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Learning Nikon Studio NX
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Learning Nikon Studio NX

Webinar with Nikon Ambassador Vincent Versace showing us how to use Nikon Studio NX to get the most out of our workflows. Read more...

Best of Nikonians 2020 Exhibition
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Best of Nikonians 2020 Exhibition

The Best of Nikonians 2020 Virtual Exhibition has opened its doors. We welcome you in to walk around and to discover over 70 artworks produced by the finalists and the winners. Read more...

Wildlife Field Experience
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Wildlife Field Experience

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Our members, advanced amateur photographers and professionals, have a lot to share from the field being out capturing wildlife photographs. Learn tips & tricks on nature photography in these field reports. Read more...

How to shoot the Moon
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How to shoot the Moon

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Want to take great photographs of the moon? This lunar photography guide should come in handy. Read more...

3rd party products at Nikonians
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3rd party products at Nikonians

We have many non-nikon articles and reviews, aka 3rd party vendor information, here at Nikonians. Enjoy! Read more...

Nikon D800/D810/D850 resources
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Nikon D800/D810/D850 resources

David Summers (dm1dave)

The Nikon D800-series resources page with important topics, links to manuals & firmware. Read more...

Focus tracking with lock on
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Focus tracking with lock on

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

How does the focus tracking with lock-on work? Explanation based upon the Nikon D800 series. Read more...

Great photography links on the web
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Great photography links on the web

Throughout our 20+ years of existence we have amassed an enormous amount of knowledge here at Nikonians. The web provides great resources on Nikon and photo knowledge, so here are our top handpicked sites & pages, the ones we have come to love over the years. Enjoy! Read more...

Using the Lightroom Book Module - Part 2
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Using the Lightroom Book Module - Part 2

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Part 1 of this article covered the basics of getting started with the LrC Book Module. Part 2 presents additional information on using the module. Read more...

On Assignment (6): Photographing People
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On Assignment (6): Photographing People

Matt Bradley (mbradley)

The keys to successfully photographing people? Respect, Enthusiasm and Fun. In that order. Read more...

Using the Lightroom Book Module - Part 1
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Using the Lightroom Book Module - Part 1

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

How to use the Adobe Lightroom book module to create your own, good looking photo books. Part 1 of 2. Read more...

On Assignment (5): Making a Photograph
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On Assignment (5): Making a Photograph

Matt Bradley (mbradley)

This is the fifth article in Matt Bradley’s “On Assignment” series. We visit Arkansas, India and Canada where he reminds us that sometimes it takes a little creative brainstorming — or just plain work — to “make” a photograph. Read more...

On Assignment (4): Go Where the Light Is
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On Assignment (4): Go Where the Light Is

Matt Bradley (mbradley)

When you’re out with your camera - hot to capture a great image, but nothing seems to click (so to speak) - go find the best light and make a photograph happen there. Read more...

Finding Subjects to Photograph at Home
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Finding Subjects to Photograph at Home

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

While I would really like to travel right now, as I would normally be doing to some degree, I am not yet comfortable taking that step so I am practicing shooting around home with the Z7. Read more...

On Assignment (3): Saved by the Light
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On Assignment (3): Saved by the Light

Matt Bradley (mbradley)

Light - the very essence of photography. Without it, you can’t take a picture, of course. But, as most Nikonians know, not just any light will do. A great composition captured in light that’s only fair, usually ends up as only a fair picture. Read more...

Using the virus to your advantage
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Using the virus to your advantage

Michael Hurder (MKHurder)

Want to find hidden gems among your older photographs? Member Michael Hurder (MKHurder) has five tips for you on how to find gems in images you might have missed. Read more...

Photography in Corona times
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Photography in Corona times

With loved ones and ourselves maybe at home, no or limited travel, how can we best spend our time as photographers in these times of the Coronavirus? Read more...

Alter Images this Winter
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Alter Images this Winter

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

For some photographers it’s winter weather where they live and finding a good subject to photograph when it’s cold and raining or snowing outside can be difficult. Certainly, pulling on boots and jackets and braving the winter weather can result in some astounding snow or winter images. But, that is difficult for some people to do. Read more...

Sports Photography (1) - The Basics
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Sports Photography (1) - The Basics

Robert Zanzalari (zanz34)

Sports photography, and photography in general, have become a passion. My first Nikon DSLR was the venerable D300 with the 70-300mm/f4.5-5.6 G-AFS ED IF VR 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Using the AF back button on your Nikon
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Using the AF back button on your Nikon

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...

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...

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

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

How to use the depth of field (DOF) preview on your Nikon Z camera for best results. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New to Nikonians?
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New to Nikonians?

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Are you new to Nikonians? Our community is large and can feel a bit overwhelming to new visitors & members, so here are the basics to get you going. Enjoy :-) Read more...

A user review on the Markins Integrated Camera Support System
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A user review on the Markins Integrated Camera Support System

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...

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...

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...

Starry Night Photography - The 500 Rule and other tips
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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...

Urban & Street Photography for ‘Smarties’
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Urban & Street Photography for ‘Smarties’

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert)

Internationally recognized, award winning, and published architect, urban designer, and teacher of photography, Rick Hulbert outlines in this article six photographic challenges to consider to better see and perceive the urban environment around you, leading to improving your photographic skills to make great images. Read more...

Photographing Superstition Mountains, Arizona
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Photographing Superstition Mountains, Arizona

Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M)

Landscape photography can be a very rewarding experience. Nikonian Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M) shares with us the beautiful images of one of his latest, emphasizing the importance of patience, knowing the location, knowing your camera, knowing the weather conditions and knowing the best timing. Read more...

A Photographer and Beginner
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A Photographer and Beginner

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

New to photography? Want to improve your skills? These are the articles you should read first. Written by experienced photographers, they take you through the basics on how to improve your photography results. Read more...

The Nikon Blog Page
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The Nikon Blog Page

Looking for the right Nikon information? We blog about it! Read more...

Howto use Lightroom Develop
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Howto use Lightroom Develop

Rick Walker (walkerr)

Photographers who are new to Lightroom, or who haven't had a lot of time can use these tips to improve their workflow and results. Read more...

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