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Nikon Custom Picture Profiles

Something super interesting/geeky looking on a Nikon Rumors post.

Custom profiles for Picture Control settings.
I think you can upload them to your camera using the Picture Control Utility.
It includes profiles for some classic film stock as well as modern cameras.

A friend used custom profiles to boost his blue skies on Ibiza outdoor clubbing photos on his 5D.

https://nikonpc.com/

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Alas I can’t try them yet as I just dropped my camera off for a service today.

 


Gig: Paloma Faith + Brett Dennen

First gig at what was Hammersmith Apollo but is now called Eventim Apollo

Unfortunately we had to be right at the back as it was an all seated event and the stage there is quite low. Luckily my new (well second hand from eBay) teleconverter had come that morning so had it with me. It’s the Nikon x1.7 to tuns my Nikon 70-200 into a  119-340mm lens. However it changes the max aperture from f2.8 to f4.8.

Brett Dennen

Paloma Faith

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Gig: Status Quo Acoustic at Roundhouse

Just come back and edited the set from Status Quo’s acoustic set at Roundhouse. It was a concert put on by BBC Radio 2 and was put out live on the air. (This will be last night – will make this post live during the day)

Found it a little intimidating that they were SOO close to the front of the stage. Also being 6’2″ a little guilty that I was right in front of them for four songs (rather than the usual 3). Could easily have reached out and touched them. Being so close did mean it was tricky to get all of them in the same shot with my widest angle being the 24mm of my 24-70mm lens.
Have considered getting a wide prime – previously considering 28mm and 3.5mm 1.8, but maybe now I should consider the new 20mm 1.8. Of course Nikon has the 14-24mm but somehow it doesn’t appeal – would rather spend money on primes.

Here are some photos.

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Mixing Nikon CLS + traditional radio trigger

Requirement/issue

At a recent event I tried to use an on-camera speedlight (SB-800) as a master  and a off-camera speedlight (again SB-800) in a CLS  setup where I would hopefully use the off-camera flash as a silhouette light.

(CLS = Nikon Creative Lighting System – where you can remotely fire flash using TTL – either with the on-bard flash (on some cameras) or another speedlight set to master. As well as using TTL you can also add compensation values to each group of remotes from the master.)

Although I’d tested them before getting into position (so channels and groups were fine) – the remote flash just didn’t fire. It was relatively in line of sight so that shouldn’t have been the issue, however with the speedlight facing forward the detector would be at the side of the speedlight and it was behind a shoot-through umbrella. I now think that possibly the combination of these meant that the signal from the master speedlight wasn’t getting through to the remote. It was also in a party environment so there were other lights which may have caused issues.

Turning the shoot-through umbrella to a bounce one may have worked (it’s a convertible umbrella), but there wouldn’t have been time for that.
Taking the umbrella off may have also helped, I should have tried this but alas didn’t.

 

In the past I’ve used a remote flash like this but using a radio trigger rather than Nikon CLS system.
I didn’t go for this setup on this occasion as I needed a on-camera speedlight as it was too dark without it.
So alas I made do without the remote speedlight.

 

After the event I investigated the option of using an on-camera speedlight but also a radio-triggered remote and my results are below.

 

Only one Hotshoe

The initial issue is that cameras only have one hotshoe. The on-camera Speedlight obviously needs to go in this. However most radio-triggers are also designed to go in this. They both can’t.

 

Other connectors

Thankfully there are a set of other connectors available.

PC socket: The PC socket is the standard/traditional method of firing flash via a cable.

My D800 has one:

D800 PCSync

And so does my SB-800’s:

SB800 PC Sync

 

Usually you’d use the PC sync on the speedlight to fire the speedlight itself i.e. incoming signal. However it appears that this socket is by-directional.

 

Sync Connector: It transpires that in addition to having the Skyport trigger via the hot-shoe there is also an additional SYNC connector:

SkyportTransmitter

 

Cable

The Sync connector on the Speedlight is smaller than the usual jack – it’s a 2.5mm jack socket rather than 3.5.

So the cable needs to be a 2.5mm jack to PC sync connector.

Thankfully one of these is supplied with skyport transmitters. I hadn’t taken it out of the wrapper let alone out of the box so I wasn’t really aware of it until investigating this issue.

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Connection + Test

I wasn’t sure if it would work correctly and wasn’t sure which PC sync to use – the camera or the speedlight. My thoughts were that if the on-camera speedlight was in TTL that there may be a flash sync speed issue, particularly with the TTL pre-flashes. So I tried both.

Standard settings – both worked.

Pushing shutter speed up to 1/250th – both worked!
(My skyport are the “SPEED” variety so are faster than the older non-speed variety)

 

To reiterate, the setup is:

Remote Speedlight: Set to manual power, skyport receiver plugged in to the PC sync port.

On-camera Speedlight: Set to TTL, mounted on camera hotshoe.

Skyport Trigger: Connected by above cable, to PC sync port of either camera or on-camera speedlight.

 

So in future I may try this in such scenarios. It’s handy to know that it’s possible to mix TTL/CLS and manual radio triggering.
Worth noting of course – since operated by a standard “GO” signal radio trigger- you can’t control the power from the camera. Pocket wizard have made TTL capable radio triggers (FlexTT5/MiniTT1 for firing and AC3 controller for varying power) but they’re considerably more expensive that simpler radio triggers that just send a “go” command.

 

Mounting Trigger

Found an additional issue worth noting:

Not wanting the skyport trigger dangling by a cable which can come out I considered mounting the trigger to the speedlight via something like velcro or elastic. In testing this I found that if you place the trigger flat against the speedlight – trigger: the flat side with buttons, speedlight: on top of the flash head – that the signal would not get to the receiver. I imagine this is due to interference from the pulse of the speedlight firing. Instead I think I’ll attach the trigger to the side of the speedlight with elastic.


Burning Man 2013

With the sudden excitement of 2014 Burning Man tickets becoming available – I’ve remembered that I’ve STILL not done a public Burning Man Gallery. I went last year (2013) and had a press pass so I could publicly share my photography 🙂

I made business cards so that I could give them to all I photograph so I could give HighRes photos away as a form of gifting. As such these and many more have been up in a private gallery, but I thought it about time I made some public!

I took my D800, a couple of lenses and a speedlight. I was intending to do a mini studio at dusk – however our camp (Cabana Club) had it’s camp meals around that time and so I missed the opportunity other than a few in the camp! I’m not going again this year – but hopefully soon – and then I think I may make a special effort e.g. ask someone to keep food aside for me.

Dust wise – I bought a cheap waterproof housing – kind of a bag – but realised that to put the camera in I would need to take the lens off! SO not the best in a dust storm. So I just took the camera out as it was and put it in a bag if there was a particularly bad dust storm. D800 is weather sealed anyway. Also bought a can of compressed air before getting to the Playa. Anyway – this isn’t supposed to be a blog post about photography on the Playa – but instead one to share photos – so here are my favourites.

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New Nikon UK Cashback

Nikon UK have launched a new cashback deal – and for a change they fainally have some decent stuff in there not just low end SLR-lens bundles! Finally. Canon always seem to have better cashback deals with a full range of lenses etc.

http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/cashback/products_uk.html

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Having a D800 I’d only really consider FX lenses.

The 70-200mm f2.8 VR II is a lens I’ve considered for a while – I already have a Sigma 70-200 but it’s an old model and has no VR. But then I don’t use it very often so not sure I can justify the expense. £160 cashback makes it a bit more appealing.

Cashback is on items bought between today (16th October) and 26th Jan. Claims have to be in by 24th Feb. See the link above.

Category

Model

Cashback Value

DSLR

D3100

£20

D3200

£30

D5200

£50

D7000

£70

D7100

£100

D800

£160

DX Lens

35mm F1.8

£20

40mm F2.8

£20

55-200MM nonVR

£20

55-200MM VR

£30

55-300mm VR

£40

16-85mm

£50

18-140mm VR

£50

18-200mm VR II

£60

18-300mm VR

£70

FX Lens

70-300MM VR

£40

105MM VR MICRO

£60

28-300mm VR

£70

24-70mm

£120

70-200MM VR II

£160

Flash

SB-400

£20

SB-700

£40

SB-910

£60

Nikon 1

S1

£20

J3

£50

V2

£80

1 NIKKOR

18.5mm

£20

Binocular

EDG 7 x 42 DCF
EDG 8 x 42 DCF
EDG 10 x 42 DCF
EDG 8 x 32 DCF
EDG 10 x 32 DCF

 £250


Don McCullin film

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There seem to be quite a few Photographer based Documentaries in the works at the moment!

Just seen (via Photo Archive News) that there’s one about Don McCullin showing in London at the moment! May go and see. Although there are a few conflict photography films I have on DVD but yet to watch e.g. Bang Bang Club.

I only realised that Don McCullin was still alive a year or so ago. Since then I’ve :

– Been to see his exhibition at the Imperial war museum which was very impressive – including his famous Nikon which stopped a bullet.

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– Just got his autobiography this Christmas (but not read yet) : “Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography”.

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– And also realised I’ve lived a couple of streets away from where he grew up in Finsbury Park

 

Anyway – I have lot of respect for the guy – not just because of photography skill – but how he talks with compassion and emotion about how, what and why he photographed and also the effect it had on him.

Here’s a trailer:

It’s currently showing at the Curzon in Soho.  It looks like it’s showing up to an including Jan 17th. ICA is also showing – but ending same day.