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on Apr 12, 2017 in Field Reports

The Nikon 19T/S Lens

Late last year, Nikon released the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED Tilt-Shift Lens, a very esoteric, expensive, special use, amazing lens! This lens is not meant for mainstream photographers because it has a very specific application most photographers don’t need. I have the lens for one reason, shooting inside of hangars. But after mentioning the 19mm on the Podcasts, I had some folks ask just what a PC (perspective correction) lens does. When you tilt a camera/lens up to take in all of a subject it changes the perspective of the scene. The classic example is that lines fall in on themselves (the bottom photo). For example the photo of the windmill, it’s on the edge of the frame and if taken with a wide angle lens, it would be tilting into the frame. It was shot with the 19mm so it’s standing up straight. If you look at the corrected and uncorrected photos of the lamp post, you can see how the top photo, the lines are straight...

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on Apr 4, 2017 in Field Reports

HDR Revivisted

There was a time in our not to recent past where everything was shot HDR. Being on the groundfloor of HDR, the original intent was to expand the amount of information, light, we could capture with one click. The problem was in the beginning, the one click wasn’t enough so many clicks had to be made and then combined in the computer. That’s when HDR took on a life of its own. Many of the early developers stuck with that original premise though, just expanding the number of stops of light of information we could capture and share in our photographs to immolate what our eyes and more importantly, minds and hearts were actually seeing. Back in 2012, just a short five years ago products that we now take for granted like ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) weren’t what they are today. What you see here is an example of the point I want to make. The top image is a single click from the HDR bracket set just now...

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on Mar 31, 2017 in Field Reports

Epson Print Layout – Updated!!!

Epson today released the current version of Epson Print Layout. I can’t say loud enough YOU NEED TO GET THIS!!! No matter if you’re on a Window or Mac, this FREE (yes, FREE) print engine takes all the mystery, pain and frustration out of printing making it a simple two click operation. All those issues you’ve dealt with in the past … gone! It works as a stand alone or easy Photoshop plugin in. It even works with Nikon View! Is there a catch? It only works with the new Epson printers (P400, 600, 800, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, & 9000). And on a personal note, that’s Jake’s Corsair photo you see on that page (congrats buddy!). Printing … it just got a whole lot simpler and...

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on Mar 14, 2017 in Field Reports

This is WHY IoSafe!

This is just ONE reason why I’m a HUGE fan of IoSafe. After the devastating fire (thankfully not at our office) while the box is toast, literally, all the data is in tack! My love affair with the IoSafe 1515+ and Synology is stronger than ever! I have come to rely on DS File in a way that a year and a half ago I would never have guessed. The beauty is I can access all my photos from ANYWHERE in the world if a client needs them. This sounds grandiose but twice now, being able to grab the Nef for a client while in their presence made all the difference in making the sale. The ability to retrieve and send files from the IoSafe 1515+ from my iPhone using products like HIGHTAIL without ever logging into a computer has become a common occurrence now part of my workflow. WRP files are all organized and easy to find, every images has it’s own unique alpha-numeric code, a system we...

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on Mar 13, 2017 in Field Reports

TT Airport Helipak

Think Tank has done it again! The new Airport Helipak V2 holds a ton … Laptop iPad DJI phantom 4K (any phantom can fit) Remote 2 phantom batteries Charger 8 blades (2 sets) D500 w/MB-D17 Nikon 24-120 Nikon 10-24 MX24-EL Long Condenser Shotgun Microphone Kit Chroma lite panel KeyMission 360 / 170 Suction cup mount Spare arms Holly...

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