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Here is an image at ISO250 for comparison with the high ISO.

A couple of images from Arizona shot in 2011 of the Secret Canyon. When these were taken, Adobe Lightroom was using the “2010” RAW converter. With the current version of Lightroom, the converter has been updated to “2012”. And Photomatix has had another 2 years of enhancements. The first image is a 3-shot bracket that’s […]

After shooting with the 1D for six months here are my settings for most sports. I started with Pete Read Miller’s settings and made these adjustments: ISO speed settings: I try to use 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 as these are the “native ISO” settings. The next preference is 1/3 stop slower […]

With a 4 year old Mac Pro getting a bit long in the tooth – it has no USB 3, no Thunderbolt, no 6GB SATA bus – it was time to bite the bullet and build a Mac that’s got current technology. It’s not even bleeding edge, just current tech. The reference site I used […]

In 2007 I bought a Canon EOS-1D Mk III and I sold it 12 months later because mine had the much reported Autofocus tracking problem and swapped to Nikon with it’s D3 body. That camera and it’s subsequent updates of D3x, D3s and D4 all used a similar approach to autofocus. With the Canon EOS-1D X/C […]

In my article Getting beyond 12 frames per second I mentioned that the GoPro Hero3 Black was worth investigating to see if it’s touted ability to shoot 4K video could be a real alternative to remotely triggered cameras. So I put one to the test as a behind the goal camera at last week’s A-League […]

Shot yesterday’s A-League match with the 1D C (which is apparently a 1D X with video) and a 400mm. Very happy with the result. Images are different to the Nikon D4 – the JPEGs don’t have as much detail or latitude to tweak as the D4 but the RAW files seem to have more dynamic […]

I didn’t realise there was so much interest in the Canon 200-400mm f4 lens as Nikon has had one for years and it’s already in its second generation. I borrowed the lens from CPS (Canon Professional Services) when I was shooting the Australian Open two weeks ago and can confirm Joshua Holko’s review from his […]

The Canon 1D X can shoot at 12 frames per second (fps) and the Nikon D4 at 10 fps with complete auto focus. They can both shoot a bit faster with no auto focus after the first frame but that’s not much use in most sports situations. At the Australian Open last week I shot […]

This is a Nikon V2 camera with a 70-200mm lens. Because the V2 has a small sensor the equivalent focal length is about 190-540mm. And this camera can shoot photos at 60 frames per second. Compare that to my usual D4 DSLR which shoots at 10 frames per second and you’ll see why it’s the […]

What a mouthful. This post is about how to connect cameras wirelessly to an iPad so images can be edited and captioned, and uploaded live to services on the Internet live during an event. For most agency and wire service photographers, the typical setup is to ingest images from their cameras’ memory cards via a […]

2012 has been an amazing year for photographers. We’ve seen the Nikon D800 and D600, the Sony RX1, the Canon 1Dx and the Nikon D4 at the start of the year. Then there was the Leica M, M Monochrome, the Nikon 1 series and more 4/3rds cameras that I can mention. But, the camera that […]

We are firmly in the Twitter and Facebook era. Live blogging and tweeting has been with us for 2-3 years and it’s now an expected method for broadcasting a live event if it’s not shown live on TV. The challenge for photographers is how to provide images to live tweeters and bloggers in a timely […]

UPDATE: Finally got this working – it was down to a setting in CrushFTP that was banning the static IP. I have no idea why the IP was banned but removing this config setting cleared everything up. UPDATE2: I’ve also ditched CrushFTP and am using the built in Mac OSX SFTP server. Full details on […]

It’s claimed to be the “WORLD’S FASTEST 13′ MACBOOK PRO”. Even if it’s not, it looks great and it’ll be blazing fast:

Arrived in the nick of time for shooting the F1 Grand Prix in this weekend. Stay tuned for sample images. The NPS wrapping was a nice touch as was having your name on the box! Another nice surprise was Nikon putting in a 16GB XQD card and reader. Here’s a plug for the good folks […]

For over a year now I’ve been wondering what shooting sport would be like with the D3x and the 24 megapixels it offers – twice the number of pixels of the D3 and the D3s. There are just times when you need more reach from a 400mm. If I had more pixels, then I don’t […]

So I’ve had the Luma Loop strap for about a month now. I’ve barely used it but I’ve already found two problems that cause me concern about the design and materials. On the first day out with the strap I was shooting the world superbikes and had the strap attached to my Nikon D3 and […]

One of my Nikon bodies had a auto focus problem at the World Superbike event. So I dropped it into Nikon’s Melbourne office and it’s now come back all fixed and polished. Just one of the fabulous service that Nikon provides its customers. NPS is the name of a free support program that you can […]

Rob from NPS told me this tip. If you connect your camera to the Nikon Transfer (Windows and Mac) software there’s a simple 1-click way to sync the clock on your camera bodies. If you’re shooting with multiple bodies you’ll know how important this is for post processing! Here’s a screenshot of the magic button. […]

Shot some matches with this lens today. This shot of Alicia Molik was taken from the concourse of Rod Laver Arena in her round 2 match of the 2011 Australian Open. I officially heart this lens. It’s AF is as fast as the 400mm and when a shallow depth of field isn’t super critical then […]

The Canon D60 was my first DSLR. In 2002 it was USD$2,000 for the body. In 2010, the Canon EOS 550D is USD$799. Key stats: 6MP versus 18MP. So it was more than twice as expensive and had 1/3rd the number of pixels. How far we’ve come. I had a play with a 550D tonight, […]

Just finished using Shuttersnitch at a party and went to copy the files off two Eye-Fi cards. I tried to use a high speed Lexar reader and found an error which I’ve posted on the Eye-Fi forums. I’ve discovered an interesting issue. It seems you MUST use the Eye-Fi supplied card reader to copy files […]

I use Lightroom and Photo Mechanic as my primary photo processing tools. If I’m editing in the field everything happens on my Macbook Pro laptop. But if I’m editing at home I will use a Mac Pro 8-core Nehalem with a main disk and two backups. I recently reconfigured the disks to get more space […]

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