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

We have many non-nikon articles, 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...

Webinar with Marsel van Oosten
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Webinar with Marsel van Oosten

Webinar with award winning nature photographer and Nikonian Marsel van Oosten, including video recording of the webinar. Read more...

Focus tracking with lock on
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Focus tracking with lock on

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...

The “Intimate Landscape”
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The “Intimate Landscape”

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Are you a fan of the “intimate landscape” image? Is this more than a close-up shot? If so, what is it? Read more...

Webinar Nikon Z6ii & Z7ii
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Webinar Nikon Z6ii & Z7ii

Learn about the new Nikon Z6ii and Z7ii with Nikon Ambassador Michelle Valberg in our webinar. Available as video. Read more...

Things to Consider if You’re Having Focus Issues
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Things to Consider if You’re Having Focus Issues

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Recently I was talking to a friend who was having trouble getting sharp focus with her Nikon D3000. She was unclear if it was her, the camera, or maybe her computer. Read more...

Learning to Compose (2): Review
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Learning to Compose (2): Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

If you want to learn to compose, review. This series of articles is not giving you rules for composition to use right now, but methods to learn how to be better at composition. Read more...

The Many Ways to Keyword in LrC
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The Many Ways to Keyword in LrC

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

There are a variety of software processing programs that allow someone to use keywords as a way to find an image. As an LrC user I find that the keyword function allows me to find just about any image in seconds. Read more...

On Assignment (7): Shooting from the Air
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On Assignment (7): Shooting from the Air

Matt Bradley (mbradley)

Photographing from an airplane or helicopter poses numerous challenges, both technical and creative. And the composition is always in flux. 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...

Learning to Compose (1): Observation
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Learning to Compose (1): Observation

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

In a previous series, I shared 21 principles of composition. I thought of revisiting and expanding on them in this series, but I feel it’s been said. What I want to focus on in this series is about how to become the kind of photographer who composes perfectly, without having to think about it. Read more...

Birding with a Nikon Z7 and the Nikkor 500/5.6 PF
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Birding with a Nikon Z7 and the Nikkor 500/5.6 PF

David H. Roberts (dhroberts)

Interested using your Nikon Z6, Z7, or Z50 together with the innovative Nikkor 500/5.6 PF telephoto lens for wildlife photography? Join our member David Roberts (dhroberts) on a birding trip. 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...

Using a Textured Background to Enhance an Image
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Using a Textured Background to Enhance an Image

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Learn how to use a textured background to enhance your images. Read more...

Astrophotography – Image Processing
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Astrophotography – Image Processing

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

David Goldstein (dagoldst) shares with us more of his experience in Astrophotography, this time on image processing. Read more...

Converting Color Wildlife Images to Black & White
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Converting Color Wildlife Images to Black & White

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I recently learned about a very successful fine art photographer, David Yarrow, and saw some of his black and white work online. He also does some color images as well. I had never heard of him before and I was excited to learn about him after seeing his incredible black and white images. 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 (4) - Cheat Sheets (Cont'd)
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Sports Photography (4) - Cheat Sheets (Cont'd)

Robert Zanzalari (zanz34)

In the fourth part of the series on Sports Photography, the Cheat Sheets continue with Wrestling, Motor Sports, Horse Racing including Additional Equipment and Final Thoughts. Read more...

The Challenge of Wildlife Photography
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The Challenge of Wildlife Photography

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Photographing wildlife can be a challenge and not all wildlife or wildlife situations are equal. In 2013, when I took my first trip to specifically photograph wildlife in South Africa. Read more...

Sports Photography (3) - Cheat Sheets (Cont'd)
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Sports Photography (3) - Cheat Sheets (Cont'd)

Robert Zanzalari (zanz34)

In the third part of the series on Sports Photography, the Cheat Sheets continue with Lacrosse/Field Hockey, Volleyball, Swimming and Track & Field. Read more...

Sports Photography (2) - Cheat Sheets
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Sports Photography (2) - Cheat Sheets

Robert Zanzalari (zanz34)

In the second part of the series on Sports Photography I share these Cheat Sheets on Football, Basketball, Baseball/Softball and Soccer. 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...

Astrophotography – The Camera
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Astrophotography – The Camera

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

David Goldstein (dagoldst) shares more of his experience in Astrophotography, this time talking about the camera and supporting software. Read more...

Eye Detection (Eye AF) in the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Cameras
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Eye Detection (Eye AF) in the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Cameras

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Darrell Young (digitaldarrell) is an active member of the nikonians.org community since the spring of 2004. Very thorough and easy to read, his writing of the Mastering the Nikon Camera series of books has been considered by critics and readers as the best in books on how to use a given Nikon camera. In this article he brings us the details of Eye AF. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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