Sounds like a great trip and hope all the pics turn out great for you.
You've obviously found a great site and group of fellow nikon shooters to help you out. Like others have in their signature - it's the best money spent after the camera (nikonians membership). DWM and the other gurus are such amazing and helpful resources!
I just went through the same w/ a second body bought used (my original was my first new body in forever). I updated the firmware, reset the settings (two button reset), and am going through the 1.3 settings xls next. Trying to sync up the bodies so they both are setup the same (can be frustrating when switching bodies and buttons do different things!).
Have a great trip and post up pics on your return!
Congratulations on your new camera. I upgraded from a D70 to the D300s and it's a leap in capability and complexity. The complexity is all good, since it's part of the increased capability. And I have to agree that this is the place to come to talk about and learn about Nikons.
Congratulations on your new (old) purchase. You will not regret having the d300s. I upgraded from a D90 and I tend to use both equally, I guess whichever has the right lens for the moment when I need to catch something in a hurry...
This on top of a 5 days in Beijing as well. Now if only the weather will cooperate and blow the smog out of Beijing! Here's hoping as there are unbelievable photo opportunities in Beijing and the Great Wall.
Tue 12-Feb-13 06:37 AM | edited Tue 12-Feb-13 06:39 AM by Ellis Feibush
Amen Larry. I have a friend, a former research engineer who is a really nice guy but a terrible photographer. He is very bright and I respect him very much. He goes to museums and photographs statues and he also goes to testimonial dinners and photographs friends who get up and make speeches. He then goes to his computer, an environment he is extremely comfortable with. And, then takes these very ordinary images and really enhances them in Photoshop, a process he has mastered. After editing them in Photoshop, he stitches these photos together and processes the hell out of them. They're still terrible photographs but the point is he makes very creative use of Adobe Photoshop. To my way of thinking this is not real photography, but rather the perfection of creative electronic editing, a creative process nevertheless, but not what the "Decisive Moment" was meant to mean. IMHO good skills at photographic editing and electronic enhancement will never ever substitute for beautiful original images that speak for themselves. Don't ever feel badly about shooting Jpegs. The real quest for me is to capture these moments as they happen and recreate them as accurately as possible in camera and then print them directly from my camera. Back in the day with film this is how it was done, but with digital we are now able to capture any light any time. I'm sure all this can be debated but these are solely my opinions.