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Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Shooting Techniques for Nikon DSLR Photographers; Volume 1


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Mantoani
  • Directors: Blue Crane Digital
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Blue Crane Digital
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XB2CSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Blue Crane Digital Nikon Through the Eyes of a Pro Volume 1 is just the beginning. This Training DVD is for those who have had their DSLR camera for a while and have gotten pretty good at using it. But now you're wondering what you can do to advance your photography to the next level. The Nikon Through the Eyes of a Pro Volume 1 DVD will help you take your photography to the next level. Spend a day beside professional photographer, Tim Mantoani, as he shoots models for the stock photography market; follow along a he photographs a little league game and conducts an outdoor portrait session. In this video, Tim reveals secrets learned in more than twenty years behind the lens. You'll see exactly how he approaches his craft and gets fabulous results using equipment similar to your own.

Topics Include:

  • Learning to see as a photographer
  • Light, gesture and composition
  • Simple camera controls to make a real difference
  • Metering: incident and reflective
  • Lens selection
  • Manipulate light with simple equipment
  • A stock photo shoot
  • A sporting event
  • An outdoor portrait session

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  • Approximate Running Time: 94 Minutes

About the Actor

If you could peek over the shoulder of a professional photographer and learn how great photographs are made, would YOUR photography improve?

This series follows Tim Mantoani as he creates stunning images for both his professional practice and his personal use. Tim reveals secrets he has learned from over twenty years behind the lens. You will see exactly how he approaches his craft to get fantastic results with some of the same equipment you already own.

This DVD assumes you already know how the dials and menus on your camera work. Whether you shoot with a D3, D300, D2x, D200, D80, D70s, D50, D40x or any other Nikon DSLR, this DVD will help lift your results to the next level by focusing on the photographer behind the lens.

In Volume 1 of this series Tim covers:


* Learning to see as a photographer
* The importance of light, gesture, and composition
* Simple camera controls that really make a difference
* Understanding metering: incident and reflective
* Lens selection within a budget and for professional use
* Manipulating light on a budget
* Using shutter speed to get the shot you want

Shooting sessions:
1. Outdoor portrait session
2. Sporting event
3. Stock photo shoot
* And much more!

Tim Mantoani has been a professional photographer for seventeen years. Shooting everything from professional athletes and celebrities, to fashion and products, his work has appeared in numerous national advertising campaigns and magazines including a recent cover of Sports Illustrated. He has written a nationally distributed column on photographic lighting for thirteen years and continues to teach seminars at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

Tim uses a variety of equipment from different manufacturers during this presentation including Nikon and Canon. All demonstrations and discussions can be applied to any Nikon DSLR.

Customer Reviews

I didn't really learn anything.
Julieanna
What we have are a series of discussions initiated by some very rudimentary questions on the vague subjects of different settings and different possibilities.
Ned Middleton
Very disappointing and certainly NOT worth the money.
Simple Seeker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jim M on January 28, 2008
A professional photographer discusses the critical elements he believes makes a great photo. The interviews must have two hundred examples of his work that reinforce his concepts. Everything is about developing (no pun intended) the photographer and his skills. Little or nothing is about the technology, advanced camera controls, or cheerleading about Nikon. Be sure to watch volume 1 before volume 2, or you won't get much out of it. This DVD is full of great photography, examples, and exercises. It's exactly what I needed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 26, 2009
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From The Editorial Review:

"Tim uses a variety of equipment from different manufacturers during this presentation including Nikon and Canon" (yep, 128 minutes of Canon, 2 - 3 minutes of Nikon). Why this title is "beyond me". Yes Tim appears to be a pretty good professional, however, both this and volume 2 are quite boring, especially for someone that has "been in the game" off and on for more than forty years. I maybe learned one or two thing in the two hours, but not much more, ESPECIALLY about any of the NIKON DSLR's. Sorry, the title should have used the word "Canon" instead. For all of you that really want to use the Nikon system, stick with the stuff by Bob Krist, Joe McNalley, et al. Just wish I could return this and get my money back.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Sean Schmidt on January 23, 2008
After having purchased my Nikon D80, I then bought these two new DVD's to get more than the basics about shooing with my new Camera. While they did not specifically cover buttons and other details of my particular camera, I thought that the techniques covered were excellent, especially the lighting techniques which I really wanted the most help with. Getting the point of view from a professional helped me think about how I approach my own shooting. I don't plan on making a living from my photography, so some of the discussion regarding building a portfolio and how to manage a pro shoot didn't really apply to me, but there was enough other useful information in the DVDs that I really didn't mind a bit. It turns out that I probably should get the Introduction DVD as well because these advanced videos made me realize my camera has tons of functions I am not familiar with.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simple Seeker on January 23, 2010
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Advanced? Not hardly. I found a couple of new ideas, but they are few and far between. This DVD and Vol 2 might be suitable for beginners, but not for advanced shooters. If you understand how and why to use aperture vs. shutter speed what the rule of thirds is and how to bounce light off of a reflector, you're probably past this set. It's that basic.

Also, please be aware that, if you have any interest in nature, landscapes, etc., this will leave you absolutely no better than it found you. Instead, proceed directly to Tony Sweet's DVDs.

Note that Vol 2 is NOT more advanced than Vol 1. They just get you twice for one DVD's worth of learning.

Also, forget about Nikon-specific info. There's practically nothing. That didn't bother me, because I care much more about new insights and techniques than I do about the gearhead stuff. But, it might really bother you if you are legitimately looking to understand your Nikon gear better.

Finally, be prepared to see a single stock photo shoot milked to death for two volumes and the "sporting event" turns out to be the photographers son at a T-ball game. No kidding. Wow ... not.

I don't fault Tim Mantoani for the shortcomings of this set. He's a wonderful photographer, and if they really let him talk to advanced photographers, this set would be a great resource no doubt. But, Blue Crane dumbed most of it down to entry level and labeled it "advanced".

Very disappointing and certainly NOT worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2012
I am particularly concerned about the way in which this DVD is promoted. When I finished watching the Blue Crane DVD "Introduction to the Nikon D300" I was left under no doubt whatsoever that the two Blue Crane DVDs called "Through the eyes of a Pro" (Volumes 1 and 2) contained more advanced instruction on the use of a Nikon D300 DSLR camera. Volume 1 does no such thing!

The entire presentation comprises a series of extended interviews with professional photographer Tim Mantoani and, whilst he is undoubtedly at the top of his profession, all we get are discussions about his approach to various aspects of photography in a most generalised form. I am not even certain he even picked up a Nikon D300 at any time because he used a variety of cameras including a medium format Hasselblad film camera. That is not why I purchased this DVD!

As we see during the presentation, Mr Mantoani employs a staff to set up his makeshift studio and continually check light levels. They also change cameras, lenses and even the compact flash cards as he sits right in front of the tripod waiting to take the next shot. It is, therefore, difficult to understand exactly at what level of photographer this product is aimed. Certainly it is far too basic for any professional "studio" photographer and yet the techniques discussed are never demonstrated in any instructional manner for those wishing to learn.

What we have are a series of discussions initiated by some very rudimentary questions on the vague subjects of different settings and different possibilities. Then we are shown a photograph as if to say "like this!
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