Nikon D4, the new Prince of Darkness


  • 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor
  • 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
  • 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
  • ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
  • MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
  • Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
  • 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
  • New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
  • Twin card slots – one Compact Flash and one XQD

See Shooting the D4! on Joe McNally’s blog and Thom Hogan’s article on the D4 introduction.

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Steve Jobs – He changed our lives. We will miss him.

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Adding EXIF with Adobe® Lightroom® 3 and LR/Mogrify 2

In a post about two years ago, I wrote a tutorial on the use of Adobe Lightroom 2 and Timothy Armes’ LR2/Mogrify plug-in to add EXIF information to an image processed for the Web. Since that tutorial was written, Lightroom has been updated to Lightroom 3 and LR2/Mogrify has been updated to LR/Mogrify 2.

This tutorial is an update, providing complete illustrated instructions for using Lightroom 3 and LR/Mogrify 2 to add EXIF data to an image processed for the Web. LR/Mogrify 2 works on both PCs and Macs, but on a PC, you must install ImageMagick first. These instructions are written from the perspective of a Mac user, but the PC process is almost identical. For those who would prefer to use Adobe Photoshop to perform this function, the PrintEXIF and FrameShop scripts, available free on this website, are good alternatives.
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Happy Independence Day!

As we celebrate the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, be reminded of the second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Enjoy the day! Eat a brat, drink a beer (or three), and watch a fireworks display, all in the pursuit of happiness of course.

Independence Day Fireworks

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The Future’s So Bright…

…you’re gonna need an iPad.

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Lest We Forget


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FrameShop – A Framing Script for Adobe® Photoshop®

Update (August 21, 2013): A newer version of the FrameShop script is now available for CS5 and CS6. I highly recommend using the newer version if you are running either CS5 or CS6.

FrameShop is a script for Adobe Photoshop designed to give the photographer a variety of mat and frame styles for displaying digital images on the Web. Unlike the PrintEXIF and GalleryFrame scripts that preceded FrameShop, this script is more versatile and lets the user choose sizes, fonts, text position, colors and styles, offering an (almost) endless number of combinations. Like PrintEXIF, it gives the user the option to display EXIF data in the mat or frame, and like GalleryFrame, it has an option to double the size of the bottom mat dimension (Gallery mat) for a gallery mat style.
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Where is the Edisto Island “Boneyard”?

The Edisto Island “boneyard” is located in the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area near Charleston, SC. The park was opened to the public in 2008 and is managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The boneyard is a maritime forest and is one of the least visited but most photogenic features of the South Carolina coast. It is seldom photographed by the casual photographer because it is about an hour’s drive from Charleston and the directions to the park aren’t prominently posted.
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Jon Stewart’s Excitement About Verizon iPhone

Jon Stewart seems a bit excited about Verizon (finally) getting the iPhone. Here’s a clip from The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

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PrintEXIF v4.0 – Automatic Lens ID

I’ve incorporated automatic lens identification into the latest version of the PrintEXIF script. Previous versions have required either the selection of a Nikon or Canon lens from a drop-down menu or entering a lens description manually. In v4.0 I’ve taken advantage of the fact that most modern DSLRs write the lens information to the image file’s metadata. The user interface now shows the lens ID in the dialog box, if it is available in metadata, and lets the user choose to use that ID or enter the ID manually in a text box.
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