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

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...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3
How-to's

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) comes back to us with what he has learned about the third of the seven deadly sins in photography: Incorrect focus. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 2
How-to's

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 2

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) has over 50 years of photography experience, nevertheless, he makes a review of the typical errors that he has committed and shares with us solutions to improve our photography. This is the second part, about the second sin. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 1
How-to's

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 1

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) has over 50 years of photography experience, nevertheless, he makes a review of the typical errors that he has committed and shares with us the solutions to improve our photography. This article is therefore a confession, an act of contrition and easy tips of good advice. Read more...

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons
How-to's Lens Reviews

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What lenses should I buy is a recurrent question at the Lenses forums. The levels of commitment to photography and/or budgets don’t always allow to buy the latest. How to reduce the cash outlay and still make sound decisions to have good lenses is answered here by J. Ramon Palacios (jrp). Read more...

The Markins Integrated Camera Support System – User Review
How-to's Accessories Reviews

The Markins Integrated Camera Support System – User Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) one of our two founders, gives us a tour of Markins ball head models and new modules that make the combination a truly integrated camera support system, not just for landscape, wildlife, and portrait, but now for birding, video and for panorama photography, by including ingenious compact tools. Read more...

Starry Night Photography - The 500 Rule and other tips
How-to's

Starry Night Photography - The 500 Rule and other tips

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have thought of shooting the stars in the night sky. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) says: "Do it. You will have fun and may come up with stunning images. All you need is the right gear, the location information and follow these tips to make the best of it." Read more...

thinkTANK Modular Component System Review
How-to's Accessories Reviews

thinkTANK Modular Component System Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The quest for the perfect bag to carry our camera gear may never end, as needs, locations and gear do change over time; not to mention materials and innovative designs. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) proposes another approach to find a happy load solution: a search for a system. Read more...

Dressing for photography in the cold
How-to's Accessories Reviews Travel Stories

Dressing for photography in the cold

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

How to keep warm when taking pictures outdoors in cold weather was the subject of much research to successfully avoid it. Photography should always be joyous and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) shows us how simple is to solve this issue, once you know the variables and the requirements for each piece of garment. Read more...

Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park shooting experience
How-to's Travel Stories

Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park shooting experience

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

It is the turn for J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) to take us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography in this Shooting Experience - Landscape Series. From spot selection, tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read more...

Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?
How-to's

Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Although a generally accepted composition rule, we are seldom -if ever- explained why. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) revisits the concept and its origin. It may surprise you… Read more...

Bokeh Revisited - The quality of out of focus
How-to's

Bokeh Revisited - The quality of out of focus

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), explains to us the history and technical aspects of boke, a technique used to render background blurs, which can be seen mostly in portraiture or close-ups. Look at his examples and tips and remind yourself, what makes bokeh beautiful. Read more...

Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements
Books

Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Find out more about your Nikon D600. Browse through our PDF selection on an array of topics covered. At Nikonians, we aspire to Share, Learn, and Inspire! Be ontop of your gear and know all there is to know. Read more...

The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review
Lens Reviews

The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor lens has long been a classic choice for 35mm film macro, close-up and even portrait photography. On DX format (APS-C) digital cameras it further expanded its preference among Nikonians. In February 2006, Nikon announced its engineers had further enhanced it. This announcement was just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International Show. We had an opportunity to try it at the show in Orlando, Florida. "Further enhanced" turned out to be quite an understatement. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review
Lens Reviews

Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

In the Nikkor AF Lenses forum of this our community someone asked what were our opinions on the recently announced but yet expected on the shelves Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR zoom lens. That is how this story began. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review
Lens Reviews

Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This lens, released along with the Nikon F100 35mm film camera, has become a very popular companion of the N80/F80. "The 28-105 has been like my Swiss Army Knife of lenses" is the typical enthusiastic kind of comment from many Nikonians, whether shooting film or digital SLRs. Read more...

Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart
Camera Reviews Lens Reviews

Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Camera to Lens Compatibility Chart has been updated 12-JAN-2016 with the latest additions to the Nikon lineup, the D5 Pro FX DSLR and the long awaited D500, the DX successor of the beloved D300/D300s. Read more...

Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters
Accessories Reviews

Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Quite often the correct exposure for a background in a scene is not the best one for the foreground or viceversa. The most common problem is that the bright sky is reproduced perfectly while the landscape is underexposed; in fact pitch black most of the times. These are the occasions where the color and neutral density (ND) graduated (grad) filters can make the difference between a bad image, a good image and a better one. Read more...

Lightsphere Flash Diffusers
How-to's Accessories Reviews

Lightsphere Flash Diffusers

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

We are often faced with complex lighting situations when we want to balance the light coming in from several sources into a scene and our subjects. Weddings and social events at noon time in large rooms, or churches, with large windows can become a nightmare with its mix of harsh light and strong shadows. After using for long a white card with a rubber, various solutions came to market and I have successively used most of them. Read more...

A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - Tables & Calculator
How-to's

A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - Tables & Calculator

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered "How do pros make those wonderful landscapes where everything seems to be in focus?" Well, it is not merely by closing down the aperture of superb wide angle lenses. They maximize DOF (depth of field), the region of acceptable sharpness, by focusing at the hyperfocal distance. A simple function of lens focal length, aperture and the diameter of the Circle of Confusion. Read more...

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