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Sensor Plane Podcast #14: Choosing the best lens

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As mentioned in my earlier article, the best lens is the one that fits your needs. Sometimes that means having the best optics and fastest aperture, but other times other factors can trump pure optical quality. In today’s episode I take a look at some of the Nikon lenses in my kit and discuss how often I use them.

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Sensor Plane Podcast #13: Photographing Fall Colors

Photographing fall foliage is one of my favorite things to do.
Photographing fall foliage is one of my favorite things to do.

It’s time again to think about photographing fall foliage! In this episode of The Sensor Plane podcast, I’ll go over some tips and tricks for getting fall colors that really pop. Specifically, I’ll talk about some of the filters I use when photographing fall colors, including the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo.

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I pack all my filters into the Mindshift Gear Filter Hive.

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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!

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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 Podcast #11: Nikon D810

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Sensor Plane #10: Moving to Lightroom

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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!

 

 

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