The new Nikon DF has landed
As we shared last month, the New Nikon DF DSLR was announced earlier this month. Sharing allot in common with the D800 yet housed in a fine looking F3,FE inspired retro chassis. Supporting a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 100-12800 ISO and shooting at a maximum 5.5 fps it sertainly looks similar.
But aside from the looks what is actually different? Well as a trade off of the looks you get dedicated dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation. So less button holding is a nice thing to see. The most exciting thing for old lens lovers is the adition of a metering coupling lever that makes it possible to use both AI (Aperture Index) or non-AI lenses as well as the modern AF S/D lenses.
You can read more on the speciffications on the Nikon website
Nikon D5300 in the shops
You can now buy the Nikon D5300
in the shops. So if you want one go shopping now and explain to your relatives why Christmas is cancelled later.=in-my-viewfinder
It’s Firmware update time!
Some entry level DSLR’s and one P series coolpix have received an update to their firmware. The only change in this update is better detection of the remaining battery charge for the battery. This update should also give you better batter management so you aught to get a few more frames out of a charge. Firmware downloads are available for the following Cameras;=in-my-viewfinder
Pause for thought
This month we are traveling back in time to March 2011 for the first tutorial I wrote for %Everything-Nikon
. It was an important tutorial and one I would like to expand upon.
One of the most important parts of taking a photograph is getting things set up right in the first place. If you, your camera or your subject isn't right at the moment you hit that shutter relies then neither will your photograph.
The process of taking a photograph with a modern camera takes very little thought at all. Taking a good photograph however still takes the odd moment to contemplation.
First off, its pre planning time. So erm... make a plan. Look at all the photographs in our galleries
and get inspired! Now with your new inspiration, write these ideas in a note pad. Depending on what exactly you are planning to shoot, it might be a good idea to pre visit a location. Take a few shots to see where is the best location for the perfect backdrop, framing, light and DOF.
What light do you want?
What time is best to get said light?
What is the weather like on the day you plan to shoot?
What is this area used for?
Would there be a better time to come here when it is less or more busy?
These are all questions you need to be asking yourself prior to even packing your camera bag. Its fundamental and the only way you are going to get past this without planning is via luck or a hell of allot of effort that you could have avoided.
With your plan in your head it is time to turn your attention to your kit bag. If you are a take everything and the kitchen sink kind of person or you use a compact then this is fairly easy. For everyone else it's time to pick a camera and lens combo. Filters, lighting, a tripod, reflectors and all the good stuff need to be sifted through. I always bring a spare speed light and reflector just in case the light isn't quite what I was hoping for. Filters are hardly bulky items either so no harm in carrying a few of them to. Don't forget to look after yourself as well. If you're going on a long light shoot, ne sure to bring a coat, gloves, hat and a nice hot flask for example. To cover every eventuality you would need a van load of kit so it's down to you to decide what you need.
Whilst you are there you may as well check your kit over. Make sure it is clean, batteries charged, memory cards whipped and cameras reset.
You can read our lens kit cleaning guide in our September journal
There is a quick way to do the last two. On most DSLR's you with have two buttos with "FORMAT" written in red above them. Press and hold these buttons till the top screen flashes then press okay. Then for the setting press and hold the two buttons with the green dot on them. The screen will go blank and come back with the basic setting. From here you can set plug in any settings you know you will use like image quality.
Now you have reached that small patch of time you have found to share with your camera.
Your bags are packed, you are good to go. So shooting time!
Aim to get to your location in good time so you won't be rushed. The planning you have already done though is about to seriously pay off now, dropping stress levels way down.
Get yourself into position, tripod up, lighting rigged etc. Have another scan over you setting to make sure no gremlins have crept into your kit bag and set over exposure to vapourise or something. Last of all get your subject ready. If it is anything other than a landscape, chances are it will get impatient. There is nothing worse than a fidgety subject so let them stay comfy till you need them.
By now you should be finger on the trigger ready. But wow there! Slow down…
It's time to think (bet you didn't see that coming!)
Have you positioned your subject correctly in the frame?
Is your subject posed correctly?
Is the light right? - Would a flash or reflector help? (If you didn't pack one you probably do lol)
Is the back drop exactly how you want it? - If not can you change it?
Shooting a landscape or anything with straight lines? They better not be wonky!
Lastly does this image encompass everything you set out to do?
There is allot that can go wrong simply by not checking these and more things. I'm sure you get the picture though, well you will in a sec.
Take the shot!
If you are using digital, now is the time to review. If you are a film user it is about now you start getting excited, wondering what little gems are going to come out of the chemists.
Before you wrap up, is this the only angle you wanted to try?
How about with the camera higher or lower?
Is the light going to get better?
Would the sky look better with a polarising filter?
If you are happy then head back home, just don't forget to bring everythibng home with you!
If you have done the above your post production should be easy. You had clean kit, a correctly set up camera and a well-planned shoot. With this planning you will already have an idea how your end piece of art will look. All being well your camera will have done this all for you already but some little tweaks may be needed. Despite our strict rules on post-production %Everything-Nikon
does allow for small edits to be made. If in doubt check ourRules
When uploading your art don't forget to put in a description as we all love to read how you achieved your photograph and when you submit to the group, make sure you are submitting to the correct folder (yer got that one in there!).
Now have a little think and add some more thoughts that you make before and after taking a photograph then share them with us in the comments box below.=in-my-viewfinder
In review – Something for a rainy day
Well we have allot of creative souls here at %Everything-Nikon
. Where I would jack it in and have a brew when faced by a rainy day, you are out there, camera in hand making the most of what nature brings.
Some good ideas were shared from using an umbrella to protect yourself and camera to using a shower cap.
You can read them all on last months Poll=in-my-viewfinder