I did a shoot a little while ago with 2 other photographers Benjamin Von Wong and Renee Robyn at my parent's historic 10,000 sq.ft. studio in Welland Ontario. The 3 of us split up and took turns shooting different models with amazing clothing line by Wendy Ng. I had a few minutes to shoot Adam downstairs in a dark studio. I shot most of the images with the camera picture control set to black and white. I loved the hand painted background. Adam did some fantastic jumps and I was able to freeze the action with my Broncolor studio lights with soft boxes on either side of the subject. The detail on these with my Nikon D800E is outstanding. Roll over each image to see the exposure info.
Photographer: Kristian Bogner
Model: Adam Joshua Norrad
Makeup Artist: Shawna Downing
Hair: Faye Crasto
Designer: DYSTROPOLIS by Wendy Ng
Shooting sports, whether it’s the Olympics or your children’s soccer game, is a great way to practice capturing the peak of the moment. With the groundbreaking high ISO capabilities of the new digital cameras out there, shooting sports has never been easier or more exciting. The trick to getting great sports images is knowing how fast a shutter speed you need to stop the action. I suggest starting at 1/2000 sec, reviewing your image and zooming in to check focus and any movement in the image and adjusting from there. I had the pleasure of shooting this windsurfer launching out of the water at f/5.6 at 1/8000 sec, 800 ISO, all while keeping the horizon line in mind, focus tracking and recording a sequence of razor sharp images while my titanium shutter purred along 10fps on my D4. Capturing fast action can be exhilarating!
High ISO capabilities can be a great tool for all types of photography. It allows you to not only shoot faster but also control light in ways never before possible. At 1000 ISO a flashlight or your camera flash becomes 10 times as powerful as it was at 100 ISO. Therefore you can have a lot more fun with mixed lighting. When the Nikon D4 camera was first released, I had the pleasure of testing it first. With its incredibly high ISO capabilities, I was excited to see how the camera would handle in low light and sports settings. After discovering I could get great results at a remarkable 12,800 ISO, I shot a series of star images with the Haleakala volcano in the foreground. During my exposure a car in the parking lot turned on its parking lights and magically illuminated the volcanic rock bright red in this 10 second exposure. Those parking lights at 12,800 ISO became a powerful light source – now image the possibilities and how that can affect our photographic perspective.
At this past winter Olympics I used high ISO, especially indoors to freeze the action. I was even able to shoot at 8000ISO to capture stunning images with very little grain that look amazing at 24x36 inches and larger. To stop the action of a sport like that of bobsled you have to push the limits. High ISO capabilities of most new cameras allow you to do just that! Play with your settings, test out High ISO Noise Reduction and the settings that work best for your camera and see what utilizing HIGHER ISO settings for your sports photography can do for you.
Watch as we take the new Nikon D800s to the Extreme on Day 2 of the Nikon D800 - One Camera. Two Perspectives movie.
Watch as we take the new Nikon D800s to the Extreme on Day 1 of the Nikon D800 - One Camera. Two Perspectives movie
"Nikon D800 - One Camera: Two Perspectives" is a video shot entirely with the Nikon D800 HD-SLR by world-class professional photographer, Kristian Bogner, and award-winning cinematographer, Kirk Neff. While in Canmore, Alberta, Kristian and Kirk worked with Canadian athletes to capture breathtaking stills and videos with the D800. The result of their creative genius -- combined with the spectacular quality the D800 provides -- is this one-of-a-kind video. We hope you enjoy it. View More Images Here
I finished shooting for Nikon Canada last week, somewhere remote in the Rocky Mountains, with Nikon’s Amanda, Mark, Chris, and Greg, along with Kirk Neff, award winning cinematographer from Global TV.
Kirk and I were both shooting with the new and absolutely incredible 36 megapixel, 1080p 30fps, Nikon D800 cameras. We were both super stoked and fed off each other’s creative energy while pushing these cameras to the limit in very harsh conditions!! Honestly, this camera is everything they say it is and more and performs like a pro Nikon body in every way. The resolution, dynamic range, iso capabilities and features in this relatively affordable camera are mindblowing!
Our Nikon team was rock solid, and our subjects and conditions were beyond EPIC!!! It was grueling … we fit a week of shooting into about 3 hard-core days and nights, but it was also one of the most incredible, high energy and amazing shoots I have had the pleasure of co-creating!
Well that’s all I can say for now…..Stay Tuned…. You're going to want to see this! More to come soon!!! 🙂
I have been a Nikon shooter for over 30 years and these days I never leave home without my Nikon D3s and Nikon D3X in my camera bag. That being said, Nikon has continued to pay great attention to ergonomics, and in my hands the Nikon D4 feels like the best pro Nikon yet. I immediately noticed the deeper, easier to hold grip and new trigger button placement, portrait orientation thumb selector/joystick and new thumb grip, backlight buttons, and the same solid pro feel that I would expect from Nikon’s Flagship Pro Body.
The D3s is a true workhorse, I shot 80,000 images with it at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics alone. But the Nikon D4 boasts many improvements over the D3s like 1080p 30fps video, a 10% larger screen, in-camera HDR, and video autofocus with contrast detection. Nikon has also boosted the D4’s HI ISO to an incredible 204,800 ISO, with a higher 16.2 megapixel resolution, and faster shooting up to 11 fps with the exposure/focus locked, 10fps with autofocus. The camera also has a new 91,000-pixel sensor for metering and MultiCAM 3500FX autofocus that works amazingly in low light and with smaller apertures. This really works well, even in a dark room I was able to very quickly focus on anything I had my focus selection pointed at! The Advanced Scene Recognition System now has face detection, which sharply focuses on human faces even faster than I can choose a focus point.
With the new html interface you can remotely control the D4 with your iPhone, iPad or computer via the new WT-5 Compact Wireless Controller or built-in Ethernet connection. This means that technically you could control your Nikon D4 from anywhere on the planet! When shooting sports or multiple camera setups this is going to be a wicked tool.
Another feature I love is the new optical viewfinder with a visual grid line option. It’s a simple option but one that I find very useful for shooting landscapes and architecture.
Most of all I am really excited to be able to shoot 1080p 30fps video along with all of the other new audio and video controls built into the D4. I have found that shooting video is very complimentary to stills and many of my clients have been asking for this. The pro video features of the D4 with a good assortment of Nikon Lenses make this an remarkable tool for creating some exciting, cinematic looking video.
Nikon has clearly listened to its pros and has developed a camera that rivals all others in its class with the D4. I can’t wait to get mine!!!
I love my Nikon D3X. There is nothing like shooting at 24.5 megapixels with huge detail and colour depth and printing your images BIG and seeing the magnificent nuances of your masterpiece on your living room wall…. Except maybe shooting at 36.3 megapixels with the even more detail offered on the new Nikon D800.
Wow am I excited about this camera! It seems that so is everyone else, and I have never heard so much excitement and talk coming from camera stores about a single camera. I am very happy for Nikon, as they seem to have hit a real home run on this one and have made a huge leap in megapixels and capabilities, yet have been able to maintain an affordable price offering of just over $3,000.
The D800 has truly leveled the photographic playing field for professionals and amateurs alike. You get an incredible medium format level of detail with the new 36.3 megapixel sensor, 1080p 30fps video, and the pro features of the new 91,000 pixel sensor for metering and MultiCAM 3500FX autofocus, face-detection, 3D Colour Matrix Metering III for more accurate exposures, in-camera HDR, 14-bit colour, 4fps in FX (full frame) and 6fps in DX format with the MB-D12 multi-power battery.
As much as I was hoping for a D4X announcement, I was pleasantly surprised by the solid pro feel and weight of the D800, Nikon ergonomics and a plethora of pro features. I will probably keep my D3X because I love it so much, but from what I have seen so far the D800 will easily replace it in my camera bag forevermore.
One of the most extraordinary new features of the D800 is that it has high ISO capabilities of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, expandable ISO range to ISO 50 to ISO 25600. When I was shooting with the camera, it blew me away to see how impressive the images were at such high ISO/low light. This is a huge advantage over the D3X. Nikon has truly achieved a superb image quality and an unparalleled combination of ISO and image detail. For this reason alone I have my D800E and MB-D12 vertical grip/multi-power battery pack on order!
If you're looking for a do-it-all supercamera with medium format image resolution and detail, full portability, excellent ISO range, cinematic quality video, and pro features at an affordable price, the Nikon D800 will rock your photography to a whole new level.
If you’re a pro like me you’ve probably got both on order and can’t wait to start shooting with them!
– KRISTIAN BOGNER