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Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 (Photo credit: jaredpolin)

My typical camera bag is showing its age. It is a great backpack and I’ve taken many times on driving and flying trips. These days, however, there is the added need of taking a laptop. When going by car, this really isn’t much of a problem. I put my MacBook in another bag with books, power cords and other materials. Taking two bags on a plane though, that’s a problem.

I started looking at larger backpacks that could hold the 17″ laptop. Holy cow they are expensive. I settled on one from Sam’s Club. The Case Logic DSLR Travel Pack. Though it is inexpensive, I am already seeing problems in the design. For starters, it doesn’t seem to have much room and there are no straps for the chest and waist. Hiking is going to become a problem. I don’t need to worry too much about the tripod as it isn’t making the trip (all aluminum and too heavy).

I have an idea, I’ll pack my existing bag in my suitcase. I stuffed it full of underwear, etc, placed it in the suitcase. It fits! Well, sorta. There is some room leftover, though not enough. It will have to stay home and I’ll need to get used to the new bag.

The biggest problem here is that I really do need two bags. I need one large enough for traveling. Stuff all my gear, lenses, cleaners, filters, laptop, etc. Rugged so I can take it on the plane. Once where we are going, I need a smaller one for hiking around, whether town or wilderness, in which I take only what is needed for that trip. I have tried a few other bags, results are crap.

Are there any bags out there that fit this bill? Perhaps a bag in a bag? Let me know.

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dog fetch

dog fetch (Photo credit: mallix)

What a day today was. Starting before dawn walking the dogs, my head felt like someone was driving a nail through my forehead. No, this was no leftover from drinking too much or staying up playing computer games, this was real and out of nowhere. Not long into dealing with the dogs, nausea showed up to say hello. Surely, this was a real reason to return to bed.

Gave in. Did. Hours later.

It was time to be up, after all the puppy dog chewed up a couple of my daughter’s toys. Hello day. Headache still around, let’s see what can be done with it anyway. On-line to check auctions (not real ones, those in World of Warcraft). Ok, run an instance. Ok, now what. Exercise!

Exercise tried and not feeling any better, what now? The typical Sunday morning routine. Check tweets and trim old ones. Generate new ads being sure to take advantage of Michael Force’s funnel. Done and saved. A few more tweets. Ideas for blog postings go in and out. Nuts. Clean up. Lunch. Dressed.

Video Editing

Wait, I shot videos yesterday. Find the D7000 and get the vids off of the cards. This camera also has a battery recall, time to check the Nikon website. My are not included. Load videos into iMovie. This will take some time, off to other chores.

Was able to spend an hour editing some videos. One is a demonstration of the D7000 panning and zooming, for the photography followers out there. The other is a new take on a concept with marketing. Marketing is more than just advertising, it is about establishing relationships. The woods behind my parent’s house had noises of the chirping birds, cars going by on I-74 and the occasional wind. It was a good metaphor to stop and listen. Listen to your customers, feel their pain, know their desires. Connect here and they will know your product. The video is a connection with listening.

Wrapping Up

What an amazing day. It was filled with illness, headache, tiredness, cleaning, shouting, tears, anger, heartache, forgiveness, love, tenderness and redemption. Like any day. Unlike everyday. And it totally rocked!

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Some tips are placed here in a second post for the day due to not wanting them to be post in other posts. A few are mentioned in the video and others are sprinkled about.

Aperture Priority mode:

When bracketing around a base shot, whether auto or manual, it is best to get DOF as similar as possible. One good way to ensure this is to place the camera in the mode where the aperture has priority over other settings. Changing depth of field will give unreliable results when the images are put together in layers.

Focus – manual:

Using auto-focus to set the focus is fine, but once obtained, switch the camera (and the lens if required) to manual. Be sure not accidentally dump the focus ring.

Use a tripod:

Having a stable camera is very important. Some of the software is good at realigning, but the more you are able to keep various images framed the same, the more data is available for the image edge-to-edge.

Think ahead:

Look at your subject and think ahead to the end result. Doing so will help determine how many shots to get and what the EV gap should be. In general, the fewer images to be used in the result, the greater the EV will need to be. Too great though and information may be too spread.

Know your equipment:

Not only know your camera, also know the software you will use to great your HDR image. Know its limitations and strengths. Start with the latter and push to the former.

Have fun:

Throw out all the rules and do what you want. Have fun and experiment. Try staggered EV steps with gaps. Try -2 EV, 0 and +1. Explore the bounds and then cross over them with reckless abandon. Chart your own course; follow your own methods.

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Creating a walk-through slash how-to over using a Nikon D7000 to create HDR images is really lame using text only. So, with the help of my daughter, I’ve created a video. Being on vacation, I did have to use demo version of Photomatix inside of Aperture. The results are alright for the purpose it serves.

Once posted, I did see a video about creating an HDR image inside of the camera. I’m still testing settings on my D7000 as the demonstration video was for a D3. It seems interesting, but there can be absolutely no movement between shots; neither subject nor camera. The D7000 is also limited to 3 shots, so EV settings will need to be wide. More later.

Now to my video. Enjoy and comment. Let me know what you think and what other videos you would like to see.

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