I recently converted my Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera to “super-color” infrared. I’ve been having fun with the camera, but I did notice that wider shots seemed very soft in the corners. According to the team at Life Pixel, wide-angle lenses are notoriously problematic with infrared cameras. Lens distortions tend to be exaggerated and softness is common. The primary culprit, it seems, is the fancy optical coatings on your lenses, which help reduce distortion and aberrations. The coatings are optimized for visible light, not IR wavelengths.
I’ve been getting lots of feedback on my latest digital photography book, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2. I’m flattered by the comments and blog reviews. Thanks to everyone for your comments and reviews!
Feedback and Reviews of The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2, by Jason P. Odell
Nikon Pro Deborah Sandidge had this to say in her blog review: “Whether you want to create surrealist, illustrative, or realistic photos, Dr. Odell will walk you through the steps for attaining beautiful HDR imagery.”
Dave writes: “Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 is my first venture into HDR software. I was looking for some help in understanding and using the software and I turned to “The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2″ e-book. Every function is thoroughly explained with suggestions as to how to apply them. I found the step by step techniques for tone-mapping to be extremely helpful. A very good source for reducing the learning curve of HDR Efex Pro 2. I would rate this book as highly recommended.”
Linda writes: “Wonderful job on your Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2; I’m really enjoying it. Prior to your ebook and the 40 presets, I wasn’t that satisfied with the software as my images, while looking realistic, seemed flat. Thanks to your 40 presets I’m now loving the program and it has become my go-to HDR software for landscapes. The presets are most helpful in getting me to a good starting point from which I can then tweak a bit for my individual image. The presets alone are well worth the price of the ebook. They let me see better the interaction of the different sliders. Thanks again for the great ebook and presets.”
I took delivery of a Nikon D4 earlier this week, and although I’m still putting it through its paces, I figured I’d jot down some of my immediate thoughts and impressions that I’ve gotten so far. I’ll also talk about some of the new features that discriminate the D4 from the D3/D3s cameras it replaces. I’ll try to answer the burning question: Should you upgrade to the D4?