Scott Kelby announced on his Photoshop Insiders Blog the lunching of a weekly tips show for Nikon DSLR shooters. The show will be co-hosted by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski. The show will airs online each Thursday. The premiere episode can be watched on Nikon DTown at http://www.nikondtown.com/. You can also download the first show in MP4 format.
In the first show, Scott and Matt show you how to set white balance using LiveView mode, a Capture NX2 tip about how to turn a grey house into a white house using Color Control Point, a GPS accessory from di-gps.com, and how to cycle through images quickly on camera using command dial instead of the multi-selector.
If you are interested in what they use, you can check out their gear list too.
Typically we want to avoid lens vignette (light fall off at the corners of the photo) caused by lens itself or stacking too many filters on the lens, but sometimes it can add some intrigue to a photo. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the effect using Nikon Capture NX 2. This technique is similar to the other tutorial I posted here: How To Create a Soft Fade Vignette Effect in Nikon Capture NX but with some twists. Read More…
Ken Rockwell is definitely one of the most controversial figures in the world of photography but his site does have a ton of good information together with, you know, some other stuff. In his update posted on February 19, 2009 he released his user guides for Nikon D700 and D300. I don’t have either of the cameras but the Nikon D700 must be easier to use than D300 because the D700 guide has only 32 pages while the D300 guide has 120!
What makes it more interesting is that he is selling it using an honor system: the guides are free to read online but keeping or printing will cost you five bucks each.
Our friend from Nikon has posted a note in the Nikon Capture NX user group about the training videos available on NikSoftware.com. If you haven’t heard, Nik Software, not Nikon, created the Nikon Capture NX software.
The two new Capture NX2 videos show you how easy it is to touch up photos using Capture NX2. You can watch the flash videos online, or download the videos in mov format to watch offline on your computer or the m4v format to watch on an ipod.
There are bunch of other videos as well. They are nice to watch but probably useless unless you have the software. If you really like Capture NX2, you may want to consider the excellent but expensive photographic filter package Color Effect Pro 3.0 for Capture NX 2.
The videos have been added to our Capture NX Resource Guide.
Previously we talked about the free Windows tethering application that does pretty much the expensive Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 is capable of. Now Stefan Hafeneger played with the Nikon SDK packages and created a Mac application that allows tethered shooting with Nikon DSLR cameras.
The current beta1 version supports Nikon D3, D2, D700, D300 and D90. Since I am not a Mac user, I cannot test it out. From the author’s description, the application allows tethered single shot or exposure bracketing. The author is looking for ideas, suggestions, and feature requests. For me, automatic time lapse would be great. However it is still useless if it doesn’t run on Windows, and Stefan has refused to make a Windows version. I wish I have time and the courage to pick up my programing again.
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Have you noticed that your pictures look different when viewed in Web browser and in Adobe Photoshop? Or perhaps you have discovered that the pictures look different when viewed in Internet Explorer and Safari. There is no need to check your sanity or suspect your vision, this is a common problem caused by dismal color management support in various software (including some web browsers) and operating systems.
Web browsers without color management support assume all photos are in sRGB color space and your monitor is also sRGB-compliant. You may see (sometimes very) different colors that you don’t expect if any of the two assumptions is not true. If the photos are indeed in sRGB color space and your monitor does have a device color profile that is sRGB or close to it, your may not encounter much of a problem in your daily web browsing. After all, most sane people upload only photos encoded in sRGB color space to the web. That’s probably part of the reasons why some browsers still do not support color management. Read More…
In the history of Nikon SLR cameras and Nikkor lenses, there have been many technology developments. Even though the physical dimension of the Nikon lens mount (F-Mount) has pretty much remained the same for a long time, the Camera-Lens compatibility is a lot more complicated than simply being able to mount the lens on the camera. There are several major compatibility questions:
Want to find out what works and what not for your DSLR camera? Here are some excellent resources.