I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be in the Denver, Colorado area at the Lone Tree Civic Center to teach a long exposure photography class. I’ll be covering all of the techniques that I use to “stretch time,” including variable and solid ND filters, time-lapse, and cloud-stacking.
For anyone who wants to know how to photograph the night sky, I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a new photography guide. The Night Sky Photography Handbook is the complete tutorial for photographing stars and the Milky Way with a digital camera. This complete guide is applicable to anyone who wants to create creative landscape photographs of the night sky. This comprehensive guide includes information on gear, composition, and post-processing night sky images, including star trails.
The Night Sky Photography Handbook by Jason P. Odell is available as a digital download as a printable PDF file. Full product details and ordering information are available at Luminescence of Nature Press.
Digital photography is an expensive hobby, and we all want to find a good deal when buying gear. Now that the Internet makes comparison shopping easy, it’s hard to find deals and specials beyond what’s already out there.
The other approach to buying camera equipment has been to utilize the used market. The trade-off for getting a cheaper price on pre-owned equipment has always been the risk of not having a warranty should that gear malfunction. When you consider that modern DSLRs and lenses are more computers than machines, it’s no wonder why we can be hesitant to purchased used gear. If you’re going to purchase used equipment, you want to avoid scams and know you’re getting what is advertised. As the saying goes, if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. I generally try to avoid the auction sites and Internet sales forums for that reason alone. Continue reading Buying Used Gear That Isn’t Really Used→
Nikon has announced updates to its 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Nikkor lenses. The new lenses replace the original VR versions, which were announced in 2007. These new big Nikkors use fluorite glass elements to significantly reduce their weight. The 500mm f/4 E FL Nikkor weighs in at 6.8 lbs, and the 600mm f/4 E FL Nikkor is 8.4 lbs. That makes them currently the lightest 500/4 and 600/4 lenses on the market for 35mm format cameras.
Nikon has also updated the VR system in these lenses to add 4-stops of effective shutter speed, and introduced a “sport” VR mode, which should theoretically improve AF tracking of moving subjects. The lenses also gain electronic aperture control, which is intended to improve exposure accuracy during high-speed shooting, such as with the D4s DSLR.
I’ve put together a simple table comparing each of these new lenses to its predecessor. Major differences are highlighted in green.