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Digital photography contests rules…why?
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Digital photography contests rules…why?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

When I read the rules a certain line in the wording gave me pause for thought as did other wording about the specific category rules. It seems to me that people are still struggling with what digital photography is versus what film photography was. Read more...

Larry CdeBaca
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Larry CdeBaca

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Larry CdeBaca is a well-known Nikonian who has posted images that represent quite a breadth of interest. In addition, he is consistently very active supporting and encouraging other photographers and many of us have benefited from his advice from post processing to framing of an image. Read more...

The Debate Rages On: RAW or JPEG?
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The Debate Rages On: RAW or JPEG?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I follow photography conversations on a couple of different web sites, as do many of us. I also take photography trips to various areas with tour guides, again, as many of us do. Recently I took a guided photography trip to Costa Rica. One of the things I like about taking these trips is meeting new people, mostly other photographers, and talking about our shared love of the craft. This trip I was reminded about the seemingly apparent divide over shooting JPEG format versus shooting RAW format. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The human eye interprets images in the following order: movement, colour, shape, content. If you wish to create images that sell products, change social behaviour, win election campaigns or merely persuade people to invest their evenings in watching a particular TV show, then you need to construct the image with these in mind. Read more...

Tom Ferguson
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Tom Ferguson

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Tom Ferguson is a versatile photographer who supports Nikonians with his gold membership and has been a member of Nikonians since 2011. He describes himself as an intermediate photographer with some experience in his profile, but as you will see by his images, he understates his abilities. Enjoy. Read more...

Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature
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Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I often hear Ansel Adams invoked during discussions on photography. Many times, it is apparent that the person invoking Adams knows little about him or his life, but read a few lines somewhere written by some obscure person who said whatever it was about Adams that they then repeated as true. Read more...

Thomas Sprunger
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Thomas Sprunger

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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In late 2009, Tom Sprunger (Melman59) introduced himself to the Nikonians community with a message titled: “New to Nikonians - hoping to take my photography to a new level.” He is one of the many members who have succeeded in such a quest. Continuously learning, he frequently shares and inspire us all with his comments and splendid images. We are very proud to present him here and a sample of his work. Read more...

Big format printing
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Big format printing

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

In this article I am discussing printing big format images. When I say big, I mean really big; We are talking about a 56 x 24 feet (17 x 7.5m) photo mural. Read more...

Which lens for bird photography? Pro's and con's
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Which lens for bird photography? Pro's and con's

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) compares different Nikkor lenses for birding, including the latest ones available, with and without teleconverters, based upon budget and image results. Read more...

John McGarry
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John McGarry

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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John McGarry (jtmcg), joined Nikonians in 2007. John´s history as active member shows he has posted an average of at least one message a day for more than 10 years, either asking for advice, offering advice or sharing images, always learning, sharing and inspiring in the Nikonians spirit. Enjoying retirement, his skills keep on improving and improving. It is our pleasure to introduce John McGarry to you, and a sample of his work. Read more...

Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography
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Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Sometimes I cannot get outside in a location that will allow me to take interesting photographs or the weather just won’t allow it. But, I still want to use my camera to take photographs so I’ll try setting up a still life of some sort. At one point, I read about light box photography and saw some beautiful flower images that a photographer, who teaches the technique, had taken. Read more...

Carol Freshley
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Carol Freshley

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Carol Freshley (PhotoSpidie), joined Nikonians in 2011. Carol is a frequent poster to ask for opinions and to offer encouragement and advice in the Nikonians spirit. Enjoying retirement, traveling gives her the opportunity to use her camera daily, keeping her skills improving and improving. It is our pleasure to introduce her, showing some of her work. Read more...

Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision
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Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My goal, with every photograph I take, is to make each image be the very best that it can be by my standards and by general artistic standards. Read more...

Wasil Khan
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Wasil Khan

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Wasil Khan (WK) joined Nikonias early in 2004. Not only he is a good example of the members who live our motto, learn, share, inspire, he also gives us a lesson to find beauty in subjects we would rather run from. Read more...

Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”
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Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Every so often I like to go out and try something different and “shake things up” a bit. I find it takes me out of my normal routine and definitely adds to my creativity. It might be an idea I’ve played with a few times, maybe something cool I saw in a magazine, or just returning to the basics when I started in photography. Read more...

Shoshin: The Art of Keeping a Beginner's Mind
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Shoshin: The Art of Keeping a Beginner's Mind

Jim Donelson (jcdonelson)

In the process of learning photography we often get stuck at a stage. Jim Donelson reminds us of the wisdom of Zen Budhism to overcome the possible obstacles, suggesting that most of them are self-made but can be demolished by expanding on our habits and attitude. Read more...

Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos
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Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Learning to photograph animals in action takes effort, time and patience and, at some point, will result in successful action shots. Read more...

Bonnie Christensen
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Bonnie Christensen

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Bonnie Christensen (BChrisRad) has been a Nikonians member for just over a year and half at the time of this publication. Always with words of encouragement and wise practical advice, she shares, learns and inspires. An advanced amateur travel photographer, she shares here a sample of her expanding work which we are proud to present to you. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Most photographers are not natural planners. If you come from a landscape background, you expect to be inspired by what you find. Photojournalists look for the decisive moment. Press photographers were always told ‘f8 and be there’. But even the most spontaneous photographer needs at least the basic planning of having their equipment ready when the moment happens. Read more...

Sharp?
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Sharp?

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Just about every photographer has or would like the latest camera with the best, most expensive lenses. Who wouldn’t? Lenses so sharp you can see each separate hair on the person’s head you’re doing a portrait of. Why should we bother about sharpness? When not? Read more...

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