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Hands-on Review: Nikon 300mm f/4E PF AFS VR Nikkor

A Lightweight, Compact Telephoto Lens from Nikon Perfect for Sports and Wildlife

The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens is perfect for hand-held shooting.
The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens is perfect for hand-held shooting.

I’ve always considered Nikon’s 300mm f/4 lenses to be underrated for sports and wildlife photography. They are sharp, focus fairly close, and can handle a teleconverter. Because these lenses are fairly compact, they just scream to be hand-held. The only thing missing was image stabilization (VR). Nikon released a completely redesigned 300mm f/4 lens that includes the latest VR stabilization, and I was able to get a demo lens from B&H Photo for evaluation.

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The Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor is an interesting lens. It features:

  • E designation: Electromagnetically controlled diaphragm for consistent exposures
  • PF: Phase Fresnel lens design (This lens uses a Fresnel element, which drastically reduces chromatic aberration).
  • AFS: Silent wave internal focusing motor with full-time manual focus override
  • ED: Extra low-dispersion glass element
  • VR: Image stabilization
  • Nano-Crystal coating

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Free Luminosity Masking Actions for Photoshop

A powerful way to
adjust images in Adobe Photoshop

What are luminosity masks?

Luminosity masks are grayscale pixel images based on the brightness values in your image. Because they are created from your individual photographs, each mask blends in perfectly and allows for precise tone-based selections. Luminosity masks allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, and color on specific tone ranges in your image without the need for brushes or other selection tools.

Luminosity masks let you target adjustments to tone ranges and are based on the pixels in your photographs.
Luminosity masks let you target adjustments to tone ranges and are based on the pixels in your photographs.

Why should you use luminosity masks?

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Just Released! Cooking With Color Efex Pro Video Workshop

Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.
Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my latest video workshop, Cooking with Color Efex Pro.

If you missed the live class, here’s your chance to sit down and learn the fundamentals of one of the best photo filter packages out there. I’ll walk you through how to run the plug-in from both Lightroom and Photoshop, and give insights on the best workflows for using this tool from Googles Nik Collection.

Download Cooking with Color Efex Pro here

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Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.
Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.

Dynamic range is a way of describing the range of brightness values your digital camera (or film) can faithfully record. Newer cameras, especially the ones from Nikon and Sony, have sensors that deliver as many as 14 stops of dynamic range. The trick, however, is how to extract that information when processing your shots.

If you use Adobe Lightroom, the Camera Profile (under the Camera Calibration Panel) will dictate the starting point for dynamic range. If you use the manufacturer’s RAW converter, then the as-shot settings (e.g., Nikon Picture Control) is applied by default. The in-camera settings set the contrast (tone curve) and color for how your images are processed. By using a low-contrast setting, you’ll be able to expand the dynamic range of your shot. Continue reading Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

Just out! New Lightroom tutorial video

Deliver impact in your digital images

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest Lightroom tutorial video, Lightroom: Mastering Brushes & Gradients, is now available for download at Luminescence of Nature Press.

This 99 minute HD video includes a 54-page printable PDF companion and will teach you how to retouch images in Lightroom using local adjustment tools. From simple fill lighting effects to complex exposure corrections, you will learn which tools to use and how to use them for maximum impact.

Lightroom tutorials from Jason P. Odell