Spring Clouds and Adirondack Chairs

Last week, my wife and I were downtown in Gig Harbor, WA at a party and the group was trying hard to enjoy one of our first quasi-good days of the year. Trouble is, those pesky clouds kept getting in the way of the sun. The sun would peek out from the clouds and we [...]

April 2012 Newsletter Posted

The Out There Images April 2012 newsletter is posted here: www.outthereimages.com/newsletter
Topics this month:
- Nikon D800 and D4 Setup Guides
- New Workshops Posted and New Books Are Selling Well
- Stuff I Like This Month
- March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
- April GOAL Assignment: Window Light Portraits and Book Giveaway
- Product Review: Joby Gorilla Pod
- Digital Tidbits: How [...]

Large Prints From the Nikon D800

I’ve been using the Nikon D800 for less than a week now and wanted to create some large prints from the camera to assess its overall quality. I sent off four different files to a large-format Epson inkjet printer and was very impressed with the resulting images. They are truly beautiful and are giving my [...]

How Much Detail from a Severely Underexposed D800 Photo?

More Nikon D800 fun. Just to see how far I could take a Nikon D800 image, I processed this black and white from a single dramatically underexposed shot. The processed photo is above and the unprocessed, underexposed shot below.
Nikon D800, 14-24mm f2.8. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw, then Nik Color Efex Pro 4 using Detail [...]

Nikon D800’s Wonderful Ability to Crop

One of the things I’m loving about the Nikon D800 is the ability to frame the photo relatively loosely and then crop to what I need. I went out last evening to photograph the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at dusk. I shot the image at a wide-angle and then cropped it in Photoshop to a 12″ [...]

Thousands of Images, Now What? Shipping

Our brand new book Thousands of Images, Now What? is shipping. We’ve just received our preliminary copies of the book and will be sending out autographed copies to all of you who pre-ordered. The book looks great and I’m very happy with the final product. You can order autographed copies at our website for Out There Images [...]

March 2012 Newsletter is Posted

The March 2012 Out There Images newsletter is posted!
http://www.outthereimages.com/12_03_newsletter.html

News this month:
- D800 or D4?
- Two openings for Galapagos
- Two New Books Shipping This Month
- Book Giveaway
- Stuff I Like This Month
- February GOAL Assignment: Purposeful Distortion
- March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
- Digital Tidbits: What Camera Settings Affect RAW?
- Book Review: Ten Photo Assignments to develop [...]

The Importance of Black in Monochrome Images

I love converting my images to black and white. There is a timeless quality and a sense of abstraction that we just can’t see with traditional color photography. Many black and white images are greatly improved by having areas of dense black in the composition. These solid black areas anchor the photo and can add [...]

Nikon Capture NX2.3.1 Released

Hey D4 and D800/D800E shooters - Nikon Capture NX2.3.1 is now released to enable RAW file compatibility for your new camera. Even if you aren’t buying a D4 or D800/D800E, then I still recommend upgrading for the new D-Lighting improvements and for some of the user interface improvements.
Nikon USA Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17660
Nikon Europe Link: https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/51366

Reader Question about Thousands of Images, Now What?

We have a new book title coming out during March 2012 called Thousands of Images, Now What? One of our newsletter readers asked a great question about the book:
Question:
Mike,
I’m fascinated with your new book to be, “Thousands of Images, Now What?” Also the cover absolutely communicates the message of the book. Very nice.
However, there seems [...]