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.

Posted in Online Resources on February 26th, 2009. No Comments.

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.

Posted in Online Resources on February 23rd, 2009. No Comments.

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.

Posted in Online Resources on February 20th, 2009. No Comments.

Once you got in the door of the wonderful digital photography world and learned the basics, you probably are hungry for more. If you prefer the old style learning, you could of course register an photography class locally or online. For self-learners, there are more choices: you can learn from photography books or you could find most anything you want to know on the Internet.

Like most people, the first place I would start to look for information is typically Google. Typically I can find the information I need within a couple of pages of the search results. However sometimes it is frustrating to go through the millions of search results when they are filled with useless press releases, shopping pages, or irrelevant contents. Are there alternative ways of finding information? The Answer is yes.

  • Wikipedia – Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia edited by the Internet community. The contents are nicely organized in each entry, illustrated with charts, photos, and cross-referenced with other entries in Wikipedia and other online resources. For example, if you want to know what to know what causes the Red Eye effect in flash photography, and how to prevent and removal it, this Wikipedia entry is all your need to read.
  • Digg – All Digg’s site contents are determined by its users by discovering, selecting, sharing, and discussing the news, and videos that appeal to them. If there is any excellent photography resource, it will likely end up there. The only drawback I see is that Digg users tends to digg up those lists such as “Best of ???” or “The 50 most useful ???”. It is probably good as a random discovery tool but not very good when you are looking for a specific piece information.  Here is the Digg search results for photography.
  • Online forums or community – There are plenty out there. You can search their post archives or you can post a question and hopefully someone will respond. However people tends to be impatient and you may get some RTFM replies if your questions can be answered quickly by reading user manuals. DPReview forums are probably the most popular one but I found it difficult to have a civilized discussion sometimes. The nicer and more friendly places are Nikonians.org, Nikoncafe.com, Photo.net, etc. Flickr is another wonderful place with integrated photo sharing and social network.
Posted in Online Resources on February 15th, 2009. No Comments.

It has been a while since I did the last one. So here we go: Digital Photography Links – February 11, 2009 Edition.

That’s all for today. Have a nice day!

Posted in Digital photography, Online Resources on February 11th, 2009. No Comments.

The February 2009 issue of Digital Journalist published its usual Tech Tips column where Chuck Westfall, Canon’s Technical Adviser for the company’s Consumer Imaging Group, answers readers questions about Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras.

The questions in this issue includes Highlight Tone Priority and Auto Lighting Optimizer settings, sRAW format, low light AF capability, and focusing screen in EOS-1Ds Mark II.

Posted in Online Resources on February 4th, 2009. No Comments.

I came across this excellent resource recently. It was written by Russ MacDonald for practical use of the Nikon SB800 Speedlight with the D200 Camera. However the guide contains very informative and general information about Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) so users of other Nikon DSLR cameras and Speedlights should also benefit. With his engineering background, Russ explained the Nikon CLS in great details with very in-depth but easy to understand language and well thought out examples. Enjoy! Read More…

Posted in Online Resources on January 17th, 2009. 2 Comments.

Jason Odell, the author of the excellent ebook The Photographers Guide to Capture NX2, previously posted a few Capture NX2 videos on Youtube. Now, his website has started to offer Capture NX2 training videos for $1.99 a piece as video companions to his ebook. Initial user impressions (here and here) seem to be quite good.

If you are interested in learning Nikon Capture NX2, please check out our Capture NX Resource Guide.

Posted in Online Resources on January 10th, 2009. No Comments.
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