Review: Metabones Speed Booster Nikon F to Fuji X-Mount Adapter

If you are transitioning to a Fuji X-mount camera system, there may be times when you want to use your existing glass. For this, you need to get a lens mount adapter.

While a lens mount adapter lets you use your Nikon (or Canon) lenses with the Fuji X-mount bodies, there are some major limitations. You will have to use manual focus and set the aperture using a ring on the adapter barrel. Vibration reduction (VR) will not function, either. In my opinion, the reason you get one of these adapters is because you have a particular use for one of your existing lenses. In my case, I like to be able to combine my infrared-converted Fujifilm X-E1 body with my Nikon glass when traveling so that I don’t need to pack two sets of lenses. I have two adapters that I have tested with my Nikon lenses. Continue reading Review: Metabones Speed Booster Nikon F to Fuji X-Mount Adapter

Just out! New Lightroom tutorial video

Deliver impact in your digital images


I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest Lightroom tutorial video, Lightroom: Mastering Brushes & Gradients, is now available for download at Luminescence of Nature Press.

This 99 minute HD video includes a 54-page printable PDF companion and will teach you how to retouch images in Lightroom using local adjustment tools. From simple fill lighting effects to complex exposure corrections, you will learn which tools to use and how to use them for maximum impact.

Lightroom tutorials from Jason P. Odell

The Beauty of the Badlands (Webinar)

I first set foot in the South Dakota Badlands in 2005, when I went there on a Nikonians photo safari. My intent at the time was to capture dramatic landscape photographs. In 2011, I returned to this enlightening place as a full-time professional photographer

Part of growing as a photographer is seeing your subjects in new ways. In this presentation I show how focusing on specific elements like light, color and textures, and using creative techniques like infrared and HDR enable me to capture the beauty of this majestic landscape in new ways every year.

If you have ever wanted to step into an alien world and discover diverse photographic opportunities for landscapes and abstract photography, then join me and Deborah Sandidge in the South Dakota Badlands.

New Video Tutorial: Infrared Processing with Lightroom & Photoshop

Digital Image Processing with Lightroom & PhotoshopI’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my latest training video tutorial, Digital Infrared Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop.

This three-part, high-definition QuickTime video set teaches you the fundamental approaches to working with raw infrared image files in Lightroom/ACR and includes a printable PDF notes companion.

Topics include:

  • Setting white balance in Lightroom/ACR
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Lightroom
  • Removing hotspots in Lightroom and with Viveza 2
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Photoshop and plug-ins
  • Blue-sky effect (channel-swapping)
  • Color tinting
  • Color Efex Pro 4 effects
  • Texture blending

Digital Infrared Image Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop is available exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press.

Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

Bird photography is probably one of the most challenging activities for a nature photographer to tackle. I started out like most people, trying to take a photo of a bird in a tree with a short (200mm) telephoto lens. When I look at my old photos, I sometimes have to squint to see the bird in them! Now I’m very happy with my bird photography, and as you’ll see it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of luck to really get a dynamic bird photo. I recently presented a live online webinar on bird photography, during which I shared some of my favorite photos and shared camera settings and tips on gear and processing. If you have some free time, I hope you can check it out.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.

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