Nathan Griffin Photographs

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Most of the pictures shown on this website were captured with a Nikon FE2, a 20+ year old all manual advance film body. I obtained and used a range of prime Nikkor lenses. The Nikon lenses I have used are as follows (in the order I obtained them): 50mm f1.4, 24mm f2.0, 105mm f2.8 macro, 24mm f2.8, and a 2x teleconverter.

I have used a variety of films; the vast majority of my pictures have been taken with Fuji transparency (slide) film. My favorite film to use is Fuji Velvia 50. I also have used Fuji Provia, Velvia 100, Velvia 100F, Astia, and Kodak EV100.

Currently, I have switched over completely to digital and am shooting with a Canon setup. My body is a Canon 40D which I have paired with an excellent 17-55 f2.8. I actually decided what I wanted in a lens and this led me to the 17-55 f2.8 and Canon as a brand.

For occasions where I can't haul around the SLR, I take along a Sony Cybershot.

In my bag (a Canon backpack), I have a select few filters. I use a Cokin "P" style holder for two HighTech ND Graduated Filters, one two-stop (0.6) soft and one three-stop (0.9) hard. I use the 0.6 soft much more often. I also have a 77mm Nikon circular polarizing filter and stepping ring to use the polarizing filter along with the Cokin "P" holder.

I have an aluminum Gitzo G2220 Explorer tripod with a Really Right Stuff (RRS) BH-40 ballhead. I have a RRS BD40D L Plate that stays attached to my Canon 40D almost all the time. L-Plates are a boon for composing shots vertically.

I have just started using a small strobe for lighting my people pictures. I am learning to use my strobe in all manual mode and off-camera. Since I am using my flash in manual mode, any flash will do. I chose a Nikon SB-28 as they come cheap on ebay. I trigger the flash remotely using a CyberSync CST transmitter and CSRB receiver.

For pictures taken with the Canon 40D, I sort, edit, and export my pictures using Adobe Lightroom. It isn't a perfect program, but I can't think of using anything else at the moment.

Our family snapshots that I take with the Sony Cybershot are imported and sorted with Google's Picasa software. I wholeheartedly recommend this software to my friends and family members - it is a fantastic image management package and it handles basic photo edits very well. There are many features of Picasa that I wish Lightroom would use, namely its speed and very effective search tools.

I use Adobe Photoshop occasionally to tweak my scanned images, but more and more I use Lightroom for even these large files. All images that I captured on film have been scanned using a Minolta Dimage 5400 slide and film scanner.

Listed below is a complete index of my photography learning pages.

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Getting the Best Deal on a Canon Camera








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