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Online Training: Process Infrared Images in Lightroom & Photoshop

Infrared image captured with a 590nm modified Fujifilm X-E1 camera and fisheye lens.
Infrared image captured with a 590nm modified Fujifilm X-E1 camera and fisheye lens.

Join me online next weekend as I teach digital infrared processing using Lightroom & Photoshop. Digital infrared photography is more accessible than ever, and it is a great way of exploring the world in a different light. In this class, I’ll teach you how you can create a variety of different looks with your digital infrared files using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Plug-ins.

When: Saturday, February 21st
12-2pm Mountain Time (2-4pm Eastern)
Where: Online (GoToMeeting) webinar

Topics Include:

  • Choosing an infrared conversion filter type
  • Setting White Balance in Lightroom/ACR via a custom camera calibration
  • RAW adjustments in Lightroom/ACR
  • Fixing hotspots
  • Black and White Conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Red-Blue Channel Swap (blue sky) technique in Photoshop and via Plug-ins
  •  Working with super-color IR files to create a variety of styles

All participants will receive a printable PDF copy of the class materials.

To join this online session, please RSVP here by Friday, Feb. 20th.

Get Sharp with Lightroom video released

Learn to eliminate sharpening artifacts on your images in Lightroom.
Learn to eliminate sharpening artifacts on your images in Lightroom.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my latest video tutorial, Get Sharp with Lightroom. In this two-hour presentation, I’ll teach you all about getting perfectly sharp images directly in Lightroom. I also cover noise reduction, local sharpening, and how to create unique effects like gaussian blur with Lightroom.

Get Sharp with Lightroom is available as a direct download from Luminescence of Nature Press and includes a printable PDF notes package.

New DSLRs from Nikon and Canon

The new Canon 5DS cameras have 50 megapixel resolution. That ought to up the ante for landscapes and fashion photographers.

There have been a couple new cameras in the news lately. For Canon shooters, the new 5DS and 5DS R models deliver 50-megapixel (8688 x 5792 pixel) full-frame (36x24mm) images. I know many Canon shooters who have been waiting for something to get them over the 20 megapixel barrier, and these two cameras should do the trick. Canon is doing something similar to what Nikon did with the D800/e variants. The “R” model uses a software cancellation trick to eliminate the effect of the optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter.  Both models are expected to be shipping by June 2015.

My take: I know many Canon shooters who have switched to the Sony system not necessarily because they wanted a mirrorless camera, but because they wanted to use their L-glass on a 36MP camera. With the aggressive price points of the 5DS (under $4k), the competition just got going again between Nikon and Canon. I’m very interested in seeing how well Canon has done increasing the dynamic range of their sensors, which has been fairly stagnant for the last few years.

Nikon also announced a new D810 variant for astrophotography, the D810A. This camera has the same sensor as the normal D810 (36MP), but offers a different kind of filter over the sensor; one with an Infrared cut filter. The idea here is to allow for better astrophotographic captures of nebulae, as the filter lets these unique wavelengths of light (H-alpha reds) through (see image samples from Nikon). The D810A also offers more flexibility in manual exposure for capturing long exposures (you can set times up to 15 minutes).

My take: This camera is a specialty item, designed for amateur and professional astronomers. The new camera offers great features for astronomy, but it isn’t at all suited for general-purpose work. I think it’s great that Nikon has the resources to release a camera such as this, because it means that they are doing well enough elsewhere to warrant the production of a specialty camera. But man, I still hope to see a 20+MP camera capable of 8fps for my birding work!

Just announced: Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens

The Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens incorporates a phase-fresnel element and weighs half as much as its predecessor.
The Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens incorporates a phase-fresnel element and weighs half as much as its predecessor.

Talk about alphabet soup! Nikon has announced a completely redesigned 300mm f/4 lens to replace its aging 300mm f/4 AFS model. The new lens is called the 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, and is available for pre-order here. The lens should start shipping by early February. It is an FX lens, meaning it will work on both FX and DX Nikon DSLR bodies. On DX bodies, the angle of view would be equivalent to 450mm.

I had the previous version, Nikon’s 300mm f/4 AFS IF-ED lens, and I can honestly say it was an under-appreciated component of the Nikkor lineup. It was sharp, handled teleconverters well, and was very easy to hand-hold. My only complaint with it was its lack of vibration reduction (VR), which would have made it perfect for many situations where I didn’t want to use a tripod. Continue reading Just announced: Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens