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New to Nikonians - Where from here?

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Keywords: new, nikonians, visitor

Nikonians is a large community with lots of activity in various places. As a first time visitor, we know it can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are some areas that you might want to look at for starters. None of these require you to sign up with the community (which is free on its "Basic" membership, by the way).

Members of the community out shooting in the desert. Photograph taken by Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) using a Nikon D3X

Members out in the desert taking lovely photographs. As seen by Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) using a Nikon D3X. Click for larger image.


How-to articles, tips & tricks plus more

We have many public articles. These are how-to articles, guides, reviews and tips & tricks from both professionals, our team and members. There is also a continuous series of articles titled "I am Nikonians", where our members own photography is on display and where you can hopefully be inspired. Start enjoying our public articles section :-)


Weekly updates in our blog, plus twitter & Facebook

The other area containing a lot of information is our blog. If you want to follow us on twitter or Facebook, you will also receive updates whenever there are new items to read about. Once a week, we compile interesting news happening in the community, in the world of photography and around Nikon specifically. You can find our blog right here.

If you are not a fan of twitter or Facebook, but like to get the weekly updates in an easy, uncluttered format sent to you via email, you can subscribe to our newsletter. By the way, we are never giving out your email address to anyone.


Advertising free

We have no advertising. No clutter and no pushing. You, the member is the core of our universe and we are here to make your learning easier and your experience more enjoyable.


The market place

We have many, active discussion forums where members hang out. To read and potentially participate in a majority of these, you must be a member of Nikonians (the Basic, free membership is good for accessing many of them). Some forums are though available without the need to signup. Our marketplace is one of these, where members sell gear. Have a look, it contains lots of interesting stuff with daily updates.



Our wiki contains help, answers to frequently asked questions, how-to's and tips, for example with photography tips and tricks including composition technique.



If you need specific help about signing up or have an issue with your accont, just contact us and we will help you. If you have general questions about the community, please post these in the About Nikonians forum. If you are a beginner and need help, jump over to the New to Photography forum.


Your public info is good, but I am ready to signup for a membership

If you want to proceed with a membership (the starter level "Basic" is free), you are not alone. Every day approx. 80 new members join Nikonians to get access to more. Signup.

Our Silver level membership gives you access to all of our learning material and more for less than $2.10 per month ($25 annually). Signup as Silver now.


Beginner at photography?

Just because you are new at Nikonians does not mean you are new at photography, of course. Never the less, here is an overview for anyone who wants to freshen up on the skills.


Enjoy your community :-)

bgs & jrp, founders

Btw, if you want to learn more about the community and us, check out the "About us" section.

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Bo Stahlbrandt Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Bratislava, Slovakia
Admin, 8700 posts


J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on February 22, 2018

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

Robert, Check you mail. The icon to change the pages "skin" is at the top right of every page. Just click on it and the the base theme or skin will change.

robert Beeson (rbeeson) on February 22, 2018

GOOD MORNING, Recently the background color when viewing your website, shows white, instead black/gray? Where can u make a change? Thanks, Bob

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on February 19, 2018

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Luiz, pls see private message.

Luiz Cazarre (Cazarre) on February 15, 2018

Hi there, I am looking for the author of one picture named garenuit01 which is here at Nikonians, but the search tool seems not to work properly to me. I want to use that image, but am not sure if it is royalty free or not. Anyway, can you help me? Tks a lot, best, Cazarré.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 14, 2018

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

Mark, Usernames cannot be changed. But you can re-start anew, creating a new username and pasword. I will disable your current account. Have a great time!

MARK STEPHAN (TnNIKONuser) on January 12, 2018

HELLO, I'd like to upgrade my membership but before I do that I'd like to change my user name. Can you assist me. Thanks for your help, Mark Stephan

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on January 4, 2018

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

@Thomas, the 3rd post from top in the D5/D4 forum is from Jan 2nd, 2018.. Let's take this in the About Nikonians forum instead since this is specific to your setup somehow and I believe you are looking at the "read new" page and have tons of unread messages. Directly accessing a forum and the sorting order is latest first, no matter if linear or threaded mode. So, if this is still an issue, please post a new message in the About Nikonians forum. My best!

Thomas A. Panfil (Renaissance Man) on January 3, 2018

Hi JRP, Thanks for your reply but I have not seen what you describe for the better part of a year. For example the "Nikon D5/D4/D3/D2/D1" Forum has 330 Pages. The first page shown has two pinned posts. The first non-pinned post is from 01 DEC 2000. I will not spend the time to increment past 329 pages to reach the newest post. I am fully in favor of maintaining the full record of posts within a forum, but I want to see the newest post first, after any pinned posts. The nikonians site has become so frustrating and nearly useless over the past year, mostly due to this problem, that I will probably let my membership expire if this problem is not corrected. I had previously considered nikonians to be a very valuable support resouce. It has devolved into just a time sink due to this problem. -- Tom Panfil -- Renaissance Man

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on December 28, 2017

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

Thomas, posts in the forums are shown by latest first. What may be confusing is that some posts are pinned at the top. Those are needed there because they either contain guidelines or important info on the forum subject. You can also limit the age of posts to be shown in the Profile section, Preferences tab, using Date limit, to list topics whose modified date is within this date limit which can be chosen to be from weeks, months, a year, or all.

Thomas A. Panfil (Renaissance Man) on December 28, 2017

For the last year or so posts within a forum have been presented oldest first. This is terrible for forums with many pages if the order cannot be reversed. Is there a way to reverse tye order of posts within a forum? How is it done?

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on December 14, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

@chiefjbc Email should contain info re this: "Your Profile" and "Membership" tab

John Casey (chiefjbc) on December 14, 2017

How do I change the experation date of my credit card. I received an e-mail from you requesting this

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on November 28, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Alan, your image shows great: https://images.nikonians.org/photo/id-525371/ If you have any issues, please post those in the About Nikonians forum and we help you there. You find that forum here: https://www.nikonians.org/forum/134/about-nikonians

Alan Medlow (medlowa) on November 28, 2017

my last uploaded photo is not showing up when you click on the thumbnail. "a bird in the hand" Please help Thanks Alan

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on October 19, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

(Edited by bgs Thursday, 19 October 2017 ) @alextom: Your account is on regular Basic. Maybe you have multiple ones? You should get a confirmation whenever a membership fee has been billed. If you can copy & paste that one using the contact form, the additional info field can be used for any comments there: https://www.nikonians.org/contact, we will take it through that channel

Tom Holmes (alextom) on October 19, 2017

Thanks for reinstating my membership. As I was charged for a silver membership would you please reinstate my silver membership for the next 12 months Thanks Yom

Rosemary Lahmann (iDeezine) on August 7, 2017

I was a member of Nikonians years ago but then that computer crashed and I lost my contacts, address book, etc. I was a professional horse show photographer for many years, working on the road in 4 states. Stopped accepting bookings at the end of 2012 and now do a lot of graphic design for horse owners / exhibitors - ads, sale flyers, etc. and only do a location shoot now and then if I need images for my design or client has horses going to major high end sale. Also do some portrait work . . . had an outdoor studio for a while . . . old vehicles, fencing, creek, trees, etc. Shot with two D300s for years with different lenses and Alien Bee lighting. Now using a D800 and enjoying the better quality of the images. I live in Missouri. Thanks.

Phillip Couture (pgcoutur0) on July 18, 2017

Why are there no current entries for Mirrorless cameras?

Christopher Galvin (ChrisGal) on May 15, 2017

Greetings, I too am not new to Nikon, my first purchase was a Nikkormat EL when I was sent to Germany in 1978. Since then, I have continued using Nikons. I have had the FM, FG and different F series over the years. I finally bit the bullet around 2010 and purchased a D80 (which I still use) and about three years ago I bought a D7100. I really like the D7100, it is a versatile camera for me. I have come this site every once in a while over the past couple of years and have now decided to start with the basic membership to see how I will learn and enjoy form fellow Nikon lovers. While I do not spend an enormous amount of time on the the net, I am looking forward to becoming a regular. Chris

Gary Cotton (Carazorback) on May 10, 2017

Greetings to all! While not new to Nikon and photography I have been using Nikon products since the early 1970's. I purchased a D810 to replace my D70 and purchased the book "Mastering the Nikon D810" by D. Young - a superb text by the way! I am a bit overwhelmed at the volume of information and sources at the moment, but will eventually "plow through." My photographic interests are primarily landscape photography although my granddaughter is always vying for top billing. I am constantly seeking new ideas and welcome input - when I figure out how and where to post a few photographs. I am curious about "requirements" for posting, both photos and participation in the various forums. Looking forward to learning much for my fellow Nikonians. Cheers, Gary PS: Do any of the forum delve into the use of LightRoom and strategies for learning how to use Lightroom and Photoshop? Thanks and Cheers again, Gary7

David Collins (Castledave) on May 1, 2017

I got the Nikonians contact details when I purchased the iPad edition of a guide to the Nikon D810 and signed up for the free membership but I cannot find any reference to the number of members where I live (the United Kingdom) accordingly it is difficult to decide if I should pay for my membership. How useful is Nikonians to me and how many members live in the UK

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on March 27, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Bob, Welcome to Nikonians :-) Best place to post questions is in the corresponding forums. Macro and related photography questions are being discussed in the "Micro, mMacro closeup forum": https://www.nikonians.org/forum/169/micro-macro-close-up

Bob Pratt (capbob) on March 27, 2017

I am a new member and a big time collector of old cameras. I want to use some of my many lens collection on the digital bodies. Presently I have a D-80 ( and two others) I am adapting a medical closeup lens from a Contax mount to a Nikon. I am interested in any comments or suggestions