The Image Doctors #3: Nikon Z

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Nikon Mirrorless Cameras: The Nikon Z System

This week, Rick and Jason discuss Nikon’s mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. Both Jason and Rick own and use these cameras, and offer their first-hand thoughts of the new Z-mount, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Nikon Z system.

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POTD: Super Bloom!

Colorado Wildflowers
Lupine, sunflowers, and fairy trumpets fill the meadows near Gothic, Colorado

I just returned from my 5th annual Colorado Wildflower Photo Safari, and all I can say is, “wow!” I had a hunch the flowers would be great this year, but I wasn’t prepared for the spectacle around Crested Butte. The hillsides were literally exploding with color!

Tech Specs

Nikon Z7 with Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, 5-shot focus stack 1/250s f/8 ISO 125 @17mm

The Image Doctors #2: Mirrorless Cameras

What’s the latest on mirrorless cameras?

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Are mirrorless cameras the future of photography? This week, Rick and Jason sit down to give their thoughts on the current state of mirrorless camera systems, their pros and cons, and whether you should consider getting one.

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The Image Doctors Talk Photography #1

Jason & Rick return to bring you a long overdue photography podcast!

Return of the Image Doctors!

Hey, we heard you missed us… we’re back! After seven years away from the microphones, we decided it was time to crawl back down into the basement studio and start recording again! So today, we are happy to announce the return of The Image Doctors Photography Podcast!

In this episode, you’ll meet the hosts, Jason P. Odell and Rick Walker. Find out what we’ve been up to since we took sabbatical leave in 2011, what gear we’re currently using, and more!

Each week, we’ll discuss 21st century photography and offer honest reviews of gear and software that we personally use. Furthermore, we’ll offer tips for landscape, outdoor, and travel photography. Our discussion topics range from technical to philosophical, but above all, we’ll always try to go to eleven.

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The filters you really need for digital photography

How important are filters in the digital age?

Which filters should you use in digital photography?

Photographic filters modify the light coming into your camera, thereby creating effects during image capture. Filters are used to increase contrast, change color balance, and compress the dynamic range of a scene. In traditional film photography,the use of filters was commonplace, as film offered limited color choices and modest dynamic range. If you were shooting slide film (transparencies), what you captured on the film was pretty much what you’d get. Even the masters of black and white photography often used filters to improve contrast in a scene.

Ring-mount filters screw into the front of your lens. Clockwise, from top: Polarizer, UV/haze filter, solid neutral density filter.

Photographic filters can be made of glass or resin, and are attached to the front of your camera lens either by a screw-in (ring) mount, or via a filter holder (square/rectangular filters). No matter what kind of filter you use, when you put a filter in front of your lens, you’re adding another glass/air interface for light to pass through. Low-quality filters can potentially degrade image quality by reducing sharpness, creating unwanted color casts, or introducing reflections or other artifacts into your photos. Your camera lens is designed to precise optical specifications; don’t ruin an image by using a cheap filter!

Filters have long been a major photographic accessory, and one question I’m frequently asked is, “what filter should I buy?” A lot has changed in the last 20 years, and digital cameras are much more forgiving than their film ancestors. When you couple the extreme dynamic range of modern digital cameras with the ability to post-process RAW images, a lot of “go-to filters” are no longer needed for most digital photography. Let’s take a quick look at the primary kinds of filters you can get, and whether they should take up space in your bag.

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