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General Help How-to's

New to Nikonians - Where from here?

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Nikonians is a large community with lots of activity in various places, providing help to photographers on all skill-levels since April 2000.

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. Many 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 bgs using his Nikon D3X. Click for larger image.


Help about the Nikonians community

We discuss anything regarding our community, including the forums and galleries in the About Nikonians forum. Post there if you have a general question about the community.

If you need specific help about signing up or have a question regarding your account, please contact us and we will help you.

And, don't miss out the wiki with community FAQ's.


Beginner at photography?

If you are a beginner at photography and need help, jump over to the New to Photography forum.

Here is an overview with good resources for anyone who wants to freshen up on the skills.


Photography how-to articles, tips & tricks plus more

There are many public articles. These are how-to articles, guides, reviews and tips & tricks from both professionals, our team and members. Don't miss the article series "I am Nikonians" where our members work is on display with their own stories to get you inspired. Start enjoying our public articles section :-)

Premium articles are focusing on expanding your knowledge and capabilitity as a photographer. They are available to all members on Silver level and higher.


Sharing images with clients and others

Setting up your Nikonians gallery describes how to set up your Nikonians Gallery for sharing images and albums with your clients and others, to e.g. do client-proofing or to collaborate with them on your work in general.

Portfolio and showing your photos in the community. If you want to learn more about how to create your own Portfolio, or show images in the community in general, this will give you the details.


Main discussion areas

Photography discussions are kept in the Forums. You need to signup to use the forums and nearly all of them can be freely accessed. You can use the "star" icon beside any forum to mark it as a favorite. Your favorite forums are showing up on top of the main forum page, the "forum lobby". 



The Annual Best of Nikonians contest has monthly segments in various disciplines. You find more information about the contest here. You participate by posting your image in the corresponding contest forum.



You can search for any photography topic using our search engine NikoScope. You can also search for members when you are logged in.


Weekly updates in our blog, plus twitter & Facebook

The blog contains regular updates about the community. Also follow us on twitter or Facebook if you are using these.

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.


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 registered 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.


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 quite a few new members join Nikonians to get access to more. Signup.

Silver membership gives you access to all of our learning material plus more for only $25 USD per year or $3.90 monthly. Signup on Silver level now.


Your personal data stays with you

We are not sharing your data, we are not using any analyzing tools, have no trackers and we are compliant with stringent data protection regulations. You can export your data from Nikonians as well. Read more about this in our Privacy policies.


Advertising free & independent

We have no advertising. No clutter and no pushing. We are independent and completely focused on making your learning easier and your experience more enjoyable. If you are interested, there is some more to read on us being ad-free and independent.


Enjoy your community :-)

bgs & jrp, founders

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