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Quiver Tree © Marsel van Oosten
2004 Photo Contest Winner - Color Category - by Marsel van Oosten
Nikon D70, Nikkor DX AF-S 12-24mm f/4D ED, Gitzo tripod with Markins M10 ball head

Neutral density and color graduated filters
Getting the right exposure under tricky light

Diffusion - Softening filters
Making people look better

Rotating filters and hoods 
A solution to using rotating filters with modern deep scalloped hoods
by Nikonian Don Ferrario (


How does a digital camera work?
An excellent article on digital basics
by Nikonian Darrell Young

The perfect camera
Some thought about what means a perfect camera
by Nikonian Holger Wahl
(Holger Wahl)

JPEG, TIFF or RAW .. Which Should I Use?
The what and why of digital camera file formats
by Nikonian Darrell Young

Improving Your Photography - Five Easy Composition Tricks
You will be pleasantly surprise about how easy is to make a giant leap in your pictures
By Nikonian Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Improving your Foregrounds - Three Principles
If you want to add to the WOW! factor in your landscape photographs - read this

By Nikonian Russ Barker (LeCCy)

Taking the Digital Plunge
You’ve finally decided to go digital but what’s the right camera for you?

By Nikonian Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Nikon Capture and Nikon Digital cameras
Workflow control for better results
by Nikonian darrell Young (Digital Darrell)

Adobe Digital Image Workflow - A series
From the moment you see an image through your camera's viewfinder to the final delivery on your computer screen or website, as a photographic print, or printed in a magazine, brochure or book.
By Nikonian George Mann (George Mann)

Understanding your Digital Camera's Histogram
If you want a guarantee for a much higher percentage of well exposed images, read this
by Nikonian Darrell Young

CompactFlash Cards for Digital Cameras... Which one...?
Type, size, rating, capacity and other features explained to help you in your choice decision

by Nikonian Tom Hoey (tfhoey)

Enlarging Digital Images for Publication
Can images from a 6Mpixel camera meet standards of publishers for digital image submission?
by Nikonian Darrell Young

Nikon Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras Comparison Table
Compare features among the various DSLRs and choose yours
by Nikonian Armando J. Heredia (Covey22)

Nikon D200 - Understanding White Balance
A difficult subject made easy
by Nikonian Darrel Youngl

Nikon D200 and Non-CPU lenses
Using AI and AI-S legendary lenses on your Nikon D200. Which ones and how.

by Nikonian Darrell Young (Digital Darrell)

Nikon D200 - Using Nikon´s Creative Lighting System
i-TTL with several light sources made easy

by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - The Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) sensor module
Learn what are the settings, why they work and suggested combinations
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - How to test the actual size, width and position of the AF Sensors
Learn how to test and avoid most autofocus problems on most DSLRs
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Creating and Using a Dust-Off Reference Photo
Learn how to get rid of dust bunnies on most Digital-SLRs
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Exposure Bracketing
If you want a guarantee for well exposed images, read this
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Using the High Speed Cropped Mode
Make your lens seem to have twice it's focal length, the easy and fast way
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Understanding ISO & Noise Reduction Settings
Modern DSLRs allow for image making in virtually any light condition. What are the best settings?

by Nikonian
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Creating Multiple Exposure Images
The Multiple Exposure features of the Nikon D2X/D2Xs (D2H, D2Hs and F6) allow for creative special effects IN CAMERA ... no post processing required! Here is how.

by Nikonian
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Recording Voice Memos
Learn how to use the built-in recorder, forget about memo pads and hand recorders

by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Using the Shooting and Custom Banks
Turn this chameleon into a set of unique cameras for a purpose with a few button clicks
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Shooting an air show
How to shoot an air show. See here suggested settings
by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Doing a slide show
Don't waste that gorgeous back LCVD monitor, use it to review your images in a slide show

by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Using non-CPU lenses
Rejoice! Dust off those magnificent AI and AI-S to use in your D2 and F6 bodies. Here is how
by Nikonian
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon D2X/D2Xs - Using the White Balance Controls
An excellent and concise article
by Nikonian Darrel
l Young (DigitalDarrell)

Lenses to Bodies Compatibility Chart and Lens Nomenclature Guide Hot!
Check if that lens you are lusting for will work on your current body and how

Nikon Coolpix 990 folding sunshade
Make your own folding sunshade for the Nikon CoolPix 990's LCD panel using Nikonian BJ Nicholls' template page complete with instructions - It's easy to make with inexpensive materials. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (some 88KByte in size). If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view and print out this file, get it free for personal use right here.

Enlarge Digital Images for Publication
Images from a 6Mpixel camera can meet standards of publishers for digital image submission
by Nikonian Darrell Young

How to shoot fireworks, successfully!
by Nikonian Lyle Stavast

Floral and other macro subjects on black
How to capture the real colors of subjects and make them pop out against a black background
by Nikonian Bill Staples (bill_staples)

Importing photo gear to Europe
Do's and don'ts on buying and importing gear from the USA

Monitor Gamma and calibration
Check this out if you're unsure what Gamma means

On Handholding Technique
How to develop a technique for sharper images when without a tripod

On Tripod technique
How to get the sharpest images when with a tripod

Panoramas - Finding the entrance pupil of a lens
Do your panoramas right, by finding the entrance pupil with this simple method
by Nikonian Bill Claff (bclaff)

Perspective changes from two lenses: 35 and 85mm
Check the differences between zooming with a lens and with your feet
by Nikonian
Al Smith (f8bthere)

Photographing your kids
A parental guide on how to capture memories, personalities, moods and happy occasions
by Nikonian Rob Cruse (anitasm)

Sports Photography
Tips and Pointers to use Pro Techniques when your kids are on the field

by Nikonian Steve Johnson (reuben)

Resolution and print size 
How to choose the best image size for a given print size

How to shoot waterfalls, fully illustrated
by Nikonian Andreas Voigt (spacer)

Wildlife Tips & Tricks
A valuable collection from Wildlife Photography forum moderator Photophil
by Nikonian Philippe Clement (Photophil)

F100 Custom Settings Pocket Guide (both as HTML and PDF)
The custom settings F100 pocket guide. If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view and print the PDF version, get it free from the Adobe site right here.

N80 Custom Settings Pocket Guide & Lens Cap Decal
Nikon didn't provide the N80/F80 user with a Pocket Card for its Custom Settings, but Nikonian BJ Nicholls does here. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (some 210KByte in size) including the complete Pocket Card plus a Lens Cap Decal for the most useful CS. If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view and print this file, get it free from the Adobe site right here.

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