The Image Doctors #54

Nikon Z5 announced, New fixed-aperture telephotos from Canon

This week, we’re discussing the just-announced Nikon Z5 and 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens, along with some interesting new telephoto lenses from Canon. These new RF lenses for Canon’s mirrorless system offer fixed f/11 apertures… something we probably wouldn’t have considered prior to mirrorless cameras. Nikon also released firmware updates for the Z50, Z6, and Z7, plus an update for the FTZ mount adapter.

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How to Fix Banding in Digital Images

Remove Banding Artifacts with Photoshop

Mirrorless cameras converted for infrared capture can be prone to banding artifacts.

When I got my infrared-converted Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera, a colleague told me to watch out for banding in my images. I have never seen banding in images from my normal Nikon Z cameras, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

It turns out that in rare instances, I can detect slight banding patterns, especially if I’ve made strong local contrast adjustments, like the Structure slider in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Removing banding from digital images with Photoshop
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The Image Doctors #53

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Unexpected Photo Accessories

This week, Rick and Jason travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado for some much-needed landscape photography using the Nikon Z system. Jason tested the Nikon 24-200mm zoom lens, and Rick discovered a really cool decayed building in a nearby town.

Also, we’ll discuss a list of lesser-known accessories that can really improve your field photography experience!

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POTD: Alone at the Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mosca, CO
720nm infrared capture processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic and Silver Efex Pro 2.

I took a much-needed break and spent two days photographing around Great Sand Dunes National Park here in Colorado. The dunes themselves are massive, and can be a challenge to shoot depending on the light. During the day, I utilized my Nikon Z6 camera that I recently had converted to capture infrared images (720nm/Standard IR). The infrared capture really made the clouds stand out on an otherwise hazy day at the dunes. Foliage is rendered bright/white when using an infrared camera, so it adds to the unique look. I finished off the processing using Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection by DXO.

Video: The Magic of Digital Infrared Photography (available free through July 31, 2020)

The Image Doctors #52

New Canon mirrorless; Nikon 24-200mm follow-up; Infrared photography with the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera

Can you believe it’s been a year since we came back on the air? We’re so thrilled to be able to share our passion for photography with you each week. This week, we have a bunch of topics to discuss, including:

  • New Canon mirrorless cameras, R5 & R6
  • Follow-up on the Nikon 24-200mm f/4-6.3 lens for Z-mount… spoiler alert: it’s quite good!
  • Infrared photography with the Nikon Z6 mirrorless cameras

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