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on Mar 3, 2009 in Camera Tech, Camera Gear Posts

The Nikon 600f4 VR

This movie requires Flash Player 9 There is nothing finer, sweeter or more essential to my photography than the 600VR. Here’s the next in the Gear Series. I’m am a little tardy on updating my Moose’s Camera Bag. Like the 70-300VR and 45PC are not posted there yet. Today I just added the Gitzo GT5560SGT which is a gorgeous tripod that reachs the top of the Statue of Liberty. It’s now the new support forthe 600VR. It’s extra size will be perfect for an upcoming project so I can wait to put it to work. Oh yeah, want more 600VR trivia, here you...

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on Feb 13, 2008 in Camera Gear Posts, Digital Darkroom, Great Stuff, Just Out!

Viveza has arrived!

At every DLWS event, I demo the power of Capture NX numerous times. That’s because it’s an important tool in my finishing of images. The makers of Capture NX, Nik, have now brought that power, U Point Technology, to Photoshop in a pluggin called Viveza (a name that rolls off the tongue). Your digital darkroom time has just been cut to nothing! Here’s a photo of Chatham Lighthouse in MA in the Viveza UI inside of Photoshop. You can see in the lower right corner the before and after of the roof. The vibrant color on the right comes from the Control Point I’ve dropped on the tile roof and than yanked over the slider on Saturation, Brightness and Contrast. This is the exact same thing you can do in NX working on a Raw file (NX can also so this to a Jpeg & Tiff) but now in Photoshop. I actually dropped a total of three points on this photograph. One on the roof to make it pop,...

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