Time to geek out on new gear. My filmmaker friend Andy Adkins and I have been testing the new Nikon Z6 to determine if it has a place in our camera bags for low light and video work. The Z cameras are a major shift for Nikon into the mirrorless market. Here are three videos that detail our honest opinions about how this camera works as well as suggestions for setting up a new Z if you have one.
In this first video I share my impressions. I have some notes on the way these cameras Depth of Field preview and focus assist are set up that I haven't seen in the other reviews. These and other handling and control issues relate equally to the higher megapixel Z7.
I've also had my good friend Andy Adkins test it's highly touted video capabilities. Andy is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker who's spend lots of time, shooting, directing, producing and editing with a variety of video cameras. In this week’s Approaching the Scene episode, we both give our impressions of what Nikon got right and where they still need to improve from a stills and video production standpoint.
Finally in this video I run through the settings I'm using to customize the controls on mine. These settings are identical on both the Z6 and Z7.
Links to all of my gear including the Z6: https://www.hudsonhenry.com/atslinks
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Don't worry, this isn't another flash sale or limited time offer sort of list. It's just a few affordable things that I believe would make any photographer on your list happy. They range in price from $9 - $150 and links to them are below. Some are fun new gadgets and others are old standbys of mine.
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I just wrapped up leading a workshop to photograph a candlelit festival in Mexico. We went light and handheld relying on the incredible high ISO performance of our modern digital sensors with fast prime lenses. In this video I'll pass along some of the lessons we learned while taking you on a tour of Michoacan and it's Dia de Muertos festival. It was a blast.
If you follow me you know I love working with ON1 It's not just the photo editing software that's fantastic, it's also the people who create it. I'm so proud they're using my images to promote this really amazing new version of Photo RAW just released today for 2019.
Since my first run with the alpha version, I’ve been impressed by the stability, features and refinement of this new version of Photo RAW 2019. It’s great to see them launch it to the public today!
What's new and cool? They've brought layers into the RAW workflow. Yes, you can non-destructively blend multiple RAW files now. The interface is updated and simplified with a new Edit Module that makes what was the most easy to use RAW photo editor even more intuitive. Along the way they've boosted RAW's stability and usability while adding support for focus stacking, RAW portrait retouching, placing text in your images and more. Bravo!
When this episode goes live, I'll be teaching a workshop in Michoacan Mexico for Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). One of my favorite celebrations in one of my favorite places. Choosing what gear to pack for a big trip like this -- it's one of the hardest things we photographers have to do. Here I'll show you what I'm taking with me on a trip that combines handheld, low-light street photography with landscape and travel. All the gear I showcase is linked below.
Lets talk about noise reduction and sharpening. I've had a lot of questions about when to sharpen images as well as how to sharpen and do noise reduction both in Adobe's Lightroom and ON1's Photo RAW. In this video I'll talk about when sharpening makes a difference and show you my workflow in both Lightroom and ON1's brand new Photo RAW 2019 which I'm beta testing for them.
Eventually it happens to everyone, You get back from a shoot and find your images are littered with sensor dust. As an photographer of kiteboarding, mountaineering and desert adventures I have to constantly check and clean my sensor. With mirrorless cameras and their exposed sensors, the problem is even worse. In this video I'll show you how to clean your sensor and then take a question about slotted filters vs round filters.
If you follow me, then you know I think fluid heads are much better than ball heads for both stills and video. I'm frequently asked whether there is a lighter and/or more affordable fluid head solution. Well — I've found this Benro system that is both. At $350 for the carbon legs, leveling base and head, it's a screaming deal. At 5 pounds, it's surprisingly light for a solid fluid head that goes to eye level without raising the center column. At the end I cover a question about using step up adaptor rings with filters.
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Sometimes it's impossible to get a single sharp image from the foreground to the background even stopped down to a narrow aperture with a wide angle. That's where focus blending (or stacking) comes in. What is focus blending and how does focus breathing complicate using this technique? Watch and I'll demystify that and show how I overcome focus breathing in the process.
It's fall and the colors are changing here in Portland. I'll work through a focus blended fall color image to show how this technique works while answering some questions and giving a sneak peak of my new Syrp Genie II Linear motion controller.