Spring is definitely here. Birds seem to be much more active in the morning. I was out shooting some macros today but it wasn’t going well because of winds. I noticed the american robin on a tree in my backyard and took a few photos using my Nikon D200 and Sigma 100-300 f/4 APO DG HSM. Read More…

Posted in Other on March 25th, 2012. No Comments.

When most people are still waiting for their Nikon D800 pre-orders to ship on March 20, a curious Nikon D800 unboxing video has popped up on Youtube. In the video, Michael J. McNamara, a digital camera expert from McNamara Report unboxed a Nikon D800 and later compared it side-by-side with a Nikon D800E. How in the world can this guy get his hands on the Nikon D800 and D800E so early? Read More…

Posted in Other on March 10th, 2012. 1 Comment.

The image sensor is the heart of a digital camera. It is one of the most important piece of hardware that determines image quality, product features, and performance. Unlike Canon, who is capable of designing and manufacturing images sensor on its own, Nikon was not known to have this capability. Many of the sensors were rumored to be manufactured by Sony even though no official confirmation from Nikon seemed to exist. Read More…

Posted in Opinion, Other on August 21st, 2010. 1 Comment.

This is just an estimated increase of speeding fines that the government will collect when a fleet of 6 new high tech vehicles outfitted with cameras and radars are deployed. According to the report, the system can “catch as many as six speeding cars travelling in either direction, every second, day or night, regardless of weather conditions.” That is an amazingly efficient system. There is no need for the police to chase the speeding vehicle down and hand over a speeding ticket to the driver, which frequently happens in the US, while other speeding cars pass-by without being ticketed because the police is busy.

Speeding vehicles are photographed using a 11 megapixel still camera that does 2 frames per second and a video camera that captures a short clip of the offense. Obviously the computer of the system needs to recognize the plate numbers from the images. Interestingly the system uses an infrared flash, not regular flash, to illuminate the cars passing by so driver safety isn’t affected. Details of the system are available in this video.

Posted in Other on July 11th, 2010. No Comments.

The following is a message from Dana, one of the DPTnT readers.


I was wondering if you were planning on continuing to update this website? I noticed the last post was updated on November 2009 and it is now 2010 almost July. I plan on still using the website as there are lots of info I can go through and learn but would like to see some new articles. If you do not have time to continue updating the site with new articles or moved on could you please let me know so I can sign up for the RSS feed and Newsletter or not?

Thanks in advance, and Great work on the site and articles.


Here is my reply to Dana and a public message to all of my readers.


Thank you for contact us. As you and many other may have noticed, this entire blog is currently in a very slow mode. The time I can speed here has been considerably less and there is also a bit of shift in my interests. The visitor count to this site hasn’t significantly reduced as many of you come to this site via search engines. However I know there have been many who keep coming back for the Capture NX Guide. I really appreciate your continued visit and support. As I become accustomed to the new schedules and priorities, I should be able to free up some time to keep the guide up to date.



Posted in News, Other, Site Update on June 21st, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon School is bring a Capture NX 2 seminar to Atlanta, GA on Saturday February 6, 2010. If you just haven’t got a handle on Capture NX 2 even after reading all the tutorials I have collected for you, this four and half hour butt-numbing sit-and-listen seminar may finally untangle the mess in your brain. According to the announcement, Nikon Technical Sales Representative, Terrence Campbell, will teach you everything from the tools and basic operation of the program to advanced photographic editing. You will learn how to turn your good shots into incredible ones. All for just $79.

For details, check out the following:

Posted in News, Other on January 6th, 2010. No Comments.

In my previous post titled Bounce Flash Tips, I talked about how to reduce the shadows caused by direct light from flash hitting the subject. By tilting the flash head to a higher angle and by not using the diffusion dome (OmniBounce) you can reduce the amount of direct light that can cause unflattering look and ugly shadows.

Today I found a great tip in which a piece of black foam is wrapped around the flash head using rubber bands to control the light from bounce flash. It looks like a snoot cut in half. Read More…

Posted in Other on November 28th, 2009. 1 Comment.

Windows 7 was officially released on Thursday October 22, 2009. I pre-ordered it from Amazon back in June when there was a promotion. Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium cost only $50 back then. Now it is $120.

Amazon was nice enough to send me the upgrade Yesterday, the official release day. I started the upgrade process last night. First I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure I didn’t have hardware or driver issues. In a few minutes I was notified that I was all OK except that I should uninstall a couple of applications such as Apple iTunes and VMWare Player then reinstall them after the Windows 7 upgrade. I did that. The upgrade process took quite a while to preserve my 750K+ files so I went to bed. By the morning it was all done. During upgrade, the installer told me that my computer would need to restart a few times. It was all done without me acknowledging it with a click.

Just like what I heard all along, the new Windows is nice. It is uncluttered, snappy, and user friendly. My softwares all appear working. The only thing I found not working is Nikon Capture NX 2. Somehow the software thought my installed version was an expired trial version. Not a problem, I just had to re-enter the license key. If you don’t have the license key, you may be in trouble. Even if you have backed up the files, the key is likely hidden in the Windows registry.

I had little time to play with it before I had to go for work. Unfortunately things turned ugly by the time I got back from work. I saw an unresponsive dark monitor screen. I tried to power off the computer by holding on the power button. It did power off. But I was not able to power it on again.

This may not have anything to do with Windows 7 upgrade. It looks like the power supply is dead.

I really want to get the computer up running again. It contains all the photos I have ever taken. I have backup copies of them on an external drive. However they are in an archive format that I cannot easily access.

Update: The problem was indeed caused by a dead power supply. Replacing the power supply wasn’t a challenge but it did cost me $50 and a trip to BestBuy. At the end, I think the upgrade is well worth it.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Other on October 23rd, 2009. No Comments.
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