This is a video tutorial showing you how to use Capture NX2 to change the gray background of a product photo to pure white. Ideally a good lighting setup and proper exposure should be able to get you the result you want. However in cases the lighting or exposure isn’t perfect, it is relatively easy to fix the gray background so the product stands out of a pure white background. This type of product photo gives a clean modern look. They are quite popular these days.

A few quick tips on how to get good product photos:

  • Use a light tent or large softbox or umbrella close to the subject to get the wrap around lighting for reduced shadow or shadow-less images. Another options is to use bounce panels placed around the setup.
  • If possible, light the background independently of the main subject for better control of the exposure. This allows you to get pure white background while getting proper exposure on the product.
  • The large white background can fool the camera’s light meter. Use manual camera and flash exposure settings to ensure consistent result. Use a flash light meter if you have one, or use exposure bracketing.
  • If possible, shoot tethered so you can inspect the image in details on a computer monitor instead of the tiny LCD on the back of the camera.
  • Make sure the white balance is properly set.
Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 31st, 2008. No Comments.

According to this article at SlashGear, Canon and Nikon continue to dominate the DSLR market share with 39% each, followed by Sony (8.5%) and Olympus (3.8%).  The most popular DSLR camera is the 12.2 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XSi, which is also the #1 (as of December 31, 2008) selling product in the DSLR category on Amazon.

Posted in News on December 31st, 2008. No Comments.

ImageMagick is a very powerful software suite for manipulating images. Most of the functionalities of ImageMagick are typically utilized from the command line or APIs in various programing languages. The lack of user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) perhaps limits its popularity among photographers. However it is highly recommended for anyone who needs to deal with large number of photos in batch mode. I will show you how easy it is to use ImageMagick to create photo montages (not photo mosaic). Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 29th, 2008. 1 Comment.

Previous I posted this Capture NX2 tutorial on how to create a high key portrait. I have create a video tutorial showing the same easy steps but with a different example. Here is the video on Vimeo (view HD version for best quality).

Youtube version is here.

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 28th, 2008. No Comments.

I have many posts here at DPTnT about Nikon Capture NX and NX2 but few about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The reason is simple: I can do many things in a more straight-forward manner in Capture NX and I don’t typically have tons of images to get through quickly.  

I had Adobe Lightroom since 1.0 was launched in early 2007 even through Lightroom’s history dates back to 2002. Before that, I was a user of Pixmantic’s excellent Rawshooter Premium RAW converter. Adobe acquired Pixmantic in June 2006 and incorporated many of Rawshooters features and technologies into the eventual release of Lightroom 1.0. Unfortunately the free version called Rawshooter Essentials was killed by Adobe and the RAW world lost a great piece of free software. The reaction back then was mixed and the path for Lightroom hasn’t been smooth either until V1.4 and 2.x were released. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on December 27th, 2008. No Comments.

According to this Wired report, Nikon D90 is one of the top technology breakthroughs of 2008 due to its capability of shooting videos. The benefits of DSLR that can shoot video?

No longer do SLR users have to stand by, while friends mock them for their expensive camera’s inability to shoot video.

and,

Shooting high-def videos with an SLR is cheap compared to using professional video equipment — and it gives photographers access to a wide range of lenses. 

Check prices:

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on December 27th, 2008. No Comments.

What do you see in these incredible photographs? Breath-taking nature phenomena or a hint of the end of the world?

Found via Digg.

Posted in Popular Photos on December 27th, 2008. No Comments.

Video is so popular these days, I am compelled to do it myself.  In the following very short (<50 second) video toturial, I demonstrate a simple way of creating a digital “negative” image by using the curve adjustment in Capture NX2 Quick Fix tool. This can also be done using a Levels & Curves or LCH adjustment step. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 26th, 2008. No Comments.
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