I got a new camera!

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There's a saying out there that goes something like this...."Just because you own a Nikon, doesn't make you a photographer".

I am passionate about the images I take. I spend a great deal of time editing them and making them as perfect as I can. I have been using a Panasonic FZ50 with a wide angle converter for the past year. And although it's a great camera, it has a few flaws that have always got under my skin. So, I've been saving my pennies and I recently bought myself a new camera...a Nikon coincidentally.

I bought a Nikon D40 with a Sigma 10- 20mm lens and a Nikon SB600 flash. I may pursue multiple flashes in the future, but for now, I'm thrilled with the results I getting with this set up.

I notice a huge difference in the quality of the final image, which will result in less time at the computer post processing.

I have already received incredible feedback from the 5 shoots I've done with the new gear. I'll stick with it!

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Lori Kratochvil
HomeStar Photography & Virtual Tours - Powder Springs, GA

Hi Linda, I just wanted you to know that your pictures impressed me so much that I went out and bought a Nikon D40, a Sigma 10-20, and a Nikon SB600 flash. Now I'm broke (lol), but I'm really excited. I had been using a Kodak V705, and I just sold it on Ebay.

My question for you is - I've never used anything but a point and shoot - how difficult will it be for me to get up and running?

Jun 13, 2008 12:48 PM #12
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Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Great looking photos, Linda! Thank you for sharing.

 

Jun 17, 2008 01:34 PM #13
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Greg Fox
Realty World Wichita - Wichita, KS
Techy Broker in Wichita Kansas

I've used a Hasselblad, a Mamiya 6X7, Nikon, and now a Canon.  Quality counts, but a reasonable camera in the hands of a master.....

 

Friend of mine shot this with a pocket digital.  An Olympus I think (could be wrong on the MFG.).  Great light, well shot.

An artist sees things better than the rest of us...

Jun 19, 2008 01:19 PM #15
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Mona Lise Normandeau -
Home Stager - Calgary, AB

Hi Linda

Your photos are amazing.  You are right when you say that because you have a great camera it doesn't make you a photographer.   Obviously you have a clear understanding of lighting and the use of your camera.  I equally share your passion for photography and spent lots of time reshooting and editing the photos I take for my work.  What software are you utilizing to edit your photos? I am currently using Photoshop Elements.  Continue the great work.

Mona Lise

 

Jun 19, 2008 03:02 PM #16
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

@Lori, Wow, I'm thrilled to know I've inspired you that much! Wish I got a commission from Nikon! You won't have any trouble getting this gear to work for you. You don't have to know all the dials and buttons. Start in P mode and work your way from there.. Can't wait to see what you produce!

 

@ Lynsey, I have regualr clients...occasionally I get a new one here and there....I mainly shoot the single property web sites for properties over 1mil, but I find that I have a few clients that prefer the 360° virtual tours and those are properties generally over 500,000.

@ Greg, that photo is amazing!

 

@ Mona, I currently use photoshop cs, but I also have lightroom...I haven't experimented enough with it yet to be comfortable. I have such a great workflow in PS .... why switch?

Jun 20, 2008 05:03 AM #17
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Darryl Glade
RE/MAX N.O. Properties - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate

Incredible photos! You obviously are very passionate about photography.

Jun 20, 2008 06:07 AM #18
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Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

Linda ~ I missed this post when you first put it up. Congrats on the new camera and great work taking these shots. A lot of agents are getting caught up in HDR (myself included) and these photos are very tasteful. Great work :D

Jun 20, 2008 10:07 AM #19
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Linda...Like Ryan, I also missed this post when it first appeared.  Luckily we got to see it now.

Absolutely love your photos...but am very unhappy as I am now thinking I might want to purchase the Nikon D-40 (or the D-80) and the last thing I need is another digital camera.

Thanks so much for sharing your pictures and congratulations on your new baby.

Kathleen

P.S.  Everything looks so sharp and crisp plus the colors are great.

Jun 20, 2008 12:46 PM #20
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK
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Wow... those are beautiful shots Linda.  I just retired my old cannon SLR for a new Cannon 40D and so far I'm loving it.  Isn't progress grand? :)

Jun 21, 2008 10:35 PM #21
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Tony Underwood
TRU Quality Real Estate Services - Albemarle, NC
ABR / SFR

I have a Nikon D70, with a 18-70 mm lens and a Digital wide converter 0.5 x 67mm. The problem is the converter gets in the way of the flash. Any good ideas about the type of flash unit I need?

Also has anyone ever used the Previsite Unit?  wwww.previsite.com

 

Jun 22, 2008 03:06 AM #22
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Thanks again....

@Ryan, I'd like to try hdr sometime. That's one downfall of the D40 is that it doesn't have a bracket mode, so if I want to get a few differnt expostures, I'll have to do it manually. It's doable, but I risk moving the camera even though it's on a tripod.

@Kathleen, go for it! You can never have too many digital cameras! I have 4.

@ Jesse and Kathy, congrats on the new camera! Have fun with it!

@TRU, you need either a Nikon SB600 or an SB800. Either one will give you the flash power you need and will eliminate the half circle shadow you get caused by the converter.

Linda

Jun 22, 2008 03:46 AM #23
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Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Linda, The camera is only as good as the person using it. You obviously know how to use it.  I'm ready to buy the house in the first picture.  I love the view and I want that house.  LOL.

Jun 22, 2008 04:25 AM #24
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Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

Linda ~ I know that the D40 don't have the auto exposure bracketing function, but I still think that you can pull off good HDR photos manually. Give it a try sometime and you just might get hooked ;) 

Jun 23, 2008 03:15 AM #25
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Ryan, what hdr program do you use? I've talked to a lot of people who do hdr and they seem to all use different programs ... with equally good results.  Enfuse, tufuse and photomatix are names I've heard.

I think the key to good hdr is to not over do it. There are tell tale signs of hdr that I definately want to avoid. Occasionally white ceilings and light coloured walls can become kind of ... grungy looking, and occasionally haloing can take effect in the sky and around trees.

I will give a try sometime and post my results.

 

Thanks,

Linda

Jun 23, 2008 03:41 AM #26
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Fred Light
| Nashua Video Tours - Nashua, NH
Real Estate Video Tours for MA and NH

I've been using Photomatix.  I think the HDR is a bit fake looking - I use the exposure blending for a more realistic photo. [sample]

It does take a bit longer for processing but I think the final result is worth it.

Jun 23, 2008 11:19 AM #27
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Linda...That's exactly my problem.  I too have four (4) digitals.  Two of them were bought within the past few months.

I have to think of another reason other than because I just want it.

Kathleen

Jun 25, 2008 03:32 PM #28
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Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

Linda ~ I use Photomatix too. Yes, ceilings and walls can pick up weird shadows and look dark and heavy. For interior photos I have been blending traditional photos with HDR Photos. I use the HDR photos for the windows and often the wood grains and I use traditional photos for everything else. I use Photoshop and layer the HDR photo over the traditional one and erase the areas where I want the traditional photo to show. I also lighten the HDR layer, so it doesn't quite so vibrant and fake.

Jun 26, 2008 07:14 AM #29
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Mary Richards
Reece & Nichols Realtors - Kansas City, MO
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Awesome photos Linda!  I just got a new camera too:  Canon Rebel xsi.  I'm using the 18-55 lens and a 70 to 300 zoom lens.  I hadn't seen any photos taken with the wider angle lens.  Your shots are great.  I'll check into that lens.  I love photography too and am currently taking a class at the shop where I bought the camera so I can learn to use more of the features on the camera.Kansas City Missouri skyline  I'm also experimenting with natural light and having a lot of fun with it.  Are you compressing your photos before you load them to AR?

Jun 26, 2008 03:52 PM #30
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Via Media Tours
Real Estate Home Video Tours - Santa Clara, CA

Amazing photos.

http://www.viamediatours.com

 

 

Jun 28, 2008 07:54 PM #31
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Mike Eddy
Coldwell Banker Island Properties - Wailea, HI
Maui Real Estate Broker

Linda

I just found your photos and only have one thing to say...Spectacular!

Mike

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