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Astrophotography - The Telescope
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Astrophotography - The Telescope

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

After his introduction to astrophotography and the details of the tracking telescope mount, Nikonian David Goldstein (dagoldst) now goes into telescope types and what he uses himself. Read more...

Focus Stacking in Macro Photography
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Focus Stacking in Macro Photography

David H. Roberts (dhroberts)

Learn how to use focus stacking to extend the depth of field of an image. In this article gold member David (dhroberts) applies it to close-up photography. This is especially easy to do using Nikon D850, Z7 or Z6, but can be done using any Nikon camera and lens. Read more...

How to set up Nikon SnapBridge
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How to set up Nikon SnapBridge

Michael Hurder (MKHurder)

SnapBridge: Will it ever work? Gold member Mike (MKHurder) gives you some good tips on how to get going using Nikon’s SnapBridge software for tethered shooting and camera control. Read more...

Astrophotography – The Tracking Telescope Mount
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Astrophotography – The Tracking Telescope Mount

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

After his inviting article on getting started in astrophotography, David Goldstein (dagoldst) now goes deeper into Deep Sky Object imaging, gifting us with what he has learned about equipment and software. Read more...

Printing your photographs (1) Today’s choices
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Printing your photographs (1) Today’s choices

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

New series: With the explosion of social media and image sharing, printing options have taken somewhat of a back seat. What are the possibilities for the photographer who is still looking to produce a physical image? Read more...

Photographing Wildflowers
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Photographing Wildflowers

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Spring has sprung here in the U.S, but even if it’s not spring where you are yet, it will be at some point so read on and you can tuck this information away for that day. In this article I discuss how to achieve good wildflower photographs, which is not that easy to achieve. Read more...

How to recover photographs from a corrupted NAS
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How to recover photographs from a corrupted NAS

Geoff Baylis (GBaylis)

Nikonian Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) shares the dreadful moment when a Windows 10 glitch wiped all of his images on his storage system. Not only does his article show how easy it is to lose images, but also what tools we can apply when the damage have happened, and what to do to avoid it all together. Read more...

Gary Paige
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Gary Paige

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Gary Page (JazzDoc) first visited Nikonians in 2004 and shortly thereafter he became a member. A recent winner in the Annual Best of Nikonians photo contest, despite his very busy schedule he manages to come frequently into the community to passionately share knowledge, inspire with his wonderful images and be inspired by the images of others. Read more...

How to achieve great looking group photographs
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How to achieve great looking group photographs

Frank Villafane (frankmv)

What are the main things to consider for taking and capturing better group shots? This article tells you as a photographer what works (and what doesn’t) in five easy-to-remember "rules". Read more...

The Digital Artist - To Create or Not to Create?
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The Digital Artist - To Create or Not to Create?

Preston Moochnek RPh. (massulo)

Are you interested in becoming a digital artist? Or is "painting with pictures" not for you? No matter what, member Preston Moochnek (massulo) has some good advice to maybe wet your appetite. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (6) - From Jokusarlon to Geysir
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Photographing Iceland (6) - From Jokusarlon to Geysir

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

This is the sixth and final part of photographing Iceland by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd). Today he takes us to Jokusarlon, Lomagnupur, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Vik, Seljalandsfoss and Geysir Read more...

Professional advice for street photography
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Professional advice for street photography

Chris Horn (HotSpur369)

Street photography is a genre that can be practiced by just about anyone, anywhere. You can grab your camera and find an interesting place where people gather and start shooting. This article, however, will share how the professionals methodically approach this craft. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (5) - Egilsstadir, Eystrahorn & Jokusarlon
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Photographing Iceland (5) - Egilsstadir, Eystrahorn & Jokusarlon

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

This is the fifth part of photographing Iceland by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd). Today he takes us to Egilsstadir, Djupivogur, Eystrahorn, Vestrahorn and Jokusarlon. Read more...

Texture Layers in Photoshop
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Texture Layers in Photoshop

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

In this article, I will discuss how textures and texture layers can transform digital photographs into digital artwork. The article also includes links to two of my Creative Commons images so that you can follow along with the Photoshop tutorial. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (4) - Dimmuborgir, Myvatn & Aldeyjarfoss
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Photographing Iceland (4) - Dimmuborgir, Myvatn & Aldeyjarfoss

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

This is the forth part of photographing Iceland by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd). Today he takes us to Dimmuborgir, Myvatn and Aldeyjarfoss. Read more...

Astrophotography – Getting started
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Astrophotography – Getting started

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

You may have seen and marveled at the images of the sky by David Goldstein (dagoldst) in the Astrophotography forum. His article helps you jump into Astrophotography: What equipment and budget is required without risking big mistakes or falling into the fangs of salesmen. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (3) - From Kirkjufell to Goðafoss
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Photographing Iceland (3) - From Kirkjufell to Goðafoss

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

This is the third part of a six part series by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd). Day 2 thru day 4: Kirkjufell, Budirkirkja,  Arnarstapi, Longrdangar, Hvitserkur and Goðafoss. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image: Post-processing
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image: Post-processing

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

What we’re going to look at in this part goes against the grain of what most photographers think. Most Photoshop warriors believe that they can improve the shot in post-processing. Actually, this is impossible. Read more...

The Vagaries of Photography Competition Judges
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The Vagaries of Photography Competition Judges

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I recently entered six images into a local judged photography competition. Of the six images, four were accepted for entry. At the reception I was able to talk with one of the judges regarding one of my images that did not receive an award of any kind. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (2) - Reykjavik, Grundarfjodur & Kirkjufell
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Photographing Iceland (2) - Reykjavik, Grundarfjodur & Kirkjufell

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

This is the second part of a six part series by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd), this time taking us from Reykjavik to Grundarfjodur and Kirkjufell, via Hraunfossar. A must-read with lots of tips for anyone interested in landscape, travel photography or the beauty of Iceland in general. Read more...

Using the AF back button on your camera
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Using the AF back button on your camera

Michael Hurder (MKHurder)

Have you ever been caught in one AF mode when you want the other? You try to switch from AF-S to AF-C so you can capture those birds in flight, but by the time you switch the flock has gone past or found a new perch. Read more...

Photographing Iceland (1) - Planning
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Photographing Iceland (1) - Planning

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

Team member and photographer Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) takes you on an extensive trip to Iceland in this five part series. A must-read with lots of tips for anyone interested in landscape, travel photography or the beauty of Iceland in general. Read more...

Importing in Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC
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Importing in Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I am looking into tips for importing images into Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC today, an important tool for many of us photographers. Read more...

Aart Louw
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Aart Louw

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Many of our members will be familiar with Aart Louw's exotic wildlife shots from South Africa and Kruger National Park. He captures our attention with other forms of photography as well, while he hones his skills by shooting, sharing and requesting critique. Read more...

PJ - What is the state of the art?
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PJ - What is the state of the art?

Chris Horn (HotSpur369)

Photojournalism—the word conjures globetrotting nomads traveling to dangerous and exotic places and shooting pictures that encapsulate the essence of a news story. Technological and market pressures transform how all ‘visual storytellers’ work. Read more...

Pictorialism and Photography - Art or Not?
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Pictorialism and Photography - Art or Not?

Jim Donelson (jcdonelson)

Jim Donelson makes us transit from the advent of the daguerreotype to our electronic images era, helping us better understand the various trends and styles, from painting to photography demonstrating there is nothing new in the controversies surrounding our passion for photography. Read more...

How's your approach changing over time?
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How's your approach changing over time?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My finger was bouncing around on the keyboard, on an online photography forum the other evening and someone asked this question, “Can mental quickness in responding to a changing photographic scenario be learned or improved?” Read more...

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

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Remember our scale at the beginning? 0-64 points for concept, 0-32 for working with people, 0-16 for planning, 0-8 for composition, 0-4 for lighting, 0-2 for shooting, 0-1 for post-processing? Multiply them all together, and the result ranges from 0 to 2 million. The way you shoot the shot can make an otherwise perfect image $2 million, $1million or $0. Read more...

Important DOF preview info for your Nikon Z
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Important DOF preview info for your Nikon Z

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Darrell Young is busy writing Mastering the Nikon Z7 & Z6 books for the NikoniansPress/RockyNook series. Here he shares with us a good tip on how to use the depth of field (DOF) preview. Read more...

Street Photography in Cuba
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Street Photography in Cuba

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Why did I find myself in Cuba on a Street Photography Workshop? -- A non-streetphotographer tells her story while working her Nikon Z7 and D500 in this target-rich area. Read more...

(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications
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(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications

guy eristoff (geristoff)

What will a 35mm Full Frame or APS-C format high-end camera look like in the year 2022? Imaging sensor specialist and Nikonians member Guy Eristoff gives us some background and his thoughts on the topic. Read more...

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

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Let’s recap where we started. To achieve the maximum effect, give yourself from 0-1 points for post-processing, 0-2 for shooting, 0-4 for lighting, 0-8 for composition, 0-16 for planning, 0-32 for working with people, and 0-64 for concept. Multiply these together. You will get a result between 0 and about 2 million. Read more...

Diane L. Simmons
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Diane L. Simmons

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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Diane Simmons (coolmom42) joined Nikonians in 2011. From the start she felt at home and always found amicable and eloquent words of encouragement for others. She joined the Moderators Team in 2015. Here she answers all of our questions and shares some random samples of her work. Read more...

Teleconverters and Long Lenses
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Teleconverters and Long Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

People often ask about teleconverters. They sound like a great idea. For a 200mm lens, you can use a 1.4x TC to make it 280mm. Or you can use a 1.7x TC and make it 340mm. Or a 2.0x TC and turn it into 400mm! Read more...

Going Mirrorless with the New Nikon Z7
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Going Mirrorless with the New Nikon Z7

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I have several photographer friends who have switched from a standard dSLR to a mirrorless camera at some point during the last years. Each time I would see their printed images I would think that the images were so much sharper than my dSLR cameras, even though I always carefully sharpen my images at the end of processing. Read more...

Nikon Z7 First Impressions
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Nikon Z7 First Impressions

Jonathan Kandel (JonK)

Jonathan Kandel (JonK) has been a Nikonians member for almost a decade and a half, and a long-time moderator. He is a semi-professional photographer who just got his Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera. Here he offers his thorough first impressions. Read more...

Analyzing your existing lenses to optimize results
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Analyzing your existing lenses to optimize results

guy eristoff (geristoff)

Analyzing the lenses you have to pick the best ones for the job and to increase the number of “keepers”. Read more...

Scott Ashley
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Scott Ashley

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Scott Ashley seems to be a very busy photographer so it was so generous of him to spend some time for an interview between his travels. Read more...

5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Composition
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5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Composition

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

It goes without saying that Composition is fundamental to any photography project and every professional assignment. Read more...

Long Lens Hand Holding Technique
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Long Lens Hand Holding Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios presents us a tip for better hand holding when with a long lens, reducing fatigue. Read more...

5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Equipment
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5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Equipment

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

Shooting property in a thriving real estate market. There’s plenty of property to shoot - custom homes, historic homes, commercial buildings, interiors, custom landscapes, vineyards, and ranches with ample wildlife. Read more...

Creating a Tile Mural
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Creating a Tile Mural

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Member Karen (scenicshutterbug) wanted to create a tile mural for her outdoor kitchen space and she got help from other members in the process. Read more...

Marsha Edmunds
I am Nikonians

Marsha Edmunds

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Marsha Edmunds has been interviewing members whose passion, regular presence, frequent interactions and values represent our Nikonians community. On this occasion Marsha was asked to interview herself. We are happy we did. Enjoy. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 4
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The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 4

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) comes back to us to share what he has learned about the fourth of the seven deadly sins in photography: Missing Distractions. Read more...

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...

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