A quick reminder to those of you who were planning on purchasing new photographic equipment from B&H. Instant rebates from Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony will end tomorrow (06/29/2013). A quick recap on the rebates programs. If you buy a Nikon DSLR body, you have the option of purchasing as many lenses or speedlight units (SB-700 and SB-910) with up to $300 off per each product. While this means that you have to purchase at least one camera to qualify for additional lens rebates, some lens rebates are significant and were not part of any rebates in the past (like the new Nikon 70-200mm f/4G VR lens that I reviewed earlier this year). So this will be a great program for those that want to buy a new DSLR or want a backup camera.
Sony’s high-end RX100 and full-frame RX1 have attracted a lot of attention ever since they were released about a year ago. Keeping up with the momentum, Sony just introduced two new cameras. The RX100 II replaces its predecessor and adds latest technological bells and whistles. RX1R, on the other hand, will be sold alongside the “older” RX1 in Sony’s compact camera lineup.
In our two previous Lightroom articles, I explained what Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is and how its catalog-based file management and post-processing system works. Now that we are done with the basics, it is time we move to something a bit more practical. In this article, I will introduce you to the Lightroom environment. You will learn to understand the most notable elements of its user interface – Lightroom Modules. I will explain what the seven Modules are used for and how to switch between them. This article will also outline some of the basic tools within each Module. Hopefully, this article will help you see Lightroom’s full potential and understand that it might be more than enough of a post-processing and image management software for most of your digital photography needs.
If you took workshops and coursework on photography, chances are you’ve heard every mentor talk about understanding composition and learning to crop within the camera. Doing so will yield greatly composed photos and will limit your time in post production. But from time to time, you will come back with badly cropped photos which might have distracting elements in the background and the composition may not look spot on. If you are photographing portraits, even the slightest distraction may draw the viewer’s attention to something else than what you originally intended the viewer to concentrate on. At times like these, instead of deleting the photo, I want to give it another chance. Memories are precious and I do not mind cropping the photo to preserve what is important. Cropping images in post production will give you another chance to re-frame your shots and there are a number of different ways you can do this to achieve desirable results.
Nikon has recently released a new firmware update for their current DX camera lineup flagship, the D7100. It’s a camera we really liked (read our review), but there were some concerning niggles, such as limited buffer and crippled video mode. With its latest C 1.01 firmware update, Nikon chose do add improvements to the latter.
Previously, Fujifilm lens line-up wasn’t exactly very extensive, with a small number of well thought-out, high quality lenses. With the two latest additions, Fujifilm seeks to not only make the camera system more attractive, but also suitable for most needs. Along with the new Fuji X-M1 mirrorless camera, Fujifilm has also announced two new X-mount lenses – the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 and the Fujinon 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS.
As many may have hoped, Fujifilm has finally brought out a mid-range X series compact system camera. The newest member of the desirable system is called the X-M1. Lots of good news here – it’s gorgeous, comes in three colors and with the same great 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor as its older siblings, the X-Pro1, X-E1 and X100s. What you may like even more is the low (for a Fujifilm camera) price of $700 body only. But good looks alone is obviously not enough for that price. What else is there about this camera?
If you love astrophotography, today (06/23/2013) you will witness a unique event called “The Supermoon”, where the moon will not only be full, but will also appear larger than normal. If the skies are clear and you are lucky to see the moon, this will be a great time to get out and try some moon photography. If you have never done it before, you might be wondering what camera gear and settings you should use in order to capture the moon in its full glory. In this short article, I will give advice on how to photograph the Supermoon and explain some of the steps involved in the process.
You may have heard about Catalogs before as there are two main opinions among photographers. Some think Catalogs are the best way to work with images. Others remain skeptical and prefer to access and manage their image files directly without a catalog-based management tool. But what exactly are Catalogs? What are the strengths of database driven catalog systems and are there any downsides to this approach? In this article I will talk about Catalogs and explain the benefits and downsides of such post-processing and image management systems. I will also show you how to create and efficiently manage new Lightroom Catalogs.
A lot of our readers have been asking me about the new Nikon 18-35mm AF-S lens that was recently announced. I had a chance to use this lens a while ago for over a month and I never got a chance to fully review it. Ahead of the upcoming Nikon 18-35mm review (posted on 07/27/2013), I would like to provide some data for our readers and compare the lens performance to the Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR. The below information only contains sharpness numbers and does not include all other optical tests such as vignetting, distortion, chromatic aberration, etc. – I will only provide a summary of my findings for now. The full data with illustrations and sample images will be provided in the full review.