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New to Nikonians?
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New to Nikonians?

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...

A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom
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A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Panorama photography can be a very rewarding experience, it really is a lot of fun. However, to get it done correctly can become very tricky at times. Even the best tools may not be very efficient, depending on how you made your individual photographs. Mike Hagen had to come up with a custom approach for his series of images, combining both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Here is how. Read more...

thinkTANK Modular Component System Review
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thinkTANK Modular Component System Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The quest for the perfect bag to carry our camera gear may never end, as needs, locations and gear do change over time; not to mention materials and innovative designs. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) proposes another approach to find a happy load solution: a search for a system. Read more...

Bird Photography in the City
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Bird Photography in the City

Richard Dubiel (Dubes)

You want to get into bird photography but it is not always easy to travel to the best possible sanctuaries around the world. Are there other choices? Nikonians Moderator and Laureate bird photographer tells us where and how, locally. Furthermore, he also discusses in this article both equipment and field technique. Read more...

How and When to Convert to Black and White
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How and When to Convert to Black and White

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Color images dominate. After all, we live in world of color. Black & White, as a choice, seems to be relegated to those images we can’t make look good in color. Nikonians Moderator and acclaimed photographer Ernesto Santos (esantos) suggests we may do better to produce outstanding images when also thinking in B&W while still shooting, not after the fact when we are back home. In this article he provides us some darn good illustrated tips and tricks. Read more...

The In Camera Multiple Exposure Function
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The In Camera Multiple Exposure Function

Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

You are out in the field and want to photograph a beautiful coastal scene that needs the slowest possible exposure to create a soft dreamy effect. You don’t have with you the appropriate Neutral Density filter to accomplish it. What to do? The In-Camera Multiple Exposure function comes to the rescue. Here is how. Read more...

Dressing for photography in the cold
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Dressing for photography in the cold

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

How to keep warm when taking pictures outdoors in cold weather was the subject of much research to successfully avoid it. Photography should always be joyous and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) shows us how simple is to solve this issue, once you know the variables and the requirements for each piece of garment. Read more...

Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop
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Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

A recurrent question is how to create a copyright legend that can be used on images. Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) gives us an easy, quick and efficient way to do that in Adobe Photoshop. Read more...

Pre-flight photographers quick-check
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Pre-flight photographers quick-check

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

We all want to be consistently rewarded with great photos, but, as airplane pilots do, it is always worth it to go down the check list for what we intend to photograph. Ernesto Santos (esantos) has even come up with a how-to acronym, to reduce our chances to forget key items to succeed. Read more...

25 Photographic Ideas to Help Chase Away the Winter Blues
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25 Photographic Ideas to Help Chase Away the Winter Blues

Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67)

The colder months of the year may hinder your motivation to photograph, more so if confined indoors in the extreme cold areas and months. Thinking about this, Daniel Stainer (spiritualized7) prepared for us some ideas to chase away the winter blues. We decided to cut them down to 25 that should keep us busy and entertained. Read more...

Location Scouting - Part One
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Location Scouting - Part One

Rick Walker (walkerr)

As you get serious about photography, you know that success can’t be left to chance. In this Part One, Rick Walker offers excellent tips to prepare you before you get to your planned destination; what you can do for increasing your odds for good photography and being in the right place at the right time. Read more...

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