The Image Doctors #162

Shooting with film in a digital world

Jason using his grandmother’s Olympus OM-4 in Taos, NM

What’s it like shooting film these days? Before their Santa Fe workshop, Rick and Jason dusted off their old manual focus film cameras and did some shooting in the Taos and Santa Fe areas. This week, they discuss the shooting experience along with the processing options available to modern-day film shooters.

The Image Doctors #161

New Cameras from Sony & Olympus; Nikon Z9 firmware update

This week, we’re back from our workshop in Santa Fe, and we’ll be discussing the release of some new cameras from Sony & OM System (Olympus), plus the newest firmware for the Nikon Z9.

Nikon Z9 Firmware 3.0

New firmware makes the Z9 even better

The Nikon Z9 gets new features with firmware 3.0

Yesterday, Nikon released firmware version 3.0 for the Z9 mirrorless camera. Most of the major changes centered around video functions, but there a lot of hidden features that to me are most welcome. Here’s what stood out to me:

  • New C60 (60fps) burst shooting option: This isn’t really something I need, because it requires shooting in DX crop mode and capturing normal-quality JPEGs (not raw). Still, it’s nice to have more options for burst shooting.
  • Change the AF point in 3D-tracking AF to red: This is great! The default AF point in 3D-tracking AF was white, and could sometimes be hard to see.
  • New option for Prioritize Viewfinder mode: Thank you, Nikon. The original behavior for Prioritize Viewfinder (firmware 1.x) is what I preferred, because it lets you start on the LCD monitor and then hand off that view to the viewfinder. Firmware 2.x changed this behavior to always putting the camera in “shooting mode” when you held it up to your eye. Now you can choose the behavior you like (I prefer Mode 1) to suit your own shooting style.
  • More custom buttons & functions: With firmware 3.0, Nikon has given photographers even more ways to customize their camera. You can now assign functions to the ISO and exposure compensation buttons, and some new functions were added. My favorite? Toggle FX-DX crop with a single button, instead of a button + dial combo. Very nice!
  • AF sensitivity has been improved by 0.5EV, down to -7EV, giving the Z9 one of the most sensitive low-light AF systems available. Only the Canon R3 (which is 24MP) has a more sensitive system.
  • Extended LCD brightness range: Nikon added 4 additional brightness settings to the rear LCD, which should help in very bright and very dark conditions.

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Shots From the Road

Photographing Santa Fe & Taos

I’ve been down in New Mexico since Wednesday, leading a travel photography workshop with my Image Doctors podcast co-host, Rick Walker. We’ve had a great group of clients who are very enthusiastic about photography and learning new ways to approach subjects for their travelogues. Here’s some photos I’ve captured along the way…

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Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi, Santa Fe
Church San Francisco de Asis, Taos
Taos Pueblo
Canyon Road, Santa Fe

The Image Doctors #160

Interview with Tony Sweet, Part 2: Photography Etiquette

In the second part of our interview with photographer Tony Sweet, we discuss photographic etiquette, especially at popular locations. Photographers bear a special responsibility to treat public locations with the utmost respect to preserve them for future photographers to enjoy.