A vignette is a picture without defined borders. Typically the photo gradually fades into a white or black background, usually in an oval shape. In the old film days, it was created during printing exposure by projecting the image through an oval hole in a black card. For soft edges, the card is held a few inches above the paper and moved around slightly. In the digital era, this effect can be easily produced using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, and my favorite, the Nikon Capture NX. Here are the simple steps to do that in Capture NX. Read More…
Nikon D300 is available now. Some of you are probably actively looking for a good deal even though it is difficult to find a substantial discount on such an eagerly anticipated product. One of my friends told me he found “some great deals” (screen capture) from dealers with thousands of “good” reviews.
However, the dealers with thousands of reviews and five star ratings are well known scam sites. For example, this one, and this one, which seem to have the “best deals” on the D300. If you do a Google search on this shopping site, you will realize what it is about.
If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid them completely and do not take any chances.
I took this photo last year during a hike to the summit of Mount Livemore on Angel Island, San Francisco. It was a great hike but obviously the photo looks dull and unattractive. It was slightly hazy that day and the camera, Nikon D70, didn’t do the magic for me. No problem. Let me show you how to fix photos like this one using Nikon Capture NX in several different ways. Read More…
Nikon just made the Capture NX 1.3 (direct download link) available on its US website. This version is an upgrade-only installer, which will upgrade previous installation of Capture NX version 1.00 – 1.20 to version 1.30.
The major changes from previous versions are:
If you have not heard it before, the Image Doctors have a detailed hands-on preview of Nikon Capture NX 1.3 podcast. I also have some Capture NX tutorials on creating LOMO effect, selection brush, high-pass sharpening, and D-lighting.
Nikon announced the introduction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, a new DX-NIKKOR zoom lens with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR). This is the update to the original non-VR version. This lens is for people just getting started with Nikon digital SLR camera. It may get bundled as a “kit lens” with Nikon digital SLR cameras in the future.
Certainly this is a welcome update to the consumer grade lens. For people not familiar with vibration reduction (VR) or image stabilization (IS) in Canon’s term, the VR function helps to minimizes the chance of getting blurry images caused by camera shake, providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds much slower (up to three stops, or 8 times, with this lens) than would otherwise be possible. This is especially helpful for handhold shooting in low light situations such as dusk or at night, or poorly lit interiors. It is also helpful when shooting from a vibrating platform such as a moving boat or vehicle. Unlike in-camera VR available in many other DSLRs, in-lens VR like this also produces a stable viewfinder image. This makes framing and composition much more comfortable and accurate. Read More…
Perhaps you have heard about the well known photographers who have been using the professional Nikon D3. Evidently that is part of the Nikon’s grassroots marketing strategy. Rob Galbraith has a collection of full resolution D3 photos at various ISO settings from 200 to 25600 (insane!) taken by professional photographers and shows you how capable the Nikon D3 is. His overall impression on the high ISO performance comparison between the D3 and Canon 1D Mark III:
… while there are differences in the appearance of image graininess – Canon’s grain pattern is tighter – there’s no doubt that the D3 produces a less noisy, higher quality file at ISO 3200 and beyond. This is an incredible achievement on Nikon’s part.
However, it appears the Canon EOS 1D Mark III still shines, perhaps due to its resolution advantage:
On the other hand, EOS-1D Mark III files at any ISO – especially CR2s processed through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional – are generally slightly crisper and more detailed …
I am happy to see a Canon vs. Nikon duel like this. This is market force at its best. Consumers will benefit.