A Wave of Emotion – Kingston featured on Nat Geo Creative’s Blog

Stoked to announce one of my images was recently featured on the Nat Geo Creative blog in the post titled A Wave of Emotion.  I did not see this perfect heart shape in my camera while taking the image on the island of Molokai, Hawaii – but sure was glad I was pressing the shutter release when this happened!

Deal of the month from Think Tank Photo

Airport Commuter Backpack_Nikon

Wanted to let all Nomadic Photographer readers know that Think Tank photo is running a special for the month of February.  If you order a Think Tank camera backpack, you will have a choice of a AppHouse 8 or AppHouse 10 tablet case for free.  As always, followers of the Nomadic Photographer get a free item on orders over $50 (clicking the link above will automatically enter the code).

Molokai Land Trust-Saving The Last Of Wild Hawaii

A place very close to my heart – it makes up less than .1% of US land but has over 25% of the plants and animals found on the nation’s endangered species list. Please join me in helping the Molokai Land Trust save the last of wild Hawaii.  I am giving away signed 12×18 prints to the first 10 people who donate $125.

Jonathan Kingston’s photography featured on Jake Stephens debut album

When I was living in India, I managed to spend some time in the Andaman Nicobar Islands where I captured the above image of a young man free diving in the ocean. I would have never guessed that this image would find its way onto the cover of Jake Stephens debut album “How The Water Feels” – but am super stoked that it did!   I met Jake many moons ago at Virginia Tech where we spent every free second rock climbing.  Jake went on to ride as a nationally ranked cyclist (inspiring one of the songs on his album The Ride to Key West) and work as a solar company executive.  Over a year ago Jake made an abrupt break from the rat race to pursue this creative endeavor. The album drops on November 15th.   Pick it up on iTunes HERE!

Packing for my next assignment

The dance begins again.  Packing, unpacking, weighing my bags and double checking my equipment list. I am heading north to Alaska with National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions for the next three weeks.  Most important item besides my cameras?  My Xtratuf Boots.  Follow my adventure on Instagram @JonathanKingston

Use Zacuto, Manfrotto and Arca-style heads without changing your camera’s base plate

The Problem

When I began shooting video more regularly, it did not take me long to figure out that in order to get smooth shots I needed a fluid head for my tripod and a shoulder mount for ‘run ‘n’ gun’ situations. The fluid head I am currently using is the Manfrotto 502 (HERE) and my shoulder mount of choice is the Zacuto Marauder (HERE). Two things that slow me down when switching from video to stills (or vice versa) are changing the tripod heads (which I found a solution for HERE) and re-mounting the camera to the various base plates for every system. For still photography, I have been using Arca style base plates for over a decade, and figured there must be a way to adapt the Zacuto and Manfrotto camera mounts to the Arca-style plate on my camera.

There is… Continue reading Use Zacuto, Manfrotto and Arca-style heads without changing your camera’s base plate

How to use the same tripod for video and stills

The Problem

I shoot both stills and video which often requires me too carry both a fluid head and a ballhead in the field.  Not wanting to carry two tripods, I very quickly realized that it took far too much time and frustration to swap the fluid head for the ballhead under any sort of time pressure (as is often the case in the field) and guessed there had to be a better way.

The Solution

I have always been a fan of Really Right Stuff’s products.  They are the photographic gear equivalent of a high-end german car – engineered to perfection.  As soon as I realized my problem swapping tripod heads in the field, I began combing their product lineup for some ideas.  What I found is a solution so elegant, I wanted to share it.   Continue reading How to use the same tripod for video and stills

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