‘In Character: Actors Acting’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – A Book Review

Book Review, Foreward by Roger Ebert, Howard Schatz, Howard Schatz Photographer, In Character: Actors Acting, Robert Klein, Kelsey Grammer, Don Cheadle, Edie Falco, Rosie Perez, Stage Actors, Screen Actors, Hollywood Actors, Front Cover In Character: Actors Acting” © 2006 by Photographer Howard Schatz is a great book of some technically very poor photography…

How great is this book?

If you are a photographer of people, if you don’t own this book, you should consider at least reading it at your local library.

Why read a book on photography of technically very poor photography?

First of all, Schatz is a Continue reading ‘In Character: Actors Acting’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – A Book Review

Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Nikon D800 in DX mode for Fashion Shoot … Works Great !!

Nikon D800 in DX mode, Sigma 8-16mm for Nikon, Sigma crop sensor on Nikon FX camera in DX mode, Fashion photography with Nikon D800 and Sigma 8-16mm
Nikon D800, Sigma 8-16mm @ 8mm f/11, ISO 1600.  Click image for larger view.

The Nikon D800 full sized (FX) sensor body takes images which for my purposes generally have far too many megapixels.

Fortunately,  the D800 can be used in crop sensor APS-C  or DX mode.

Unfortunately, there is currently no pro or semi pro Nikon body which can match the D800 in DX mode performance.  If you like to shoot in DX mode, the D800 is best choice… for low frame rate shooting…

Today, I gave the D800 a run at a fashion model in DX mode with  Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Nikon DSLR’s attached.

As you can see, the image pops.  I much prefer my results on the D800 in DX mode with the Sigma 8-16, to the D800 in FX mode with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM.

Click here to see some pixel peeks of a direct comparison of these lenses.

View a larger version of the image by clicking here.

Seen full size, the whole image is very Continue reading Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Nikon D800 in DX mode for Fashion Shoot … Works Great !!

Ultra Wide Zooms for Nikon DSLRs by Sigma and Tokina Tested and Reviewed Sigma 8-16mm, Sigma 12-24mm Version II and Tokina 11-16mm on Nikon D800

Review, Versus, Compared, Performance, Image, Picture,  Case, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras (Top) and   Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 AF II DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs (Bottom)
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras (Top) and Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 AF II DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs and their cases(Bottom).

I have been and have not given up on being a crop sensor (DX) shooter.  However, I recently acquired a Nikon D800 full sized (FX) sensor body and have been experimenting with it.

Being a shooter who likes to go wide, I am experimenting with wide angle options.  Not having given up on DX … I’m trying out DX vs FX ultra wide angle options before committing in any direction.  These lenses can be pricey and can be sharp or not so sharp…

Why did I, a DX guy,  buy the FX D800?

It was in Continue reading Ultra Wide Zooms for Nikon DSLRs by Sigma and Tokina Tested and Reviewed Sigma 8-16mm, Sigma 12-24mm Version II and Tokina 11-16mm on Nikon D800

Problems Running PS CS6 with Dell XPS 8500 i7 Intel Quad Core Windows 8

I bought a Dell XPS 8500 Desktop, Intel® Core™ i7-3770 3.4GHz, running Windows 8 PRO.

It was configured as a really hot machine to run Photoshop CS6… which was choking on my  two-year old Windows 7 HP machine after I upgraded to the Nikon D800 and its 36 Mega Pixel files.  A Photoshop PSD file grew from about 200 MB typical with a Nikon D7000 16 Megapixel file to about 1 Giga Byte typical with the D800 files… Just a save operation took maybe 30 seconds…  So, I considered upgrading…

This was a built to order standard configuration Dell.  That is, it was a standard choice, I could buy, but was built and shipped after order.

The monitor and system came separately.

Full machine configuration is further down in article.

For a few days, I had the joys of using two monitors on my system.   Addicted.  Don’t know how I ever made do with only one monitor all these years.  Better living through technology now.

Dell?  They shipped the system without a Continue reading Problems Running PS CS6 with Dell XPS 8500 i7 Intel Quad Core Windows 8

What is Nikon doing for Pro DX and for a Pro Sub 20 Mega Pixel FX Camera?

Bought a Nikon D800 used for cheap… and now have to spend a ton on FX lenses in the wide to medium focal lengths… and am not happy…

The 36 Megabyte files are too big for most portraits which most folks like for their web sites…

12-18M seems a very sweet spot for web use images, which more and more clients are demanding.

Why did I buy the D800?

Cause it was only $2300 used in great shape… But… It requires a faster computer and longer wait times for processing EVERYTHING. Why was it only $2300? Because the pro who bought it couldn’t justify the price of ownership when his clients wanted a 50-200 Kilo byte JPG for their Facebook photos…

I really like a number of the pro features and high ISO capability of the D800.

Thing is… for what most of us produce most of the time… we do not require more megapixels.

What we do like and need is less noise, faster Continue reading What is Nikon doing for Pro DX and for a Pro Sub 20 Mega Pixel FX Camera?

Using Portrait Professional Version 11 along with Photoshop to edit a glamour or beauty head shot

 

Portrait Professional 11, Photoshop CS5, Post Processing, Beauty Editing, Glamour Editing, Nikon D90
After Portrait Professional 11 and Photoshop Post Processing, Nikon 105mm 2.8D AF Micro, f/25 1/160 sec, ISO 200, AB800 with 86″ Parabolic Soft Box for fill

Portrait Professional Version 11 is quite a significant upgrade to this useful program.

While Portrait Professional 10 was a useful program.  It did not really excel at face recognition.  One was required to place all the face points individually.

Any misplacement of facial points required going back to the drawing board with the program.

Version 11  Continue reading Using Portrait Professional Version 11 along with Photoshop to edit a glamour or beauty head shot