The Nikon D4 owners thread =)

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  1. Cameron Yee

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    I used to shoot almost exclusively in Av mode. Lately I've been trying to shoot predominantly in Manual, mostly so I am forced to think more intentionally about my exposure. I've found this has helped me when I do use the Av or Tv modes, as I do what Scott describes with the exposure compensation adjustment.

    I think the critical thing is not the mode you are shooting in, but knowing what the camera meter will do (or will try to do) in various situations and compensating (or not) accordingly. Whether you respond to that by staying in one of the auto modes and adjusting the compensation setting or switching to manual comes down to personal preference. For me, working in manual just makes the settings more obvious, as very often I've overlooked the exposure compensation indicator or forgotten I've made an adjustment.

    There are certain things I like to shoot that pretty much mean shooting in manual 100% of the time. Concert photography is one and the other is when I am working exclusively with on-camera flash as my light source.

    On my recent vacation, I learned there were times I could have stood to let the camera do a little more of the heavy lifting, rather than me fumbling with the dials in Manual mode. Basically those times when the lighting is not especially complicated and not likely to fool the meter.
     
  2. Scott Merryfield

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    That is a good point, Cameron. I will occasionally forget to return the EC setting to zero, which can mess up subsequent photos if I do not notice it.
     
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    It's mainly because when I shoot cosplay, and I'm roaming around hallways, open spaces, cramped spaces, so lighting conditions are always changing, and I'm always trusting the camera's metering as a starting point (some costume materials meter differently than normal clothing, etc), but then having to blend in some fill-in flash to keep the subject's face from succumbing to deep shadow sockets, or over-exposed flash shots. It's like someone gives you 10 seconds to get the shot, and then they move on. I'm sort of useless in non-frenetic spaces. :D
    And now, I've learned that if I do shoot a bunch of shoot under the same lighting conditions, I try to keep the settings the same so my lightroom workflow is simpler from photo to photo (fix one photo, and pass on those settings to the rest, and then salt to taste afterwards).
     
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    They seem to be suited for the London Olympic Games.




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  5. Sam Posten

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    NEAT!
     
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    Last month, i bought nikon d3100 camera and with a cool nikon d3100 case.
    What about nikon d4? i think i can know more from here.
     
  7. Sam Posten

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    D3100 to D4 is a big jump. You could buy over 10 3100s for that price =)
     
  8. Sam Posten

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    I am sooooo far behind in editing I may never catch up now. I've had to resort to just cropping and posting my annual Zombie Walk photos since I won't be able to do solid edits till next week =(
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  9. Scott Merryfield

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    Sam, your colors look off with those photos. :D
     
  10. Sam Posten

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    Pro:
    Overcast = even lighting.
    Con:
    Overcast = crappy base colors.
    I'll be able to make em pop but SOOC they are not so hot.
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

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    Sam, I was actually joking. It was related to the subject matter and make up your subjects were wearing. Hence the :D .
     
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    Sometimes, less detail (and "reality") is a good thing -- leaves more room for the imagination... haha...



    IF you're serious about upgrading, maybe check out the new D600? I'm sorta starting to have that upgrade itch again (though I'm sorta satisfying it w/ my daughter's D5100 for the moment

    OTOH, maybe you should get some better glass first, if you've only had a D3100 for such short time (and probably haven't gotten to better glass yet)...

    _Man_
     
  13. Sam Posten

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    Man, that is exactly what I'm talking about in color correction phase I intend. Making things appear more gritty by crushing blacks will be a part of that,
    Scott, I got that you were joking but my reply made it seem like I did not. That was actually a kinda off tangent post. Sorry!
     
  14. Sam Posten

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    Neat! My tank photo made the "year in review" front page of the local mini paper! https://twitter.com/Navesink/status/287249785742839808/photo/1
     
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    Congrats, Sam! That's quite an honor!
     
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  18. Sam Posten

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    In general I hate taking photos of green fields in the mid day with direct sun over head, I can never get the grass to look normal to me... I think this one works despite the awful lighting tho:

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  19. Scott Merryfield

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    You got the composition and timing down on that shot -- not much you can do about the mid-day lighting, as I doubt they would hold off the demonstration for you waiting for better light. ;)

    It's better than what I could capture last summer on Mackinac Island. I was sitting in the wrong spot, with not enough focal length.

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