Posts Tagged ‘Digital SLR’

Nikon Digital Day Photos!

April 20, 2009
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Final Questions for Chris Knapp Nikon Tech Rep Unique University Creative lighting seminar

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Q&A with Nikon Tech Rep Chris Knapp at a creative lighting seminar at the Unique University

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Nikon tech rep Chris Knapp teaches another full house at Unique Photo

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Nikon tech rep Chris Knapp discussing the sb-800 and sb-900 in a seminar at Unique University

Nikon Digital Day At Unique Photo 4/18 – 4/19

April 17, 2009

If you are passionate about photography and intrigued by high-end technology, We are hosting 3 Nikon classes on Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th. Join Christopher Knapp, Nikon’s North Eastern Technical Representative at the newly expanded Unique University (located in the Unique Photo Superstore) and learn about the latest digital imaging and flash technologies.

The Nikon D300 and Nikon D90 will be featured as students will see and learn hands on the power and features of two of Nikon’s finest DSLR cameras. Learn how to control light with built-in wireless flash capabilities and then enhance your images right in the camera with the new retouching menu. Groundbreaking features, including Live View, a cinematic-quality 24-fps D-Movie Mode (D90) it is easy to spark the creativity of anyone looking to make incredible images.

Learning about your Nikon Digital SLR is only the first step in taking great pictures; To “Create better Pictures” you need to learn to use other photographic equipment with your Nikon DSLR. Christopher Knapp will be presenting a “Creative Lighting Techniques” seminar using Nikon Speedlights that can be controlled right from your camera using Nikon’s “Commander” mode. This class will teach the importance and art of balancing your ambient and on-camera flash.

With Each class has a registration you will receive a $10 gift card that can be used at the Unique Photo’s SuperStore

Click Here Or Images Above To Register

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE EOS REBEL T1i DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

March 26, 2009

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 25, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a new addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera, the first in the Rebel line to feature Full HD video capture. The new Canon Rebel T1i SLR incorporates some of the best technologies from the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models into an entry-level juggernaut. With a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and HD video capture, along with the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, the Rebel T1i gives aspiring photographers plenty of reason to step-up to the latest and greatest model in the Rebel lineup.

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE EOS REBEL T1i DIGITAL SLR CAMERA THE FIRST REBEL DSLR TO FEATURE HD VIDEO CAPTURE

Shoot & Sweat With The NJ Nets

March 10, 2009

Unique University is proud to present Shoow & Sweat with the NJ Nets! Participants will arrive 2.5 hours before game time (5:00pm) at the box office of the Izod Center on the day of one of the game you select from a choice of six games. The photography instructional session will take place in the High Point Solution Business Center, a brand new area in the Izod Center. Topics covered in the 30-minute class include: equipment, camera set-up, exposure, composition and shooting strategies.

After the class, participants will be lead to the court where they will have the opportunity to shoot the players directly on the court. After the players go to the locker room to get ready for the game, participants will receive complimentary food and drink in one of our courtside lounges. The $300 deluxe package includes 2 premium game tickets for both you and a guest (guest ticket does not include Unique University class or shooting session). Additionally we recommend that you visit the Unique Photo Superstore well in advance of your class date and have one of our instructors check your photography equipment.

We want to make sure you have the right equipment, in the right working condition to get the shots you want. There will be no refunds if your equipment does not work properly or is inadequate to capture high quality images. Finally, all class participants will be automatically entered in a contest to win a Nets VIP Experience! Including · 2 Courtside Tickets · Dinner for 2 in the Winners Club · Marquis Halftime Passes and More!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Wins Best Digital SLR in 2009 Product Awards

March 10, 2009

Professional Photographer’s annual competition to determine the hottest products on the market has always been fierce, and its tenth installment was no different. Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, with its groundbreaking full-frame HD video capability, was the most highly anticipated camera model to be released this year, and it impressed the judges enough to secure Professional Photographer’s 2009 Hot One Award in the highly contested Digital SLR, $1,000 to $3,000, category. The Nikon D90, which was the first DSLR to feature HD video, landed a tie with Canon’s EOS Rebel XSi in the Under $1,000 slot.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Wins Best Digital SLR

Your Digital SLR & The Wave Of Technology: Repair, Upgrade, … Manipulate?

February 26, 2009

Up until recently, photographers had to make a one-time investment in their photographic equipment. A purchase of a sophisticated 35mm SLR or medium format body with sharp professional lenses that providing optical quality surpassing that of any consumer camera. This was done as a photographer was getting out of school or into the business; now in the digital age photographers are investing in new equipment on average every 12-18 months to stay ahead of consumers.

Camera manufacturers are coming out with new technology it would seem every quarter, the top of the line digital SLR from 5 years ago is today’s paperweight as it has been surpassed in quality by even a $300 point and shoot digital camera. There is some irony in the speed of the transition of technologies with digital cameras. After all the first digital camera was invented by an engineer for Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson in 1975, but digital SLR’s were not in the public eye until the early 1990’s and not really affordable until the turn of the century.

When you purchase a camera today you can’t help but naturally wonder, “when is the next version coming out?” Constant upgrades and improvements are part of the digital age. For years photographers awaited new film to be introduced to help with various aspects of color and contrast, it was as natural as putting $5 down on a counter and loading a roll into your aforementioned “one-time investment” that was your camera. However with digital the upgrades are not rolls of film, they are image a sensor, LCD screens, built-in image stabilization, HD video capability and more!

With all of these features your current digital SLR is a renaissance machine in the golden age of technology and enlightenment. Equipment can become antiquated, components can break down and you find yourself asking, “is this worth fixing, can’t I just buy a new and better camera for a little bit more?” The sad answer for those who clung to camera gear for years is yes.

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Repairs can often cost more and provide you with less considering the wave of technology

At Unique Photo store manager Scott Kearns is faced with this scenario on almost a daily basis. “A customer can come in with a damaged digital SLR, it will cost him over $250 in repairs which is reasonable but it is going to repair older technology which limits some of his options in the future.” Which is true, new image sensors that work with specific lenses, adjustments in memory formats, cameras are improving and moving forward and sadly not all the time are they looking back.

From the beginning of the Digital SLR movement camera manufacturers have tried to lay down guidelines and basics for all their SLR’s. For example, Nikon made sure that any lens with an F-mount would be compatible with any Nikon Digital SLR. Sounds good however they fail to mention full functionality will not be guaranteed, in the age of face detection sophisticated TTL metering and even GPS capabilities your lenses might only work in a strict manual setting only.

This makes a new camera sometimes not necessary but even mandatory for future capabilities. How can you use a camera with all the bells and whistles but not have the right lenses or flashes to use with it? Technology advances, and the gear become obsolete. And it is more often than not you need to have someone such as Scott Kearns does for customers at Unique Photo, help you weigh your options of what is worth fixing and when it is time to upgrade to more modern technologies.

Parting with your investments on a regular basis or faced with the aspect of repairing or not repairing equipment can be a tough decision. Sometimes it is clear and there is no second thought about it. Your camera has a damaged image sensor, to replace it costs $600, or you can buy a new upgraded version of your camera compatible with your current equipment for $750.

Not all decisions are as easy and transition for whatever reasons financial or attachment to your equipment can prolong your decision to upgrade with the times. Recently I upgraded to a Nikon D300 digital SLR, 12.3 effective mega pixels with live view LCD and a CMOS sensor that can achieve low noise at 3200 ISO. Quite the step up from my previous digital SLR body, which was a Fuji Finepix S2 which in the late winter of 2002 I purchased new for the bargain basement price of only $2,800. I would like to think that I am one of the few who really got their money’s worth out of my investment.

What can you do with your old camera gear?

What can you do with your old camera gear?

Back then $2,800 for a SLR camera that didn’t take film was a miracle! Heck, the predecessor was the S1 from Fuji was considered a steal at $3,500 when Nikon’s 2.74 mega-pixel equivalent was still well over $5,000. I upgraded my Fuji S2 cause after 6 years of use, it was showing some signs of age but still functioning and I wanted to use the more sophisticated technology of the time, hence the D300 to still use my Nikon lenses. But what to do now with my Fuji S2? They sell on Ebay and Amazon (if you can find them) for a whopping $200. Like many photographers, I have found creative ways to keep my gear that is still functioning and put it to practical use and I have made technology do the work for me.

Many photographers are sitting on medium format film cameras; they longer can justify the cost of the film and lab’s for the quality of a digital SLR. But why sell it for the price of a low-grade digital camera when that’s all they can get for it? Some just put it up in the window in the studio so people know it’s a photo studio, or perhaps, “this guy is really good, look at that old big camera! He has been around and knows what he is doing.” Another photographer I know uses his film backs as a physical storage for his memory cards, marketing options with your older equipment functioning or not is limitless. However, when the gear functions, and has a digital base you have just opened up a new window.

IR Examples © Lifepixel.com

IR Examples © Lifepixel.com

Not willing to take a mere $200 I re-invested in my Fuji S2 and converted the image sensor to infrared. Sensor manipulation is something that has made my backup digital SLR now one of my favorite toys to utilize. Companies on the Internet convert select digital cameras to IR for a fee of a couple hundred dollars, price varies depending on the camera. Many will begin to say this can be done with appropriate image software and some time in front of the computer, but the sensor will provide a better RAW image as opposed to a manipulated one, and I for one would rather have more time behind the lens instead of in front of a computer

Technology will always improve, and we as photographers must accommodate along with it. How we do so and in the most creative of ways will always help us get the most out of my gear. Like many Nikon shooters I purchased a D300 only to watch the announcement a month later of the full frame Nikon D700 for a little bit more. Soon after the rumblings of what the “Nikon D400” will be, but for now I have two digital SLR’s. One giving me cutting edge capabilities with the latest technology and science from Nikon, and the other helping me get back to the art of photography. Money well spent, and money saved all in one motion.

Stay Excited!

January 26, 2009

 

This blog entry is copied, almost verbatim, from an email I received from a friend of mine, Charles J. Lewis of Charles Lewis Photography whom I admire and respect.

 

Pursuing a photographic hobby or business can be tiring, time-consuming,
and frustrating. It’s not uncommon for a good photographer
to burn out from time to time.  You don’t want that to happen to you!

 

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Saint Pat"s

 

If you’re not excited about your photography no one else is going to be. And, who wants to view images they’re not enthusiastic about?

 

Here are some quick tips for regaining your passion if you’re feeling a
little “burned out” or frustrated:

 

  • Write down all the reasons you love photography.  Why did you go into this hobby or business?!  What do you want to do for yourself or your clients?  I always ask my students to start here.
  • Tell others the story of why you became a photographer. This is truly important.  People want to “feel your passion” and understand how you feel about your photography.
  • Imagine what you want your photography to look like in 5 years (even if it’s unrealistic… perhaps especially if it’s unrealistic!)  Write down some key notes in your Journal during your quiet meditative time every morning.
  • Be sure you put inspirational messages into your mind each morning –  by listening to positive CD’s and reading inspiring articles and books by people who are where you want to be.  Remember, how your first hour of the day goes, so goes your day!
  • Take time to rejuvenate – you can NOT be creative 100 hours a week.  I have found that the more time I take off and get away, the better job I do when I’m photographing or marketing or selling.

 

 

Look, you became a photographer for a reason.  And, how you feel about your photography is going to be reflected in the risks you’ll take, the way you interact with your audience, your clients and prospects, and the amount of money you bring in! (This has much less to do with this Recession, and much more to do with how you feel, than you realize!)

 

Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s) said, “If you work just for the money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, and always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

 

Be passionate! Be excited! Learn to love your business, your clients, and the simple joys of photography. There are many!  (The glass is half full, not half empty!)  Pass that passion on to your family, your staff and your clients, and you’ll see a phenomenal difference in the growth and success of your business – regardless of the economy at the moment!

 

Folks, take this on and I promise your photography and your attitude towards photography will shift to something greater.  And remember, many of the practices I encourage you to try in photography also apply to your life.

 

Click on “Add A Comment” above and share with all of us how you stay excited.

 

Just keep clicking!
I love and appreciate you all,
Michael

Free Canon DSLR Classes At Unique Photo 1/23 – 1/24

January 22, 2009

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Canon and Nikon update firmware

January 21, 2009

Canon and Nikon have released firmware updates for the 40D, D3 and D700 DSLRS. All three updates correct rare errors and make minor changes to camera behavior. The 40D is updated to firmware v1.1.1. The Nikon D3 moves to v2.01 and the D700 to V1.01. Full details of all the issues resolved are made on the relevant company’s websites. Click here for direct links to the downloads.

Canon and Nikon update firmware: Digital Photography Review.

Manufacturers Visiting Unique Photo In December!

December 8, 2008

Wednesday Dec10th

1-Day Only Special Savings on Profoto, PocketWizard, Sekonic, Tenba, X-Rite, and Induro Products
Visit Unique Photo and speak with representatives from the aforementioned companies as they lead detailed discussions on their products such as the latest PocketWizard Wireless transmitters which can be used with Sekonic light meters.  Live demonstration of the power of color calibration with X-Rite’s ColorMunki!  Have all the knowledge and power of the professionals for this 1-day only event and save exclusively at Unique Photo!

Friday Dec 12th

Introduction to the 5D Mark II 11am-12:30pm
Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated digital SLR in recent memory. With the introduction of the revolutionary HD movie mode, and new features including in-camera vignetting correction, highlight tone priority, and auto lighting optimizer, the 5D Mark II is a camera that has the ability to change the landscape of photography.  Canon USA’s representatives will give you a thorough overview of this superb new camera, its features, and its accessories.  This presentation will provide you with an in-depth look inside the EOS 5D Mark II, in which its image quality will be compared to the current EOS-1Ds Mark III camera. You will also see examples of the new 5D’s outstanding high ISO performance, and explore its noise reduction features. Finally, they will discuss its highlight feature:  the full HD movie mode.    Canon reps will be on-hand to provide live demonstrations in our showroom, as well as answer your questions about the EOS system in general and the EOS 5D Mark II in particular.

Getting to know your Canon Rebel   5-8pm
This is a comprehensive, 3-hour program that covers details of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, and the new Rebel XSi and Rebel XS digital SLRs. This program targets the amateur customer, whether they are a newcomer to SLRs entirely, or the customer who has owned 35mm film SLRs in the past, but is now getting into their first digital SLR.
You will be taken inside the camera, shown it’s features, and how to use those features to help you take control of the camera, and your images.  Canon’s instructors will show you a variety of photos, and explain what features were used and how they helped achieve the final result.

Saturday Dec 13th

Introduction to the 5D Mark II 11am-12:30pm
Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated digital SLR in recent memory. With the introduction of the revolutionary HD movie mode, and new features including in-camera vignetting correction, highlight tone priority, and auto lighting optimizer, the 5D Mark II is a camera that has the ability to change the landscape of photography.  Canon USA’s representatives will give you a thorough overview of this superb new camera, its features, and its accessories.  This presentation will provide you with an in-depth look inside the EOS 5D Mark II, in which its image quality will be compared to the current EOS-1Ds Mark III camera. You will also see examples of the new 5D’s outstanding high ISO performance, and explore its noise reduction features. Finally, they will discuss its highlight feature:  the full HD movie mode.    Canon reps will be on-hand to provide live demonstrations in our showroom, as well as answer your questions about the EOS system in general and the EOS 5D Mark II in particular.

Getting to know your Canon Rebel   2-4pm
This is a comprehensive, 3-hour program that covers details of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, and the new Rebel XSi and Rebel XS digital SLRs. This program targets the amateur customer, whether they are a newcomer to SLRs entirely, or the customer who has owned 35mm film SLRs in the past, but is now getting into their first digital SLR.
You will be taken inside the camera, shown it’s features, and how to use those features to help you take control of the camera, and your images.  Canon’s instructors will show you a variety of photos, and explain what features were used and how they helped achieve the final result.

Choosing & Using lenses with Canon EOS System 5-7pm
With over 60 lenses in the Canon EOS system, deciding on your next lens can be a daunting experience. Canon’s presentation not only describes the myriad choices available, but also provides useful suggestions on how to compose your pictures and get the most effective results from a wide selection of lenses. Even if you’re not sure what your next lens should be, we’ll provide you with some valuable insight that will help narrow your search down so that you can find the lens that’s right for you. Whether you’re just getting started in SLR photography or are an experienced shooter, this presentation is packed with great images and a wealth of information. A variety of Canon lenses will be available afterward for hands-on evaluation, and a Canon technical adviser will be here to answer your questions.

Sunday Dec 14th

Canon EOS 40D & 50D Discovery Days   1-3pm
This is a comprehensive, 3-hour program that covers details of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, and the new Rebel XSi and Rebel XS digital SLRs. This program targets the amateur customer, whether they are a newcomer to SLRs entirely, or the customer who has owned 35mm film SLRs in the past, but is now getting into their first digital SLR.
You will be taken inside the camera, shown it’s features, and how to use those features to help you take control of the camera, and your images.  Canon’s instructors will show you a variety of photos, and explain what features were used and how they helped achieve the final result.

Introduction to the 5D Mark II 11am-12:30pm
Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated digital SLR in recent memory. With the introduction of the revolutionary HD movie mode, and new features including in-camera vignetting correction, highlight tone priority, and auto lighting optimizer, the 5D Mark II is a camera that has the ability to change the landscape of photography.  Canon USA’s representatives will give you a thorough overview of this superb new camera, its features, and its accessories.  This presentation will provide you with an in-depth look inside the EOS 5D Mark II, in which its image quality will be compared to the current EOS-1Ds Mark III camera. You will also see examples of the new 5D’s outstanding high ISO performance, and explore its noise reduction features. Finally, they will discuss its highlight feature:  the full HD movie mode.    Canon reps will be on-hand to provide live demonstrations in our showroom, as well as answer your questions about the EOS system in general and the EOS 5D Mark II in particular.