After more than a three month wait, last week (August 1st.) I received my new toy – a nice matte black Nikon D800. I’m just getting to know this new piece of technology and haven’t played with it as much as I’d like yet, but I thought I’d share the first addition to my iStockphoto portfolio shot with the D800:
One of my big concerns with getting this camera was how would my three year old MacBook Pro handle the huge RAW files generated by the D800. Even after conversion to a .DNG the above file was 30MB – and the .PSD with seven layers was 692 MB! Yikes!!! I have to say – so far so good though. I had upgraded my 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM several months ago, so I’m sure that helps. Also, I think running Photoshop CS6 is a good thing as it seems much more responsive than CS5. I haven’t tried to do anything fancy, no panos or HDR yet, with the D800 files, but I think I will be able to get by with my current computer for a bit longer.
I do have to say that I like editing the D800 files, there is so much detail and very little noise compared to my old D90 and even the D7000. And the large dimensions leaves lots of room for creative processing. Cropping and downsizing still leaves me with files large enough to qualify as XXXL on iStock. I’m loving that!
We still have lots of getting to know each other ahead, but that is part of the fun of a new toy! So here’s my first portrait of my new baby (available on iStock if you need one):