Hey guys! Brent here, filling in for dad while he’s on the road. Even on the road, we got some great new content for ya that Moose thought you would like to know about!
Today we are releasing a minor updates to Taking Flight which includes videos on Hand Holding, Panning, Sensor Cleaning, and Wrist Bands. It’s just a taste of some of the things we have planned to add to the book in time to come.
Simply open up your copy of Taking Flight while connected to the internet, and it will ask if you would like to update now or later.
Kinda stuck in Boston so went for a walk this evening with the D600. It’s been a rainy, drizzly day so finally just before beer time we went for a stroll. I took the D600 with a 24f1.4 attached just for fun and to get use to it. There was no light but I shot anyways. The first thing I noticed was it’s a great feeling camera! And when you shoot with it, it has the old time, F3 clunk when it fires. I like that. What you see here is a HDR, 3 image HDR. Ya, while Nikon gave the D600 the ability to disconnect the camera and flash exposure comp, they only gave it a 3 image bracketing system. That aside, my initial, (repeat initial) feeling is a really like the D600 files. The 14bit Nef is 31MB of gorgeous info. So it’s like all photography, the ying and the yang and so far, the pros out definitely out weighing the cons.
Heyya…A little good news…to all you have pinged saying my Facebook page was maxed out on friends, well my team (Brent’s better half) is updating the page so everyone can now “Like” the page and become a friend with no limits. The bad news, the page won’t be the same with some info, photos and other stuff missing. So bare with us, we’ll get ‘er back up and working so we can continue on talkin socially. Thanks for the continued support! And thanks Katt!
Sales of Taking Flight – Your Start in Aviation Photography are blowing away our expectations! We’re closing in on 1000 copies of our iBook in our first month and we want to say thanks. The next 100 buyers will receive an autographed copy of the book (the photo you see above but without the type), our way of saying thanks (shipping within NoAm only, sorry)! All you have to do is email your iTunes invoice and you’ll receive a signed 8×11 signed print. Thanks to all who have made this iBook such a hit!
Optimized for the New iPad! Enjoy the highest resolution possible.
Compatible with all iPads (if using an original iPad, please be patient during use)
Hundreds of images, from best to worst, so you know exactly what works and what does not
Detailed captions. Know everything there is about the image you are looking for
Videos on key techniques like Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop, with more to come. Go beyond words!
I’ve been flooded with emails and phone calls asking what I think about the D600. Folks should know, if I had any thoughts, I’d put them here. The D600 arrived as I was heading out the door on the last trip so all I’ve gotten to do is charge the battery and put in my initial settings. I like the feel of it, that’s about all I can report so far. I also just, just received the J2 (I had forgotten I had request that camera as well). Now that’s one funky feeling camera! I’ve charged its battery and set initial settings and that’s about it. I’ll be on the road for the next 3 weeks straight and they will be along for the ride. As I shoot with them and have any conclusion thoughts, I’ll post them here. In the meantime, all I can really report is that I do have them.
I CAN’T wait for this! It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be great photography, it’s going to be fall and it’s going to be with models! Unique University has us coming back for a Friday night presentation (all new) and Saturday shoot. My dear friend and Olympic shoot Jeff Cable will be joining me so come and have fun. And you just might learn a trick or two
Our dear friends Flydaddy and is beautiful bride paid us a visit and then kidnapped us for a little photowalk, Mammoth Style. Since they had never been here before, we took them first up to an old ghost town, Pine City and then to a true high sierra lake and then to a favorite of mine, the Ghost Forest. I travel light, D4, 18AF and the High Tech split grad (HiTech Filter Holder with 4×4 Master Kit). The clouds were great and the split grad did a great job of capturing the subtleness of the sky. It was a delightful couple of hours with good friends and then a great dinner talking about our walk and future adventures. Thanks for kidnapping us…do it again real soon!
I got the word the D600 was coming just slightly before the world heard about it. The smile on the face of the person telling me about the camera was enough for me to know, it was a camera I would want. So with a quick email, B&H had one on its way to me (do any moment). The first thing you’ve gotta be asking, I know I was, is simply, why? One is the price point, next the lower megapixels, approx 100% viewfinder, then you have the physically size, FX format, 1080p video, wireless abilities and you simply can’t discount that great video that makes you just wanna get out and shoot (especially a cold lover like myself!). You might get an idea just watching the Key Features video (can be a pain to load). In my own mind, this is the D700 repl, and in a big way! I’ve not received the J2 yet but expect the D600 any moment so once I have it and shoot with it, I’ll have more. I have the feeling though that Nikon has something here! Shoot big, travel light!
We had an absolutely marvelous NAPP Safari at Photoshop World last week! The participants were great, kept Joe & I jumping the whole time with good times, photography and laughs. You really can’t ask for a better way to spend the day!
We had a number models with us for the day as well, dressed in the theme of our location, Bonnie Springs. This is Melissa who was a delight to work with, willing to stand and look gorgeous as we used her as a lighting model. It was hot, the flies annoying and her smile just kept on going. Both of the photos above were created with simple Lastolite Gold Trigrip and Lastolite 1 stop Trigrip. One bounced in warm light and the other diffusing the hard light coming down.
Melissa was a good sport. I asked her if she’d mind having her portrait taken with the painting in the background, and hold still in an awkward pose. She said sure, she liked the idea. While Jake held the Lastolite Gold Trigrip, I lined against the bar shooting handheld with the D4 and 24-70, a 5 image HDR. I wanted the detail out the window along with Melissa. I didn’t want to set up flashes (which I should have) and spend a whole bunch of time (which I didn’t have) so just went with HDR to make the image. Want to thank Melissa for being so understanding of us dingy photographers!
Argh Matey!That’s right, with pirate hate, sword and eye patch and camera in hand, we’re doing a 3hr Cruise on Circle O with the B&H and Lexar crew on 18 Oct! They are not only crazy enough to let me on board, give me a pirate sword but I also get a mic so you can hear me all over the boat! How sick is that?!
A whole lot of folks have been asking if we’re coming back to New York this fall. I am most happy to say we most certainly are. While everything is in place, plans made and logistics dealt with, details won’t be broadcasted until 8 Sept. I can tell you we’ll start the fun 17 Oct at Calumet, then B&H and finish up at Unique on the 20th with a WHOLE bunch in between. I’ll be doing formal presentations and shoots the like you’ve never seen done by me or in NY before and if all goes well, I’ll have an informal photo walk as well. So stay tuned, we’ comin back to the Big Apple..Yahooooo!
I’m here at Photoshop World this week giving the MacBook Pro Retina it’s first road test. It’s doing the usual stuff like emails, blog postings and presentations just fine, nothing spectacular compared to the old Win notebooks. What I am doing that is blowing my mind is dealing with images and video. I’m ingesting my images using Photo Mechanic and that does a good job but what’s blowing my mind is the speed! I’m use to hittin the button and coming back later and watching the upload finish. Not with the Mac! I no sooner click the key and I have thumbnails on the monitor and a heartbeat later, I’m good to go. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the amazing speed of the Buffalo 1TB Thunderbird! I am able to edit video on the Buffalo in real time! I can’t even tell I’m working with an external. I am lovin the speed, it’s givin me time I didn’t have before and that’s great!!!