An overview of the new features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. - On Assignment: Red Bull WindBoost - Perspective: The Illusion Spring 2013 Newsletter - April 25, 2013 - Onward and Upward: An editorial about adapting to new technologies. - Equipment Review: An equipment review of the TrekPak dividers for Pelican Cases. - On Assignment: The Anatomy of a Personal Project - Perspective: Taking Risks Winter 2013 Newsletter - January 21, 2013 - Under a Starry Night: The Learning process never ends. - Equipment Review: The Nikon D800 vs. the Phase One IQ180 - On Assignment: NEXTera Energy Resources - Perspective: It's Not About the Camera Fall 2012 Newsletter - November 9, 2012 - One Door Leads to Another: Looking back on 16 years of assignment work. - Equipment Review: The Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW Backpack - On Assignment: Shooting Adventure Sports Images for Schiesser - Perspective: Embracing Risk Summer 2012 Newsletter - August 15, 2012 - Two Books in One Year: Balancing Assignment work and writing two Books. - Equipment Review: The New Elinchrom Lithium Ion Quadra Battery - Education: How to Choose a Photography Workshop - Excerpt: An excerpt from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer's Workflow - Perspective: Swimming at Pipeline Spring 2012 Newsletter - May 18, 2012 - The Never Ending Treadmill: Why this is the first Newsletter of 2012. - Equipment Review: The Nikon D4 and D800 - On Assignment: Shooting Adventure Sports Images for Lifstil - Excerpt: An excerpt from Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer - Perspective: A Torturous Process Fall 2011 Newsletter - November 23, 2011 - Chasing a Wave: An editorial about a trip to Tahiti where I photographed big wave surfing. - Equipment Review: The Nikkor AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VRII telephoto zoom lens - On Assignment: At the End of the Road - Teahupo'o, Tahiti - Perspective: Giving Thanks Summer 2011 Newsletter - August 8, 2011 - 24 Seconds: An editorial on a recent assignment for State Street Global Advisors. - Equipment Review: Nikon's Perspective Control (PC) Lenses - On Assignment: Red Bull X-Alps - Perspective: Following Through Spring 2011 Newsletter - May 25, 2011 - An editorial with the latest news and announcing the major redesign of the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: My Favorite Camera Bags, Part II - Interview: Sabine Meyer, National Geographic - Perspective: Staying Relevant Winter 2011 Newsletter - February 10, 2011 - An editorial wrapping up 2010 and discussing my most recent work. - Equipment Review: The Canon iPF5100 Large Format Printer - Behind the Scenes: The Art of Motion - Perspective: From Stills to Motion Fall 2010 Newsletter - November 17, 2010 - An editorial discussing this issue as the 10th Anniversary issue of the Newsletter. - Equipment Review: My Favorite Camera Bags. - Special Portfolio: Elite Kenyan Runners. - Perspective: The Definition of Success Summer 2010 Newsletter - July 29, 2010 - An editorial with updates on a recent workshop. - Equipment Review: The Eizo ColorEdge CG243W Monitor. - Special Portfolio: On Assignment with the Red Bull Air Force. - Perspective: Reality Check Spring 2010 Newsletter - April 19, 2010 - An editorial with updates on recent assignments and once in a lifetime opportunities. - Equipment Review: The Elinchrom Quadra. - Special Portfolio: The 2009/2010 Quicksilver in memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing competition. - Stories from the Road: The 2010 Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race. - Perspective: The end for the Printed Portfolio? Fall 2009 Newsletter - November 25, 2009 - An editorial with updates on recent assignments and upcoming trips. - Equipment Review: The 12 MP Nikon D3 vs. a 39 MP Hasselblad H3D. - Portfolio: Recent images from California, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. - Special Portfolio: On assignment for Red Bull in San Diego, California. - Perspective: Connecting with your Audience Summer 2009 Newsletter - August 7, 2009 - An editorial with updates on the newsletter and other topics. - Equipment Review: A few of my Favorite Things - Portfolio: Images shot this summer in Utah, New Mexico & Texas. - Perspective: The Future Magazine Spring 2009 Newsletter - April 21, 2009 - An editorial on my latest adventures - Equipment Review: The Nikon D700 - Stories from the Road: 2009 Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race - Special Portfolio: On assignment for Men's Fitness Magazine - Perspective: The Proposal Fall 2008 Newsletter - December 2, 2008 - An editorial on the rough economy and the latest news. - Review: The Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS Kit. - Extended Editorial: Following your Passion. - Portfolio: Recent images from California and New Mexico. - Perspective: Under Pressure Summer 2008 Newsletter - August 21 , 2008 - An editorial on burning the candle at both ends and the creative urge. - Review: Adobe Lightroom 2.0 - A few of the new features. - Inside Scoop: Anatomy of a Portfolio - Portfolio: Portraits of some Freedivers at Blue Hole near Santa Rosa, NM. - Perspective: Making the Connection Spring 2008 Newsletter - May 28, 2008 - An editorial on Inspiration and the Creative Spark. - Review: Nikon's D300 - Part II: A more detailed critique. - Special portfolio and Article about the Patagonia Expedition Race. - Portfolio: Images from Patagonia, White Sands, and New Mexico. - Perspective: Finding Inspiration. Winter 2008 Newsletter - March 20 , 2008 - An editorial written while on a plane headed to Patagonia. - Review: Nikon's D300 - First Impressions of this stellar new camera. - Portfolio: Images from Colorado, California and Patagonia. - Perspective: A Good day. Fall 2007 Newsletter - October 11 , 2007 - An editorial on hanging tough and giving back. - Review: Digital Photography - Where do we go from here? - Print Portfolio: Detailed account of how one image was captured. - Digital Dogma: Determining the proper exposure with Digital. Summer 2007 Newsletter - July 28 , 2007 - An editorial on revamping portfolios and new stock shoots. - Review of Photoshop CS3: Is it worth the Upgrade?. - Workshops: October Digital Vacation. - Digital Dogma: Backing up. Spring 2007 Newsletter - May 14 , 2007 - An editorial on blogging and my new blog site. - Review of the Epson R1800 Photo Printer . - Review of the Pocket Wizard Plus Transmitter and Receiver. - Digital Dogma: CMYK Conversions. Winter 2007 Newsletter - February 5 , 2007 - Editorial: Getting back to Photography. - Review of the Nikon SB800 speedlight. - Review of the Eye-One Display 2 monitor calibration device. - Digital Dogma: Color Management. - A 2-page tutorial on how to profile and calibrate your monitor. Fall 2006 Newsletter - November 29, 2006 - An editorial on staying positive in an ever changing industry. - Review of the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR ED-IF. - Update on the Nikon D2x firmware upgrade. - An article on Digital Workflow for Photo Buyers. Summer 2006 Newsletter - August 5, 2006 - Editorial: Sand storms and mesh tents. - Review and comparison: Apple Aperture vs. Adobe Lightroom. - Digital Dogma: Upsizing digital images, just how far can you go? - A special portfolio of work produced in Joe McNally's Workshop. Spring 2006 Newsletter - May 12, 2006 - A special portfolio section of images shot while on assignment for Adobe. - Review: A comparison of the Nikon D200, D2x and the Canon 1Ds Mark II. - Digital Dogma: Sharpening 101 for photo editors. - Perspective: Where we are at with Digital Photography. Winter 2006 Newsletter - January 19, 2006 - Editorial: How much longer will photography last as a profession?. - Review of the Epson P2000 portable hard drive. - Digital Dogma: The RAW Misconception. - Special portfolio of deep water soloing images from Mallorca, Spain. - Perspective: Archival Stress, the issues of archiving digital images. Fall 2005 Newsletter - November 10, 2005 - An editorial on stock photography and its influence in the photo industry. - Review of the Dyna-Lite Uni 400jr AC/DC monolight. - Michael’s latest experiments and workflow with ACR and Nikon Capture. - Indian Creek, Utah special portfolio. Summer 2005 Newsletter - August 3, 2005 - An editorial on going digital. - Review: Nikon D2x and how it compares to medium format and 35mm film. - Digital Dogma: Charging for and dealing with Digital Capture. - Special portfolio from a three week river trip in the Grand Canyon. - Perspective: Anecdotes from a recent freeride photo shoot. Spring 2005 Newsletter - March 27, 2005 - Editorial: Taking it to the next Level. - Review of the Nikon D70. - Review of the Hasselblad 503CW. - Perspective: Digital and Medium Format. Fall/Winter 2004 Newsletter - December 20, 2004 - An editorial about the new newsletter format and look. - Review of the Apple PowerMac G5 Tower. - News: National Geographic uses Michael's work, recent clients and travels. - An article on Digital Photography and how editors are responding to it.