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March 30, 2012

Hardware & Software

Lightroom 4 + Nikon D800
What a week for photographers everywhere, but particularly for our studio. First, a very major release from Adobe. Photoshop Lightroom 4 was released to the public and like everything Adobe creates, each new version improves on the virtues of the previous release. I have to be honest, I loved Lightroom 3. It was, and remains, a great tool for any serious photographer; however, Lightroom 4 is a major upgrade and after editing just a half dozen images I am in serious love. The new exposure adjust tools are so intuitive, powerful and just down right easy, I have to ask, "What's not to love?" If you haven't checked this out yet, well you owe it to yourself to get very familiar with this product. I see considerable improvement in image quality - when I compare LR3 versions to LR4 versions, the only way this could be any more delicious is if they deep fried it.

The next big addition to the studio's arsenal is the new Nikon D800. Personally, I have purchased and shot every Nikon professional grade DSLR since the D2x, with the exception of the D2xs (didn't see the point to be honest, nice camera, but I digress). So I am talking a D700, two D3 bodes (wow, what a game changer of a camera - cried when I sold each of them), currently shoot the spit out of two D3s bodies and love 'em, my workhorses; until I get my new D4 next week - digressing again, sorry. I have a D3x and as a studio and portrait camera it rocks, but not at low light levels. If you have to shoot above ISO 1600, wrong camera, this beast needs light, and lots of it.

Enter the D800. Man, oh man, what a camera. If you can't tell from reading the paragraph above, I like very fast and very big pro bodies, I am a big guy, 6 feet 2 inches plus, and let's not talk about how wide, please - thank you. So when I thought about the D800, my initial feelings were that I would probably pass on it, I was thinking that my wife Barbara would really like it because it's smaller and lighter, but too much of a girlie camera for a real man like me (insert a Tim Allen - grunt here, ok, moving on). I thought it would be the little brother of the D4 and I had decided to go the extra yard (and green, ouch!!) for a couple of D4 bodies. I was wrong, that's right Barbara, I said it, finally, after all these years.

Check out the image below to see why. That image is at ISO 6400, 1/25 sec, f/4 and handheld in natural light. Ok, I lied, it's from a tungsten blub, you hear that Congress, I still use tungsten blubs, you bums. The details are amazing, no way the JPEG at 72 DPI on your screen can do this justice. You don't have to, but you should trust me. Like I said above, I shoot a D3x all the time and I love the image quality from that camera. It is amazing, but it cannot do this. Anyone reading this that is a Nikon or DSLR aficionado can go grab a cold one, go ahead, you have a few minutes here.

The D800 is a 36.3 megapixel camera with a native ISO range of 100 to 6400 and what I am trying to tell you is that it shoots pretty dang clean at 6400 and the image quality is phenomenal and that's not hyperbole. It's a fact, ok, remember the movie 'My Cousin Vinny' - well just like Marisa Tomei said it from the witness stand, "It's a fact!"
The gradations are so clean, no banding in the JPEGs and the image above was tweaked in LR4 and not Photoshop CS5; and that's a fact too. So, with the exception of the HUGE file sizes and a thank you to 64 bit operating systems and 3 and now 4 Terra Byte hard drives, I say again, "What's not to love?"

Check back for some shots from an upcoming engagement session this weekend. Wow, I only have six 32 GB compact flash cards. Should I go buy more? Probably, but right now I don't even care. Hey, those Nikon guys never came back did they - I get no respect.

Remember the reason for Easter and bless you even if you don't. Happy shooting to ya'll - can't wait to post some serious images soon from the D800 and I hope we both love 'em.
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