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Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware Updates

How to update the firmware in a Nikon Z mirrorless camera

Nikon has released updated firmware version C 2.10 for the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless digital cameras. In addition to bug fixes, this firmware update also adds support for the two new DX format Z-mount lenses, the 16-50mm and 50-250mm zooms released with the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera.

Updating the firmware on a Nikon Z mirrorless camera is fairly straightforward. To do so, you’ll need:

  • A formatted XQD memory card
  • An XQD card reader for your computer
  • A fully charged EN-EL15 battery
  • Nikon firmware update file

After downloading the firmware update, copy the binary (.bin) file to the ROOT (main) directory of the XQD card. Put the card in your camera and navigate to the Firmware Version option in the Z6 or Z7’s SETUP (wrench icon) menu. Follow the on-screen prompts to update your firmware to the current version (currently 2.10).

Updating the firmware in the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras

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Coastal California Birding & Wildlife Workshop

Master bird photography Jan. 15-19, 2020

Join me in San Diego, California January 15-19 to learn the secrets of bird and wildlife photography
California sea lions near La Jolla

Join me in San Diego, California for a bird and wildlife photography workshop. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to six (6) participants for a personal experience that you can’t get from the big tours. I offer “ask me anything” instruction during the safari to ensure you’re getting the best quality images. Because of the small group size, I’m able to offer a more intimate instructional style that allows each participant to get the knowledge they need to succeed.

American Coot

This safari is perfect for beginning to intermediate photographers who wish to capture portraits of birds and wildlife, plus hone their skills on photographing birds in flight. We will have the opportunity to photograph numerous species, including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and terns. We will also likely encounter sea lions and other wildlife on the beaches, and have the opportunity to get some nice sunsets and environmental shots.

Each day, we will download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos into fine-art masterpieces. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products.

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Mastering Luminosity Masks

Live Training Saturday, Nov. 9th
1-3pm US Eastern Time

Join me to learn how to create and use luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop

Luminosity Masks are a unique tool that allow you to target tone, color, and contrast adjustments to specific tone ranges in your image. Because luminosity masks are unique to each photograph, they allow your adjustments to blend in perfectly every time.

In this class, I’ll show you how to get creative with advanced luminosity masking techniques using my custom actions. You’ll learn curves adjustments, layer blending mode options, and how to work with zone masks to improve your tricky images.

All registrants will receive a copy of my custom luminosity mask actions for Photoshop, plus a video replay download to watch offline.

Learn more about luminosity masks with my eBook!

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The Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs To KNow

Live Training Sunday, October 20th

12-3pm Eastern Time

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While Adobe Lightroom Classic is a powerful image editor and workflow management tool in its own right, there are certain things that it cannot do. To go beyond Lightroom, you need a pixel editor such as Adobe Photoshop.  In this class, I will teach you how and why to utilize Adobe Photoshop alongside Lightroom.  I will present a coherent Lightroom/Photoshop workflow strategy and take you through the features of Photoshop that every Lightroom user should know, including:

  • How to prepare images for Photoshop in the Lighroom Develop Module
  • Sending images from Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Understanding Layers/Adjustment Layers/Layer Masks
  • Cloning/Healing/Content Aware Fill Tools
  • Adding text to your images
  • Using Plug-in software in Layers and as Smart Filters
  • High-Pass Sharpening
  • Working with RAW Smart Objects in Photoshop
  • How to finish Photoshop files in Adobe Lightroom
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Pro Tip: Cleaning Up Your Lightroom Catalog

Streamline Your Lightroom Catalog

I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom (Lightroom Classic) in earnest for about five years now, and my image library contains over 80,000 photos. Every now and then, I like to streamline my catalog to reduce clutter. A great way to do this is by using the “Refine Photos” command in Lightroom Classic:

Easily reduce clutter and streamline your Lightroom Classic catalog with the “refine photos” tool.
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