Nikon Updates Distortion Control Profiles on Many of its DSLRs

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If you’re a Nikon DSLR owner, you’re in luck. The company has today offered a firmware update for lots of their cameras–and this one is specifically about distortion control. The firmware updates the lens profiles to tell the processor exactly how to react to certain images from certain lenses. The data is meant to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing.

Version 1.09 is available for Nikon D4, D800(E), D90, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, and D3100 cameras.

Firmware download links: Mac | Windows

Installation instructions: Mac | Windows

Distortion control can usually be found in the green camera menu of your DSLR–but consult your manual just in case.

Via Nikon Rumors



Creating the Photograph: László Nagy’s “Nati”

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Editor’s Note: Creating the Photograph is a new series that we’re starting where we interview photographers all about the photo that they shot and talk to them about how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed onto you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Some photos have such a beautiful and simple look to them, but most people have absolutely no idea how they were lit. Upon searching for, “Strobist” on 500PX, I came across the work of László Nagy. He curates loads of awesome photos on his Tumblr, and is also a hobbyist photographer–these two combine to give him quite the eye for details. The way he created the photo above is quite simple in one way but that also utilizes a trick that many of us sometimes forget.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.



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Field Review: Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Day 1)

Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Nikon DC-2 Connection)

Whether shooting on my tripod or using the environment as a tripod, I use a wired shutter release remote. If I am shooting long nighttime exposures, landscape photography, or anytime when I need my camera to be completely still, it’s a needed item. The Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote was brought to my attention and I had to try it out. Why? Because it’s wireless. There is no chance of shaking the camera, and I don’t have to wait for the camera’s timer.

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 1)


I’ve enjoyed spending time with our new Nikon D7000. It’s a great camera with a thoughtful and innovative feature set. It is thoroughly capable and easy to operate. Nikon has used the camera to start a new naming convention and also to introduce a couple control layout changes that show this is a carefully designed offering from the company. Continue reading…

What Snowpocalypse Taught Me About My Photography

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160) Aperture f/8.0 Focal Length 44 mm ISO Speed 200

To end 2010, Mother Nature gave the North East Corridor of the United States its fourth blizzard. It was amusing to me because not many days earlier we posted 10 Winter Photography Tips That Everyone Should Know. The snow came thick and fast, blanketing the region. In New Jersey, where I live, a state of emergency was declared. I had to go to work anyway. It was an adventure and I got to put my photography skills and tricks to the test. My day started with low light shoveling. Then I did the commute to work, and then the commute home. Through all of this, I was capturing images.

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10 Winter Photography Tips That Everyone Should Know

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 30 Aperture f/29.0 Focal Length 34 mm ISO Speed 800 Lens 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

It is time to say hello to winter, hello to layers of clothes, snow, challenging light and earlier nights. You have to go outdoors to keep your sanity. Too much time indoors will drive you nuts. Winter is a fascinating time for photography. There are physical and mental challenges that can make things remarkable. It is a time to produce some great images. When camera settings, care, lighting, and white balance are in the snow, you have to think a little more about all of it. Continue reading…

Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical (Day 6)

Exposure 1/4000 sec Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200 Exposure Bias -2 EV

What is the big deal about the lens? What makes it Special?  The answer: f/1.4 Working with this lens is fascinating. At f/1.4 it’s Tack sharp and gives an incredibly narrow depth of field.  The lenses wide angle of view is 84° diagonal on FX  and 61° on small-format DX , allows for great composure and flexibility. But I have to say this again, this lens is an f/1.4, it just allows the light to pour in. I believe I am in love with f/1.4.

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Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N (Day 5)

Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80) Aperture f/4.0 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200

A lazy Saturday and I had the urge to get into nature a little. I am no Art Wolfe or Ansel Adams but I do enjoy and taking landscape photos. One of my goals in Photography is to create a collection of landscapes in New Jersey. Landscape photography can be very Wabi Sabi (imperfect temporary beauty). The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lensis a great lens for capturing this.

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Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED (Day 2)

Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 800

I did not want to go to my day job on the second day of testing this lens, but I had to. What I wanted to do was stay out all day. I wanted to stay out and play with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lensall day and all night. But alas, I could not. What I was able to do was visit Sinatra Park in Hoboken, New Jersey and evaluate its wide angle, low light, and motion capabilities. I also found myself looking at the sharpness in low light and paying attention to how the autofocus worked.

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Field Review Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical Lens (Day 1)

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical (77mm filters, 21.8 oz./618g).

Well, I am currently working with the new Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM Prime Wide Angle Nikkor Lensand oh man what a sweet piece of glass it is! When it comes to Camera lenses, I am a lover of all things prime. If you have read previous post on this site like “Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens” you could understand my interest in this lens.

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My First Attempt at a Self Portrait

I did it—I took my first self portrait and maybe we don’t need to sing the doom song when looking at my picture. My camera did not melt! No fire and brimstone came down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! No 40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… none of the dead rising from the grave!

My first thought was that the image was an utter failure. But after some reflection and encouragement from friends and colleagues, my first endeavor at a self portrait was not as bad as I thought.

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Field Review: Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro (Day 1)


One thing that I have I’ve learned in photography is to always carry a zoom lens. If you shoot photos for fun or you get paid for creating compelling photographs, you will find need for a zoom lens. There are spots you just can’t reach and things you cannot get close to. A zoom lens will afford you that opportunity. Though my Nikon 35mm F1.8 remains my favorite lens and is almost always on my D90, the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is by my side often now.

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DXO Mark: Nikon D90 Bests Canon 7D

According to the DXO Mark, the Nikon D90 still beats Canon’s new 7D and competing product 50D. Despite the fact that the mark is only slightly, it is still worth noting that the 7D is quite a bit more expensive than the D90. This was found while browsing the /p/ forum board on 4Chan. If you recall, I mentioned this forum as one of the best places to get your photos critiqued. If the thread is still alive when you are reading this, then you’ll probably see the flame war between Nikon and Canon fanboys alike erupting.

Edit: For what it’s worth too, the 7D is still a better video camera bar none when coupled with the right items.

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