Now Available: Lynda training for the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III

November 9, 2012 by · 8 Comments
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If you’re the lucky own of a Nikon D800 or Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and you’d like to know more about how to use either camera, then you’ll want to check out my two latest Lynda.com courses. Both classes walk you through all the critical features and operations of each camera, and are designed to work in concert with my Foundations of Photography series. Note that the 5D Mark III class is also ideally suited for users of the 5D Mark II. Click here if you’re a 5D user or click here if you’re a D800 user.

Camera-Specific Training at Lynda.com

February 27, 2012 by · 7 Comments
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There’s a lot to know to be a capable photographer. Exposure theory, lighting, composition. On top of all that, there are all those buttons and dials on your camera. To help you understand exactly how your camera works, you might want to check out one of my camera-specific courses at Lynda.com. These courses will work you through all of the features of their respective cameras, and help you understand those features in the context of larger photographic theories. Courses are now available for the Canon EOS60D, the Nikon D7000, the Canon Rebel T3i, and the Nikon D5100.

Nikon Capture NX 2 Classes

August 12, 2010 by · 9 Comments
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If you’re getting started with Capture NX2 and want to get up to speed quickly, then consider taking a class from the official Nikon school. I’ll be teaching a half-day workshop in six different cities around the country starting in November. For $99 it’s a great way to get quickly immersed in the application, and learn the ins and outs of editing with this exceptional tool. The workshops will be held in Santa Clara, Washington DC, Orlando, Chicago, New York City, and Dallas. Check out the official link for more info.

Revisited: Do you need a full-frame sensor?

March 29, 2010 by · 12 Comments
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Five years ago, I wrote this piece on whether you should buy a full-frame or cropped sensor digital camera. At the time, cameras with a full-frame sensor were substantially more expensive than cropped-sensor cameras, and a lot of people believed that, eventually, cropped-sensor cameras would be phased out and replaced by more affordable full-frame cameras. Five years later, we’ve seen that that’s not going to happen, but the question remains: do you need full-frame or is a cropped sensor camera okay?

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Using Nikon Capture NX2 With Adobe Bridge CS4

October 15, 2009 by · 11 Comments
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Frequent visitors to this site know that I’m a big fan of Adobe Bridge CS4. However, if you’re a Nikon user who shoots raw, then you might prefer using Nikon Capture NX for your raw conversions, rather than Adobe Camera Raw. Capture NX is a great program, and, because it’s made by Nikon, does far better with some Nikon raw files than Camera Raw does. However, the workflow tools in NX and NX2 don’t compare to Bridge CS4, but fortunately, there’s an easy way to integrate the two programs.

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Real World Capture NX 2 Now Available

October 13, 2008 by · 9 Comments
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Real World Capture NX2

Nikon’s Capture NX2 offers revolutionary image editing tools wrapped up in a full-featured editing environment, with a built in browser. Real World Capture NX 2 will walk you through every function of the program, while teaching you good post-production workflow, and image editing tips. Aimed at the novice and experienced user, the book is ideal for anyone who wants to use the program.

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Nikon Capture NX2

August 20, 2008 by · 7 Comments
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Capture NX2

Capture NX2 is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Nikon’s excellent image editing, raw conversion software. While the raw converter only works with Nikon cameras, the editor itself is also compatible with TIFF or JPEG files. Why should you care if you don’t shoot with a Nikon camera? Because Capture NX includes extremeley powerful editing tools wrapped up in a completely non-destructive editing environment.

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Nikon D-300

March 7, 2008 by · 5 Comments
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Nikon D300

If you’ve been shopping for a mid-range digital SLR, it’s a safe bet to say you’ve probably been considering the Nikon D-300. The latest rev of Nikon’s mid-range camera, the D-300 offers some impressive changes from it’s predecessor, the D-200. As with previous Nikon models, no other camera comes close to Nikon when it comes to feature list, and the D-300 backs up its features with improved image quality.

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Specialty Lenses

November 30, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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In the digital age, it’s easy to get so caught up in cool post-production effects and techniques that you forget about what can be done in-camera with the right lens. If you’re a long-time film shooter, then you’re possibly well-trafficked in the realm of specialized lenses, but if you’re new to digital SLRs, then you may know what is possible to achieve inside your camera, with a simple lens change.

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Nikon Compressed Raw Format – Lossy or Lossless?

October 15, 2007 by · 5 Comments
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Like most digital SLRs, Nikon’s family of digital SLRs offer the ability to shoot in raw mode. However, Nikon’s raw offerings provide a twist, in the form of compressed raw. The promise of compressed raw files, of course, is that they take up less space and allow you to store more images on your card. Data compression algorithms fall into two categories: lossy techniques, which degrade the quality of your image; and lossless techniques, which reduce file size without affecting image quality. Nikon users often ask whether the compressed raw format is lossless or lossy, so I decided to look into the question

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Creating an Integrated iPhoto/Capture NX Workflow

May 9, 2007 by · 5 Comments
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Capture NX

If you’ve played at all with Nikon Capture NX, you already know that it has some of the best editing tools on the market (if you haven’t played with it, a free demo version is available here). But, if you’re used to the workflow management and output features of Apple’s iPhoto, you may be reluctant to give up iPhoto’s powerful library features to switch to a Finder-based workflow driven by the Capture NX file browser. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way to integrate the two programs. With an integrated iPhoto/NX workflow, you can import and organize your images in iPhoto, but edit them using Capture NX’s superior raw conversion options and localized editing tools.

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Capture NX and the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye Lens

April 26, 2007 by · 4 Comments
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Capture NX

Nikon Capture NX provides an excellent auto correction edit for removing distortion from images shot with the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens. Though I mention this feature in Real World Capture NX, I didn’t have enough room in the book to include examples, so we’re going to look at the specifics of this feature here. With the Fisheye Lens edit, you can create cropped, rectilinear images with a single click.

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Should you buy a Rebel XTi or Nikon D80?

November 10, 2006 by · 18 Comments
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Rebel XTi or Nikon D80

As digital camera vendors continue to slice the low to mid-range digital SLR market into narrower and narrower niches, deciding which camera to buy becomes much more complex. In addition to there being more cameras to choose from, it has become more difficult to decide exactly how much you’re willing to pay – no matter what price point you choose, there’s probably a slightly better camera priced just $100 more. Two recent entries into this market, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, and the Nikon D80 are a prime example of this phenomenon.

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Nikon Announces D80

August 9, 2006 by · 4 Comments
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Nikon today finally took the wraps off of their new N80, a 10.4 megapixel successor to the D70s priced at $1299 in a bundle with a new lens – the DX 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF. While the N80 doesn’t pack the same sensor as the $1800 D200, it does boast the same resolution and same image processing circuitry. While I haven’t had a chance to see any output from the camera, Nikon did let me get my hands on a D80. As a long-time Canon shooter, I can say with authority that Canon is rapidly falling behind…

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Nikon Capture NX First Look

May 26, 2006 by · 6 Comments
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If you’ve been trying to choose an image editor/raw converter and have been confused by all the options (Photoshop, Aperture, Capture One, Lightroom, etc.) then your quandry just got a lot more complicated. Nikon Capture NX, slated for release in the late summer or early fall gives all of those applications a run for their money, thanks to its innovative new approach to image editing.

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Should you buy a Canon EOS 30D or Nikon D200?

March 28, 2006 by · 43 Comments
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The Nikon D200, a 10 megapixel SLR with an APS-sized sensor began shipping in November of 2005. At $1700 for the body, it was $200 more than Canon’s nearest competitor, the 8.3 megapixel EOS 20D. Canon has now fired back against the D200, but not with a similarly-pixeled competitor. The new EOS 30D offers several improvements over the 20D that it replaces, but rather than matching Nikon’s pixel count, Canon stuck with the 8.3 megapixel sensor of the 20D, and dropped the price of the 30D body to $1,399. Photographers who are looking for a mid-range Canon or Nikon camera now find themselves asking "Do I need more pixels, or more dollars?"

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Should you buy a Nikon D70 or Canon EOS 20D?

June 2, 2005 by · 15 Comments
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(Updated 6/17/05) Five years ago, Canon released the EOS D30 and shocked a lot of people by proving that there was a large market for a digital SLR under $5,000. While this may sound obvious now, a lot of camera makers were caught by surprise. Five years later, Nikon is still in something of a "catch-up" mode. Their first foray into this market, the D-100 was not price competitive and suffered from performance issues, while the D70, though a very good camera, was priced a little strange. If you’re looking for a mid-level digital SLR – one that offers full features, speedy performance, excellent image quality, and a sturdy build and feel, then you’ve probably been looking closely at the Nikon D70s and Canon EOS 20D. Both are excellent cameras, and I don’t envy you the decision, but there are some quantifiable differences, which I’ll explore in more detail in this article.

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