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I had been shooting almost exclusively with the CoolPix line of digital cameras. My first purchase was the CoolPix 990, which I was waiting eagerly for at my local camera store on the day it was released and paid full retail of $1000 for. The quality was such that I haven't shot more than a few rolls of film since then. In fact, that investment paid for itself within the first month of shooting client's work for their web sites. Back in the film camera days, every couple of years I'd trade in a few lenses and purchase new ones as the changed perspective kept my creativity fresh. But once I started shooting with the CoolPix swivel body cameras, I found new ways to look at the world and every day was a new creative experience. I then upgraded to the CoolPix 5000 after reviewing it for Shutterbug Magazine and ended up purchasing it along with the WC-E68 wide angle lens. My current body of work is color infrared taken with the CoolPix 950 and can be seen on www.ColorXrays.com.
In June 2004 I made a creative decision. While updating my business insurance policy, I realized that I had camera equipment sitting here that I haven't touched in about four years. After reading the reviews of the new Nikon D70, I decided to make the purchase and familiarize myself with the camera by using it to photograph my existing film stuff to sell on eBay. I love the fact that as newer generations of cameras have been released, the resulting images have needed less and less editing in Photoshop to get perfect exposure and color. That was true with the CoolPix cameras and also true now with Nikon's DSLR line.
I sell my photography at major art shows around the country and have become proactive within the art show industry. Jurying for the art shows is going digital and I've been offering to create "digital slides" of artist's work for submission. I recently purchased the Nikon CoolScan 5000 for high resolution scanning of jury slides and my 1970's sports film and needed a DSLR with a high quality macro lens for creating digital files of clients art work.
Because of our Shutterbug Magazine article on shooting digital infrared, one of the first things I test with any digital camera is how sensitive it is to infrared.
Different styles of photography
Pre CoolPix days meant carrying a relatively heavy camera bag and shooting film that was expensive to process. That also meant that every time I considered taking a picture, I had second thoughts because of the hassle and expense. As consumer digital cameras increased in image quality and flexibility of print size, I started shooting more often and carried a camera with me all the time. With the D70, I'm planning my shooting sessions more but still carrying my CoolPix for every day type of photography. What the D70 has brought to my photography is the capability of shooting professional quality studio images with my Dyna-Lite
strobes. For example, I just photographed my 12 year old niece doing ballet. Though she's not experienced enough to hold position on her toes for more than a second or two, I was able to use the lack of shutter lag, combined with studio strobes to capture her in perfect position as can be seen in this photo. If you own a consumer digital camera, you know how difficult a photograph like this is to capture because of the timing and shutter lag. The D70 brings back the professional capabilities of my old film Nikons in a $1,000 pro digital body. Extremely affordable and a no brainer for anyone who takes their photography seriously. Besides photographing in situations where timing and shutter lag is critical, I'm having artists come to my home studio for me to photograph their paintings so they can be turned into digital jury slides, like this painting by Pittsburgh area artist Johnny Lung. For the first time he has total control of his jury slides and how the color and composition accurately represent his painting. In fact, after he got his slides back from Slides.com, his first reaction was that everyone would know that they were created from digital files because they were so perfect. But that's what jury slides are supposed to be if you want to earn a living selling at the best art shows in the country.
At PMA 2005 in Orlando we had a chance to set up an elevated photo using the D70 and 12-24mm Nikon zoom controlled remotely through a laptop using Nikon Capture 4.2. You can read more about it on our PMA review page.

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