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August 31, 2012



New Nikon cameras, picture control tutorial &

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 31, 2012, 6:15 AM

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Nikon Vs Canon

therealjonathan brought to our attention that Land Rover USA made an ad for the new Range Rover Sport and it features a bit of camera rivalry pitching a Nikon shooter vs. a Canon photographer. Check the video out on youtube yourself to see who wins in the Land Rover commercial.


3 New Nikon Coolpix S camera

Nikon's compact cameras are small and shy. Unlike the big DSLR cameras, when  new compacts are released they like to all pop out of the factory at roughly the same time. So here we have 3 new offerings from Nikon's S range in the shape of;
  • S6400
  • S800c
  • S01


First up the S6400 features a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with coverage for angles of view for focal lengths from the wide-angle 25 mm to 300 mm (equivalents in 35-mm [135] format) or in simple terms this is a reasonably wide angle through to a very respectable long telephoto. This is pretty impressive for such a compact camera and should be good if you need to get close with something that will fit in your pocket.  
A backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels enables you to capture images exhibiting little noise at the high sensitivities. This will be useful when capturing night landscapes or the more likely scenario of pictures taken indoors under dim lighting.
An improved auto focus technology will allow you to simply point the camera at the intended subject and Target Finding AF identifies and focuses on that subject.
This camera also features a touch screen for easier navigation of menus as well as 30 effects that can be added to photographs in post production, from adding more vivid colour to wide angle lens effects.


Nikon have got upset with mobile phone manufacturers making phones that try to be cameras to. So they have made a camera that thinks its a phone as some kind of revenge it would seem.
The new Nikon S800c features an Android 2.3 OS as well as built in wi-fi. This allows you to live transfer images as you take them so long as you are in a wireless hotspot or have a smartphone wirelessly connected to share via its data connection.
Packing a 10x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, back-illuminated 16-MP CMOS sensor and high-resolution 8.7 cm (3.5-in) touch screen there is plenty of camera here for you to play with. Oh and if you get bored on your shoot you can always just play a game available on the Android app store.


If you find todays compact cameras to bulky for your tight fit jeans then maybe you need the new Nikon S01. The body is smaller than a credit card, measuring approximately 77 mm wide, 51.2 mm high, and 17.2 mm deep, and with a weight of approximately 96 g. Its just tiny!
You might expect a camera this compact to make huge sacrifices in performance and true you won't get the same features as the S6400 above but it is still exceptionally good for its size. Rocking a 10.1 million pixel CCD sensor and a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths from wide-angle 29 mm to 87 mm so similar to a D5000 in all but size. You also get a flash, HD movie recording (720p format) and plenty of post production options that can be easily accessed on the S01's touch screen.

Check the trio out on the Nikon blog for further details.


New Nikon P7700

The top line compact camera gets more features and general tweaks this year for your shooting pleasure. The 7.1x zoom may seem modest when compared to some but it is bright and features ED glass for better low light photography. Image stability is also provided for better hand held shooting with VR optics technology. Unlike allot of compact cameras, you get a proper seven-blade iris diaphragm starting at f2 giving you better bokeh control more like that offered with high quality glass on an SLR.
A 12.2 million pixel back illuminated CMOS sensor is another nod towards DSLR technology giving you a maximum 8fps fast shooting speed!
Other features normally only for the big boys and their DSLR's is the ability to use the Nikon creative lighting system. Allowing you to use multiple Nikon speed lights for highly dynamic studio lighting.The controls have a feel to them that would make most DSLR users feel right at home with this camera and they would be pleased with the ability to shoot in RAW as well as full 1080p HD video.
Check out the Nikon blog for further details.


New for Nikon 1

The Nikon 1 was a huge success on its relies. Nikon have just announced the relies of the updated j2 system camera along side a new 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and WP-N1 waterproof case.
The changes for the new Nikon 1 J2 are small as there wasn't allot that needed changing from the original. Some tweaks to the filter options have been made along with a slow motion video picture mode and the case comes insome more colours than the previous black or white options.
The  1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 is set to be an ultra compact lens that fits nicely into your pocket whilst covering the normal zoom ranges up to 2.5x making the Nikon 1 even more portable.
Finally the WP-N1 case is designed to give you the ability to shoot up to 40m below water yet still give you access to all the cameras features and still look good whilst doing it!
You can read all the details on these Nikon 1 products on the Nikon blog.


New Coolpix L610

Finally we have the Nikon coolpix L610. Designed to be simple and ergonomic to use. This camera should be popular with amateur photographers as well as those who don't want to get a headache whenever they want to take a photograph.
A 14X Nikkor zoom lens will help you bring your subject closer as the 16 million pixel CMOS sensor records the image through one of 19 different scene modes to chose from for the prefect image. With plenty of post production edsiting features, 180 and 360 degree panorama modes and full 1080p hd video recording, this is another coolpix camera update that wont disapoint. Head onto Nikon blog to learn more.


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Sharpness & Colour

One menu option that we have not really spoken about in all of our Nikon cameras is the saturation, contrast and sharpness menu known as picture control or optimize image, depending on the year of your DSLR. This is a pre-set value that determines the saturation, contrast and sharpness of your image. The saturation is also adjusted further in a side menu but we will go into more detail on this later.
You can find this menu by following these steps on your DSLR (Some may vary a little this is as found on the D700):
Press the MENU button.
Scroll to the :camera:SHOOTING MENU.
Click right on the navigation wheel
You will find the following modes for you to chose from
  • Neutral
  • standard
  • Vivid
  • monochrome

Choosing a  setting is as much a matter of personal preference as a creative one. Overly bright tones in a subdued foggy landscape would look out of place. On the same note a photograph of an infant playing should be bursting with colour with all the emotions, joy and excitement bursting out of the screen.
To access further saturation control you will need to, pick one of the basic options from the list above and click right into its sub menu. Here you can change the numerical value to further increase the saturation of the image.
The best way to chose what would suit you best is to experiment plenty so that on the day you will be able to make these decisions (preferably well in advance) to get it right on the night. As you experiment you will get a larger portfolio of ideas for what settings suit different subjects. Standard  may suit your studio work better just as a sunset landscape would pop that much more with Vivid and maybe a touch more saturation and warmth in the white balance.
A note on the black and white setting. If you don't have any image editing software or you really want to use the in built black and white feature then go for it. Other than that I'd avoid it. When your camera shoots in black and white mode it will do so to the middle grey. You won't end up with a very dynamic black and white photograph when compared to film of editing a colour image in post production. Infact the only real advantages to using this setting are the ability to see what kind of thing you could expect your scene to look like in back and white and the image size is quite a bit smaller. If you want to know more about shooting in black and white, we wrote a tutorial in one of our December 2011 journals so check that out.
There you have a light intro to a little used menu in your Nikon camera. Ken Rockwell has written a tutorial on this subject and goes into more detail about the use of the ADR in conjunction with these settings as well as how to use these in custom settings and my menu to give you quicker access to your picture control.
If there is anything you would like to add to this or comment on how you use this menu in your photography then please share on this journal or our poll


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therealjonathan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
D600 came out :D
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
indeed it did :D
Its already in the draught for next months journal, been posted to this months journal back room chat thingy, facebook and twitter pages. I get the feeling there might be a little bit of excitement about this one
Wolfiesden Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I am a committed (or should be committed) Nikon shooter so when I say this, remember that.

Canon is paying attention to the consumer. With them jumping on the RF flash trigger built in, they are throwing down the gauntlet on PW and all the other radio trigger manufacturers. They will win the battle. People want ease of use and reliable and 100% compatible. They will get that as Canon expands their RF line.

Nikon needs to pay attention! CLS sucks a lot. The reliability outdoors is a problem. Distance is a problem. LOS is a problem. People blinking (due to the pre-flashes) is a problem. Ability to use optical slaves is a problem. Integrating off-brand/older flashes is a problem.

I solved the problems by replacing CLS with PW Flex and AC3. I wish I didn't have to do that but I am much happier without the trouble CLS actually is to use. And now I can use my 30 year old Vivitar and other flashes seamlessly in my non-CLS system. And since dropping CLS, I have very few blinkers (people blinking, not histo blinking). RF doesn't make people blink :) CLS does.

Canon is being smart by bringing RF right into the camera/flash. Very smart. When they release slaves for non-rf flash units such as other speedlights and studio strobes, RadioPopper, Cactus and PW should be very very worried about their future as a viable companies. I doubt they will get many new Canon shooters. People already invested in them will continue to use and purchase units for a while but that time will be limited. And Nikon better pay attention or they are going to go the way of the Dodo and Minolta.
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I haven't had a great deal to do with CLS maybe using it for 2-3 shoots max. I have a studio lighting set that I use for bigger set pieces so as a result My 2 SB-800 speed lights only really come out for fill/ very compact studios (bed rooms offices etc). Anyhoo with that in mind I have had very little trouble with it, the only issue I have had is one of the heads going a bit crazy and firing at full power for no apparent reason. Quickly fixed with some percussive maintenance ;)
Wolfiesden Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
You can't mix in optical triggers with CLS. They will fire on the CLS pre-flashes. I have experienced its shortcomings outdoors. Frequently. I have also tried several times to use background fills inside windows/doors and CLS was very very temperamental about working at all without direct LOS.

Its not great but it does work most of the time. Its free, in that its built into higher end bodies and flashes. You get what you pay for though.
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I own a Portaflash studio lighting set. Its not fantastic by any means but it is meant to ignore pre flashes. I will test this out as, as of yet I haven't had the call to use both together. I have a funny feeling you will be rite and I agree that the line of sight issues with CLS are a major drawback compared to radio triggers.
Wolfiesden Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This would not have been possible with CLS:

For this shot I put a strobe up inside a metal light reflector, the kind you get at home depot that clips up. I took the reflector off and set it on a support, put a strobe inside it, put the bottle on top and then covered it with black cloth. This sent the strobe light up through the bottom of the bottle making it glow.

This is an example of the CLS limitation. The strobe inside could not have seen the CLS preflashes.

Here some BTS that may explain better.
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I see. Yes this is an instance where CLS would struggle and radio or wired makes more seance.
Gremlich Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I really could care less about what a photographer chooses as his brand, as long as it can give him what he wants. The rivalry, frankly, really is lame. Too bad their taste in motor vehicles sucks.

If someone asks me what I shoot with, I know they are new to photography. I usually just reply with "A dSLR". Not a smartass response because the photography can be very different depending on what style of camera you use - rangefinder, pinhole, micro 4/3, P&S, compact digital. How many people do you know that shoot only with their smart phone camera?
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I see your point entirely. However I do find a bit of friendly banter is never a bad thing so long as people don't get militant about it!
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