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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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