From Nikon: Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10 Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.00
Camera Control Pro 2 Version 2.22.0 is now supported, allowing the following operations to be performed:
Download: Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10
- The settings for connected cameras can be adjusted from Camera Control Pro 2.
- The Camera Control Pro 2 live view window can now be used for still photography and movie recording as well as to select the AF-area and adjust camera settings.
- Camera Control Pro 2 now supports best moment capture.
UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4 Changes from Firmware Version 2.3
Cameras That Can Be Used to Update UT-1 Firmware
- The D810A is now supported.
UT-1 firmware updates can be performed with the following cameras:
- The D810, D810A, D750, D7200, and D7100
- D800 and D800E firmware versions “A” 1.10/“B” 1.10 or later.
Note: Other cameras can not be used, but updates can be performed for you by a Nikon-authorized service representative. Download: UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4
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Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens review
Note that product images for this lens are included both large and small lens comparison tools with some images being cropped in the small lens format. Here is an example comparing the Sigma Sports, Sigma Contemporary and Tamron 150-600mm Lens
in the small lens tool. These three lenses are also very interesting to compare in the other tools. B&H
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I live in a fenced-in property which is situated squarely in the middle of a medium-sized town. I have often used the fence that borders my driveway as a background for various portraits. It's clean, simple, and works well especially when it falls just out of focus.
As the winter months transition into spring, however, sections of the fence would become covered in vines. In previous years, I did everything I could to avoid using those sections of fence for my portraits. I considered them a hindrance for tarnishing my clean-looking background during the warm and inviting seasons perfect for portraiture.
But as I walked to my mailbox last week, it finally hit me. "Why don't I use the vines for a tightly framed portrait? Hmm..."
I must have past that particular section of the fence 500 times over the past three years, but it never occurred to me to actually feature
the vines in a portrait. A few days later Amanda and I decided to give it a go.
I set up a tripod mounted 7D Mark II
with my favorite portrait lens, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
. So why would I use the 7D Mark II in place of my primary body, the 5D Mark III
? For this particular portrait, there was little appreciable difference between the two bodies. I didn't need the full-frame performance gains at high ISOs (I shot this using ISO 100) and I didn't need the shallow DOF advantage either as I would be using a relatively narrow aperture (f/7.1) to keep the details of the background recognizable.
Considering the f/7.1 aperture, you might wonder why I chose the EF 85mm f/1.2L II. As I said, it's my favorite portrait lens. The fixed 85mm focal length is a flattering focal length for portraits and the lens is especially sharp when stopped down (although, depending on the subject, extreme sharpness may not necessarily be a beneficial quality when it comes to portrait lenses).
For the main light I used a monolight diffused by a Mola Demi beauty dish fitted with a HoneyGrids Universal Grid
. The background light was provided by a Canon 580EX Speedlite flash fitted with an Opteka OSG18 1/8-Inch Universal Honeycomb Grid
. Using the grid on the main light and positioning it so that it pointed downward limited the amount of light that spilled on the background allowing me to easily control the luminosity of the background with the Speedlite. The grid on the Speedlite kept its light from striking the subject and concentrated its output in a more focused area on the background.
This is what the setup and fence looked like:
I believe similar results could have been achieved with lower cost lights and modifiers (a speedlight with a gridded softbox, possibly?).
When post-processing the final image, I actually reduced the luminosity of the background preferring the leaves to be a little darker than what I captured in-camera. I also used a selective color mask to make the shadows appear cooler/more bluish in tone. I was going for a Renaissance painting look for the portrait, and the edits helped push the image in that direction (in my opinion).
The takeaway from this shoot is aptly summed up by the title. With spring in full swing, beautiful backgrounds are popping up everywhere. Take a minute to scan your surroundings – even in your own yard – to see if there's something you've been overlooking just like me. :-)
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