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"Seamless Panoramas, BTS at the Havana Cafe, Nikon News" - Podcast 469

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Hotel Windows

During my Southern California tour, I had a meeting in Los Angeles. I arrived a bit early, so I hopped on the hotel elevator to explore a bit. Sure enough, I discovered a great vantage point with a view of planes coming in to land at LAX.

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As with most hotels, I had to shoot through a window. I know some photographers don't like to do this, but I don't mind. I selected my Olympus 45mm f/1.8 prime lens and positioned the camera squarely against the glass. I made sure the area that I was shooting through was clean. Then I used the camera's electronic levels for correct alignment.

Generally speaking, images captured through thick glass lose contrast. Airplane windows are another example of this. But that's easy to restore in post production. Shooting in RAW provides you with a deeper set of image adjustment options.

Not long after I recorded this image, it was time for our meeting. I hadn't planned on taking pictures that afternoon. But thanks to hotel windows, I left the venue with something more than a firm handshake.

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This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: Tips for Seamless Panoramas, Behind the Scenes at the Havana Club Cafe set for my lynda.com movie, Canon and Nikon news. All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story.

Weekly Update - Nikon D7200 boasts low-light AF improvements and increased buffer depth - With a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor it offers a very slight resolution increase over its 24.1MP D7100 predecessor, and like that model it lacks an optical low-pass filter. Also, a next-generation 51-point AF module with increased low-light sensitivity, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and an improved 100-shot buffer depth when shooting JPEGs at 6 fps (18 14-bit or 27 12-bit Raw files). Other notable features include 1080/60p video recording, improved battery life of 1100 shots per charge and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. The D7200 will be available in April as a kit with the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for $1699.95, or body-only for $1199.95.  (Source: DP Review)

In other news... Review: The Canon 11-24mm f/4L is Pricey and Heavy but Unmatched Optically - The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM officially holds the title of the widest rectilinear full-frame SLR lens with its 126º05' diagonal widest angle of view. And there's no mistaking the lens for anything less than an extreme wide-angle lens given its huge and gorgeous 108mm bulbous front element. Is it worth $3,000? This review helps answer. (Source: PetaPixel)

Story #1 - Tips for Seamless Panoramas - Yes, your iPhone works great for capturing panoramas. But if you want higher resolution and more tonal control, stitching together frames from your digital camera is the answer. Here a a few tips to ensure the best quality possible.

  • Use a tripod... properly.
  • It's easiest with the sun to your back.
  • Why manual exposure just works better.
  • Lock in your focus and keep it there.
  • Don't forget to overlap!
  • Mark first and last frame.
  • Shoot RAW.

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Story #2 - Behind the Scenes at the Havana Cafe Set - I'm at lynda.com this week recording the finishing bits for my "Photographer in Cuba" movie. They've designed a special set for our recording, and I thought it would be fun to chat with the producer, videographer, and lighting director about the preparations involved for this project. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

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