Landscape photography: It's all about contrast

I was fortunate to be the guest shooter at this week's Digital Landscape Workshop in Yosemite. The theme for the week wound up being contrast. Both the use of contrast in landscape images and the contrasting shooting styles of co-hosts and were showcased. Proper understanding and use of contrast--perhaps more familiar as tone or gamma, but in any case the relationship between light and dark in an image--is essential for mastering landscape photography. We'll spend some time in this issue of DigitalPro Shooter (DPS) helping you understand how it can work for and against you, as well as how you can learn to master it. We'll also provide some key practical information I've gleaned from extensive shooting with the D2H and a couple days with the D70.

CCD Cleaning by Moose Peterson

The instruction book is pretty firm on how the CCD in the D1, D1X, and D1H should be cleaned. I have never done it the way the instruction book describes. Here's how I do it; it's up to you to decide whether you want to take this route or not (which is NOT recommended by Nikon!). The authors of this website are not responsible for any damage caused to your CCD by using this procedure!