Photo Week 2017 with CreativeLive

Posted October 5th, 2017 by   |  Photography, Uncategorized, Workshops  |  Permalink

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Next week is Photo Week with and I’m proud to be a part of their production. I’ll be teaching three live classes, hosting a live travel photography critique, and will be hosting the closing event with a panel of accomplished photographers including Ian Shive, Clay Cook and Michael Clark.

The awesome thing about CreativeLive is anybody can watch for free during the live broadcasts. I’d love to hear from you during the classes, so RSVP at the links below and say hi during the live shows!

PhotoWeek October 9-13, 2017

Here are all the links you need:

1. Class 1, October 12, 2017, 1:15 PM –> Introduction to Macro Photography w/ Mike Hagen

2. Class 2, October 13, 2017, 9:00 AM –> Fundamentals for Great Prints w/ Mike Hagen

3. Class 3, October 13, 2017, 10:45 AM –> Color Management for Better Prints w/ Mike Hagen

4. Travel Photography Critique, October 13, 2017, 12:15 PM –> Clay Cook and Mike Hagen

5. Photographer’s Panel, October 13, 2017, 5:00 PM –> Mike Hagen w/ Ian Shive, Clay Cook and Michael Clark

6. Link to all Photo Week classes and events –> Photo Week 2017

7. Mike’s CreativeLive Instructor Page –> Mike Hagen’s classes with CreativeLive

If you miss the classes during the live broadcasts, no worries! You can still purchase the classes to view on your own time, on your own schedule. CreativeLive will also be rebroadcasting all of the classes as the week progresses.

See you there!

PW 2017 Instructors

Gear for Getting Your Camera Low to the Ground

Posted July 25th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Wildlife  |  Permalink


We’ve just posted the last of our six videos on gear designed for getting your camera low to the ground. Check out all the videos over at our YouTube Channel here:

Our videos from this series covered a wide gamut of gear ranging from high-end to low budget. Here’s the list:

Kirk Mighty Low Boy (Video LinkPurchase)

Mini Tripods (Video LinkPurchase)

Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod (Video LinkPurchase)

Kirk Low Pod PO-2 (Video LinkPurchase)

Kirk Window Mount WM-2 (Video LinkPurchase)

Joby Gorillapod Focus (Video Link Purchase)

In case you want to watch all the videos on this site, here they are:

Nikon D800 Mirror Lockup Without Shutter Release Cable

Posted May 2nd, 2012 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

The more I use the Nikon D800, the more impressed I am with all of its capabilities. A new feature that I’ve recently discovered is using the shutter delay mode in conjunction with the Mirror Lock Up mode.

Macro photography is one of my favorite subjects to shoot and I typically use a shutter release cable in conjunction with the Mirror Lockup (M-Up) mode to ensure the sharpest photographs. Now, with the Nikon D800, you don’t necessarily need to use a cable release to activate the mirror lock up sequence. The D800 has a new menu item in CSM d4 that allows you to set a three second delay from when you press the shutter release button to when the camera actually takes the photo. If you combine this menu setting with the M-Up (mirror lock up) function, then you don’t necessarily need to trigger the exposure with the cable in order to reduce camera vibration. The three second delay allows you to press the shutter release button on the camera, then the camera waits three seconds before taking the picture. Therefore, any vibration from your finger will dissipate over those three seconds, resulting in a sharp image. This is a great hidden feature that I know you’re going to enjoy using. here’s a video to go along with the above description.

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