Have you been waiting patiently,and postponing buying Nikon D700 for an year or more?
Well, no more excuse for going outside and creating a great portraits and landscape photographs. Nikon D800 is finally here, and it is here to stay for at least three or more years.The new king of semi-pro cameras features a Nikon FX format CMOS image sensor with an astonishing 36.3 million effective pixels, a new EXPEED 3 image processing engine which allow even more accurate color reproduction and higher speed auto focusing. Yes, a new D800 has a movie recording feature and allow you to record a full HD movies. As a wedding photographer, for me one of the most important feature is the light sensitivity, and as I expected for a 36.3 pixels sensor,sensitivity would not be a new factor. So, ISO is from 100 to 6400, the same in the upper range as my favorite D700.Together with D800 Nikon released another camera, Nikon D800E.What is the difference?Not much,Nikon D800E has abilities to disable low pass filter.The low pass IR filter with anti-reflection coating is an important component sitting between the lens elements and the COMS, which is normally made with lithium niobate. What it does is to spread a single optical point into multiple points. While it effectively reduce aliasing and also moire effect caused by repeating patterns such as certain fabric, there is a tradeoff of sharpness which lots of landscape photographers need. Well, would I buy it? Sure, I believe, this is the greatest deal on the market at this moment, and this camera is a specially designed for wedding and landscape photographers, as I am.I would use it as a back up camera for weddings, and as a main camera for landscape photography. For weddings I wouldn’t give up my favorite D700 as I believe this 12 million pixels camera would give me a better image quality at low light. I just got Nikon 50 mm 1.4 lens and I believe this $400 jewel will give me much more in a long run compare to any new fancy feature which will be create from all time competitors as Nikon or Canon are.My dear friends, new cameras with their features are great but not the main tool which make one photograph successful. Don’t forget that some of the greatest photographs of our century were created with cameras almost nobody is using today. Don’t forget that the camera is just another tool leading us to the great photograph,which can touch viewer’s heart. So,if you don’t have $3000 extra cash today,don’t worry and even don’t bother searching internet for the latest cameras.Just grab the camera you have and go outside and look the world with your photographer’s eyes.And remember, nobody can see the world as you see it. So,from that point is very easy, just press the button!
Happy clicking everyone!
P.S. Here there is a link to official Nikon website,where you can found more about Nikon D800. http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d800/index.html
Have you been waiting patiently,and postponing buying Nikon D700 for an year or more?
Since long time I have been a big fan of David Ziser and his Digital Pro Talk Blog. I believe this blog is one of the best blogs for wedding and portrait photographers. I love the fact, that in his blog he has a lots of video tutorials from great photographers,with very different approach and style. Here it is a great tutorial from his blog,which I found very useful.
yesterday I checked for updates for new Nikon cameras,like D4,D400 and eventual D800. There is a rumors that Sony is ready with it’s new full frame A920 camera. Nikon not confirms, but also not denying that use Sony’s sensor for it’s cameras. So,my expectations are that probably one of Nikon high end models will have the same sensor. I think this won’t be Nikon D4 but most likely D4X. I believe Nikon will take it easy with pixel count of its D4 as a tradition to keep it with low noise and faster speed. Most likely D4 will be 16-18 Mp camera with bunch of new features, like Usable ISO 51200, 11fps (20fps with live view, 30fps with APS-C crop), Flexible LCD monitor, Built-in WiFi, 51 point all-cross AF point, 2,016-segment RGB meter.With two words, it will be camera for sprt photographers, shooting every day for news papers and magazines. Ok, what 32 MP means to me? Not much, it is simple marketing tool. Years ago I did a print with size 24×36 inches from my Nikon D7 camera, and the result was brilliant, as you need at least double diagonal distance to watch the image. For my wedding photography, the biggest prints my clients ever asked me are framed images in 16×20 frame. For this frame I use 11×14 image size. For canvas prints I have to go with size 16×20 which is really no much than 11×14 print quality since canvas are more like oil paintings and nobody will count hair on them. In technical aspect pixel count, expressed as Megapixels, is simply multiplying the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.It only takes a 40% increase in linear dimensions to double the pixel count! Doubling pixel count only increases the real, linear resolution by 40%, which is pretty much invisible. Image clarity is more dependent on how you shot the photo than on the number of megapixels. A clean shot from a 6MP camera is much better than a slightly out-of focus shot from a $8,000 24 MP camera. Image quality depends much more of how do you shoot, how do you compose,what camera lens do you use, than how many MP is your camera. Cropping is probably the most important factor,of all of them.For example if you don’t think careful before pressing the button and after this you have to crop 40%, you just decreased your camera’s Mp from 24 to 12.Another important factor is lens quality.When Nikon 18-200 Vr was introduced, it was great lens to be used with 12Mp camera.Now for example using this lens with Nikon D7000 makes it a mediocre lens. As there are not many professional lenses for DX format, pixel count would be the last factor to consider when buying camera from this class.Yes, you can use pro FX lenses, but would you place 70-200 Vr on your neck and hike the whole day under the sun? At the moment I have two DSLR bodies, D80 and D700. This year I spent four months in Mexico and one month in Europe, and I used my D700 no more than 5% of the time.I love the small size and light body of D80 with 18-200VR lens. It is very old camera with a lot’s of noise, and really mediocre image quality compare to D700, but nobody asked me, what camera I used when I show images to friends. I use my D700 when I am travel with car and when I am making money (wedding events).Now I want to convert mu D80 body to infrared camera, and buy another DX body for travel photography. Should I order Nikon D7000 or D90. I was thinking a bit for D5100 but missing off camera flash control and manual focusing with screw drive auto-focus lenses made me forget about it. D90 is a bargain price right now, even it is light years behind the excellent D7000. On other hand D7000 was released end of 2010 and I still need to sign on waiting list.
So, what would be HOT in new generation Nikon bodies? I believe AF speed, frames per second and build in WiFi will be important factor for sport photographers. Higher MP sensors will be a factor to be considered, for landscapes photographers. AF speed and lower noise will be important factor for wedding photographers.I believe since D7000 has 2,016-segment RGB meter, this will be a standard camera future from now on(Canon still use B&W meter).Video is hot right now, and most likely all new cameras will have this future too. Would I run and try to sell my D700? No,at least for next couple of years,since I expect D800 to be released mid of 2012 and be available end of 2012, I still have many weddings to go. Would I order Nikon D7000, most likely, since my D80 looks a dinosaur and i would to do more creative IR images, this will give my trusted Nikon many more years life. I expect to continue with my travel around the globe, so probably Nikon D7000 is going to be very welcome in my camera bag.
About an week ago i saw on yahoo news an amazing photo, which was sot from photographer Rich Lam. A couple attended Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, which the hometown Canucks lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins, and then somehow found themselves between the angry rioters and charging riot police later that night in downtown Vancouver.
I was impressed from this shot so much,that I posted it on my Facebook wall in order to share it with all my online friends. For me it wasn’t the event that happened, it was about the story which this great photo is telling us, and the importance of the artistic eye of the photographer. I have a feeling, that today we the photographers are thinking way too much about which newest cool lens,camera or software to purchase, and forgetting that photography is on the first place a visual art, and the most important tool which photographer need to has is his artistic eye. The camera is just a tool, and watching this photo i believe that 99% of the people are not asking them self, which camera brand or lenses Rich Lam have used to capture this image. I would add another talent journalistic photographer have to have : a courage and to be able to to put his job in front of his private life in order to have at least a chance to be on the right place at the right time.You will be surprised to find out how many talented photographers have been killed while doing their job, also you will be surprised to know actually how much a newspaper photographer make.
As the story keep going it appeared that the whole event was probably just a few seconds and if Rich Lam didn’t have a courage to stay in the middle of the riots and his artistic eye we would never had a chance to see this great story telling image.
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Few weeks ago,I arrived at hostel”Amigo” in Mexico City, sweating and swearing about my huge suitcase,which I had to drag up the stairs in metro, and after this one kilometer on the street to my hostel. On the top of that only one room was available- at the third floor and the stairs to there were the steepest one I have ever seen. After introducing myself to my new roommates, and stated I am a photographer,one of them asked me, could I take a few head shots of him, for his website. He was in a rush, so we had about 10 minutes for the entire session. For back ground I decided to use painted walls at the hostel. My first choice would be to bounce the light from my on camera flash of some of the walls, in order to give it some direction and diffusion.The problem was that all walls were painted in different color, and I had a large window on the roof.I would have problem with setting white balance later on. In order to reduce my work later on , I decided to use off camera flash, shot through umbrella. The best thing should be to ask my client to move toward the camera, far from the back wall, in order to darken the background. I had to use umbrella, very close to his face, at very small input,so the light would fall at his face only.In addition, this would give me the softest light,and my flash would recharge instantly. I am a fan of more dramatic light,especially when used for male portrait,but sometimes photographer have to play with what is available. Using reflector was other option, and I would be glad to use it, but the problem was that I did not have windows on the wall there. Light was falling from the windows on the roof and was giving very bad,nasty shadow, under his eyes,nose and chin. I asked somebody to hold the flash and to point it at proximately 45 degrees from my subject face, and about 11 a clock up.My goal was to create a flattering shadow slightly under the nose,which could give my client’s face more 3D looking. Here are the shots, which I think turned pretty good for our 10 minutes photo session.
These two shots are pure one light source.I like more drama look for my younger male clients.Still the shadows here are softer because umbrella is very close to the face, approximately 3 feet.
In these two shots,I used a fill light from a reflector,placed approximately 3 feet from his face.In addition some light reflect from yellowish walls around. I tweaked a bit white balance in lightroom in post processing.
These two portraits are again with using reflector, but on darker/almost black/walls as a back ground. I found the light is somehow, still dramatic, with more punch, compare with the portraits on yellowish walls.
It is already few weeks since I am back from Mexico but colors, great architecture and full with life Mexican towns are still in front of me.I visited Mexico for first time in June 2010,when a friend of mine invited me to be wedding photographer and guess for his wedding. At that time I had mixed feeling about Mexico/I guess I was following too much the news on TV and internet-mainly negative/,so i bought a ticket for one week. What a surprise, nothing of what is going on on TV and news paper was true for the town I stayed and places I visited,during this short week.On the end I decided, that I will return for much longer stay.
So the summer and the fall past by and the winter arrived,so my depression. I knew I need a change,so this was the perfect time.I bought one way ticket and leave foggy California in the middle of January. I went to live in friend’s house in small town of Cadereyta,located just 40 km. south of town of Queretaro. My Spanish was terrible and my English-Spanish dictionary was my bible there.Learning Spanish was my other goal and I was glad to be the only one foreigner in this small town. Almost every day I had breakfast,lunch and dinner with my friend’s parents and at least once a week I went with his dad for short day trips to different places in the state.
There is so much to say about this beautiful country,so I would like to do it little by little, in several articles. If I have to summarize my experience in one sentence I would say:”Mexico is an absolutely colorful country,with warmest and friendliest people.” I wish to share some images I took during my first two weeks there.
In the past few weeks I have been receiving conflicting reports on a potential delay for the D800 and I am not convinced that this is the case. I still believe there will be a major Nikon announcement in late August. The Nikon mirrorless solution is probably delayed based on previous statements from Nikon representatives indicating a potential March/April announcement.
Compare More than Price When Choosing A Photographer
A wedding is the biggest event in any bride and groom’s life, yet not everyone sees clearly the value of investing in a top-notch photographer to document the day.
It’s not intentional on the part of the happy couple. The truth is photography, in general, can be a peculiar business. Cameras are everywhere these days, in pockets and purses, and even on cell phones. Digital photography makes documentation of life an instant success, it might seem. But what sort of documentation? What sort of success?Professional photographers are good at what they do, not because they put the thousands of dollars into their professional-grade equipment, but because of their vision to see life’s happenings in ways the non-pro doesn’t – and then to use their high-tech gear to capture the moments that matter.
Getting great photographs, especially the documentary sort familiar to photojournalists is practiced skill. That’s what brides, grooms and their families need to consider when deciding how they want the Big Day to be recorded forever more – and how they want to invest in that process.
Comparing Styles of Wedding Photography
The traditional portraiture of years past is fading as a style of wedding photography. In its place is the popular, dynamic, creative style of photojournalists.
Advantages of wedding photojournalism over traditional portraiture:
- Photojournalists document life as it unfolds. Wedding photojournalists offer story/event coverage spanning as many hours as the wedding couple wants. From getting hair done and dress on to the final dance of the night. Six hours…10 hours…even longer.
- The result is a visual story that relates the full day’s activities as individual moments of joy, tears, love, family, friends, happiness.
Comparing Wedding Photography Packages
Wedding photographers often propose wedding packages to prospective bride-groom clients. Those packages can greatly vary from photographer to photographer, or even within one photographer’s list of options.
When comparing photographers, it can be easy to get caught up in the numbers. But looking only at price can result in choosing the wrong wedding photographer.
Photographer A says her packages start at $500 and Photographer B says his begin at $4,000. If price is the most important factor in choosing a photographer, then it must be a no-brainer to hire Photographer A, right? Wrong.
What is Photographer A offering for $500? Does it include everything that is necessary? Does that include 4 hours of shooting or 12? Does it include a DVD of high-resolution digital files, which you can take anywhere to have prints made? Does it include online print ordering for family and friends? Does it include an album – if so, a cheap one or a high-quality one? Does it include an assistant photographer?
Don’t just look at the numbers; look at what those numbers include. It may be that Photographer B’s $4,000 package already takes all of that into account. It also may be that Photographer B is that much better a photographer. Does that matter? It should.
What Is A Wedding Photographer Worth?
Prices for wedding photographers run the gamut from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands, as can be noted by comparing and contrasting the information provided at numerous wedding photographers’ Web sites.
Common ranges on wedding photography elements:
- Fee for photographer: $500-20,000
- Custom-designed albums: $200-3,000
- DVDs with high-resolution image files: $200-1,000
- Prints from 4×6 (inches) to 16×20: $5-200
- Additional/assistant photographers: $300-3,000
A wedding is the most important event in a couple’s life. It’s an investment that deserves careful consideration.
Decide which photographer provides the desired visionary style, skills, personality, customer service and quality end products. Then figure out how to afford that unique professional.
Otherwise, this adage will do little to sooth the frustration of having hired the wrong photographer: You get what you pay for.