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Cliff Mautner  Former photojournalist, Wedding photographer, Nikon Ambassador United States, photographic educator near Philadelphia. Contact cliff@cmphotography.com


Sometimes, we all look for inspiration. This is my dear friend, Eric Mencher. He and his wife, Kass Mencher, are two of the finest photographers I've ever known. His passion, knowledge, and artistry resonates with everyone who is fortunate enough to view his stunning work on instagram. He's also part of group called @hikari.creative Want to be blown away? follow @emencher and @kmencher on IG as they post their art from some of the most beautiful places in the world, and Philadelphia as well :-) Do yourself a favor, and follow them. I shot this yesterday with my Nikon D850. Straight out of camera JPG in their incredibly cool Philly condo, which is up for sale, if anyone is interested.

One from a recent wedding in Port Jervis NY. Nikon D850, Nikkor 105 1.4E ED, 1/2000th F1.8 @ ISO 160. I've decided that I'll probably start using some medium raw files for some of my wedding day shooting, when I don't need the monstrous resolution. I love the weight of the D850, and when I don't need my D5 for super high ISO performance, The D850 @ medium raw just may be the answer for me. Not sure when lightroom will come out with their update for the D850, but it should be soon. #nikonD850 #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #cedarlakesestate #nikon

One from this past Sunday's wedding with Danielle and Ken. Nikon D850 with my Nikkor 24-70 F2.8G. Just beginning to dig out from 5 events in 9 days, but I'll get there. I'm still feeling my way with the D850. Personally, I find it to be a phenomenal compliment to my D5. I haven't yet played around with the variable raw sizes yet, but I absolutely will when Lightroom comes out with a converter. I know PS has one now, but camera raw is so..... raw :-) 1000th F2.8 ISO 250
#nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonD850 #hollyhedge

Stoked to have this in my bag. The new Nikon D850 will find its way into my workflow. I played around with a few files, and I'm quite comfortable with the way it's performing, so I have no issues with using it on a real gig along with my D5's for now.
Ok, so it's files and resolution are great. What else? The weight. I love my D5, and in extremely low light, I'll need to compare it to my D850. That said, I can't honestly say what the D850 can and can't do for ME, because I haven't used it yet on a real gig. I would imagine that during the reception, it'll get used quite a bit. I LOVE my WR-R10 WR-A10 radio flash system, and I've already tested it on the D850 and SB-5000 speedlight, and it worked flawlessly. The fact that I don't have to shoot in full resolution the entire wedding is fantastic. For dancing photos, I can't imagine needing anything more than small raw files. So, the weight, the adjustable file size, the focus system equivalent to the D5, and radio flash capabilities might make it the perfect wedding camera for me.
Ergonomically, I love it. It feels incredibly solid, and it doesn't feel out of balance with a longer lens on it, either. One of the most overlooked features with this camera is the extended frame coverage with it's focus points. This is great for a photographer like myself that loves to shoot wide open.... specifically with the Nikkor 105mm F1.4 E ED. This has been something we've requested, and Nikon listened. For fine art, shooting square is also something we requested, and Nikon obliged here, too.
My fellow ambassadors, @jerryghionis , @joemcnallyphoto , and @iamdixiedixon, have put this camera through it's paces. I trust their opinions, and they're raving about it. I'll give my impressions soon. I have 4 weddings in the next 9 days, so it'll be used, that's for sure. #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonphotography

I wanted to post another difference between online learning, and hands on learning. Learning flash, both on and off camera flash, seems to be the most common weakness for most photographers. In the first 10 minutes of the bootcamp, I'll ask each individual what specific skill I can provide them with. The most popular answer is.... Flash techniques. Whether it's on camera, or off camera, flash tends to confuse people.

With hands on learning, I'll help you understand the most simple methods in providing dynamic on and off camera flash. This image, which I completely break down step by step, demonstrates the balance of ambient light with flash in order to maintain the natural ambience of the environment. I will help each individual, hands on, until they completely comprehend everything necessary to apply it to their next shoot! Come discover how simple it really is. We still have slots open for October 17-19! The link for more info is in the first comment! #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #cmbootcamp

What's the difference between an online class, and my in-person, hands on Bootcamp? There are too many answers for a Facebook post, but one huge difference is that I will literally be there to help you discover light in ways you may not have seen before. In addition, it's one thing to see it, but it takes another skill to expose for that scene. The inclination would be to overexpose in such dramatic scenarios. Shadow is my canvas, and light is my paint. I'll walk you through many, many situations, and you can rest assured that you'll be leaving with this knowledge, as well as many other skills that I'll point out within the next week on facebook. This image, from a very recent wedding, was illuminated ONLY with the available light from these windows. Finding the "edge" of the light is the goal, and juxtaposing highlights against shadows is the philosophy. Nikon D5, Nikkor 105mm F1.4 E ED. Go to cmbootcamp.com to learn more #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonusa

In my never ending attempt to keep up with social media, I forgot to IG this. It's been way too long since I've photographed my kids. I've always found it difficult, because, well, they're my kids. I think it's a photographer thing. We always want things to be "just right", and we wind up not shooting because conditions aren't always "perfect". Well, maybe it's my own hang up.... It's been incredible to watch them grow from girls to young women. Alison Mautner is on the left, and Samantha Mautner is on the right. Where did all the time go? For the geeks, I shot this with my Nikon D5, Nikkor 70-200mm F4G, and ProFoto B1's with a huge softbox and an octa. #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #nikonusa #nikonlove #profoto #profotob1 #profotoglobal #profotousa

A few years ago, one of my sports heroes, Darren "Dutch" Daulton graced my studio where I captured a portrait for his book. At that time, Darren was a bit of an enigma. He was a controversial figure who often talked about the supernatural, and in fact shared with me that he had a few out of body experiences while on his way to my studio. I honestly found it a bit strange, but I was just excited to meet one of my baseball heroes. A few years after this shoot, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Who knows if there was a connection, but it's hard not to think about the possibility. I am rarely nervous to shoot anything, anywhere, but I must admit that I was a little on edge, and just hoped he'd like what I did for him. This was the frame he chose. The leader of the 1993 Phillies, one of the best offense of catchers of his era, and a beloved sports hero in Philadelphia, Dutch play through more pain than anyone realized. He was one of the most popular players in Phillies history, and the thrills he gave baseball fanatic's will always be cherished. Dutch faced cancer head on in public, and gave it a big fuck you for four years. My heart goes out to his family, and all of my fellow Phillies fans who connected with Dutch and his '93 team. Rest in peace Dutch, and fuck you, cancer. #darrendaulton ##philadelphiaphillies #phillies #philliesbaseball

Sometimes, when the light isn't exactly what I want, I need a little help. As Tony Montana said, "Say hello to my 'lil friend!" The Stella Pro 5000 from Light and Motion gives me that little kick when I need something that looks really natural. I find myself using this more and more in certain situations when the light is flat, or when the light lacks direction. The Stella has a 50 degree frenel modifier that allows me to control the dispersion as well. With its tiny size and weight, an output of 1200-5000 lumens, and a ridiculous battery life, it's easily fits in my assistant's small bag when we're running around shooting bridal portraits. I shot this image with a NIkon D5, a Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED lens, 1/2000th @ F2. Lit by mother nature and my Stella Pro 5000. #nikonambassador #nikonusashotz #nikonnofilter #nikonlove #libetywarehouse #brooklynweddings #libertywarehousewedding #stellaprolights #StellaPro5000 @stellaprolights

Tired of me talking about the Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED? Well, I'm not tired of shooting it. This is from a recent engagement session of Yasmina and John. I'm finding that I'm using it more and more for so many different applications it's rarely coming off one of the bodies throughout a wedding day. I'm also using it more for portraits as well. Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED, 1/500th 1.4 @ISO 50. #nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #phillyengagement #phillyengaged #phillyengagementsession

To refute a famous Rod Stewart tune, sometimes, every picture DOESN'T tell a story. I had the pleasure of photographing one of my favorite couples after the birth of their first child. However, what is not apparent in this photo is that I had to spend a great deal of time and energy earning the trust of their dog before I could blend in so I could finally make some pictures of this beautiful family. It took a while, but he finally stopped barking at me, and even allowed me to do my job. Dogs are such amazing animals. He just wanted to make sure I wasn't a threat. More to come. Nikon D5 Nikkor 105 F1.4 E ED 1/100th F2 @ ISO 1250 #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonusa #familyportaits #dogsofinstagram #newbornphotography

I'm really loving the wedding of Nneka and Jeffrey from @thelibertywarehouse a few weeks ago. Sometimes, I'm rewarded when I seek out moments that are truly organic in nature. One of my favorite photographers, Diane Arbus once said "the thing that's important to know is that you never know, you're always sort of feeling your way". That's how I feel at a wedding. I'm feeling my way through it, and when I stumbled across this moment after their ceremony, I was genuinely moved by the their focus on their new rings on their fingers. It was pretty damn cool. More to come from this wedding. Once again, it was great working with @josephminasiweddings on this event. ⠀

The image was captured with my Nikon D5, Nikkor 105mm F1.4G 1/800th F2.8 @ ISO 4000 ⠀
#nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #libertywarehouse #libertywarehousewedding #libertywarehousebrooklyn

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