Support for Nikon D810 – Lightroom 5.6, Camera RAW 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6

Posted July 31st, 2014 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

Lightroom 5 box

Adobe has released three significant software updates this week to Photoshop, Camera RAW and Lightroom. For Nikon D810 shooters, the updates give them the ability to work on RAW files in a program other than Nikon Capture NX-D.

Lightroom 5.6

Adobe released Lightroom 5.6 today which supports three new cameras, 22 new lenses and fixes a few bugs from previous releases.

Web Links

Information Page

Mac Update

Windows Update

Photoshop CC Camera RAW and DNG Converter

Information Page

Camera RAW 8.6 will update automatically with your Creative Cloud subscription.

DNG Converter 8.6

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Win -

Lightroom Update Details

New cameras supported

Nikon D810
Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.6

Canon Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Canon Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
Canon Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
Nikon Tamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
Pentax Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/S Schneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony Alpha Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha Sony 28mm f/2.8
Sony Alpha Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony Alpha Sony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony Alpha Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony Alpha Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony E Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M

July 2014 Magazine and Editorial Work

Posted July 26th, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

We’ve been staying busy around here at Visual Adventures. Here are some tear sheets that were published in July, 2014. The first tear sheets shown below were for a fundraiser we photographed for the NW Furniture Bank. These images ran in South Sound Magazine. The second group of tear sheets were for an article on digital asset management that we contributed to Bottom Line Personal Magazine.

As Josef Scaylea said, “Taking pictures is not good enough, get them published!”


Gear for Getting Your Camera Low to the Ground

Posted July 25th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Wildlife  |  Permalink


We’ve just posted the last of our six videos on gear designed for getting your camera low to the ground. Check out all the videos over at our YouTube Channel here:

Our videos from this series covered a wide gamut of gear ranging from high-end to low budget. Here’s the list:

Kirk Mighty Low Boy (Video LinkPurchase)

Mini Tripods (Video LinkPurchase)

Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod (Video LinkPurchase)

Kirk Low Pod PO-2 (Video LinkPurchase)

Kirk Window Mount WM-2 (Video LinkPurchase)

Joby Gorillapod Focus (Video Link Purchase)

In case you want to watch all the videos on this site, here they are:

Three Easy Ways to Create Context in Your Pictures

Posted July 17th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink
Port Townsend Paper Company

Sailboat in front of Port Townsend Paper Corporation.

Over the last week or two I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on the waters of Washington State’s Puget Sound region. This area is chock full of opportunities for maritime photography and I’ve been shooting like crazy to capture the scenes.

While shooting pictures last week, I consciously planned for a number of them to show the context of the area. I wanted the shots to be more than just a pretty scene or a boat on the water. Rather, I wanted the viewer of the images to gain a better understanding of the setting and environment.


Washington State Ferry boat Kennewick at the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal.

One of the best skills you can have as a travel photographer is the ability to create context for your imagery. For example, it is very easy to take a picture of a boat on the water, but it is much more difficult to illustrate how that boat relates to its surroundings. You should know that when viewers look at your images, they are always thinking about more than the image itself. They are trying to figure out answers to the five W’s – who, what, where, when, why?

Who is in the image?

What is the image about?

Where was it taken?

When was it taken?

Why are you showing this to me?

If your photograph is able to visually answer these questions for the viewer, then you’ve done a good job of creating the context for the image. Obviously, not all images need to answer all of these questions. In fact, many times images work just fine without answering any of these questions. But, if you are trying to tell a story with your images, then you must answer these questions visually by thinking through the design and composition of the photograph.

Indian Island.

Indian Island Naval Base and munitions depot.

Here are three easy ways to create context:

1. Juxtaposition.

Always be thinking about how you can position your subject with other elements in the scene. Rather than shooting an object that is isolated by itself, it needs to be positioned next to something in order for it’s context to be understood. Use things like buildings, trees, crowds of people, parking lots, and roads as background elements in the scene to help the viewer understand location.

2. Include well-known landmarks.

This is the obvious corollary to the juxtaposition tip, but asks you to go one step further by deliberately including something in the background that is well-known. In the case of the images shown here, I included landmarks such as the Olympic Mountains, the historic Port Towsend Post Office building, Mount Rainier and the Port Townsend Paper Company factory. Well-known and famous landmarks are an easy way to help the viewer immediately grasp where the image was taken.

3. Shoot medium wide angle to medium telephoto lenses.

The most difficult part of creating context is figuring out how much of the background you should include to let the viewer know where the photograph was taken. If you include too much by using a super wide angle lens, then the impact of the subject can be lost. If you include too little with a long telephoto lens, then the viewer doesn’t have enough visual information to understand the location of the photo. The solution is to make these types of shots with lenses between 35mm and 200mm focal lengths. In fact, a couple of zoom lenses like a 24-70mm and the 70-200mm make the perfect pair for creating context.

Fort Flagler

Fort Flagler lighthouse in front of Mount Rainier.


Nikon Capture NX-D Official Version

Posted July 15th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink


Today, Nikon officially released the full version of Nikon Capture NX-D 1.0.0. This release marks the end of support for Nikon Capture NX 2 and ushers in a new chapter for Nikon software. As I mentioned in previous posts and video blogs, the new NX-D software is a far cry from the previous Capture NX 2 software since Nikon chose not to include many of the higher-end editing tools. It is unfortunate that tools like color control points, HSL adjustments, and selection brushes won’t be included in NX-D.

NX-D is a basic RAW converter and I have loaded the program on my computer. At this point, my main use for NX-D will be processing image files from brand new Nikon cameras before other software packages (i.e. Lightroom) have the capability. There’s almost always a month or two delay from when a camera is released until 3rd party software companies are able to process the camera’s RAW files, so NX-D will fill that time gap. I don’t see using NX-D for any significant image processing in my overall workflow.

Download Full Version of Capture NX-D here: Nikon Capture NX-D


US Navy in Puget Sound

Posted July 14th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Washington State’s Puget Sound region has hosted US Navy bases for more than 120 years. The first US Naval Station started in 1891 at the current Puget Sound Naval Shipyard location in Bremerton, Washington. Since then, the Puget Sound has been home to submarine bases, naval air stations, carrier bases, ordinance support and underwater testing grounds. One of the neat things about living in the Puget Sound is that we commonly see Navy ships, war planes and submarines juxtaposed against our beautiful landscape. Here are a couple of shots I took the other day from a location on Whidbey Island. We were able to watch and photograph the USS Nimitz and a Navy submarine as they headed out to the Pacific Ocean through Admiralty Inlet.

USS Nimitz passing through Admiralty Inlet with Olympic Mountains in background. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8, TC14-E II.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) passing through Admiralty Inlet with Olympic Mountains in background. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8, TC14-E II. The Nimitz is based at Naval Station Everett and is a part of Carrier Strike Group 11.


US Navy submarine at dusk passing in front of Port Towsend and the Olympic Mountains. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8, TC14-E II.


Gear for Getting Low to the Ground

Posted July 8th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Wildlife  |  Permalink

Here are the first three videos in our six-video series showing off gear for getting low to the ground with your camera gear. Our most recent video is for the Joby Gorillapod Focus while the previous two covered the Kirk LowPod PO-2 and the Kirk Mighty Low Boy. Be sure to watch the videos to see what I like or don’t like about each product. Also, check out our YouTube channel for more videos on photography and software.

Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X

Buy at B&H: Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X

Kirk Mighty Low Boy

Buy at Kirk Photo:

Kirk Low Pod PO-2

Buy at B&H: Kirk Low Pod PO-2

Buy at Nikonians: Photo Pro Shop

Nikon Announces the D810

Posted June 26th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Technology  |  Permalink

Nikon D810

Nikon just announced the new D810 today and will be shipping the 36.3 MP camera as early as July 17th. Order at B&H here using this link: D810 at B&H Photo Video. Price is slated to be $3,299.95 for the body only. This new camera has quite a few significant improvements over the Nikon D800/D800E models and I consider it to be a solid update to an already impressive camera. Nikon has done a good job on the D810 and I highly recommend this camera system.

Most photographers will really appreciate the new ISO range from ISO 32 to ISO 51,200. Iso 6432will allow shooting long exposures of ocean scenes and waterfalls while ISO 51,200 allows low light photography and videography. Another significant update is the new image processor called EXPEED 4. the EXPEED 4 is over 30% faster than the EXPEED 3 so practically speaking that means you’ll be able to photograph more frames in a row before the buffer fills up. Speaking of frame rate, the D810 increases its maximum frame rate to 5 frames per second compared to the D800′s 4 fps.

Nikon eliminated the anti-aliasing / optical low pass filter over the sensor, so overall clarity and sharpness should be stunning. And other big improvement is the addition of electronic front curtain shutter, which will eliminate shutter-induced vibration when using the live view mode. This is a big boon for macro photographers and long lens shooters.

The D810 introduces a new RAW file format called S RAW which is a compressed 12-bit file designed to take up less space on your memory cards and hard drives. Another of the big updates from Nikon is the autofocus system has been upgraded to be the same as the new D4S. Included in this new upgrade is the brand-new group area autofocus that uses a cluster of four focusing sensors.

For video shooters, the Nikon D800 has truly become a multimedia machine. It now boasts automatic ISO adjustments Wyland manual mode, 60 frames per second shooting at 1080P, ability to video at ISO 12,800, and a longer battery life that will allow up to 40 minutes of recording time. Also, the D810 Will have the ability to display zebra stripes which will show video shooters where potential highlights are located in the frame.


Top of Nikon D810

back of Nikon D810



Nikon has put together a great PDF comparing the differences between the D800 and D810 here: Nikon D800/D800E vs. D810 Comparison Sheet.

D810 comparison

Check out the sample photos from the new camera on Nikon’s Flickr feed. They have included all EXIF data so you’ll be able to see what settings were used, including those with low and high ISOs. Nikon D810 Sample Images on Flickr. Here are examples of some of the images from Nikon:

© Lucas Gilman

© Lucas Gilman

© Junji Takasago

© Junji Takasago

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela


Nikon D810 Introduction Video by Nikon Product Manager Lindsay Silverman

Dream Park – Nikon D810 Promo Video

Nikon D810 – Behind the scenes of an adventure shoot with Lucas Gilman

Nikon D810 – Behind the scenes of a fantasy fashion shoot with Miss Aniela

Nikon is also putting together a D810 DSLR Filmmaker’s Kit that includes a variety of lenses, video recorder, filters and microphone. You can order the kit at B&H here: Nikon D810 Filmmaker’s Kit.

Here’s what’s included in the kit:

- AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
- AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
- AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
- Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
- ME-1 Stereo Microphone
- Tiffen 58mm Variable ND Filter
- Tiffen 67mm Variable ND Filter
- HC-E1 18″ HDMI Cable
- Two EN-EL15 Li-Ion Batteries

D810 filmmakers kit




Cuba on the Horizon: The Caribbean’s Hidden Biological Treasure

Posted June 25th, 2014 by   |  Travel, Wildlife  |  Permalink

Cuba coral reefs



In preparation for our upcoming photography trip to Cuba, I’ve been posting news and articles related to the cultural, political and natural aspects of this island nation. Here’s a short article from my colleague, Alethea Paradis regarding the status of the little-known coral reefs off of the Cuban shores.

The upside of minimal economic growth since 1959? Pristine environmental beauty. Cuba’s coral reefs, coastal regions and jungles are home to the most diverse range of species in the Caribbean. Unlike most of the islands in the warm-water region, Cuba’s coastal gems have been spared the ravages of over-fishing, pollution and habitat destruction which invariably accompanies economic development. Cuba’s slow-to-act government agencies and cultural commitment to scientific exploration work together – paradoxically – to keep their environment in a state of preservation: natural equilibrium, by inertia. As access to the island increases for Americans, and the potential end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba looms ominously in the future, economic boom could mean environmental bust for the natural habitat. “You always have this feeling that it’s about to change—that you’ll be the last one there before it explodes,” observes travel writer Julian Smith. Read the full article and see the beautiful images from the Nature Conservancy June/July 2014 issue

Written by Alethea Tyner Paradis
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Safeco Field Tour

Posted June 19th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Safeco Field in Seattle, WA runs a great public tour throughout the Mariner’s ballpark. Last week, I took my Nikon D800 to the stadium to take some behind the scenes shots of America’s pastime. The Safeco tour takes visitors through the locker rooms, dugouts, press box, Diamond Club, owner’s suite and TV interview area. If you ever get a chance to take a stadium tour, you should do it. Cameras are encouraged and the access to the stadium is great.

Here are a few of the pics from the day.

Safeco entrance

Main gate to Safeco Field. Nikon D800, 14-24mm.

Safeco Field

Safeco Field ballpark from the press box. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8.


Press box panorama at Safeco field. Nikon D800, 24-70mm. Seven frame panorama, stitched together in Photoshop CC (2014).

safeco mower

Safeco Field grounds crew mowing the grass for an evening game. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8.


Here’s the visiting team locker room. That night, the New York Yankees were coming to town. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8


Main entrance stairwell at Safeco Field. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8


Empty rows of chairs at Safeco Field. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8

suite 35

Owner’s suite. The owner of the Mariners never attended a single game. Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8.



Public art on the walls at Safeco Field. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8


Public art on the walls at Safeco Field. Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8









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