Photographers Jason Odell and Rick Walker sit down to discuss a variety of digital photography topics, including digital cameras, lenses, and photo processing software. Topics range from technical to philosophical, and include honest gear and software reviews based on our actual experience.
The Image Doctors #140
APS-C format cameras: Useful tool or orphaned system?
This week, we’re discussing the current state of APS-C format digital cameras. Almost all early DSLR cameras utilized a “crop sensor” format (meaning smaller than the 24x36mm 35mm standard format. The APS-C format offers approximately a 1.5x crop factor as compared to 35mm format, and has long been popular with nature and wildlife photographers for its “extra reach.”
Since the advent of “full-frame” format digital cameras, APS-C format bodies have seemed to suffer from neglect. Other than the Fujifilm system, which is entirely built around APS-C format, other manufacturers seem to limit the lens choices for their APS-C camera bodies.
The Image Doctors #139
Uses for the DNG raw format
Adobe’s DNG “digital negative” raw format was developed as an open standard over 20 years ago. What originally started out as an alternative raw format 20 years ago has instead morphed into something quite different, but incredibly useful. This week, we discuss the pros and cons of DNG files and how we use them in our own photographic workflows.
The Image Doctors #138
How to handle busy or visually overwhelming locations
Have you ever been to a location where there is just so much stuff that you don’t know where to begin? It might be a forest, a city street, or a junkyard like Old Car City, where Jason led a workshop last weekend. In this week’s show, we’ll talk about the challenges busy locations present and ways for approaching them creatively.
Note: Due to travel, we’ll be back on the air May 14th
Travel Photography Workshop with Jason & Rick
We are excited to offer a travel photography workshop Oct. 20-23, 2022 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is an exclusive, small-group event (6 max) that you won’t want to miss!
The Image Doctors #137
Hands-on with the Olympus OM System OM-1
Rick recently got his hands on the new OM System (formerly known as Olympus) OM-1 mirrorless camera. This new micro 4/3 format camera delivers many features worthy of “flagship” designation, including an improved EVF, subject-detect AF, and up to 120fps RAW capture. There are also some areas for improvement, and we’ll talk about those, too. We’ll also answer some questions we received about the OM-1 from our Facebook Page readers.
The Image Doctors #136
Nikon Z9 firmware 2.0 announced
Today, Nikon announced firmware update 2.0 for the flagship Z9 mirrorless camera. We’ll unpack what’s been announced, what we like, and what improvements we’d still like to see in the Nikon Z9. The new firmware will be available on April 20th, and has lots of major improvements for both still and video capture.
Nikon Z9 Firmware 2.0 details (Nikon USA)
The Image Doctors #135
Choosing a Telephoto Lens
This week, Nikon announced the new 800mm f/6.3S Phase Fresnel lens, which weighs in at a stunningly svelte 5.2 lbs. Although good telephoto lenses tend to be expensive, there are some good options out there that won’t completely break your bank. This week, we’ll discuss current options for long (400mm+) telephoto lenses and their pros and cons.
Calming, philosophical, and inspirational
This is the antidote for YouTube overload. So glad I found this podcast. Don’t be misled by the intro music. There are some some hidden gems of wisdom scattered throughout these discussions that I will be applying to more than just photography.
Informercials for Nikon and Adobe
Please get back to the inspirational aspects of photography and away from being mouth holes for the latest Nikon and Adobe products.
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