Nikon’s Newest DSLR The Nikon D3S

Nikon is all about the “S” here in 2009. Nikon’s newest pro-level DSLR checks in at $5,199.95, which is about $200 more than its predecessor, the D3. Notable upgrades come in the form of an HD video mode capable of capturing 1280 x 720 (720p) footage at 24 fps. There have also been some substantial upgrades in the ISO department. They have added a ISO 100 setting on the low end, as well as expanded sensitivity settings of ISO equivalent 25,600, 51,200 and an impressive 102,400.
At the heart of the D3S is a newly designed FX-format 36×23.9mm CMOS sensor that boasts the same pixel size and 12.1-megapixel resolution as the D3. They claim the new design gives it a higher signal-to-noise ratio as well as an “unmatched” dynamic range for both stills and video.

Other upgrades include a self-cleaning optical low pass filter that oscillates to shake off particles. There’s also a monaural microphone built-in, as well as an input for a stereo microphone if you want higher fidelity sound with your video.

All in all, the changes are few, but also quite signiicant. The increased sensitivity alone is groundbreaking, marking the first time any camera has allowed an ISO over 100,000. Photos are sure to be quite noisy at that level, but will let you capture images that weren’t possible before this camera came along. You can expect the D3S to show up at your Nikon dealer by the end of November. Check after the link for more photos and a rundown of all the critical specs.

Nikon D3S Information

–12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (36×23.9mm)
–ISO range from the equivalent of 100 all the way to the equivalent of 102,400
–Self-cleaning optical low pass filter
–Quieter shutter noise
–HD video recording up to 1280 x 720 (720p) at 24 fps
–Full aperture control from f/1.4 to f/16 in video mode
–Full-res image capture at 9 fps in FX format or 11 fps in DX crop mode
–1.2x crop mode
–2 UMDA compatible CompactFlash card slots for consecutive recording or simultatneous recording
–HDMI out port
–Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module with 51 AF points: 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors
–Three AF modes: Single point, dynamic area AF and auto-area AF
–Live view mode
–Latest generation EXPEED Image Processing System provides faster processing and lower power consumption
–3D Color Matrix Metering II references the scene against 30,000 images in its internal database to calculate correct exposure
–Moisture, dust and shock resistant body with a shutter system tested to 300,000 cycles
–100% viewfinder with .7x magnification
–3-inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution

–Up to 4200 shots per single battery charge

Photographing Birthday Parties Destin Florida

I enjoy Photographing Birthday Parties in Destin Florida. They are a time of joy for the youg and old alike. They are usually a time for family get together and remembering the parties of the past. The are often held at pool side or on the Gulf Beaches at a beach pavilion on a Sunday afternoon. Destin Florida is a great place to live and photograph Birthday Parties.

Photographing Birthday Parties

Birthday party photography is fun. It is like shooting a wedding without the tears and commitments. I forgot shotguns if you are from the south. It is a time to document the party with photography from start to finish.

Nikon D300s DSLR Review: Not Much of an Upgrade! Come On Nikon!

The D300s remains a capable, even impressive camera. I mean, it’s not like it got worse: The D300 retains the same sensor, excellent 51-point autofocus system, fantastic chassis build quality and ergonomics—just about the same everything—as the D300, and it still holds up 2 years later, mostly.

Low-light performance is solid, as you can see in the giant sample gallery here that walks through ISO ranges. We’re talking fairly good-looking stuff up through ISO1600, though noise starts to creep in there, finally getting oogly around ISO3200. It’s no 5D Mark II or D700, but it still stands up. Color saturation remains top-notch, and it seemed to handle white balance even a bit better than 5DMkII we shot alongside last week. Bottom line, though, you’re getting the same D300 performance.

The New Features Are
• 720p video recording
• Extra SDHC slot
• More Active-D Lighting controls
• Tweaked button layout

What’s majorly new in the D300s is video, and even it’s not a whole lot different than what you saw with the D90, which also shot 720p video and had a similar 12.3MP sensor. But, there’s stereo input, and you can autofocus during recording. However it’s god-awful slow, so you’re better off doing it your own damn self. Not to mention movies are capped at 5 measly minutes. And if you’re still in live view, you can’t actually watch the stuff you’ve just shot, since the playback button is how you adjust the display’s brightness in live view mode.

The video quality itself is good, generally, but pushing past ISO1600, it starts getting a little dicey Beyond video, my favorite new addition to the D300s are the dual memory card slots, which were formerly a super pro feature. The extra slot holds an SDHC card, which you can use a number of different ways—continuing the storage over from the CF card, duping whatever goes to the CF card, or to save JPEGs from RAW+JPEG shooting. FYI, OS X and Aperture don’t support D300s RAW files yet.

And of course, one of the best things about Nikon cameras is that since the lens mount for their SLRs hasn’t changed in about 50 years, you can use seriously vintage lenses and save money, which is something we definitely took advantage of while shooting.

Here’s the thing about the D300s: It’s a great camera, no doubt. The problem is two-fold: At $1800, it costs the exact same as the D300 did when it was released two years ago, but beyond video, delivers no major advancements. There’s no new pixel-squeezing camera tech here. The other part is that the very shortly forthcoming 7D from Canon is their first direct competitor to Nikon’s D_00 semi-pro cameras, and it may make the value proposition look even less fantastic with what appears to be the most advanced video features of any DSLR yet. As it stands, the D300s is a tough purchase call (you can pick up a D300 for $150 less if you don’t need video), and certainly not a necessary upgrade. But we hope to head-to-head the 7D and D300s very soon to figure out the best camera you can buy for about $1800.

We want Nikon to just given us the D400 like we wanted. If you’re going to spend $1700, you’re probably a pretty serious amateur. So why not spend $2100 and get the full frame D700 with twice the sensor area.


In every walk of life the way you deal with people is incredibly important and can determine how successful you become. Photography is a people business. Even if you primarily take pictures of inanimate subjects – cars, food and architecture – you will still be dealing with a lot of people to make your shoots work.When it comes to photographing actors and models your people skills are even more important.I’d like to share a story with you that made me quite sad and inspired writing this blog. We’ve recently been doing headshots for actors, like Leanne above, and I kept hearing the same thing.Most actors wanting headshots need them for a casting, for their book and their headshots have to be regularly updated. This means they experience different photographers. Sometimes they work with a photographer provided by an agency and other times they search for a specialist headshot or portrait photographer who knows what agents and casting directors are looking for and how to present the actor in an honest, useful way that will catch the eye of casting agents.The actors we photograph all said the same thing; how comfortable they felt, how patient and easy going we are and how enjoyable the photo-shoot had been. You may think actors are comfortable in front of the lens but when it comes to stills and they don’t have a script and they are not acting, they can feel as vulnerable as next person.The stories I heard were about how some photographers treated their models and actors as objects. They were often abrupt, rude and sarcastic, and in some cases reduced the models to tears. In particular this happened with photographers working for a modelling/acting agency. The photographer saw their client as the agency feeding them a conveyor belt of actors and models to photograph.These photographers probably took very good care of their agency clients but forgot that their subjects, the actors and models are real people. I think this is appalling. Now I know that sometimes models and actors can be ‘difficult’ but there is absolutely no excuse for not treating people right.Photography is a service industry, and like a hairdresser, restaurant or high street retailer we have to ensure our customers, the people we photograph, have a good and rewarding experience – before, during and after the shoot. And that goes for the whole team on the shoot too – make-up, hair, styling and assistants.Treat people right and you’ll go a long way in this business.

Advanced Photoshop Magazine Cover Art Contest

Advanced Photoshop, in association with, is offering four digital artists the chance to see their work on the cover of the magazine, as well as win some great prizes. has supplied ten fantastic images, which can be downloaded from You’ll need to log in to an account to get the images, but don’t worry if you don’t have one as registration is free and easy…

Photoshop CS4 Compositing: Surreal Landscapes, Sample Chapters

Here are two sample chapters from Real World Compositing With Adobe Photoshop CS4 book.

Wacom Adds Multi-Touch To Bamboo – Combining Multi-Touch And Pen Input

Wacom today announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger- based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 – Product Overview

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 software gives you power and ease of use so you can do some amazing storytelling with photos and videos. Bring all your video clips and photos together in one convenient place where you can easily find, view, and manage them; protect them with automatic online backup and 2GB of free storage; and then dive right into a full range of creative activities.

Adobe Camera Raw Updated To 5.5 – Free Download

You can download the free update to Camera Raw 5.5 at the Adobe site. This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 7; and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.