All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Nikon 1 Ahead of Its Time?

Just over 8 years ago Nikon launched the Nikon 1 series of cameras. The last new camera model was the J5 which came to market in April 2015. As we all know, the product line was discontinued by Nikon in July 2018. The end of Nikon 1 did not come as a surprise to most people. All kinds of criticism has been heaped on Nikon regarding this product line and its demise. Lately I’ve been wondering if Nikon 1 was simply ahead of its time.

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Photographing Small Birds Handheld

This article shares a selection of twenty-two new photographs of small birds. It also discusses a number of tips for photographing small birds handheld. All of the images in this article were captured handheld during a single photo session that lasted about two hours. The photographs are presented as 100% captures without any cropping done to them.

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Copper Coast Ireland

This past April my wife and I did a self-drive tour of Ireland, circumnavigating the island. Our journey took us along the south east coast through the Copper Coast area of Ireland. This article shares a small selection of photographs captured along this part of the coastline of Ireland.

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Why some pros are switching to Olympus

If one is to believe the discussions in photography chat rooms these days, the assumption would be that full frame cameras are the only choice of professional photographers. This is simply not true. This article provides some links to information about why some pros are switching to Olympus and the micro four thirds system. Interestingly, some have left full frame cameras behind.

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Small Birds Taking Flight

This article shares some photographs of small birds taking flight. All photographs were captured hand-held using the E-M1X Pro Capture H mode (i.e. 60 frames per second) during a two-hour photo session at Hendrie Valley. During my short visit I captured Pro Capture sequences of nine species of birds. Six species are featured in this article.

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Professional, Enthusiast and Unique Cameras

It is interesting to have a look at the financial performance of various companies that manufacture cameras. As could be expected, general trends are obvious… decreasing unit sales, revenues and profits. After the camera market peaked in 2012, it has been in a state of continued decline. This decline indicates that the future of the industry is with professional, enthusiast and unique cameras. The days of mass marketing inexpensive consumer-oriented generic cameras are over.

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