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WordPress delete hack/plugin


Its just few days I have started to use WordPress and I am not sure it is
right system for me. There are few things I am really missing here like possibility to
delete more than one post at once (sometimes delete all posts). I am not real bloger and maybe I need true CMS instead. Anyway… since I am too lazy to do relocate to other system and even one friend of mine having same problem I decided to make my first Worpress hack (or plugin how its cool to call hacks now :) ).



Whats going on here? Select all and delete

Its simple. I have added one more button to manage post section. And also some check boxes ofcourse.
So when you wanna to delete more than one post simply check all you need and push the button.




Instalation

  • Backup everything you have online
  • Replace edit.php and post.php files in wp-admin folder
  • Enjoy deleting your posts

I am sorry guys I have no idea how to make real plugin for wordpress and I have no time to study that.
Function should be save. The only thing I had to bypass is delete confrimation process (I did not
want to confir every delete). I have made javascript confirmation dialog box instead.

Download

Here is the file you need: WP-delete-marked-posts-hack.zip.
Current version is WordPress 2.2.2.

Donation

Did you like my hack? If yes and you are so happy then you can help me with my hosting bill!

Donate towards my web hosting bill!




My name is Jan and I like to take photos, misbirth play golf or play with gadgets. I shoot mainly scenic, reportage and architecture, but have also been doing some other types for fun. I decided to start czech photo blog about photo from different that just technical perspective especially in the times of MPx race. Then I turn into the english one. This blog to capture some of the many forum posts I’ve made on several discussion groups . I also use this blog to share my personal expirience and as a kind of bookmarks. Especially when I see that it was quite difficult to find relevant info about some topic, so i make a page which can be much find for the others.

My name is Jan and I like to take photos, misbirth play golf or play with gadgets. I shoot mainly scenic, reportage and architecture, but have also been doing some other types for fun. I decided to start czech photo blog about photo from different that just technical perspective especially in the times of MPx race. Then I turn into the english one. This blog to capture some of the many forum posts I’ve made on several discussion groups . I also use this blog to share my personal expirience and as a kind of bookmarks. Especially when I see that it was quite difficult to find relevant info about some topic, so i make a page which can be much find for the others.

Comparing cameras, there
trying to find which one is better and which one to choose.

Nikon D70 vs D50? Nikon D50 vs D100? D200 vs D80? What is the difference between D70 and D70s or D40 and D40x? Do I need to upgrade my D70 to D80? And how about Canon 400D or 40D? Which camera is the best for me?

Exactly these questions are having their answers here, in Camera Arena.
My name is Jan and I like to take photos, misbirth play golf or play with gadgets. I shoot mainly scenic, reportage and architecture, but have also been doing some other types for fun. I decided to start czech photo blog about photo from different that just technical perspective especially in the times of MPx race. Then I turn into the english one. This blog to capture some of the many forum posts I’ve made on several discussion groups . I also use this blog to share my personal expirience and as a kind of bookmarks. Especially when I see that it was quite difficult to find relevant info about some topic, so i make a page which can be much find for the others.

Comparing cameras, there
trying to find which one is better and which one to choose.

Nikon D70 vs D50? Nikon D50 vs D100? D200 vs D80? What is the difference between D70 and D70s or D40 and D40x? Do I need to upgrade my D70 to D80? And how about Canon 400D or 40D? Which camera is the best for me?

Exactly these questions are having their answers here, in Camera Arena.
How to do…?

How come that their landscapes are so colorfull and my pictures looks that bad? How to shoot wedding? How to shoot studio portrait images at home? Do i need softbox light? What is camera work and what is post process photoshop after work? How to set up your home DLNA server? How to set up your Garmin GPS device?

Everytime I found any solution to the issue where no answer has been found on the net, store
I made a post here…

My name is Jan and I like to take photos, misbirth play golf or play with gadgets. I shoot mainly scenic, reportage and architecture, but have also been doing some other types for fun. I decided to start czech photo blog about photo from different that just technical perspective especially in the times of MPx race. Then I turn into the english one. This blog to capture some of the many forum posts I’ve made on several discussion groups . I also use this blog to share my personal expirience and as a kind of bookmarks. Especially when I see that it was quite difficult to find relevant info about some topic, so i make a page which can be much find for the others.

Comparing cameras, there
trying to find which one is better and which one to choose.

Nikon D70 vs D50? Nikon D50 vs D100? D200 vs D80? What is the difference between D70 and D70s or D40 and D40x? Do I need to upgrade my D70 to D80? And how about Canon 400D or 40D? Which camera is the best for me?

Exactly these questions are having their answers here, in Camera Arena.
How to do…?

How come that their landscapes are so colorfull and my pictures looks that bad? How to shoot wedding? How to shoot studio portrait images at home? Do i need softbox light? What is camera work and what is post process photoshop after work? How to set up your home DLNA server? How to set up your Garmin GPS device?

Everytime I found any solution to the issue where no answer has been found on the net, store
I made a post here…

Lets go to Israel!

israel trip
Israel, pills for sale small country with high media coverage. Country some people dream about. Some ones hate it. The others
fighting for and the rest is afraid of. Me and two friends of mine decided to make a short trip to
israel and try to visit all places we have heard about from news and bible. So this is photo report of
our israel trip because my camera made me a company of course! So pictures from Israel!




Landing Tel-Aviv straight to Hebron

Its 18.1.2007 arround 5:00 am. We are getting to friends of mine flat. Just quickly throw away our luggage
and then directly to Central Bus station.

israel-picture-tel-aviv-idf-soldiers

For everyone who is first time in Israel. Just visit of central bus station is pretty shocking.
First of all they the security check is the same like on airport (you get use to very fast because
they check you in the same way even at the entrance of every restaurant or club). Secondly young
soldiers are everywhere. The israel is the only country which has military duty for man and woman as well. Boys has to serve 3 years, salve girls just 2. So you see them all around and to be honest
they do not lookl frustrated at all. :)

israel-picture-west-bank-armoured-bus
Our destination is Hebron located on west bank (under palestinian authority control) and the way
will not be easy because there are no any lines there. It is pretty dangerous place and most of isrealis have
never been there during their whole life. We are getting in armoured bus (bullet proof windows etc.) direction
the nearest settlement: Qiryat Arba. Btw. We are the only non-uniformed passengers.


There are no real bus stops in settlements so sometimes its pretty confusing to get off at
the righ place. Anyway we decided to get out because friend of mine though it is the place.
So no we are in the middle of nowhere trying to find a place to hitchhike to Hebron. After
one hour we find out we are completly wrong. Qiryat Arba is next settlement around 4 kilometers away and
tt is danger to go there by foot so we have to hitchhike to Qiryat Arba first and then to Hebron.

qiryat-arba

After two hours we are in Hebron. Hebron is one of the most ancient cities in the Middle East. And one of the oldest continuously
inhabited cities in the world as well. Population around 150000 palestinians and 500 jews
(which are guarded by 5000 israel soldiers). Its is holy city because allmost all patriarchs
are buried here (sara, story
isaac, rebekah, rachel), second holiest city for jews called the
city “the City of the Patriarchs”. We are staying right in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Synague, thomb and mosque at once. Today some muslim festival take place there so there are a lot
of policemans and atmosphere is pretty hot.

hebron cave of the patriarch

Very soon we are getting to know some settlers. They are really interested in what we are
doing there because not very much visitors comming here in general. Look at picture bellow even
ambulance has to be armoured here!

hebron-settler

These guys are very nice to use and they offer to give us a tour guide. So we are walking around
idf checkpoints. On every second corner there is a story who died here and when.
Wanna bit of frustration?

picture-hebron idf

picture-hebron idf

We did not want to go too far from last checkpoint because it was quite obvious that there are some
problems all around (shooting can be heard clearly).

hebron

When we get back to the cave it was around 6pm. and no car have been parking there anymore.
So question was how to get back to Qiryat Arba. After 30 minutes some one give as a lift to the nearest
bus station and on the we found out why everybody told us that comming back on foot to Quiryat Arba is
almost suicide. A lot of strange people were rubberneck on the streets and so on. 10:00pm we are safe
home in Tel Aviv Jaffo which is very nice by night:



Jerusalem, capital of all

10:00 am we are on the way to Jerusalem. No armoured bus anymore. Around noon time we get to the
ancient city and we were walking around famous sights and our favoured places and restaurants.
Lunch we spent in Praha restaurant eating fake hungarian goulash with dumplings (we got ordinary
goulash with potatos something instead however good taste after days of eating just falafel :) ).
Here are some pictures next day at night in Church of the Holy Sepulchre
and Kotel (western wall of second temple).

jerusalem-holy-sepulchre

jerusalem-holy-sepulchre

jerusalem kotel

Now we are on the way to Afula to get to kibbutz Ein Harod to visit my realtives.
Kibutzs are collective community villages (cities). Its kind of ideology way of living: everybody
share everything and no one owns anything. People working for kibbutz and gets everything
they need (like house, food, goods). Most of kibbutzs are willage type of setlements around some
factory or farm which giving people jobs. They provide corporate dinning hall, swiming pool or
car renting (free for members). Around 8% of all israelis living in Kibbutz. Getting less now days
because for young people this way of living is not cool anymore. We were quite surprised by
visiting nice club near by Ein Harod. On our way back we drive golf car (pretty drunk) which
was very funny. :)

fun in kibbutz

Golan Heights

Next day we were going to Golan Heights.
Israel captured land during Six Day War in 1967 and Yom Kippur War in 1973. Nice piece of
nature full of mines and other war artefacts.

golan heights danger mines



Last picture is from Syrian border with anti-tank barrier. On our way back we went to
Kineret lake and Nazareh. Then by bus back to Tel-Aviv.

Gaza, Ber-sheba, Massada, Dead See and back

Gaza strip is very small area with
around 1.4 mil residents, mostly Palestinians. Probably most dangerous place in middle east.
To be honest I do not know why we wanted to go there. Maybe just kind of adrenalin.
Anyway we were able to get just to the border line. No way to get in. Gaza is surrounded by
defence wall (security fence), 6 m high concrete wall. It takes exatly 1.5 minutes israeli army HMMWV (idf)
to capture you when are waling near by this wall. They were quite angry to us however
at the end they were happy to see just stupid tourist and not something else.

gaza-idf-hummer-h1-HMMWV

gaza defence fence

Our next steps goes to the judea desert to visit massada
and dead sea. Massada is really unique fortrest in
the world. It was build on the top of flat mountain and it had everything you need to survive:
rainy watter tank, fields. No wonder Romans spent few years at mountin foot and even after
that they won just because all of defenders self-murdered.

masada-judea-desert

masada-judea-desert

And this is the end of our journey… just map of travel.



Well… ???

My name is Jan and I like to take photos, misbirth play golf or play with gadgets. I shoot mainly scenic, reportage and architecture, but have also been doing some other types for fun. I decided to start czech photo blog about photo from different that just technical perspective especially in the times of MPx race. Then I turn into the english one. This blog to capture some of the many forum posts I’ve made on several discussion groups . I also use this blog to share my personal expirience and as a kind of bookmarks. Especially when I see that it was quite difficult to find relevant info about some topic, so i make a page which can be much find for the others.

Comparing cameras, there
trying to find which one is better and which one to choose.

Nikon D70 vs D50? Nikon D50 vs D100? D200 vs D80? What is the difference between D70 and D70s or D40 and D40x? Do I need to upgrade my D70 to D80? And how about Canon 400D or 40D? Which camera is the best for me?

Exactly these questions are having their answers here, in Camera Arena.
How to do…?

How come that their landscapes are so colorfull and my pictures looks that bad? How to shoot wedding? How to shoot studio portrait images at home? Do i need softbox light? What is camera work and what is post process photoshop after work? How to set up your home DLNA server? How to set up your Garmin GPS device?

Everytime I found any solution to the issue where no answer has been found on the net, store
I made a post here…

Lets go to Israel!

israel trip
Israel, pills for sale small country with high media coverage. Country some people dream about. Some ones hate it. The others
fighting for and the rest is afraid of. Me and two friends of mine decided to make a short trip to
israel and try to visit all places we have heard about from news and bible. So this is photo report of
our israel trip because my camera made me a company of course! So pictures from Israel!




Landing Tel-Aviv straight to Hebron

Its 18.1.2007 arround 5:00 am. We are getting to friends of mine flat. Just quickly throw away our luggage
and then directly to Central Bus station.

israel-picture-tel-aviv-idf-soldiers

For everyone who is first time in Israel. Just visit of central bus station is pretty shocking.
First of all they the security check is the same like on airport (you get use to very fast because
they check you in the same way even at the entrance of every restaurant or club). Secondly young
soldiers are everywhere. The israel is the only country which has military duty for man and woman as well. Boys has to serve 3 years, salve girls just 2. So you see them all around and to be honest
they do not lookl frustrated at all. :)

israel-picture-west-bank-armoured-bus
Our destination is Hebron located on west bank (under palestinian authority control) and the way
will not be easy because there are no any lines there. It is pretty dangerous place and most of isrealis have
never been there during their whole life. We are getting in armoured bus (bullet proof windows etc.) direction
the nearest settlement: Qiryat Arba. Btw. We are the only non-uniformed passengers.


There are no real bus stops in settlements so sometimes its pretty confusing to get off at
the righ place. Anyway we decided to get out because friend of mine though it is the place.
So no we are in the middle of nowhere trying to find a place to hitchhike to Hebron. After
one hour we find out we are completly wrong. Qiryat Arba is next settlement around 4 kilometers away and
tt is danger to go there by foot so we have to hitchhike to Qiryat Arba first and then to Hebron.

qiryat-arba

After two hours we are in Hebron. Hebron is one of the most ancient cities in the Middle East. And one of the oldest continuously
inhabited cities in the world as well. Population around 150000 palestinians and 500 jews
(which are guarded by 5000 israel soldiers). Its is holy city because allmost all patriarchs
are buried here (sara, story
isaac, rebekah, rachel), second holiest city for jews called the
city “the City of the Patriarchs”. We are staying right in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Synague, thomb and mosque at once. Today some muslim festival take place there so there are a lot
of policemans and atmosphere is pretty hot.

hebron cave of the patriarch

Very soon we are getting to know some settlers. They are really interested in what we are
doing there because not very much visitors comming here in general. Look at picture bellow even
ambulance has to be armoured here!

hebron-settler

These guys are very nice to use and they offer to give us a tour guide. So we are walking around
idf checkpoints. On every second corner there is a story who died here and when.
Wanna bit of frustration?

picture-hebron idf

picture-hebron idf

We did not want to go too far from last checkpoint because it was quite obvious that there are some
problems all around (shooting can be heard clearly).

hebron

When we get back to the cave it was around 6pm. and no car have been parking there anymore.
So question was how to get back to Qiryat Arba. After 30 minutes some one give as a lift to the nearest
bus station and on the we found out why everybody told us that comming back on foot to Quiryat Arba is
almost suicide. A lot of strange people were rubberneck on the streets and so on. 10:00pm we are safe
home in Tel Aviv Jaffo which is very nice by night:



Jerusalem, capital of all

10:00 am we are on the way to Jerusalem. No armoured bus anymore. Around noon time we get to the
ancient city and we were walking around famous sights and our favoured places and restaurants.
Lunch we spent in Praha restaurant eating fake hungarian goulash with dumplings (we got ordinary
goulash with potatos something instead however good taste after days of eating just falafel :) ).
Here are some pictures next day at night in Church of the Holy Sepulchre
and Kotel (western wall of second temple).

jerusalem-holy-sepulchre

jerusalem-holy-sepulchre

jerusalem kotel

Now we are on the way to Afula to get to kibbutz Ein Harod to visit my realtives.
Kibutzs are collective community villages (cities). Its kind of ideology way of living: everybody
share everything and no one owns anything. People working for kibbutz and gets everything
they need (like house, food, goods). Most of kibbutzs are willage type of setlements around some
factory or farm which giving people jobs. They provide corporate dinning hall, swiming pool or
car renting (free for members). Around 8% of all israelis living in Kibbutz. Getting less now days
because for young people this way of living is not cool anymore. We were quite surprised by
visiting nice club near by Ein Harod. On our way back we drive golf car (pretty drunk) which
was very funny. :)

fun in kibbutz

Golan Heights

Next day we were going to Golan Heights.
Israel captured land during Six Day War in 1967 and Yom Kippur War in 1973. Nice piece of
nature full of mines and other war artefacts.

golan heights danger mines



Last picture is from Syrian border with anti-tank barrier. On our way back we went to
Kineret lake and Nazareh. Then by bus back to Tel-Aviv.

Gaza, Ber-sheba, Massada, Dead See and back

Gaza strip is very small area with
around 1.4 mil residents, mostly Palestinians. Probably most dangerous place in middle east.
To be honest I do not know why we wanted to go there. Maybe just kind of adrenalin.
Anyway we were able to get just to the border line. No way to get in. Gaza is surrounded by
defence wall (security fence), 6 m high concrete wall. It takes exatly 1.5 minutes israeli army HMMWV (idf)
to capture you when are waling near by this wall. They were quite angry to us however
at the end they were happy to see just stupid tourist and not something else.

gaza-idf-hummer-h1-HMMWV

gaza defence fence

Our next steps goes to the judea desert to visit massada
and dead sea. Massada is really unique fortrest in
the world. It was build on the top of flat mountain and it had everything you need to survive:
rainy watter tank, fields. No wonder Romans spent few years at mountin foot and even after
that they won just because all of defenders self-murdered.

masada-judea-desert

masada-judea-desert

And this is the end of our journey… just map of travel.



Well… ???

Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon D40x

Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon 40x
It is always very interesting to follow whats going on at lowest segment of the market.
Canon and Nikon are fighitng everywhere and pro level cameras are pretty much the same. Everything
is just about few parameters like shutter speed and megapixels. The low ened segment is much
more interesting because real featuters for common users are done here. So lets have a look on
Canon Rebel Xti (EOS 400D) and Nikon D40x.





Low-end camera, prostate high-end result

First of all do not be ashamed of buying these camers. There are low end according to the price of
profesional equipment however good enough for almost everything. Lets be honest: the result you get
nowdays from Canon D400 or Nikon D40x is far better you got from pro-level cameras in the past.
Picture from Nikon D40x is far better than Nikon D1, resuscitator
Nikon D1h, hospital
D100 even D70s and most people say
that it is pretty much the same like Nikon D200 (which is 3 times more expensive). The same you can find
for Canon Rebel Xti: it can beat Canon 10D for sure!

The real difference betwen pro and non-pro cameras are just few features which are not important
for average photographer:

  • Megapixels for huge prints
  • Anti-dust and watter proof protection
  • Fast shutter speed
  • Studio ready features
  • fast control layout
  • And few more…

Megapixels are not a case anymore. Even with 4 Mpx you can make A3 prints. Antidust and watter proof
is nescesity for profesionals which have to work in the war conditions in any case. Fast shutter is nice
for sport reporters which have to make proper picture of the match that happen just once and they must
take the picture othewise got fired. Studio is clear and most of the families are not having their own
photo studio at home. Fast control layout means more levers and switch which are cool for profesionals and
pretty confusing for my mother.

Real difference

I am gonna to disapoint everybody who expect long artical about technical differences between
these two cameras. For most of people Nikon D40x and Canon D400 are same cool cameras. The only
real difference is how you feel the brand and how do you like its handling. Anyway everobody
expect that so here is our difference sheet:

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40 Canon EOS 400D
(Canon Rebel Xti)
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CMOS
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
35 zone mettering
Crop factor 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps 3 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200 100-1600
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17 ???
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh ???
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC CF
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3 N/9
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N N Y
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y N
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N N

Canon-400d-Rebel-Xti-vs-Nikon-D40x

Canon Rebel XTi (Canon EOS 400D) vs Nikon D40x

same size 126 x 94 x 64 mm ((5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in), Canon 514 g, Nikon 471 g

Result

Lets keep it short. From my point of view. Canon Rebel Xti (EOS 400D) is sligtly better camera acording to
feature list. From the other hand none of them are important for most people. Nikon D40x is for me better
camera according to automatic function and handling (really guys, try both and you will see. Nikon is much
better here i think). My vote goes to Nikon for better design and control layout however try both for sure! Yes,
Nikon is 1 mm smaller and 50g lighter. No one care about here.



Well… what do you think about Nikon D40x and Canon D400?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Photo flash light with umbrella


Intro

One day, pills almost every photographer decide or at least start to think about his own studio. The easiest way is to make some kind of amateur studio (atelier) at home. The problem is to find some relevant info or how tos. There just a few articals about this important topic for beginers or people without good infos or
friends whit such know how. I have written this artical in czech years ago however its is
still relevant even today.

Lighting is the key of a lot of types of pictures. We are not going to talk about
expensive soft boxes and pro lighting. The only thing we use is the Nikon DSLR with one wireless TTL comanded flash (Nikon SB-800). The brand here is absolutely not important here, overweight
you can get the same with Canon, discount
Pentax, Sony, Panasonic or Sigma. We also use 5-in-1 light reflector / diffuser and some
cheap umbrellas (rain umbrellas :)).

What we need here?

Not much and not very expensive staff…

  • Nikon D70 – old DSLR as camera and flash commander.
    aperiture 5,6, time 1/160, iso 200, white ballance – auto, flash in commander mode.

  • Nikon SB-800 – our main light source. Setings: remote TTL with difusion dome and adapter (14mm).
  • Holder – we need to hold external flash outside camera, the same whit diffusor and umbrella.
  • Silver umbrella – original photo umbrella, cost 30,- USD
  • Silver semitransparent umbrella “Tesco” – low cost, low quality Tesco umbrella for 2,- USD (or free). The main advantage of this umbrella is the fact that it is half transparent. You can use it as a diffusor or reflect umbrella. The color is about bluesilvergrey something.
  • Reflector 5-IN-1 – we use it as diffusor to make “softbox” efect.

No a jak to dopadlo?

Nebudeme to protahovat, jdeme se podívat na výsledky:



Here is the scene set up and again, camera settings f5.6, 1/160 a ISO 200.



Picture number one: original scene, no special light is used. Just original lighting in the room. We used 1/2 S for shutter. Important area of all picture is around the loudspeaker and on the nose and neck.



Here we have first lighting, direct flash light. What we see is the sharp shadows and very good light on whole picture.



Here we see usage of the silver umbrella (photo type). Very hard and direct light. We can say even agressive. Shadows are a bit softer. We see double shadows around loudspeaker due reflections of the walls and umbrella.



Tesco umbrella as reflector is softer than previous. Light is also with better coverage on the picture thanks to the light which comes through the umbrella. Shadows are not agressive. We also see that there is no big problem with white balance which we could expected.



Tesco umbrella as diffuser. Shadows are very soft and the light is very close to
softbox type of lighting.



Here we used 5-in-1 diffuser used as open softbox. The light is soft and shadows
very decent.

Result

There is no something like an result, which light is the winner. Every pohotographer is hunting good light for the rest of his light. Without good
lighting there is not good picture. The best lighting is the natural light and
maybe you have asked yourself why I have choiced such a strange scene for my
test. The answer is to compare with some of my older shots when natural sun light comming through window were used:

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Photo flash light with umbrella


Intro

One day, pills almost every photographer decide or at least start to think about his own studio. The easiest way is to make some kind of amateur studio (atelier) at home. The problem is to find some relevant info or how tos. There just a few articals about this important topic for beginers or people without good infos or
friends whit such know how. I have written this artical in czech years ago however its is
still relevant even today.

Lighting is the key of a lot of types of pictures. We are not going to talk about
expensive soft boxes and pro lighting. The only thing we use is the Nikon DSLR with one wireless TTL comanded flash (Nikon SB-800). The brand here is absolutely not important here, overweight
you can get the same with Canon, discount
Pentax, Sony, Panasonic or Sigma. We also use 5-in-1 light reflector / diffuser and some
cheap umbrellas (rain umbrellas :)).

What we need here?

Not much and not very expensive staff…

  • Nikon D70 – old DSLR as camera and flash commander.
    aperiture 5,6, time 1/160, iso 200, white ballance – auto, flash in commander mode.

  • Nikon SB-800 – our main light source. Setings: remote TTL with difusion dome and adapter (14mm).
  • Holder – we need to hold external flash outside camera, the same whit diffusor and umbrella.
  • Silver umbrella – original photo umbrella, cost 30,- USD
  • Silver semitransparent umbrella “Tesco” – low cost, low quality Tesco umbrella for 2,- USD (or free). The main advantage of this umbrella is the fact that it is half transparent. You can use it as a diffusor or reflect umbrella. The color is about bluesilvergrey something.
  • Reflector 5-IN-1 – we use it as diffusor to make “softbox” efect.

No a jak to dopadlo?

Nebudeme to protahovat, jdeme se podívat na výsledky:



Here is the scene set up and again, camera settings f5.6, 1/160 a ISO 200.



Picture number one: original scene, no special light is used. Just original lighting in the room. We used 1/2 S for shutter. Important area of all picture is around the loudspeaker and on the nose and neck.



Here we have first lighting, direct flash light. What we see is the sharp shadows and very good light on whole picture.



Here we see usage of the silver umbrella (photo type). Very hard and direct light. We can say even agressive. Shadows are a bit softer. We see double shadows around loudspeaker due reflections of the walls and umbrella.



Tesco umbrella as reflector is softer than previous. Light is also with better coverage on the picture thanks to the light which comes through the umbrella. Shadows are not agressive. We also see that there is no big problem with white balance which we could expected.



Tesco umbrella as diffuser. Shadows are very soft and the light is very close to
softbox type of lighting.



Here we used 5-in-1 diffuser used as open softbox. The light is soft and shadows
very decent.

Result

There is no something like an result, which light is the winner. Every pohotographer is hunting good light for the rest of his light. Without good
lighting there is not good picture. The best lighting is the natural light and
maybe you have asked yourself why I have choiced such a strange scene for my
test. The answer is to compare with some of my older shots when natural sun light comming through window were used:

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, patient
we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look on both and try to find difference. I know D200 nowdays is gonne… so D300 is simply best gear to everyone who needs profesional build body. Everyone else should also think about lower models such us Nikon D90 and latest Nikon D7000. Why? They have some easy-to-use features, they are much lighter and result and not that far away. And do not forget about price tag!

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • you keeping your DX lens collection :)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D700

Well… in my opiniom “just” fullframe version of D700. Smallest full frame camera from Nikon now days. If you have an ambitious for full frame… or you want to change almost all lenses you have. D700 is the rigth choice. Why not D3? Simply D3 is very heavy… even withou flash built in. :) I think D3s is to serious for most of the people. Its like 5D vs 1Ds… people often take 5D because they dont like builky stuff.


Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery. Newier version is called D3s, as always. I have to admit, after a years… this is a great camera. Not for everyone, however for pros… finally some clear alternative to Canon EOS 1 Ds mark III and for much better price.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb extra fast. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part, however not fastest nowdays.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Photo flash light with umbrella


Intro

One day, pills almost every photographer decide or at least start to think about his own studio. The easiest way is to make some kind of amateur studio (atelier) at home. The problem is to find some relevant info or how tos. There just a few articals about this important topic for beginers or people without good infos or
friends whit such know how. I have written this artical in czech years ago however its is
still relevant even today.

Lighting is the key of a lot of types of pictures. We are not going to talk about
expensive soft boxes and pro lighting. The only thing we use is the Nikon DSLR with one wireless TTL comanded flash (Nikon SB-800). The brand here is absolutely not important here, overweight
you can get the same with Canon, discount
Pentax, Sony, Panasonic or Sigma. We also use 5-in-1 light reflector / diffuser and some
cheap umbrellas (rain umbrellas :)).

What we need here?

Not much and not very expensive staff…

  • Nikon D70 – old DSLR as camera and flash commander.
    aperiture 5,6, time 1/160, iso 200, white ballance – auto, flash in commander mode.

  • Nikon SB-800 – our main light source. Setings: remote TTL with difusion dome and adapter (14mm).
  • Holder – we need to hold external flash outside camera, the same whit diffusor and umbrella.
  • Silver umbrella – original photo umbrella, cost 30,- USD
  • Silver semitransparent umbrella “Tesco” – low cost, low quality Tesco umbrella for 2,- USD (or free). The main advantage of this umbrella is the fact that it is half transparent. You can use it as a diffusor or reflect umbrella. The color is about bluesilvergrey something.
  • Reflector 5-IN-1 – we use it as diffusor to make “softbox” efect.

No a jak to dopadlo?

Nebudeme to protahovat, jdeme se podívat na výsledky:



Here is the scene set up and again, camera settings f5.6, 1/160 a ISO 200.



Picture number one: original scene, no special light is used. Just original lighting in the room. We used 1/2 S for shutter. Important area of all picture is around the loudspeaker and on the nose and neck.



Here we have first lighting, direct flash light. What we see is the sharp shadows and very good light on whole picture.



Here we see usage of the silver umbrella (photo type). Very hard and direct light. We can say even agressive. Shadows are a bit softer. We see double shadows around loudspeaker due reflections of the walls and umbrella.



Tesco umbrella as reflector is softer than previous. Light is also with better coverage on the picture thanks to the light which comes through the umbrella. Shadows are not agressive. We also see that there is no big problem with white balance which we could expected.



Tesco umbrella as diffuser. Shadows are very soft and the light is very close to
softbox type of lighting.



Here we used 5-in-1 diffuser used as open softbox. The light is soft and shadows
very decent.

Result

There is no something like an result, which light is the winner. Every pohotographer is hunting good light for the rest of his light. Without good
lighting there is not good picture. The best lighting is the natural light and
maybe you have asked yourself why I have choiced such a strange scene for my
test. The answer is to compare with some of my older shots when natural sun light comming through window were used:

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, patient
we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look on both and try to find difference. I know D200 nowdays is gonne… so D300 is simply best gear to everyone who needs profesional build body. Everyone else should also think about lower models such us Nikon D90 and latest Nikon D7000. Why? They have some easy-to-use features, they are much lighter and result and not that far away. And do not forget about price tag!

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • you keeping your DX lens collection :)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D700

Well… in my opiniom “just” fullframe version of D700. Smallest full frame camera from Nikon now days. If you have an ambitious for full frame… or you want to change almost all lenses you have. D700 is the rigth choice. Why not D3? Simply D3 is very heavy… even withou flash built in. :) I think D3s is to serious for most of the people. Its like 5D vs 1Ds… people often take 5D because they dont like builky stuff.


Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery. Newier version is called D3s, as always. I have to admit, after a years… this is a great camera. Not for everyone, however for pros… finally some clear alternative to Canon EOS 1 Ds mark III and for much better price.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb extra fast. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part, however not fastest nowdays.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), pharmacy
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, generic
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery.

The Nikon D3 is the only camera among these, that if you spend all day with a camera stuck to your face, just gets out of the way. It does everything fast and without complaint. Its finder has no marks for AF sensors, so most of the time, you have a clear rectangle in which to compose. The lack of distraction from etched AF sensors makes a big difference when trying to concentrate through it all day long.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb. It just goes. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly.

The fast, smart and accurate autofocus is the hard part. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part.

If the D3 is too heavy for you, pop on a fixed 50mm lens and it now feels like nothing.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Photo flash light with umbrella


Intro

One day, pills almost every photographer decide or at least start to think about his own studio. The easiest way is to make some kind of amateur studio (atelier) at home. The problem is to find some relevant info or how tos. There just a few articals about this important topic for beginers or people without good infos or
friends whit such know how. I have written this artical in czech years ago however its is
still relevant even today.

Lighting is the key of a lot of types of pictures. We are not going to talk about
expensive soft boxes and pro lighting. The only thing we use is the Nikon DSLR with one wireless TTL comanded flash (Nikon SB-800). The brand here is absolutely not important here, overweight
you can get the same with Canon, discount
Pentax, Sony, Panasonic or Sigma. We also use 5-in-1 light reflector / diffuser and some
cheap umbrellas (rain umbrellas :)).

What we need here?

Not much and not very expensive staff…

  • Nikon D70 – old DSLR as camera and flash commander.
    aperiture 5,6, time 1/160, iso 200, white ballance – auto, flash in commander mode.

  • Nikon SB-800 – our main light source. Setings: remote TTL with difusion dome and adapter (14mm).
  • Holder – we need to hold external flash outside camera, the same whit diffusor and umbrella.
  • Silver umbrella – original photo umbrella, cost 30,- USD
  • Silver semitransparent umbrella “Tesco” – low cost, low quality Tesco umbrella for 2,- USD (or free). The main advantage of this umbrella is the fact that it is half transparent. You can use it as a diffusor or reflect umbrella. The color is about bluesilvergrey something.
  • Reflector 5-IN-1 – we use it as diffusor to make “softbox” efect.

No a jak to dopadlo?

Nebudeme to protahovat, jdeme se podívat na výsledky:



Here is the scene set up and again, camera settings f5.6, 1/160 a ISO 200.



Picture number one: original scene, no special light is used. Just original lighting in the room. We used 1/2 S for shutter. Important area of all picture is around the loudspeaker and on the nose and neck.



Here we have first lighting, direct flash light. What we see is the sharp shadows and very good light on whole picture.



Here we see usage of the silver umbrella (photo type). Very hard and direct light. We can say even agressive. Shadows are a bit softer. We see double shadows around loudspeaker due reflections of the walls and umbrella.



Tesco umbrella as reflector is softer than previous. Light is also with better coverage on the picture thanks to the light which comes through the umbrella. Shadows are not agressive. We also see that there is no big problem with white balance which we could expected.



Tesco umbrella as diffuser. Shadows are very soft and the light is very close to
softbox type of lighting.



Here we used 5-in-1 diffuser used as open softbox. The light is soft and shadows
very decent.

Result

There is no something like an result, which light is the winner. Every pohotographer is hunting good light for the rest of his light. Without good
lighting there is not good picture. The best lighting is the natural light and
maybe you have asked yourself why I have choiced such a strange scene for my
test. The answer is to compare with some of my older shots when natural sun light comming through window were used:

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, patient
we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look on both and try to find difference. I know D200 nowdays is gonne… so D300 is simply best gear to everyone who needs profesional build body. Everyone else should also think about lower models such us Nikon D90 and latest Nikon D7000. Why? They have some easy-to-use features, they are much lighter and result and not that far away. And do not forget about price tag!

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • you keeping your DX lens collection :)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D700

Well… in my opiniom “just” fullframe version of D700. Smallest full frame camera from Nikon now days. If you have an ambitious for full frame… or you want to change almost all lenses you have. D700 is the rigth choice. Why not D3? Simply D3 is very heavy… even withou flash built in. :) I think D3s is to serious for most of the people. Its like 5D vs 1Ds… people often take 5D because they dont like builky stuff.


Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery. Newier version is called D3s, as always. I have to admit, after a years… this is a great camera. Not for everyone, however for pros… finally some clear alternative to Canon EOS 1 Ds mark III and for much better price.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb extra fast. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part, however not fastest nowdays.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), pharmacy
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, generic
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery.

The Nikon D3 is the only camera among these, that if you spend all day with a camera stuck to your face, just gets out of the way. It does everything fast and without complaint. Its finder has no marks for AF sensors, so most of the time, you have a clear rectangle in which to compose. The lack of distraction from etched AF sensors makes a big difference when trying to concentrate through it all day long.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb. It just goes. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly.

The fast, smart and accurate autofocus is the hard part. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part.

If the D3 is too heavy for you, pop on a fixed 50mm lens and it now feels like nothing.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, click we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), troche
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, diabetes and Pregnancy
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Landscape photos are easy!

landscape photos with photomatix
Landscaapes… most of peoplelove it. There are nice colorful with lot of details. Why in hell none of
my picture looks the same? Probably I do not have Eur 5000+ camera equipment. No no. The truth is
much simplier. Hot to shoot landscape? Hot to make landscape pictures? Lets have a look
hot to do it step-by-step. Simple manual how to make landscape that all of your friends
say just wow. UPDATED: 10/2010




Any camera can produce wonderful landscape

I am really sorry but you do not need to buy new camera. Here are list of thing we need to make
nice landscape pictures. Basically we have two parts of our work. One is field work – you need to
shoot landscape somewhere. You probably can not use any of your older pictures because their are
simply bad for this purposes. Two is a bit of photoshop magic or better call that digital black
chamber work. Do not worry. It takes 5 minutes no more!

You will need this:

  • Any camera (with some manual control is better)
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizer filter (higly recomended)
  • Good weather condition (no landscape is nice without clouds, buy sundown, this sunrise… sun and noon-time is not a case here at all!)
  • Some software, here we are going to use HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Mars bar :)))

Lets go shooting

Go to the woods and find some nice scenery. Put your camera on tripod. Now we are going to shoot more pictures that
has to be exactly same except exposition. These pictures we are going to compose to get one which much higher dynamic range.
If your camera support bracketing feature use it (set 3 pictures witch step 1 EV). Bracketing means that camera by itself make
more images at once with different exposition. No bracketing? Do not cry about. You simply shoot one picture on
auto mode then set exposition compensation down (-1 EV) and shoot another one. 2 pictures can be enough however always make
3 (+1 EV). No one never know which one you need. Try to focus on closer subject if you know how (rock on
the picture for example).


Important thing is that all pictureas has to be exactly same so do not move with camera. If your camera support bracketing
try to use selftimer to avoid any handshaking. Better pictures you have larger landscape you can produce (better details).
Result should look like this (yes this kind of pictures we usually get):


Note for the lucky ones who having manual controls: To get best results set lowest ISO (means
best quality), high Aperture – f8 on compact cameras (usually maximum) and f16 on DSLR (no more because
average lens giving best result around this) and focus on 1.5 m for wide picture (this distance is close to
hyper focal lenght which means everything above 1.5 m be sharp).

Honey, I’am home!

So lets start our computer work. Run Photomatix and get this


Our case is probably second option so lets continue. Open pictures you made in
nature. Be sure they are the same (if not the result will be pretty blurred. Sometimes
you have to use just pictures because of handshaking or wind blowing – it has moved camera or
plants on the picture). When you open them it should look like this:


Menu HDRI -> Generate HDR. As result you get very strange looking picture. Do not worry
about it.


Menu HDRI -> Tone Mapping. And now we are getting to interesting part which you
will like the best:


Now we have to tune our picture. (1) is control of dynamic of the picture. Usually is
better to not using max so -5 is best here. (2) is histogram control. Good picture need
shades as well as shine parts. Try to make histogram wide by black and white point
controls. Last control is whole saturation of the picture. Its all upon you: wanna colorfull
picture or rainy-like dark scenery? My setting here are following:


And thats it. Easy, dont you think? The final result in this case is here:


Conclusion

There is nothing to conlcude… I whish you luck!



Well… what do you think about?

Or can we say Leica D-Lux 5 vs D-Lux 4? :)


blah blah …



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and findin

Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX3
Image 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor 10 MP / 1.63″ CCD sensor
Lens Leica Vario-summicron 24-90mm F/2-3.3 Leica 24-60mm F/2-2.8
Display – LCD 3 inch 460k resolution 3 inch 460k resolution
Dimension/weight 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / 271g 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm / 265 g
Battery battery life 400 shots battery life 380 shots
ISO up to 3200, symptoms
expansion up to crazy 12800, order
usable up to 400
up to 3200, usable up to 400
Movie mode HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps, AVCHD Lite HD 1,280 x 720 px, 30fps
Continuous shooting Full resolution at 2.5 fps Full resolution at 2.5 fps
Handling, Control etc. improved grip, jog-push dial, 1:1aspect switch, dedicated movie recording button multi-way mini push joystick

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), this web
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, see
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

D200 vs. D300: sample pics

Nikon D300
Few days ago I have posted small artical about comparsion of Nikon D200 vs D300. Now I found
Nikon D300 sample gallery on some chinese forum. So lets heck it out and see its noise and
detail capability. Its still good time to decide if the older model is
good enough or not. D300 or D200? That is the question…



Nikon D300 sample pictures gallery

Browsing on my favourite forum and finding out nice link with real sample pictures from
D300. So ladies and gentlemans here is brand new
Nikon D300 sample gallery.
Its well done and you can compare details, patient
noise reduction etc. there. Original non-translated link
is here.

Anyway… still thinking that buying Nikon D200 in sale is better option for me. All
Nikon D200 vs D300 battle seems to be pretty interesting. Btw. Where is Canon and its 40D? Or Canon 50D?

My last post about this topic: Nikon d300 better than Nikon d200?


Well… what do you think about D300 vs. D200 battle?

Photo flash light with umbrella


Intro

One day, pills almost every photographer decide or at least start to think about his own studio. The easiest way is to make some kind of amateur studio (atelier) at home. The problem is to find some relevant info or how tos. There just a few articals about this important topic for beginers or people without good infos or
friends whit such know how. I have written this artical in czech years ago however its is
still relevant even today.

Lighting is the key of a lot of types of pictures. We are not going to talk about
expensive soft boxes and pro lighting. The only thing we use is the Nikon DSLR with one wireless TTL comanded flash (Nikon SB-800). The brand here is absolutely not important here, overweight
you can get the same with Canon, discount
Pentax, Sony, Panasonic or Sigma. We also use 5-in-1 light reflector / diffuser and some
cheap umbrellas (rain umbrellas :)).

What we need here?

Not much and not very expensive staff…

  • Nikon D70 – old DSLR as camera and flash commander.
    aperiture 5,6, time 1/160, iso 200, white ballance – auto, flash in commander mode.

  • Nikon SB-800 – our main light source. Setings: remote TTL with difusion dome and adapter (14mm).
  • Holder – we need to hold external flash outside camera, the same whit diffusor and umbrella.
  • Silver umbrella – original photo umbrella, cost 30,- USD
  • Silver semitransparent umbrella “Tesco” – low cost, low quality Tesco umbrella for 2,- USD (or free). The main advantage of this umbrella is the fact that it is half transparent. You can use it as a diffusor or reflect umbrella. The color is about bluesilvergrey something.
  • Reflector 5-IN-1 – we use it as diffusor to make “softbox” efect.

No a jak to dopadlo?

Nebudeme to protahovat, jdeme se podívat na výsledky:



Here is the scene set up and again, camera settings f5.6, 1/160 a ISO 200.



Picture number one: original scene, no special light is used. Just original lighting in the room. We used 1/2 S for shutter. Important area of all picture is around the loudspeaker and on the nose and neck.



Here we have first lighting, direct flash light. What we see is the sharp shadows and very good light on whole picture.



Here we see usage of the silver umbrella (photo type). Very hard and direct light. We can say even agressive. Shadows are a bit softer. We see double shadows around loudspeaker due reflections of the walls and umbrella.



Tesco umbrella as reflector is softer than previous. Light is also with better coverage on the picture thanks to the light which comes through the umbrella. Shadows are not agressive. We also see that there is no big problem with white balance which we could expected.



Tesco umbrella as diffuser. Shadows are very soft and the light is very close to
softbox type of lighting.



Here we used 5-in-1 diffuser used as open softbox. The light is soft and shadows
very decent.

Result

There is no something like an result, which light is the winner. Every pohotographer is hunting good light for the rest of his light. Without good
lighting there is not good picture. The best lighting is the natural light and
maybe you have asked yourself why I have choiced such a strange scene for my
test. The answer is to compare with some of my older shots when natural sun light comming through window were used:

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, patient
we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look on both and try to find difference. I know D200 nowdays is gonne… so D300 is simply best gear to everyone who needs profesional build body. Everyone else should also think about lower models such us Nikon D90 and latest Nikon D7000. Why? They have some easy-to-use features, they are much lighter and result and not that far away. And do not forget about price tag!

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • you keeping your DX lens collection :)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D700

Well… in my opiniom “just” fullframe version of D700. Smallest full frame camera from Nikon now days. If you have an ambitious for full frame… or you want to change almost all lenses you have. D700 is the rigth choice. Why not D3? Simply D3 is very heavy… even withou flash built in. :) I think D3s is to serious for most of the people. Its like 5D vs 1Ds… people often take 5D because they dont like builky stuff.


Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery. Newier version is called D3s, as always. I have to admit, after a years… this is a great camera. Not for everyone, however for pros… finally some clear alternative to Canon EOS 1 Ds mark III and for much better price.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb extra fast. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part, however not fastest nowdays.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Nikon D300 vs D200

Nikon D300
Just 3 days after anouncing brand new Canon D40 new Nikon horse arrive as well. Welcome Nikon D300
successor of the famous Nikon D200. Thats marketing we are not that much interested in. New model
come old become to be a part of history. This is the best time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon.



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can not find on Nikon D200…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), pharmacy
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, generic
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D300
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D200.

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D200 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D40
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is the only Nikon pro camera nowdays. It is the biggest, bulkiest, fastest, heaviest, toughest, most expensive with the fattest and longest lasting battery.

The Nikon D3 is the only camera among these, that if you spend all day with a camera stuck to your face, just gets out of the way. It does everything fast and without complaint. Its finder has no marks for AF sensors, so most of the time, you have a clear rectangle in which to compose. The lack of distraction from etched AF sensors makes a big difference when trying to concentrate through it all day long.

The D3 is the camera to get for action and sports. Its AF system is superb. It just goes. You no longer have to pick and chose AF sensors, or have to focus, lock and recompose. When you set it up as I do, you just compose and fire, and everything comes out perfectly.

The fast, smart and accurate autofocus is the hard part. The frame rate of 9 FPS is the easy part.

If the D3 is too heavy for you, pop on a fixed 50mm lens and it now feels like nothing.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Nikon D300 vs D700 … Nikon D700 vs D3

Nikon D300
Tima is running and again, click we have the same question however in newer jacket. Which one is better? We are not going to talk about Canon D5. Now it is good time to decide if the older model is
good enough to buy or not since the price of the older one will go down very soon. Same story again. :)



Why to buy Nikon D300 now?

Maybe we wanna the best of the best and we want it now. However we should think about the older
version Nikon D200 because its price is going down and it could be enough for our needs. Lets have a look
on both and try to find difference.

Nikon D300 Key Features

These ones you can on Nikon D700 as well however…

  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS senso (dx format -> crop 1.5x)
  • Self-cleaning sensor (vibration agains dust)
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (0.9Mpx), troche
    can be used as viewfinder!
  • Really fast operation (powerup 13 ms, diabetes and Pregnancy
    shutter lag 45 ms, blackout 100 ms)
  • Improved autofocus (AF): 51 points, tracking by color, auto-focus calibration up to 20 separate settings by lens
  • 6 fps (frame per second – machine gun mode)
  • And more…

There is much more I just tried to find the most important features which makes Nikon D700
unique now and especially when we are going to comparte that to Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 vs. D700 main differences

Lets have a look on our difference sheet

Nikon D300 Nikon D700 Nikon D80 Nikon D40x Nikon D3
Sensor
(Megapixels)
12.3 Mpx CMOS 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 10 Mpx CCD 6 Mpx CCD
exposure metering 1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
1005 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
420 seg. RGB
(2. generation)
Shutter time
max. time of shutter
1/8000 1/8000 1/4000 1/4000 1/4000
Continuous shooting
machinegun mode (frames per second)
6 fps, up to 8 fps
with grip
5 fps 3 fps 3 fps 2.6 fps
Flash X-sync max. time that can be used with flash 1/250, up to 1/320
with reduced GN (flash power)
1/250 1/200 1/200 1/200
Sensitivity – ISO 100-1600 (6400) 100-1600 (3200) 100-1600 (3200) 100-3200 200-3200
live viewLCD as a viewfinder Y N N N N
Built-in flash power
speedlight, GN ISO 200
18 18 18 17 17
Battery power 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1000 mAh
Storage type CF (UDMA) CF SD+SDHC SD+SDHC SD+SDHC
AF lock / no. focus points Y/51 Y/11 Y/11 N/3 N/3
Command dials 2 2 2 1 1
AF mode control switch Y Y N N N
Depth of field preview button Y Y Y N N
Remote cord connector Y Y N N
Wireless Remote Control N N Y Y Y
2. status LCD Y Y Y N N
Buitt-in flash commander / no. chanels Y/2 Y/2 Y/2 N N
Non AF-S lens compatibility
Old lens full suport
Y Y Y N N

nikon-d200-vs-nikon-d300

Nikon D200 vs Nikon D300: same size just 5g difference (D200)

Nikon D300 vs. D200 main differences

From average user pespective there are not many reasons to upgrade from Nikon D200 to D300.
For pros (especially press and sport reporters) it could be faster shutter and better watterprofing
(not everybody likes to handle bulky Nikon D2xs or D3). Everobody who works in studio enviroment
enjoy 2 more megapixels. Better autofocus is good for everyone how ever most of people can stay with
“just 11 points”. The only real feature is live view which most of people find out to be newbie
option. I do not agree at all. There are many situations where this can help a lot. I remember
few shots I have made in the past with compat camera and I can not make any more with my DSLR.

So nothing special for 500 USD dont you think? From Nikon D200 the only trouble is its battery
life: not everyone know that average D200 can shoot just 300 pictures on battery charge. My old
D70 can do 700 more (yes, thats why most of the D200 users buying grip! :) ). Lets hope D300 can
do better job. I am pretty shure about.

Result

If you want to have latest thing go for Nikon D300. If value for money is the power for you take
Nikon D200 in sale (comming soon i think) or Nikon D80. In most cases you can not be disapointed by
them.


Well… what do you think about new D300?

Front focus and Back focus manual adjustment


Front or back focusing can be a serious problem. You buy new Nikon camera and suddenly does not focus properly with old lenses. Very frustrating. And even more when you take all to the Nikon service and after one month they will send it back with result “everything is in limit”. So lets talk about D90 back/front focus adjustment. How to adjust autofocus of your camera in 30 minutes.





Nikon DSLR Autofocus and View Finder system


This article is based on several forum posts and especially original article of Sergei Khizhiy about back focus problem on Nikon D70 and later leongoodman.com. Links to the original articles are at the end. Important thing is that this method is not just for really strong back/front focus problem however also for fine tunning the camera. Even if you get the answer that everything is in limit or your camera works fine with expensive ethalon prime lens (which you obviously dont own). This can help you to get better focus with your current lens (if it has some focusing problem). Important note: AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY NIKON

On the left you can see basic design how the autofocus system of the D90 works. There are two mirrors. One for autofocus (AF) and one for manual focusing – viewfinder focus (VF). The general idea is that screw 1 and 2 are easy possible to adjust by hex key screw driver (also called Inbus or Imbus). And because they are even not hidden or covered, erectile
obviously they are here for adjusting purposes of the service.

When you frame a picture, the light from the lens travels along path A (green). A fraction of the light beam goes through the semitransparent rectangular window in the main mirror and is reflected to the auto focus detectors (path C, magenta). When you take a shot, both VF and AF mirrors lock at the upper position, and the light hits the CCD directly by path B (yellow). Distances A, B, and C must be equal to some base distance D defined by Nikon engineers for their SLRs long time ago.

Because its is impossible to fine tune or even change the positions of the CCD/CMOS sensor or AF sensor, we have to find another way. There is also no way how to change this by software (so far from what i know), so this is the only way i find on the net. All you can is to change distances A and C by changing just a little bit the working angles of the corresponding mirrors. Basically, the mirrors should be positioned precisely at 45 degrees from the main optical axis of the camera and lens. These angles are maintained by the positions of the eccentrical stoppers, fine tuned by hex key screw 1 and 2. you can easily find them on the right side of the mirror chamber. This general design seems to be the same for Nikon D70 D80 D90. I do not know if its also for D7000.

1. Print a good test pattern like the one used for testing at www.dpreview.com (ISO 12233). Stick it to a flat vertical surface in front of the camera and light it brightly to help manual focusing.
2. Remove the lens, pull up the mirror, lock it in the upper position with an adhesive tape for convenience, mark the initial positions of the stoppers for a roll back, take a 2 mm hexagonal L-shaped wrench and rotate the AF stopper against its axis to a chosen direction by a few degrees. Then unlock the mirror and put the lens back.
3. Mount the camera on a tripod and align it carefully against the test pattern.
4. Set the Aperture Priority mode on the camera and use the fastest aperture available.
5. Let the auto focus do its job and shoot. Then shoot two more pictures of the pattern with a manual correction of the focus by half a notch to either direction of the focusing ring (focus bracketing). The kit lens of the D70 allows you to do so simply by turning the focus ring while pressing the shutter release button half way. Check the user manual on that.
6. Download the images to a computer and see which of the images is better: autofocused or manually corrected. This will give you a clue if you need to rotate the AF stopper some more or if you rotated it to the wrong direction and need to reverse it. Repeat steps 2…6 until you get a perfectly autofocused picture.
7. Now that you have done with the auto focus, proceed to the calibration of the manual focus. It is done by turning the VF stopper to a certain direction by a few degrees. Keep adjusting the VF stopper position until you get the two following things at the same time: first, you must see the test pattern through the viewfinder perfectly in focus, and, second, you must see the confirmation sign of the auto focus (a green dot lit) in the bottom left corner of the viewfinder.
8. Check the result by downloading images to a computer. Use focus bracketing to see that you get the best resolution with auto and manual focusing and without focus correction.

Here is the original Sergeys procedure:

1. Print a good test pattern like the one used for testing at
www.dpreview.com (ISO 12233), for more see links at the end of this article. Stick it to a flat vertical surface in
front of the camera and light it brightly to help manual focusing.
2. Remove the lens, pull up the mirror, lock it in the upper position
with an adhesive tape for convenience, mark the initial positions of
the stoppers for a roll back, take a 2 mm hexagonal L-shaped wrench and
rotate the AF stopper against its axis to a chosen direction by a few
degrees. Then unlock the mirror and put the lens back.
3. Mount the camera on a tripod and align it carefully against the test
pattern.
4. Set the Aperture Priority mode on the camera and use the fastest
aperture available.
5. Let the auto focus do its job and shoot. Then shoot two more
pictures of the pattern with a manual correction of the focus by half a
notch to either direction of the focusing ring (focus bracketing). The
kit lens of the D70 alows you to do so simply by turning the focus ring
while pressing the shutter release button half way. Check the user
manual on that.
6. Download the images to a computer and see which of the images is
better: autofocused or manually corrected. This will give you a clue if
you need to rotate the AF stopper some more or if you rotated it to the
wrong direction and need to reverse it. Repeat steps 2…6 until you
get a perfectly autofocused picture.
7. Now that you have done with the auto focus, proceed to the
calibration of the manual focus. It is done by turning the VF stopper
to a certain direction by a few degrees. Keep adjusting the VF stopper
position until you get the two following things at the same time:
first, you must see the test pattern through the viewfinder perfectly
in focus, and, second, you must see the confirmation sign of the auto
focus (a green dot lit) in the bottom left corner of the viewfinder.
8. Check the result by downloading images to a computer. Use focus
bracketing to see that you get the best resolution with auto and manual
focusing and without focus correction.

Some links to useful articles I get most of the information: Here are front/back focus test charts. There are several ways how to do it. Some people like the lines, another tiny texts. My suggestion is that you need both.

Note: I post this article because I have difficulties to find relevant info about front focus Nikon D90.

Note: I post this article because I have dificulties to find relevant info about front focus Nikon D90.

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