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Thomas Sprunger
I am Nikonians

Thomas Sprunger

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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
How-to's

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
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...

John McGarry
I am Nikonians

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
How-to's

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
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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”
How-to's

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
Travel Stories

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
How-to's

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
How-to's

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?
How-to's

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...

Russ Glindmeier
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Russ Glindmeier

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Russ Glindmeier (russg) has been a Nikonians member for a decade. With an average of one post every other day, he shares, learns and inspires. Now an advanced landscape photographer and a HDR expert, he shares here a sample of his work which we are proud to present you. Read more...

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens review
Lens Reviews

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens review

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Fifty-millimeter lenses have always been a staple of SLR and DSLR photography. They are very popular as they are small, inexpensive, and generally of very high quality. All camera makers make some version of this type of lens, and it originally was the lens you would get when you purchased a kit of camera and lens together Read more...

Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)
How-to's

Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

More on the "controlled spectrum" in photography with some thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We will look into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping your creativity to flourish. Read more...

Wintersports Photography
How-to's

Wintersports Photography

Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

Photographing on the slopes. Of course we can records our walks, our resort, our after-ski parties and other festivities. You'll find more than enough hints about it in articles about nature, street or night photography. And to make writing and reading easy, I speak about skiers and skiing. Snowboarders are of course included in these terms. Read more...

Putting our subject in its place
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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
How-to's

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)
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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
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...

Judie Dunn
I am Nikonians

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)
How-to's

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
Lens Reviews

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
I am Nikonians

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)
How-to's

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)
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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
Books

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
Camera Reviews

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
How-to's

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
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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
How-to's

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
I am Nikonians

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
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...

Tom Jacob
I am Nikonians

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
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...

Karen Gottschall
I am Nikonians

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
How-to's

Landscape Photography on a budget

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? Read more...

Jack Backs
I am Nikonians

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
I am Nikonians

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...

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