TWiP #241 – In Deep on Nikon and Adobe

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This week on TWiP: We go in-deep with the Nikon D800 and Adobe announces the Creative Cloud – $50 for “all you can eat Creative Suite”

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Derrick Story, and Dan Ablan

Note: This is portrait photographer Dan Ablan’s first time on TWiP. He brings the perspective of not just a pro photographer, but also a business owner with a studio and retail storefront. Frederick welcomes Dan, and will air an in-depth interview with him soon.

Nikon Announces the D800 & D800E, and we go in-depth

Last week, we covered the release of the Nikon D800, the newest – and somewhat controversial – camera from Nikon. This week, by popular demand, we go in-depth, discussing the D800 and the D800E in much greater detail.

Derrick points out that apparently, the Megapixel Wars aren’t over. He doesn’t think that this camera competes with medium-format backs, as some people have suggested, however. He also feels that though 36MP buys you a lot of resolution, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of processing the images (will people need to buy new computers or bigger hard drives, for example?).

Dan, who shoots with a D3, has been wanting a bump in the megapixel count, since he shoots for up to 60″ canvases at times. Though he does get sharp prints at that size from his D3, the D800 gives him the ability to crop into his images if he needs to. He too, wonders if he needs more storage.

As an aside, Dan says that Amazon now has a projected delivery date of January, 2013 for pre-orders of the D800.

Tune in to the show to hear a far-reaching discussion of the D800, from the lack of an anti-aliasing filter in the “E” variant of the D800 – and whom that version is best for – to the video capabilities of the D800. The panel discusses buying advice, reminisces about the old cameras like the 10D and how they compare to this newest crop of bodies, and more.

Adobe Creative Cloud to Offer CS6, LR4, and 20GB Storage for $50/Month

PetaPixel reports on Adobe’s new Cloud offering.

Adobe’s cloud-based subscription program, called Creative Cloud, now has a price tag: $50/month with a minimum one-year agreement. Subscribing will get you access to the latest version of Adobe’s popular programs (e.g. CS6 and Lightroom 4) without the pain of shelling out big bucks for buying the boxed version and subsequent upgrades.

In addition to receiving updates to the programs as soon as they’re released, you’ll also be given 20GB of cloud storage that can be used for syncing your work.

Frederick is unsure as to whether this is a good deal for folks that don’t upgrade on a regular basis, but thinks it might be for those users who do so with every new release. Derrick thinks it may be a good thing for business owners, since it gives them a fixed cost to factor into their expenses that they can then write off in taxes at the end of the year.

For the average guy, however, the panel feels that this may not be worth it. Frederick points out that most people use perhaps 1/16th of the power of an application like Photoshop, and the general consensus of the guests is the same. In many cases, Frederick says that people don’t really need the latest and greatest version – he’s still on CS3 or CS4, for example.

Dan adds that while it’s sometimes nice to have the the other tools in the Creative Suite, like Illustrator, he’s not sure he wants to spend $600 per year on a subscription. He also adds that many photographers are making do with Lightroom and a few plugins, like Imagenomic’s Portraiture, instead of spending the money on Photoshop.

Listen to the show for more on Adobe’s offering, and the panel’s final recommendation on going with the Creative Cloud versus á la carte.

Listener Questions

Question 1:

Twitter user Richard Simko asks:

I am wondering how many lenses of current Nikon lineup will be able to take full advantage of this 36MP sensor.

Derrick: It will be interesting to see which lenses shine on this system. However, this is a question that will resolve itself in time, once the D800 is out and in the hands of photographers

Dan: Agreed. The quality of the glass will be more apparent with a shot that large – which is why I need to get that 85mm f/1.4 I’ve been looking at.

Question 2:

TWiP forum user JCRenaud asks:

“How important is a full frame sensor to a wedding photographer? Should I stick to cropped sensor and get a second D7000, or should I invest in a D700 or D800?”

Dan: It depends heavily on the kind of wedding photographer you are. If you’re the spray-and-pray, lower-end shooter, you don’t need to invest in the more expensive full-frame body. If, however, you’re doing a lot of high-end work, then the full-frame sensor body makes more sense.

Derrick: It also has to do with your style of shooting. If you need maximum control of things like depth of field, you want the best light-gathering sensor to use with your lenses, and want to shoot wide open, then you should go with a full-frame sensor.

Question 3:

RicTheProf sends us a question via the TWiP Website:

With MobileMe going away in July, do you have a recommendation for an online photo storage alternative? I’m looking for selective viewer access and a seamless (painless)  upload from a Mac.

Dan: We use our own in-house solution, but I know Zenfolio does do this sort of thing. We rarely use an online service for presentation, however.

Derrick: I think Apple will present its own solution to this question. There’s a reason MobileMe didn’t go away immediately, and I think that with the release of the next version of Aperture, Apple will introduce a replacement to MobileMe galleries.

Frederick: Try SmugMug. I’ve been using it for a long time now. It has built-in ecommerce functionality, so you can upload and set pricing differently for different galleries, with great permissions control. Another option for a quick upload is Dropbox, which automatically generates a gallery from images dropped into a folder in your Dropbox.

Picks of the Week!

Derrick: Corel AfterShot Pro

Dan: Magic Window

Frederick: DualEyes  and Levelator

Wrap Up

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Derrick Story: www.thedigitalstory.com

Dan Ablan: www.facebook.com/danablan www.ablangallery.com

Frederick Van Johnson: www.frederickvan.com or www.mediabytes.com or fvj.me/plus


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Producers: Suzanne Llewellyn

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Intro Music by Scott Cannizzaro


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