Mike Hagen – Visual Adventures – January 2016 Newsletter

Nisqually River

Nisqually River in the winter. Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA. Nikon D750, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Seven frame panorama processed and stitched together in Lightroom CC.

In This Newsletter

– Greetings
– Instagram
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Workshop Updates
– Our Newest Book: The Nikon Autofocus System
– Book Review: The Digital Negative, 2nd Edition
– Book Review: Jay Maisel, Light, Gesture & Color
– Long Term Gear Report: Naneu K5 v2 80L Backpack
– Workshop and Business Updates


As we usher in a new year, our photography gear keeps getting better and better. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, companies like Nikon, Canon, Sony and Fuji announced new photography products that are sure to empty our wallets faster than we can say, “shoot.” I’ll talk about some of the new Nikon gear below.

All of this new gear is cool, but the truth is that your mind is the most important thing when it comes to improving your photographs. More time practicing and more time learning will do more for your photography than any brand new camera, and that’s the truth.

As most of you know, I love writing books and teaching photography. It is my passion to share knowledge and to help others achieve their dreams. That said, I also aspire to improve my own skills by learning from other photographers who know more than I do.

It seems like no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn. To that end, I’ve just finished reading two books on photography that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ve included the reviews down below. The first book is by digital processing legend Jeff Shewe and the next is by photographic legend Jay Maisel. Both teach different skillsets in their own, unique way.


I’ve been building our Instagram account over the last few months and have added a few hundred photographs. Our focus right now is on wildlife and landscape photography from different areas of the world. I’d love to have you follow our account and share our images.

Instagram account: @mikejhagen

Web address: https://www.instagram.com/mikejhagen/

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