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Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Nikon DSLR Photographers; Volume 2


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  • 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XB2CSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blue Crane Digital 2007; Tutorial DVD; Play in any DVD player (worldwide) or CD-ROM drive. Take your camera skills to the next level with the new Advanced series of instructional DVDs from Blue Crane Digital. In volume 2 of this series, we follow Professional Photographer, Tim Mantoani through a professional stock photography shoot. As we point our video cameras over his shoulder, Tim explains how the elements he has brought together contribute to the final, salable result. He also discusses other accessories that can help lift the quality of images to the next level. Last, but not least, he explores the human and business elements that must be understood for a photographer to be consistently successful as well as the attributes that make each photographer's work unique and important.

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.

In Volume 2 of this series, Tim covers:

* Using available light in non-traditional ways
* Setting expectations for superior performance
* How photographer behavior effects the end result
* Tripods and hand held meters
* Using the tools at hand to make the best image
* Stock photo shoot (complete sequence)
* And much more


Tim Mantoani has been a professional photographer for close to twenty years. Shooting everything from professional athletes and celebrities, to fashion and products, his work has appeared in numerous national advertising campaigns and magazines including the 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.

This DVD assumes you already know how your camera works, but want to raise your photography to the next level.

Through a series of interviews and real world photographic sessions, Tim walks you through the process of getting great images, even under challenging conditions. He also discusses the business of selling your work, and the level of investment in time and equipment necessary to be successful at any level.

Whether you own a D3, D300, D2x, D200, D80, D70s, D50, D40x, or any other Nikon DSLR, this series can help because it focuses on you, the photographer behind the lens. This DVD assumes you are comfortable with your camera controls and menus. If you feel like your photography has hit a plateau, this DVD will lift you to the next level.

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

Very disappointing and certainly NOT worth the money.
Simple Seeker
There is very little useful information, technical or otherwise.
Kerri K.
Sorry, the title should have used the word "Canon" instead.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kerri K. on January 11, 2008
First off, it's not for Nikon DSLR photographers, the video is generic. Equally of use (or not of use) regardless of camera brand. The video is primarily "talking heads," and much of it is simply a talking head while the photographer drives around and the video shows the view out the windshield(! Yes, I kid you not!). There is very little useful information, technical or otherwise. The philosophy about professionalism is useless to a professional, while the amateur doesn't need that; he needs step-by-step help with lighting shots, setting up shots, and often getting the most out of his camera. Regardless of brand.

The video is also marred by slovenly talk by the photographer. He has developed a habit of interspersing "garbage words" such as "ugh" and "you know," constantly. The problem is irritating after a while, maddening by the end of the DVD.

I understand that unprofessional speech habits can develop; I do not understand why he doesn't bother fixing the speech defect, a matter which would take about one evening at Toastmasters, or one session with widely-available speech therapists.

As a writer for several camera magazines, I reviewed hundreds of instructional books and probably close to a hundred instructional videos and DVDs. This one is about a D+. As for the bottom line question, "Is it worth getting?" the answer is "no." I recommend spendng the $20 or so on something useful instead. Like a lens hood. Or a good video. Or a Chinese dinner for two.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PrpleGophr on May 26, 2008
I tried very hard to like this DVD, as it does have some interesting examples. As others have mentioned, this DVD is brand generic and not just for Nikon shooters. In fact, it would appear that the photographer's personal pro gear consists of high-end Canon gear. However, for the purposes of creating this DVD, it seems Nikon and Tamron lent him some entry-level gear in order to create a brand presence.

In any case, it was nice to see a pro in action and there was one interesting tidbit of positive vs negative fill lighting. There are some other (very basic) hints that might be of interest to beginning shooters who would rather not read a photography fundamentals book.

Unfortunately, (you know) you have to (you know) get past the constant (you know) use of the phrase "you know" by both the photographer (you know) and the host. In one 60 second segment, I counted no less than 19 uses of "you know." Also, there are blatant spelling and grammar mistakes present. Considering you are paying for the priviledge of watching this somewhat mediocre production, I would highly recommend looking elsewhere.
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3 of 4 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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1 of 2 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 1 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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