A Quick Q&A on Our New Weekly Nikon DSLR Show
We had over 300 comments on the launch of our new weekly show for Nikon DSLR users, “D-Town TV,” and we really listened to your ideas and suggestions, and have already started implementing many of them. Since we had so many questions, and I thought I’d answer at least a few of them here:
Q. The opening music is really annoying. Are you guys going to change it anytime soon?
A. Yeah, we heard that a bunch. Luckily, it’s already done. We re-uploaded the original episode with new, less annoying music, and since we did that, everyone seems much happier.
Q. We couldn’t see how the Di-GPS connected to the camera because of your black shirt. Are you guys going to fix that?
A. Man, did we hear an earful about this (this, and the opening music). Well, I don’t know if you’ve noticed (from my other show), that I’m pretty much always in a black shirt, so we’re just going to try to keep me from holding up a black camera in front of my black shirt. We’re also working on the lighting in general.
Q. Why did you guys use the Di-GPS rather than Nikon’s GP-1?
A. Unfortunately, we didn’t have Nikon’s GP-1, and I had been using the Di-GPS for a while and really liked it, so I wanted to include it. We’re hoping to have a GP-1 any day now, and once it comes in, we’ll be sure to cover it on the show.
Q. Are you guys going to cover some of the older Nikon DSLRs, like the D200, D2x, D80, etc.?
A. We’re trying to work some of the older cameras into the mix, and in our next episode you’ll see us showing a technique on a D300, and then how to do that same technique on a D200. But here’s the thing: for obvious reasons we can’t spend a lot of time of cameras that Nikon no longer makes, so most of our show will be dedicated to showing you how to use Nikon’s current gear (Believe me; it’s tricky enough just covering the current cameras), but we heard your comments and we’re trying to sneak in as much stuff for older cameras as we can.
Q. Why didn’t you guys do a show for us Canon users?
A. Well, it’s like this: Nikon wanted us to do a show like this, and sponsored it. Canon didn’t.
Q. What are you going to do about the clanking sound it makes when you put your cameras on the table?
A. Yeah…sorry about that. We’re adding padding to the table so it doesn’t clank as much, but the next two shows are already “in the can” and the clanking is still there. We’re trying to catch as much of it as possible in post-production, but for the next two episodes; it’s clank town. The good news is; we’re working on it. We’re also working on balancing the audio in general. It’s a process, eh?
Q. Are you guys going to cover some of the video features of the Nikon D90?
A. Absolutely! In fact, in the show that airs week after next, we have our first video tip on the D90.
Q. When are you guys going to cover Wireless Flash?
A. That’s the next episode we’re working on, and we’re going to have a very special in-studio guest—Joe McNally. Whoo Hoo!!!! :)
Q. Can you cover the settings for shooting bracketed series for HDR?
A. Yup. In fact, we do that in this Thursday’s show!
Q. Can we subscribe to the Podcast verison on iTunes yet?
A. Absolutely. It’s already up and running (here’s the link).
Q. Where can we go to give you ideas for future segments?
A. The best place to do that is to post a comment on the D-Town website (here’s the link). We read all the posts (Both Matt and I) and we’re there for your ideas and suggestions, so post away.
Q. How much advanced stuff are you guys going to cover?
A. We’re definitely going to incorporate some advanced stuff as we go along, but the show is really geared toward newer users, so don’t look for a lot of high-end tips on the Nikon D3x or using $5,000 lenses.
Q. Where does “The Amazing Brad Moore” fit into all this?
A. Brad has signed on as Technical Editor for the show, so he’ll be doing things like checking to see how a technique that we showed on the D300 works on a D90 or a D80, so we can include that if it’s different. He’ll be looking at everything we do; testing the techniques, and making sure which cameras our techniques work on so we can inform our viewers. Plus, it’ll give us someone to blame for any mistakes we make, which is a big plus. ;-)
So, that’s the scoop after week one. We know that the show can’t appeal to every user, at every level, using every camera, but we’re going to do our best to create a show that’s really helpful to a lot of people, and we always welcome your ideas and suggestions on how to make the show better.
Matt and I are committed to making each show better than the last, and you’ll see more of your ideas taking root in the next few shows. Thanks for watching. :)