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The Sensor Plane #12: Nikon Crop Modes

This week on The Sensor Plane Photography Podcast, I explore the various crop modes with my Nikon cameras. Ever since Nikon came out with their first 35mm format camera (FX format), the D3, they have implemented ways of cropping the images in the camera.

While the most obvious crop mode is Nikon DX (1.5x) format, which enables the use of DX format lenses on FX format bodies, Nikon also offers 1.2x and 5:4 crops on some of their cameras, including the D800 and D810. These crop modes can be useful in a variety of situations, but have some drawbacks depending on the camera you use.

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Sensor Plane Podcast #11: Nikon D810

Hands-on with the Nikon D810

I just received a new Nikon D810, which I bought from site sponsor B&H Photo. Although I’ve only had the camera in my hands for a few hours, I like it a lot. On paper, there aren’t that many discriminators between it and the D800/e. The D810 has a new sensor that dispenses with the Optical Low-Pass (OLP) filter entirely for ridiculously sharp images with amazing detail and resolution. In reality, these differences are quite small as compared to my D800e which used some technical trickery to “eliminate” the OLP filter.  In this episode of The Sensor Plane, I discuss my rationale for upgrading and compare the D810 with my other cameras. Stay tuned until the end where I offer some tips for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

Download an audio only version of this podcast (mp3) here

Why did I choose to upgrade? As usual, it’s in the details. While no single feature of the D810 blows me away, it’s the sum of the parts that really makes this a solid upgrade. More importantly, it’s how this camera fits into my kit that sold me on it. Continue reading

Sensor Plane #10: Moving to Lightroom

I’ve been extremely busy this summer with field workshops and writing a new Lightroom guide, but I’m back to bring you all up to speed on what I’ve been doing. In today’s episode, I want to discuss frequently asked questions about moving to Lightroom from other programs.

Specifically, I address:

  • Where does Lightroom store my images?
  • Why do my images look different in Lightroom?
  • Does Lightroom require sidecar files?
  • Is Lightroom only for raw files?
  • Where is the “save” button?

I also discuss the advantages of using a database (catalog)-based workflow program, like Lightroom, over traditional browser/editor workflows. Lightroom offers significant advantages for image viewing, browsing, editing, and printing.

Don’t forget to check out the fall series of Digital Underground instructional photo tours that I’ll be leading together with Deborah Sandidge. Join us this fall in Las Vegas, NV and San Antonio TX!

 

 

The Sensor Plane Photography Podcast #9

A trip to South Texas for birding means packing big glass and using the right settings. In today’s episode, I review the Think Tank Photo Airport Security 2.0 roller bag, and share my tips for getting sharp shots of small birds. I also share some of my images from this year’s South Texas Birding Experience photo safari.

For an audio-only version of this episode (MP3 format), click here.

 

Rotorpixel Gimbal on the DJI Phantom 2 Vision

I just received and installed the Rotorpixel 2-axis gimbal for my DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It was fairly straightforward to install, and it really smooths out the video. Unfortunately, I’m stuck inside today with 30 mph wind gusts, so no flying yet. I’ll have a follow-up report once I can test it all out in flight. In the meantime, I did put some video in the clip above from the Phantom 2 Vision with the gimbal installed.