Gear Review: Nikon DX 18-300mm lens comparisons

Nikon DX 18-300mm Lenses Compared

18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR DX zoom Nikkor versus 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VR DX zoom Nikkor

Nikon has two 18-300mm DX zooms. How do they compare, and which is right for you?
Nikon 18-300mm lenses
Nikon’s 18-300mm DX lenses. Left: 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 AFS G DX. Right: 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 AFS G DX lens

All in-one zoom lenses have come a long way in terms of quality and focal length range. While many enthusiasts and pros tend to shy away from all in-one lenses in favor of higher-performance glass, there are certainly times when the “superzoom” lens is ideal. For me, superzoom lenses are perfect when you’re traveling and you don’t want to carry multiple lenses. Superzoom lenses are also perfect for street photography or photo walks, where you never know what kind of subject you might encounter.

Nikon offers two 18-300mm zoom lenses for their DX (APS-C) format cameras. I had the brief opportunity to compare them and report my results. Continue reading Gear Review: Nikon DX 18-300mm lens comparisons

Creating Selection Masks & Luminosity Masks in Lightroom

Live Online Lightroom Training

When: Thursday, October 11th 7pm Eastern Time (4pm Pacific)
Where: Live Online Class via GoToMeeting

Did you know you can create Luminosity Masks in Lightroom?
Advanced Lightroom Training with Jason Odell
Discover the power of selection masks in Lightroom and learn to create luminosity masks, too!

Adobe continues to add power and funtcionality to Lightroom Classic CC. In this online class (live via GoToMeeting), I’ll be presenting an in-depth look at the local selection (Masking) tools that Lightroom Classic CC offers to photographers. We use selection tools to make adjustments to specific areas of our images, such as a sky or a foreground object. Selective adjustments allow you to fix or enhance specific areas in your image without impacting the rest of your image. The new tools in Lightroom Classic CC offer some tremendously powerful features (like Luminosity Masking) that I can’t wait to show you!

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Using the three local adjustment tools (Brush/Linear Gradient/Radial Gradient)
  • How to make precise selections with the auto-masking brush
  • Modifying gradients with brushes
  • How to visualize your selection masks in Lightroom
  • How to create a “Select All” mask
  • How to create Luminosity Masks in Lightroom
  • Practical examples of local adjustments in photo editing

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Birds In Flight Photo Workshop: San Diego

Southern California Bird Photography Workshop

February 10-14, 2019
San Diego, CA

Birds in Flight Photo Workshop
Master photographing birds in flight with Jason Odell February 10-14, 2019

Join me in San Diego, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to eight (8) 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.

This workshop is perfect for 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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Registration closes January 10, 2019

Nikon Mirrorless System: The Image Doctors

Mirrorless Cameras and the New Nikon Z System

Nikon Z mirrorless system
Nikon has entered the professional mirrorless camera market with the release of the Z6 and Z7 cameras and a new lens mount.

I recently sat down with my good friend and fellow Image Doctors Podcast host, Rick Walker, to chat about our thoughts on the new Nikon Z Mirrorless system [see specs] that was announced recently. These discussions are a really great way for us to see how we each view new cameras and imaging technologies and how they fit in with our current photographic styles.

Before we get into it, we just wanted to mention that there is a TON of talk out there on discussion boards and social media sites regarding the new Nikon mirrorless system, the Nikon Z. Neither of us have even seen one of these cameras in person, and as of now even people testing them are still using pre-production models. As such, we are not willing to discuss or speculate on any performance features of these cameras until they become available to the general public. It would be wholly inappropriate for us to discuss or speculate on features that we haven’t actually tested in person. Ok, enough of that… let’s sit down and talk mirrorless cameras!

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