Cyber Monday Specials from Luminescence of Nature™ Press

From now through Monday, November 29th, you can save 20% off your entire purchase from Luminescence of Nature™ Press.  Use coupon code cyber2010 at checkout to get your discount on my eBooks and training videos, including:

Singh-Ray Announces Vari-N-Trio™ Filter

Blur water to the extreme with a Variable Neutral Density Filter from Singh-Ray

Singh-Ray have released a new variation on their variable neutral-density filter, the Vari-N-Trio.  This filter combines a variable 4-8 stop ND filter, polarizer, and now adds color enhancement filtration.

The Vari-N-Duo (ND plus polarizer) is one of my recommended filters in The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes; anyone who needs a super-slow shutter speed and polarization while shooting moving water will want to have one.  The Vari-N-Trio will begin shipping in limited quantities on December 15th, with full availability expected early 2011.

You can read more about the new Vari-N-Trio filter at Singh-Ray’s website.

Online Workshop: Nik HDR Efex Pro

Under the Manhattan Bridge underpass (Click to enlarge)

Join me for a two-hour live online class on Nik Software’s exciting new plug-in, HDR Efex Pro.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Time: 3-5pm EST
Location: Virtual (you’ll see my computer screen live and will be able to ask me questions directly via teleconference)

Click here to register (limited to 15 students!)

In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of HDR and how the Nik plug-in functions, including:

  • HDR Efex Pro Interface
  • Global Adjustments and Tone Compression
  • HDR Methods
  • Local Adjustments with Control Points
  • Finishing Adjustments
  • Workflow options

You can download a free trial version of HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software, and if you’re in the USA you can save 15% off your online purchase by using discount code JODELL at checkout.

Mastering the AF-ON Technique with Nikon DSLRs

On the rear panel of Nikon’s high-end DSLR bodies, including the D300, D700 and D3 series cameras, you’ll find a little button marked “AF-On.”  It seems kind of redundant to use this button for focusing when a half-press of the shutter release does the same thing.  Actually, I’ve found that setting the AF-On button to be the only way to activate AF is the best way to operate my Nikon’s AF system, but it requires a few set up steps and a little practice.

Why should you use the AF-On Only Technique with your Nikon DSLR?

The idea behind setting the AF-On button to be the only way to activate your Nikon’s autofocus system is simple.  Doing so allows you to set the camera to continuous-servo AF (AF-C) mode permanently, while still being able to get the benefit of focus-lock like you do in single-servo (AF-S) mode.  This means that at any time, you can switch between a focus/recompose/shoot style of photography (portraits and landscapes) and continuous subject tracking (sports & wildlife) without having to change camera switches or menu settings.

Also, with this technique, you decouple VR activation (half-press of shutter release) from AF activation.  That means you can be tracking a subject with AF and only engage VR when you want to.  This technique can save battery life in your camera!

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