How to Open RAW pictures taken with your Nikon D5100

Many Nikon D5100 owners who are using the Camera to take pictures using RAW format instead of JPEG are familiar with the following problem:
Windows and 3rd party application ( including old Versions of Nikon applications) will not open the RAW format files.
Though this issue can be a real pain, its solution is very simple: Continue reading

Nikon D5100 firmware upgrade version 1.06 – Distortion control data

Distortion control data are used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. They can be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.

Install Procedure

1. Create a new folder on the computer hard drive and name it appropriately.
2. Click I agree – Begin download to download the installer to the folder created in Step 1.
3. Double-click the downloaded file to start the installer.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to extract the files.
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Nikon D5100 DSLR Review And overview


Nikon recently launched the D5100 and it can safely be said that the camera is placed between the already launched D3100 and D7100 cameras. The features and functions, as well as the dimensions, all fall between the two existing models. The Nikon D3100 is very light and easy to carry around, while the D7100 is heavy and quite large in size. The Nikon D5100 is not as light as the D3100, yet not as heavy as the D7100. The grip compartment on the right is relatively deeper in size than the D5000 model. This makes it easier for users with longer hands to carry the camera.

The Nikon D5100 succeeds the D5000 model and a number of changes can be seen in the upgraded model. While the older model had a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, the upgraded one employs a CMOS chip of 16.2 megapixels. This provides for a number of features like constant feed of the live view, HD video capture, capturing as many as four frames every second for close to a hundred JPEG (high quality) images or about twenty RAW pictures.
d5100 side view

Another interesting feature of the device is the self-cleaning function. The sensor is capable of clearing off dust particles by simple vibrating at a high frequency. This can either happen while the device is starting up or shutting down. You can opt for both or do away with this function altogether. The function doesn’t take up any extra time and the camera switches on and off almost instantly. The camera comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens and it attaches well to Continue reading

D5100 built in HDR

Short description of what is HDR followed by Nikon D5100 HDR mode:
HDR or High Dynamic Range Imaging is a complete set of technology which enables one to have a larger dynamic range of brightness between the darkest and lightest zone of a picture. This feature makes it different from the normal photographic methods and the current digital imaging techniques. Continue reading

TimeLapse – Interval Timer Shooting

Time lapse photography is a technique used in cinematography which comprises of the tampering of the frequency at which film frames are captured. In this particular technique, the frame rate is much lower than that of the normal rate. In fact, time lapse causes the playback rate to be faster than that of the speed of time in the actual world.

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how to use Nikon D5100 selective color

Short description of selective color:
Selective color is a process used widely in photography after the original shot or picture has been taken. This technique entails converting selected parts of a photograph to black and white but leaving out some parts in color. Thus we get patches of color in a field of black and white. This effect is usually achieved by using editing techniques such as masking or layering in photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks etc. Continue reading

D5100 Video Mode

The new age photography provisions and the HD capabilities is greatly upgraded in the new Nikon D5100, and compared to its predecessor it even promises to build upon those which are offered on the high end D7000. The new D5100 offers the user with the choices of 720p or 1080p each, at 24, 25 or 30fps, which is definitely a promotion when we compare it to the old D5000 that offered only 720p HD video at 24fps. Continue reading

Nikon D5100 Special effects

Nikon presents the new SLR camera that offers the unique feature of special effect mode. You can select any option and apply it while recording video and shooting images. Before starting recording or shooting any still photo, this camera allows the photographer to view the special effects through the camera lens. This allows the photographer to confirm if he needs to apply the special effect or not while shooting. Continue reading