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Putting our subject in its place
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Putting our subject in its place

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Many people advocate that we “throw away the rules,” or use them “with a grain of salt.” But it is imperative to learn all of these compositional rules and to know them so well that they can be used without conscious thought. Then, and only then, can you forget about the rules and toss them to the wind. Read more...

Karen Willshaw
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Karen Willshaw

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Karen Willshaw (Marjani), is another great example of Nikonians members. She not only helps to make the community what it is, but delights us by sharing her stunning images from a far away land. We proudly present her here and some of her work. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The factor which can disrupt whole shoots or, equally, turn dross into gold, is what we call in the trade ‘the human factor’. Read more...

Tourist mindset
Travel Stories

Tourist mindset

Kim Brasel (kjbrasel)

It’s easy to get into the mindset that there’s nothing to do where you live, to believe you have to go somewhere grand or dramatic for great photos or to have fun with your family. But, what if you looked at the area you live in from the perspective of a tourist and not a local, what would you see? Read more...

Mastering the art  - You are in control (4)
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Mastering the art - You are in control (4)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this fourth part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss what items you can control for, how to get the most out of it, time scheduling and the areas you have to be aware of as not being well controllable. Read more...

Bill Naiman
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Bill Naiman

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Bill Naiman (pixures), is another Nikonians member who helps to make the community what it is: friendly, helpful, encouraging, reliable and accurate. We proudly present him here and some of his work. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3
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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...

Judie Dunn
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Judie Dunn

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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We are proud to present you Judie Dunn (topper1946) and her work, a member for ten years and another great example of the members making up the Nikonians Community. Now an accomplished advance amateur, she shows us the product of sharing, learning and inspiring, along with her tenacity to practice and practice more to achieve outstanding images. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (3)
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Mastering the art of photography (3)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this third part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss "is it really art?" and the creativity required to get "artsy enough". Read more...

Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4
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Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The new Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4 wide-angle manual focus lens is available for all of us who love high-quality glass. Read more...

Mick Klass
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Mick Klass

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Mick Klass, a Nikonians member since 2006, is always learning and sharing, inspiring and getting inspired. He is a very good example of the members making our community a great place to be at. Read more...

Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)
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Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this second part we discuss passion and joy, the motivation of why we should bother about mastering photography. This is a part of the "mastering the art of photography" series, where we discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (1)
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Mastering the art of photography (1)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this new series of articles on "mastering the art of photography", I want to discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Lela Bouse-McCracken
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Lela Bouse-McCracken

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Lela Bouse-McCracken is a very special member; not only has she directly helped us establishing the friendly environment we now enjoy here in the Nikonians Community, she is also an artistic, active photographer with a very rich portfolio. Read more...

Inspirational Photography #1
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Inspirational Photography #1

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

New, free eBook: Seven ambitious, talented amateur photographers share their photographs and stories for your own inspiration. We have also included five bonus chapters with popular how-to's further helping you improve your photography, independent of camera model or brand. Read more...

Nikon D850 image quality tests
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Nikon D850 image quality tests

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The Nikon D850 lab tests from different labs and testing sites. Read more...

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

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Concept beats everything else in studio photography. I want to share with you an image shot outdoors, in the dark, with no lights, no photographic equipment apart from a camera and a tripod, but which epitomises the studio method. Read more...

First camera, first love
Travel Stories

First camera, first love

Renee Renard (ReneeRenard)

Artist Renée Renard shares her work and thoughts with us: How much are we emotionally connected to our cameras and what makes the bond so special? Is it just an instrument? Is the newest always “better” or do we have regrets leaving “the old one” behind? Read more...

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

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

This is the first in an eight part series that looks at studio photography. I’m going to look at Concept, Working With People, Planning, Composition, Lighting, Shooting and Post-processing. Read more...

Lawrence Treadwell
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Lawrence Treadwell

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Lawrence Treadwell (treadwl) is a Nikonians community member who in his introduction post titled “Advice for a Newbie” he wrote: “… I would like to improve my photography skills and will value your collective opinions…” Well, we have now the immense pleasure to present you a sample of his stunning images and his thoughts on photography, the everglades and the Nikonians community. Enjoy. Read more...

Location, Location, Location
How-to's Travel Stories

Location, Location, Location

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

It is said that “familiarity breeds contempt”. We live in a world that demands constant change if we are to remain engaged or interested. Today, children’s attention spans are measured not in hours or minutes, but in seconds. As a culture, we are continually bombarded by imagery designed to challenge, confront or confuse our senses. Read more...

Trichromy
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Trichromy

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Humans are trichromats. That means we see in three basic colors: red, green, and blue (RGB). These are the additive primary colors. Our brain knits these three colors together to create all the different colors we see. Trichromy is the three-color process used in photography that generates the colors that our eyes can see. Read more...

Kathy Cavallaro
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Kathy Cavallaro

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Kathy Cavallaro (Cavy2) is an advanced amateur photographer, member of Nikonians since 2006. Amenable, amicable and always sharing her images and varied knowledge while furthering her own, she is a good example of the true Nikonians spirit. It is our great pleasure to present you a brief interview with her and some of her beautiful images. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 2
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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...

Tom Jacob
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Tom Jacob

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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With great pleasure we present you an interview with Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) and a sample of his work. Tom is a Nikonians advanced amateur whose work on street photography reminds us of an Ansel Adams quote: “Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.” Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 1
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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...

Karen Gottschall
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Karen Gottschall

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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It is our great pleasure to introduce you to Karen Gottschall (scenicshutterbug). A semi-pro photographer and active Nikonians member for almost a decade, her contributions at the forums have inspired many of us. Initially a nature and wildlife photography, she has now expanded her interests into architecture, macro, infrared and portraiture. We are sure you will enjoy this small sample of her work. Read more...

Landscape Photography on a budget - use the gear you already own.
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Landscape Photography on a budget - use the gear you already own.

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

Landscapes are one of the most popular genres in photography. We are surrounded by beautiful scenes, and wanting to capture them with our camera is only natural. But with literally thousands of landscape images taken every hour, how do we make our images stand out? Many photographers look to expensive gear for the answer. A bigger, better, stronger camera body equipped with a wider, faster, expensive lens is seen as the answer to taking ‘better’ landscape images. But is expensive gear really the answer? Wayne Lorimer looks at what it takes to make a great landscape image without relying on the most expensive equipment. With a DSLR and a kit lens, you’ve already got what you need to create stunning landscape images. Read more...

Jack Backs
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Jack Backs

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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We proudly present you a Nikonians member who has traveled the Nikon path for some 35 years, from a Nikon FE to an FM2, then into DSLRs with the D100, D300 and now a D500. A Nikonians member since 2006, he generously shares his insights for bird photography and how he keeps on learning. Read more...

A Tale of Two Systems: 6 reasons to stick with your DLSR
Camera Reviews

A Tale of Two Systems: 6 reasons to stick with your DLSR

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

Mirrorless camera systems are all the rage, while sales of traditional DSLR’s are in decline. Many refer to DSLR technology as a “dinosaur”. If you want to keep up with photography, then you should ditch all your DSLR gear and make the switch to mirrorless – right? Hang-on. Not so fast. Are these new mirrorless cameras all that they’re cracked up to be? Or can the DSLR still give them a run for their money? Should you seriously consider a mirrorless camera as your next upgrade? Or is it just overblown marketing hype designed to sell more cameras? Follow Nikonian Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer) as he explores his own journey from DSLR, to Micro Four Thirds, and back again. Read more...

Sarah Boser
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Sarah Boser

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Here is the beginning of a very successful story in the great journey that is Photography. Sarah Boser (Sarah9) joined us in early 2016, and has since acquired and honed her skills by participating in the forums, attending an ANPAT (Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure trip) and taking every opportunity to photograph anything and everything, whether at home or on a trip. Enjoy her outlook and sample images. Read more...

Tamron's new SP primes. Who will buy them?
Lens Reviews

Tamron's new SP primes. Who will buy them?

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

I am sort of struggling with the latest lens releases from Tamron. As fantastic as I’m sure the lenses are – I think they’ve missed the point of the role a third-party lens manufacturer fulfils in the marketplace. Read more...

Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography
How-to's Lens Reviews

Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

There are several different ways to do macro photography. In addition to the typical ways you may be familiar with, such as using macro lenses or extension tubes, you can also use microscope objectives which allow you to do extreme macrophotography on subjects in ways that normal macro photography cannot. Read more...

Are you new to Nikonians?
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Are you new to Nikonians?

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Are you new to Nikonians? Our community is large and can feel a bit overwhelming to new users, so we are listing some of the areas that can be accessed here without signing up. Enjoy :-) Read more...

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons
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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...

Fred Laberge
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Fred Laberge

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Fred Laberge (labtrout) joined us in 2007 and is one of the talented and generous photographers who make us proud to have made Nikonians their home. Now a Nikon advanced nature photographer, he started in the early ‘70s and became a photojournalist for six years. It is with great pleasure we introduce him to you here and present some samples of his work. Read more...

The Markins Integrated Camera Support System – User Review
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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...

Candi Foltz
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Candi Foltz

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) is an advanced photographer who joined Nikonians in early 2016. Generous in her sharing of images and experiences, she keeps eager to learn on how to further advance. Her enthusiasm, creativity and excitement for pet photography and digital artistry are rubbing off on quite a few members. It is with great pleasure we present here some of her thoughts and a sample of her work. Read more...

The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review
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The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K)

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K), advanced amateur Nikonians member since 2007, shares with us the joy of his most recent lens acquisition and the first quick images he made immediately after opening the box. They show that choosing between an excellent lens alternative and a superb one is simple, provided you have one thousand more dollars. Enjoy. Read more...

Robert Brown
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Robert Brown

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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The Nikonians community is the home of many darn good and enthusiastic photographers, willing to share their experiences and images with members, ask questions and request opinions to keep on growing as a photographer. We are happy to have Robert Brown (RP62), one of such photographers, and to present you a sample of his work. Read more...

The 19mm f/4E ED PC NIKKOR – User Review
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The 19mm f/4E ED PC NIKKOR – User Review

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

Professional photographer Miguel Lecuona shares with us his joy of buying the 19mm Perspective Control Nikkor lens, and shares with us samples of his work of a few days after buying it. The results made him and his clients very happy, making this lens an effective solution of many problems (perspective, distortion, depth of field and focus) and an affordable proposition despite is high price tag. Read more...

Roberta Davidson
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Roberta Davidson

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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The Nikonians community is made up of members who share a common passion: photography; all interacting in cordial dialog helping and supporting each other. We are very proud of such congeniality and very happy to see the continuous increase of our female membership. It is with great pleasure that we present you Roberta Davidson (birdied), Nikonian advanced amateur, and a sample of her beautiful work. Read more...

Creating a Custom Signature
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Creating a Custom Signature

David Summers (dm1dave)

Moderator Dave Summers noticed that questions on watermarks, custom signatures, copyright, continue to be frequent. He offers us here a relatively simple alternative method to produce them using Adobe Photoshop. Read more...

Nikonians Photography Awards - An interview with jrp
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Nikonians Photography Awards - An interview with jrp

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) is interviewed by Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) in regards to the Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 Contest and allows peering a little into what photography and Nikonians means to him. Read more...

Nikon SnapBridge App
Software Reviews

Nikon SnapBridge App

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The low-powered, always on Bluetooth based Nikon SnapBridge connectivity makes it possible for you to connect your modern Nikon camera to your smartphone and possibly other devices supporting it. Read more...

Darryl Hodson
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Darryl Hodson

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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In this I am Nikonians series we present you with members who do share, learn and teach, inspire and are inspired by the works of other members. Advanced amateur Darry Hodson (skibreeze7) has been a Nikonian since 2006. Despite being a very busy working man, he has won several Nikonians Photo Contests. His generosity to share and teach is something we highly appreciate. Read more...

Do I Really Need a Polarizer Filter?
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Do I Really Need a Polarizer Filter?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The question on whether it is important to use or not to use a polarizing filter continues to pop up frequently in our forums. The answer is simple: Yes. It is important. It will add drama to the sky and clouds, cut through reflections, reduce and even eliminate glare. NikoniansPress books author and long-time Nikonian Darrell Young explains why and shows us a very illustrative example. Read more...

Laura Knight
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Laura Knight

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) brings us an interview with talented Nikonian Laura Knight (aus1952) who describes her photography journey to date and shows us some of her work in landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna; remarkable images with a very personal style that inspires us all. Read more...

Treasured Lands – A Journey Through America’s National Parks
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Treasured Lands – A Journey Through America’s National Parks

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Nikonians Moderator and Landscape Photography Master Ernesto Santos (esantos) has followed for several years the work of outstanding colleagues, like Quang-Tuan Luong (QT Luong), from whom he got splendid tips before visiting National Parks. On occasion of the U.S. National Park Service's 100th anniversary QT finished his book “Treasured Lands – A Photographic Journey Through America’s National Parks.” In Ernesto’s words, here is why you would like to buy this book. Read more...

Mark Kraus
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Mark Kraus

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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It is a pleasure to present here Mark Kraus (pipco), a Nikonians member of many years, winner of several Nikonians Photo Contests and frequent poster whose images are always inspiring. In this interview we showcase a few of his photographs –most made at local parks- and he reminds us of great advice. Read more...

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