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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.