In this two-part series we'll explore photographs taken from space. First, I had a chance to sit down with Astronaut Reid Wiseman. In this interview we learn how Photography is used on the International Space Station and a little about how Reid personally uses photography. The second article will explore the editing and science workflow that NASA uses to study the world with the photographs the astronauts take. You can listen to the entire audio interview with the link at the bottom of this article. The interview Pamela: This is Pamela with … [Read more...] about Interview from Above. Meet Astronaut Photographer: Reid Wiseman
It Started with a Shimmer... Actually, a shimmer and an idea. I don't know why the folks at Nikon and the Photo Plus Expo administration listened to me when I came to them with Halloween ideas. For someone such as myself, raised up on comic books and the dark fantasies of Mordor, the notion of distressed trick or treaters, of small children poised on the verge of fantastical disaster and mayhem was completely normal. I was somewhat nonplussed then, when most people I tried to explain my ideas to would listen politely, tilt their head, look at … [Read more...] about It Started with a Shimmer…..
Back in October of 2014 I wrote, "Click Away Digital is Free, or is it?". I wrote the article when my trusty Nikon D700 reached the end of its life. I arrived at the cost per click by dividing the initial price of my camera by the number of shots I took. The result, it cost me about 2 cents per click, not bad but I missed my camera. A Tough Decision; Replace or Repair my Camera? I replaced my the D700 with a new Nikon D810. I love the D810 for portraits but not for sports. I thought about getting a used Nikon D4 but after using a refurbished … [Read more...] about Replace or Repair Your Camera?
Canon just made headlines again this week with the release of the worlds highest resolution 35mm DSLR, the Canon EOS 5DS and the 5DS R. Designed for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape, and architectural photography, this camera is also being positioned as an alternative to medium-format. At roughly $20,000 less than traditional medium-format cameras like PhaseOne and Hasselblad, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allows for larger printing and extensive cropping capability, while maintaining fantastic image quality. 5DS … [Read more...] about More Megapixels? Introducting the Canon 5DS and 5DS R
Although I love shooting with the D810, I was really excited when I received a D750 to review from my friends at Hunts Photo. For a while now, theres been a gap in Nikons professional full-frame lineup. Common shooters wanting full frame could easily step up to a D610, but it wasn't a truly professional body. Next was Nikons D810 which brings extra megapixels for portrait and landscape work, with the lack of speed at only 3.5 frame per second. Lastly, Nikons flagship D4s tops the lineup at almost $6000 bringing all the professional features … [Read more...] about Shooting with the Nikon D750
There I was shooting a Lacrosse game in the bright Florida sun. Before the game started, I snapped a shot to make sure I had my settings dialed in. Looked good so I fired off a burst at 9 frames per second during the opening face off. I looked at the images and noticed the exposure was all over the place. Some images were dead on, others were either under or over exposed. Raise your hand if this has ever happen to you, laugh if it has happen more than once! I stopped for a second, took a deep breath then realized earlier in the week I had … [Read more...] about Zeroing Out Your Camera
Recently my trusted Nikon d700 felt it needed a rest. The camera's shutter is rated for 150,000 clicks. I've put this poor camera through the mill taking 149,652 photos over the years. The shutter needs to be replaced at a cost of about $200.00. Not bad, but it maybe time for a new camera. This got me thinking. How many images did I take at the several FREE sporting events I shot or the many, many, many FREE photo shoots I've done? If I hadn't volunteered for these shoots, would my d700 still have life? Yes, but honestly I choose to do those … [Read more...] about Click away: Digital is FREE, or is it?
This week's podcast is a whopper... packed with information and inspiration. We have the world's most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony. Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Scott Kelby Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original Photoshop Guy, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby … [Read more...] about Scott Kelby, Kevin Ames & Hot Gear| Photofocus Podcast 8/5/14
This week's podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry. Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects. Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Mike Corrado Mike Corrado is a photographer and visual artist with over 35 years experience. He also works with Nikon as the Manager of Nikon … [Read more...] about Mike Corrado & Gerard Murphy | Photofocus Podcast 4/15/14
He's a photographer, an educator and one of the most kind and passionate individuals I've had the privilege of working with. Not only does he represent a rather popular camera company, he also has an incredible eye for portraits and photography of all kind. Meet the Manager of Nikon Professional Services and New York based photographer, Mike Corrado. Mike has been a photographer and visual artist for over 35 years and has recently celebrated his 29th anniversary with Nikon USA. As the Manager of Nikon Professional Services- Pro Relations and … [Read more...] about Mike Corrado | Photographer of the Week
I recently took a Nikon D5300 camera on a road trip through Las Vegas and Utah. This is a recent release for Nikon and it's a camera that has a few new features that really stand out. The camera also performed much better than the previous model, the 5200, which I tested last year. Things I Like This camera is purely targeted at photo enthusiasts. It is a reasonably priced DSLR that is quite small. This camera offers the ability to transport easily while still offering the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and longer battery … [Read more...] about Nikon D5300 Mini Review
I recently got my hands on a Nikon D610 for some testing. As a D600 owner, I really wanted to see how the camera compared. I didn't have the camera for a very long time (about 5 days) but I did put it through its paces and really try it out under tough shooting conditions. The camera seems to be an improvement of note over the D600. I saw no issues with the sensor oil problem that plagued both the D800 and D600. The camera feels polished and professional offering a full frame sensor at a very low price. I took the camera to Zion … [Read more...] about Nikon D610 Mini Review
This week's show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry. Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light. Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon. … [Read more...] about Kevin Ames & Scott Diussa | Photofocus Podcast 12/25/13
I recently had the chance to visit Zion National Park in Utah with two folks on the Photofocus team (Doug Daulton and Pamela Berry). While there, I had a chance to make an evening time-lapse and some long exposures of the sky. Unfortunately, the moon was out... but we made the most of the night. For context... the temperature got well below freezing... so I got creative. Here's the highlights of my production and postproduction workflow. Getting the Shot I used the new Nikon D610. The camera held up well and didn't flinch in the cold (even … [Read more...] about Making the Shot — A Starry Night (Stills & Motion)
This week's show, Rich tracks down Scott Bourne (who really is enjoying being retired) to talk photography. Rich showed up at Scott's place in Vegas with a microphone and refused to leave until Scott agreed to be on the show. Okay... that's a slight exaggeration, but we hope you have as much fun with the show as we did. We talk about a bunch of timely issues for photographers of all skill levels. … [Read more...] about Winter Wonders | Photofocus Podcast 12/15/13 with Scott Bourne | Shooting Outdoors, Gifts for Photographers, Long Exposure, and the Nikon Df
You've probably heard Scott Bourne insist that all camera owners should read their camera manual from cover to cover. While I agree with his opinion that this is the best way to learn about your investment in gear, it isn't always practical. After all, the manual takes up space and adds weight in your camera bag. Well, just like airline pilots who are switching to electronic manuals, so can photographers. Sure you can of course search a manufacturers site and save a PDF to your device for viewing, but Nikon went several steps … [Read more...] about Nikon Shooters: How to Always Carry Your Camera Manual
A long time ago in a galaxy far away, Nikon created the original 80-400 VR lens. This wasn't a particularly sharp lens. It was sufficient to its task, but I always thought it fell short in the image quality department. It was a long time before Nikon took a second stab at this lens and the wait was worth it. The new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Zoom Lens is long overdue. It is not called the "MKII" or anything like that. It merely has the AF-S designation as opposed to the original "AF." The new lens is heavier, features a more … [Read more...] about Nikon 80-400 AF-S VR Lens
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up post NAB and chat about new gear and fatal flaws of photographers. Topics include: A new micro four thirds camera for video and time-lapse from Blackmagic Design Scott's review of the Nikon D7100 Do new Nikon's have a … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast April 15
Not quite three years ago I got my hands on a pre-production model of the Nikon D7000. It was a game-changing camera. I loved that camera. Now 30 months after it hit stores, the 7000 has been updated. Meet the D7100. It's a significant upgrade. It's a whole new camera thanks to the sensor. But more on that in a minute. Let's start with the basics. The D7100 is faster, has an OLED display, better weather sealing, new spot white balance, has better autofocus, better weather sealing, new additional 1.3 crop factor, new video capability and a new … [Read more...] about Nikon D7100 Mini Review
I wanted to share a video that I recently shot on HDR. It was a look at the shooting process produced with a friend of mine, . I went shooting at Great Fall National Park along the Potomac River (think George Washington and a boat). We look at the whole shooting process on both Canon and Nikon bodies. In this show you will learn: The benefits of High Dynamic Range photography The camera settings needed to achieve HDR photography How to work with moving subjects when capturing HDR images What gear you need to capture HDR Photography The … [Read more...] about On Location HDR Shoot
On December 1 I announced a contest with @IAEPUB to give away a Nikon camera kit. Today we have a winner. Congrats to @ - you win the kit. Email me your full contact info at [email protected] to claim your prize. If you didn't win don't despair. I have two more contests going on - you can find all the info on my open contests at https://photofocus.com/open-contests/ Thanks for entering. … [Read more...] about And The Winner of the Nikon Camera Kit Is…
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne talk about: The new Nikon D600 Perfectly Clear Imaging Technology Mosaic View and Archive for Lightroom Plus Rich sits down for one-on-one interview with Joe McNally Download the episode … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast September 25, 2012 with Special Guest Joe McNally
Nikon has replaced the entry-level D3100 with the new Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Lens. The new evolutionary (not revolutionary) camera is 24.2 megapixels making it the highest resolution DX body in Nikon's line. It's more expensive than its Canon counterpart but offers more features. Even though it's an entry-level camera, it produces results that exceed what most users would expect from an entry-level camera. In fact, 10 years ago we would have called this camera a revolutionary pro body! How time … [Read more...] about Nikon D3200
(Image zoomed in via Aperture at 100% with no sharpening or other adjustments added.) I've now had some time with both the Nikon D800 and the D800E - I reviewed the D800 here - https://photofocus.com/2012/04/16/nikon-d800-mini-mini-review/ My review has widely been falsely characterized as me "hating" the D800. Nothing could be further from the truth. I just don't understand the D800 and I already know people who've bought the camera and now regret it given the large file sizes, slow computer processing, and massive hard drive/memory cards … [Read more...] about Nikon D800E – Mini Review
I am speaking at NAB again this year and prior to my afternoon session I met up with the guys and gals from Canon to get a hands-on look at the new Canon 1DX. It is an impressive beast with the heft and girth of a pro camera and features that will make any sports, action or wildlife shooter drool. It's a hybrid of sorts - merging the best of Canon's full frame technology with a sports camera. The full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and all-new Dual DIGIC 5+ processors make for an impressive package. I was working with one of a very few … [Read more...] about Canon 1DX – First Look
This will be a very short review, because for me the D800 is a very confusing camera. I realize that my review will be very polarizing and controversial. If I don't heap praise on this camera the Nikon fanboys will revolt. But I call em' like I see em' so here goes nothing. I've had a short time to shoot with and test the Nikon D800. Let me say right off the bat it's a fine camera. So if you just want one regardless of what I say then buy one. But here's the thing. That said... The D800 is a camera that seems to be at odds with itself. On the … [Read more...] about Nikon D800 Mini – Mini Review
NOTE: All images captured in RAW - Adobe RGB color space. Colors, clarity and apparent exposure may vary depending on your monitor - All images converted using Aperture with minimal adjustments such as cropping, basic edge sharpening, exposure correction. On average less than 30 seconds was spent on each image in post. If you've been paying attention here at Photofocus you know I am in Alaska testing both the Canon 5D MK III and the Nikon D4. I've had enough time with the Nikon D4 to formulate some opinions about it that I think might be … [Read more...] about Nikon D4 Mini Review
In view of Nikon's announcement of the 36+ megapixel D800 camera - What Would You Consider The Perfect Amount Of Pixels To Be On A Full Frame 35mm DSLR Sensor? __________________________________ … [Read more...] about How Many Magapixels Do We Need?
UPDATE: Within minutes of posting this - several of you claiming to be video experts say you disagree that the 36MP is good for video. So be it. I was simply reporting what I had been told. I personally don't have a dog in this hunt. As my post clearly expresses, I personally think 36mp is too many for a 35mm sensor. Your mileage may vary. I'll start with the usual disclaimer. I am not one of the cool kids so I have never shot with a D800. This is not a review. Until I actually shoot the camera I won't have a firm opinion, but looking at the … [Read more...] about The Nikon D800 – First Thoughts
I'm no Joe McNally - and accordingly, I don't get paid to shoot with Nikons and don't yet have a D4. As close as I can come is reading the same spec sheet you do. If you look at ALL my posts about new cameras, you'll see that I always say the same thing - I'll reserve final judgment until I use it for a while. But, there's no denying that lots of buzz about Nikon's long-awaited D4 has infiltrated the interwebs. On paper - the camera looks really good. It doesn't appear to me to be any sort of revolutionary step up - just an evolutionary step. … [Read more...] about The New Nikon D4 – Things We Do Know And Things We Don’t – Yet!