YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS NEW NIKON BRIDGE CAMERA: WITH A 125x ZOOM

The new Nikon Coolpix camera with a 24-3000 zoom lens!

What if you could buy a camera that had all the lenses in it that you would ever want, plus it was all in one camera that has everything you want in a DSLR!

THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX P1000 CAMERA SHOULD EXCITE ANYONE WHO LIKES PHOTOGRAPHY!

Bridge cameras often get a bad rap, but the Nikon Coolpix P1000 is still one of the damnedest cameras I’ve ever seen. And it’s all down to its signature party trick: its 125x zoom, which equates to a jaw-dropping 24-3000mm focal range.

I still remember the first time I used the Nikon Coolpix P1000, sat outside a café in Cologne during the last Photokina (which really was the last Photokina). My colleague Ben Andrews had been tasked with reviewing it, and had valiantly sacrificed valuable hand luggage space to bring this comedy sized camera with him to Germany.

“Look at the moon,” he mumbled across the table, prompting me to look up to the sky. “No,” he corrected me, “look at the moon on this.” It was like he’d mounted a camera to a telescope – even in broad daylight, the amount of detail was absolutely mesmerizing. 

Of course, they weren’t reference-quality images. After all, the P1000 employs a 1/2.3-in sensor with 16 megapixels of resolution – and with a sensitivity that tops out at ISO6400, we’re hardly talking Nikon Z9 in terms of performance. 

See the incredible zoom reach…

Nikon Coolpix P1000, zoomed out to maximum wide angle, equivalent to 24mm (Image credit: Ben Andrews/Digital Camera World)
New Nikon P1000 zoomed out to 80mm equivalent.
Now the zoom lens is zoomed out to a 500mm equivalent (refer back to the first photo to find this part of the photo)
Zoomed out all the way to 3000mm equivalent. And look at the sharpness on this image.

But that’s not what the P1000 is about. Look at these images above, look at the utterly ridiculous zoom range – THAT is what the P1000 is about. The zoom enables you to go from a panoramic view of the city, to a close-up detail of the abbey that is half a mile away (800m).

You know how you sometimes zoom in on your phone, even just 2x, and the quality goes to hell? Even the impressive zooms on the best camera phones like the Samsung S22 Ultra pale in comparison to both the reach and the quality of Nikon’s big black Pinocchio. 

In a world where we’re wowed by more conventional specs – megapixels, dynamic range, burst rate, image stabilization – we forget that the most useful thing on any camera is the ability to ‘get a bit closer’. 

Camera snobs may turn their noses up at cameras like the Nikon P1000, but it is targeted at very different user bases – parents who want to photograph their kids’ soccer games, bird spotters who want to identify animals, general purpose shooters who just want a camera with the longest reach possible. 

And that’s where the best bridge cameras like the P1000 come into their element. They may not win you many photo awards, but they’ll get you the photos that no other camera can. 

The Nikon P1000 has a massive 125X Optical power zoom.

Article originally written by: James Artaius for DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD

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7 IDEAS OF HOW TO USE FLASH TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS BETTER:

Bouncing the light off the ceiling with your flash will give you nicer results.

A lot of beginner photographers make the mistake of assuming that a flash is used to add light when shooting in conditions where the light is insufficient. Well, this is only partially true. In fact, you can use flash even in situations where there’s enough natural light. Using a flash allows you to add a certain “pop” to your image that is not possible when only using natural light.

In this blog today, we want to go over the details of how to use flash effectively even if you don’t think you need to use flash. There are situations where using your flash will improve your photo immensely.

As I did in the previous blog, I found a video that explained how to understand the basics of flash photography. In today’s video I will post this great video on different ways to use flash to make your everyday photography look better.

7 Quick and EASY Flash Photography Tips

A common mistake a lot of beginner photographers make is to turn the flash head directly towards the subject. This has a lot of undesired effects. It creates unflattering hotspots and harsh shadows, and makes the image appear unnatural. As Joy demonstrates in the video, there are a lot of ways you can overcome this.

“Flash is not just about adding more light to your photo. It’s about molding the light to your photo.”

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MORE IDEAS OF HOW TO USE YOUR FLASH:

A lot of beginner photographers make the mistake of assuming that a flash is used to add light when shooting in conditions where the light is insufficient. Well, this is only partially true. In fact, you can use flash even in situations where there’s enough natural light. Using a flash allows you to add a certain “pop” to your image that is not possible when only using natural light. In this context, today we have professional wedding and portrait photographer Vanessa Joy with Adorama who shares seven tips on how you can use flash to take better images:

MORE IDEAS OF HOW TO USE YOUR FLASH:

The idea is to think of a way to make the light source as big as possible. Joy shares a ton of ways you can do that. Starting from the bare minimum, you can use the small diffusion cover that a speedlight comes with. Or, you can also use a small white card to bounce the light indirectly toward the subject. For better results, use a reflector to bounce the flash towards the subject. You’ll instantly see how much better the images come out.

In cases where you need to use flash indoors, the task is even easier. Just look for neutral-colored walls or ceilings and turn your flash head in that direction. The entire wall or ceiling acts as a huge light source and bounces off soft light, resulting in flattering images.

Joy also shares some interesting ways you can introduce colors to your images using flash and gels. And if you’re someone who loves to take portraits during golden hours, be sure to watch till the end. You’ll get to see how you can create your own golden sun using flash and gels.

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FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY FOR 2022

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In all the blogs I have done, I have not done much in flash photography. And there is a true art to using flash on your camera, that I don’t want people to think they don’t need to use flash. There are things that you can do with flash photography that will greatly improve your photos, as well as allow you to do things you couldn’t do before.

THIS WILL BE A 3 PART SERIES ON FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

To make sure we cover flash photography well, this is going to be a 3 part series. This will be the first part, the basics of flash photography. Once you learn the technical aspects of flash photography, you can already see the different creative things you can do with flash photography.

A VIDEO SEEMS TO BE THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

I have chosen to use a video to show you the basics of how flash photography works. Watch this video several times if you don’t get it the first time. Once you capture the beauty of how wonderful flash photography is, you will become a master in “flash photography”

Remember if you have questions about this subject, watch the next tutorial in the next blog, coming in 2 days. Once you get through the whole course, you will be able to ask questions if you still have any.

UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR A POLARIZING FILTER

THE POLARIZING FILTER!

One of the most valuable pieces of equipment you can own, to take magnificent landscape photos.

Learn how this works in this article:

All great photographers know the value of a polarizing filter. It magically makes the scenery photos come alive with their natural color. When seeing the differences of before and after photos, you will know right away how important this one accessory can be.

JUST WHAT IS POLARIZED LIGHT?

Trying to find an easy way to describe polarized light has been challenging to say the least. But, I like this definition of polarized light, that maybe we can all understand why we need this filter:

The light tends to move more uniformly rather than scattering all over the place, and it comes at you horizontally or vertically. This is polarized light, which we experience as glare, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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IN PHOTOGRAPHY, WE HAVE A POLARIZING FILTER TO CURE THIS PROBLEM:

The standard polarizer filter will just screw in to the front of your lens. It is mounted on a ring that you can rotate the filter to get the best optimization of the polarized light.

EXAMPLES OF WHEN TO USE THIS FILTER:

Winter photos will be so much better with a polarizer filter

EXAMPLE 1

Note: as you look at the above photo, how much bluer the skies are, but the snow is also more detailed because the reflections that are on the snow are gone. Polarizing filters eliminate anything that reflects light, except for metal. There is dust floating in the sky, and the polarizing filter cuts out all the reflections off the dust particles, and that’s why the skies are more vivid in color.

Want to get better detail under the water, then use a polarizing filter

EXAMPLE #2

The above example shows how well the polarizing filter will work shooting through water. Reflections are cut off the surface, and thus you get better detail through the water.

Using polarizing filters for portraits? YES, it’s an amazing how well they turn out.

EXAMPLE 3

Most faces have a certain amount of oil on the skin, and the polarizing filter cuts through those reflections and give you amazing skin tones.

Like the above winter photo, look what a polarizing filter will do to your scenery photo

EXAMPLE 4

In a regular sunny day, the landscape will have reflections on all green things, the sky, the clouds, the roads, etc. Use a polarizing filter for all your scenery photos.

Closeup of how the polarizing filter acts on plants. This would include trees, grass, shrubs, flowers, etc.

EXAMPLE 5

I love this photo because it shows in great detail the reflections on leaves. Now eliminate the reflections with your polarizing filter, and you have beautiful green foliage. And this includes all foliage and grass.

NOW YO CAN SEE HOW IT WORKS

The above diagram shows exactly how it works. Keep in mind these 2 things:

1- The filter has a dark grey color to it, and cuts the light coming down to your sensor by half. You should buy a “circular polarizer” and then your light meter reading should still be accurate.

2- If you are trying to keep a certain Fstop to create the right depth of field in your photo, you may need to adjust your ISO on your camera to compensate for the drop in light coming through your lens.

You can pick up a polarizing filter from your favorite camera store. Some are made of better glass that the others, so don’t buy the cheapest filter. The better the glass, the better your photo. I am not going to endorse any filter brands on this blog, but, just let it be known, that you shouldn’t spend the least amount on this filter.

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USING CONTRAST TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOS:

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Understanding how contrast works can greatly improve your photos. There are several kinds of contrast to talk about. Let’s go through them:

CONTRAST BETWEEN DARK AND LIGHT:

Photos that have some major differences between dark and light can greatly improve some of your photos. Some photos, of course, should not have much contrast at all, and learning how to see the light in your frame is what you need to look for. Black and white photos are often used a lot to create great contrast, and that is why black and white will be around for a long time. It is because the better the contrast between dark and light, or the blacks and the whites are what makes a good black and white photo. For more information about how to do black and white successfully try going to this site: https://123photogo.com/2021/11/22/reasons-to-try-black-and-white/

CONTRAST IN COLOR PHOTOS:

To get good contrast in color photos, shadows have to play a big part in your photo. When you take a picture at noon, there is just not much shadows that look good. They are short and really add nothing to the photo. However, taking photos, say, at the Golden Hour, your shadows are long, and makes the photo look amazing. If you want good contrast in your photos, look to shoot in morning or sunset.

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CONTRASTING COLORS ARE ANOTHER INTERESTING WAY TO SHOW CONTRAST:

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Bold dynamic colors are a great way to really get someone excited about contrast. This is just an example of how you take a bright color, and mix it with a dark color. Here are some more examples of contrast in color:

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Putting a brilliant color with a dark background is perfect. It’s not a black background, but a complimentary dark green color, and that is what makes this photo so amazing. This may be a practice of “Seeing Light”. Check this out: https://123photogo.com/2017/05/07/understanding-light-in-photography/

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Of course, a silhouette is a great way to get contrast in your photos. This is done by just making sure there is a strong light behind your subject (the sun is a popular way to do this). And you can create your own source for doing silhouettes. Like this photo:

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CONCLUSION:

There are obviously a lot of different ways to do contrast in photography. Look at the above examples and pick the one you would like to master.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE OLYMPICS:

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The 2022 Winter Olympics is now history. And it has been a great event. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a “designated photographer” there? I thought that this would be an incredible opportunity because you would be able to mingle with the athletes and get some incredible photos of the events.

WORDS AND IMAGES FROM PHOTOGRAPHERS:

The New York Times has run a great article from some of the photographers. There thoughts and pictures are amazing, and hope you will enjoy this information:

Gabriela Bhaskar:

Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

I thought a lot about the implications of photographing women, many of whom are still teenagers, figure skating in revealing costumes as they executed incredible feats of athleticism. Nicole Schott, 25, of Germany, wore a costume with a massive cutout on one side of her waist. As she turned into a backbend while spinning on one skate, I snapped a few frames of how far she was bending. The shadows on her neck and along her stomach, to me, showed the amount of torque the athletes’ bodies endure and the strength it takes to accomplish these tricks. Her little Olympic ring necklace suspended in motion was a little bonus detail to illustrate how fast she was spinning and to provide a little context about where she was competing.

James Hill

James Hill for The New York Times

It snowed hard for only one day during these Winter Games — something that was actually problematic because the Alpine courses were all made with artificial snow. For the men’s 4×10-kilometer cross-country relay, course workers had to blow the freshly fallen snow from the parallel tracks made for the classic-style skis. When the race started and the skiers powered forward, there was a strong and bitter wind blowing snow into their faces. The scene felt like a real Winter Olympics moment.

Chang W. Lee:

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

A legend. The last Olympic Games for that legend. And the legend’s last moment. I was humbled and honored to witness Shaun White’s feelings, which no one could tell in a story but could tell in a picture. A picture that said a thousand words would have been this photo to me. A legend will still be the legend.

Hiroko Masuike:

Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

I had never photographed ski jumping before, so I arrived early in the morning at the ski jumping center in Zhangjiakou and tried to find the best view of the action. The perspective was thrilling, of course, but no matter how I framed it, I couldn’t get the right contrast against the snowy, white background. During a break in the competition, I left the hill. Then I came back when it was dark. The winding cross-country course, which the jumpers can look out over as they take flight, was lit up against the black of night, creating a beautiful scene. I waited for an athlete wearing a bright suit so she would be illuminated in midair. It was a freezing night, but braving the cold was worth it to catch this moment.

Doug Mills:

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Olympic athletes are required to go through an area known as a mixed zone. Reporters can ask questions there, but athletes are not required to answer them. Last week, after she fell and was disqualified from the Alpine combined, Mikaela Shiffrin spent more than an hour talking with reporters about the most disappointing Olympics of her career. Shiffrin could have easily walked past all the journalists, but she didn’t. I was surprised, but impressed with her strength and courage. It had to be painful: The ceremony was taking place just behind her, the Olympic music was playing and the athletes on the podium were celebrating with their medals. Shiffrin did not even turn around to watch.

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Olympus Camera introduces a Winner

New Olympus OM-1 shocks the world.

I was invited to see Olympus Camera introduce a new Flagship camera, the OM-1 online yesterday, and to those who reviewed the camera with the rest of the world, we did not come out disappointed. A true powerhouse of a camera that says: OLYMPUS IS A CAMERA THAT CAN COMPETE WITH THE BEST!

NEW FEATURES MAKE THIS CAMERA THE LEADER OF THE PACK:

Sony, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, have all come out in the last year with incredible new flagship cameras. Those who want to stay in that race will have to keep introducing cameras that will compete with each other. And this Olympus camera is one camera that fits in with the other “big boys” too.

New Olympus OM-1 shocks the world

NEW FEATURES THAT ARE SO AMAZING:

OM Digital Solutions has announced the Olympus OM-1 – a computational photography focused camera that can shoot bursts at up to 120fps, capture 4K 60p ProRes Raw video, is the world’s first camera to feature Cross Quad Pixel AF and the world’s only system camera to boast IP53 weather sealing.

Now I know Nikon has video that shoots in 8K video and all the other ones shoot 4K, including the Olympus, but, 8K is not something that people are looking for in their home or profession. Besides 8K video will eat up your storage space twice as fast as 4K. My Monitor at home does 4K, and it is amazing. I am sure 8K is even better, but, really, 4K is breathtaking already.

I chose to look at the features that make the Olympus camera and 4 new lenses more amazing than anyone else:

  1. The Computational Photography focused camera that has my interest a lot. At the introduction meeting they were showing how this camera can take pictures of moving objects better than any other camera. That’s thanks to the new stacked sensor combined with the new image processor, which also powers the ferocious autofocus system. Thanks to new AI Detect deep learning AF and the quad pixel sensor, the OM-1 is three times faster and three times better at recognizing and tracking cars, planes, birds, canines and felines.
  2. And to also get an IP53 rating on the weather sealing is beyond amazing, and what’s even more amazing, they introduced, I think at least 3 new lenses that have the same rating. No camera brand has that rating.
Olympus comes up with the highest rating of weatherproof sealing along with at least 3 lenses!

3. The historical disadvantage when it comes to low light performance has also been addressed by the new technology, with OM Digital promising that the new sensor is capable of “35mm equivalent sensor performance”. That’s backed up by an increased ISO range of 200-102,400, along with a claimed 2-stop improvement in noise performance and a 1-stop boost to dynamic range.

4. The Olympus camera now has the fastest motor drive available on any camera. Check this out: The heart of the Olympus OM-1 is a brand new, stacked, backside illuminated, 20.4MP Live MOS sensor. The stacked construction enables ridiculously fast readout speeds, enabling the camera to shoot stills at up to 120fps in single AF, and up to 50fps with continuous AF.

And the camera now has a price point to be a better competition than the other camera manufactures. This comes in at $2199.00 Us Dollars. This camera will be available in early March.

Having owned the original Olympus OM-1, I sense a higher than normal excitement for this camera. I was very impressed with the quality of my original camera, and reading about this camera, it looks like it won’t be a disappointment.

UNDERSTANDING CAMERA SENSOR SIZES

It used to be easy to figure out what format of camera you should buy. Back in the film days, you had 35mm film, and all cameras made cameras that worked with full frame 35mm film. And some people didn’t know this, but most cameras did NOT actually give you the full image of what you saw in the viewfinder. BUT, you could get a full frame photo of the image you saw with the professional version of cameras.

35MM WAS THE STANDARD SIZE OF SENSOR (OR FILM).

I remember working for a camera store, and seeing the specs that said that with certain cameras you got 91% of the actual image. Some cameras bragged about 96%, and then the pro cameras from Nikon, Canon, and Pentax would talk about 100% of the image would go on to the film.

Now we have this digital world, and the camera manufactures have come up with mirrorless cameras that actually do not have close to the full frame sensor at all. And how do they compensate for that? By increasing the sensor sharpness. So, if you have a camera that is from Canon or Nikon, and they produce the APS-C format digital sensor, and they have made their sensors sharper, even up to 60MP, can you get that photo to look as sharp as the full frame cameras. Theoretically yes!

As you can see, the size of cameras can be changed quite a bit by decreasing the size of the sensor. Thus, lens sizes also come down. Olympus and Panasonic are sticking with the “Micro Four Thirds” format. And they are having great success with that format. It is obviously a smaller camera, and both these cameras are extremely well-built. And there are professional photographers using these cameras religiously.

Canon, Nikon, Sony use the larger format APS-C format, and they are producing some incredible cameras.

MIRRORLESS CAMERAS ARE NOW THE BIG THING:

Most camera manufactures now are pushing the “Mirrorless” format camera, which means, when you look through the back viewfinder of the camera, you look at a small screen, similar to the one on the back of the camera. You never look directly at the image, you just look at what it should look like on the viewfinder.

PENTAX STAYS AWAY FROM MIRRORLESS TO GIVE YOU THE ORIGINAL VIEWFINDER.

Pentax cameras are the only manufacture bucking this trend. And I like their thought process. You still get the nice screen on the back of the camera to see what it should look like as you click the shutter release, but, it just seems nice still to look through the back viewfinder of the camera and see the actual image the camera sees, and not a screen shot.

Pentax K-3 camera shown with optional high speed motor drive

Here is another look at the different size sensors and the brands that use them:

There is no digital camera today, that I could find that uses the 35mm format. And I could not even find that Canon makes the APS-H format anymore. Most camera manufactures have opted with the APS-C format.

The smaller the sensor, the harder time you will have getting a great enlargement from it because of it’s size. Notice you can see the size of the sensor with your smartphone. Yes, it may have a high resolution camera now, but, it is still so small. If your phone has a 60Mp sensor, and the APS-C format has the same resolution, you would definitely want to pick the APS-C format.

Now you can have a little more knowledge about how you pick your camera by looking at the size of the sensors.

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