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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...

Full Spectrum Cameras, Part III, UV Photography
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Full Spectrum Cameras, Part III, UV Photography

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

In this third and final installment of a series, we’ll delve into the world of ultraviolet (UV) photography. Learn which cameras can be converted and which lenses to use. Learn more about filters and converters. 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...

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Superstition Mountains, Arizona
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A Landscape Shooting Experience: 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...

How To Fine-Tune your Lenses using the Green Dot Method
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How To Fine-Tune your Lenses using the Green Dot Method

Roger Rowlett (RRowlett)

If you are unsure that your lens is autofocusing correctly, after checking that you have not made human errors, like miss-estimating depth of field or others, you may want to give a try to fine-tuning your lens. Nikonians Charter Member Roger Rowlett (rrowlett) shows us how to do it using the Green Dot Method. Read more...

NIGHT SHIFT - Introduction to night photography
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NIGHT SHIFT - Introduction to night photography

Dusan Labuda (DusanLabuda)

Night photography will force you to think a bit more than common daylight shooting. Now you are challenged by the low light and an unusual ratio of highlights and shadows. Your hunt for light will squeeze out the maximum from your gear. Done correctly, it will also unleash the power of your mind and body to change your daytime habits into "The Night Shift" mode. There are several questions to be considered before one starts shooting in low light. 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...

Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part II
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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part II

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Converting your old Nikon DSLR into a full spectrum camera promises to open up an entirely new world of photography for you. This conversion allows your camera to capture ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation in addition to regular, visual light (VL). In this second part of the series, we’ll look at using long pass filters and IR filters and how they produce different types of effects when using a full spectrum camera. 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...

Manual Mode for Bird Photography – Why, When and How-To
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Manual Mode for Bird Photography – Why, When and How-To

Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

Our modern digital cameras offer us many wonderful automatic exposure options. Yet, professional nature photographer, long time Nikonians Moderator and ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles, prefers to use Manual Mode for Bird Photography. Here are the why, when and how-to. 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...

Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I
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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Converting your old Nikon DSLR into a full spectrum camera, one that can capture ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation in addition to regular, visual light (VL), opens up an entirely new world in photography for you. In this first part of the series, Jon Nadelberg shows us the options on converting your camera and what a full spectrum camera can do for you. He also digs into and profusely illustrates how to manipulate light and color to achieve different types of results, using various optical filters and Adobe Photoshop settings. 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...

Exposure variables – Making the most out of your camera
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Exposure variables – Making the most out of your camera

Hal Becker (HBB)

What are the variables involved in determining the exposure in your camera? How are they interrelated? This is explained by Hal Backer (HBB). The firm grasp of the concept is most useful when you want to change from Program (P) Mode to other modes to have control on items such as Depth of Field, amount of Blur, Freezing a subject in motion, and maximizing the Dynamic Range the sensor in your camera is capable, while maintaining a good exposure. Read more...

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