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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...

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...

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's your approach changing over time?
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How's your approach changing over time?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My finger was bouncing around on the keyboard, on an online photography forum the other evening and someone asked this question, “Can mental quickness in responding to a changing photographic scenario be learned or improved?” 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)

Darrell Young is busy writing Mastering the Nikon Z7 & Z6 books for the NikoniansPress/RockyNook series. Here he shares with us a good tip on how to use the depth of field (DOF) preview. Read more...

Street Photography in Cuba
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Street Photography in Cuba

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Why did I find myself in Cuba on a Street Photography Workshop? -- A non-streetphotographer tells her story while working her Nikon Z7 and D500 in this target-rich area. Read more...

Going Mirrorless with the New Nikon Z7
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Going Mirrorless with the New Nikon Z7

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I have several photographer friends who have switched from a standard dSLR to a mirrorless camera at some point during the last years. Each time I would see their printed images I would think that the images were so much sharper than my dSLR cameras, even though I always carefully sharpen my images at the end of processing. 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...

Digital photography contests rules…why?
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Digital photography contests rules…why?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

When I read the rules a certain line in the wording gave me pause for thought as did other wording about the specific category rules. It seems to me that people are still struggling with what digital photography is versus what film photography was. 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...

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens review
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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...

Karen Gottschall
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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...

Jack Backs
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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...

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons
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What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What lenses should I buy is a recurrent question at the Lenses forums. The levels of commitment to photography and/or budgets don’t always allow to buy the latest. How to reduce the cash outlay and still make sound decisions to have good lenses is answered here by J. Ramon Palacios (jrp). Read more...

Fred Laberge
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Fred Laberge

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Fred Laberge (labtrout) joined us in 2007 and is one of the talented and generous photographers who make us proud to have made Nikonians their home. Now a Nikon advanced nature photographer, he started in the early ‘70s and became a photojournalist for six years. It is with great pleasure we introduce him to you here and present some samples of his work. Read more...

The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review
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The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K)

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K), advanced amateur Nikonians member since 2007, shares with us the joy of his most recent lens acquisition and the first quick images he made immediately after opening the box. They show that choosing between an excellent lens alternative and a superb one is simple, provided you have one thousand more dollars. Enjoy. Read more...

Nikon SnapBridge App Basics
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Nikon SnapBridge App Basics

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The low-powered, always on Bluetooth based Nikon SnapBridge connectivity makes it possible for you to connect your modern Nikon camera to your smartphone and possibly other devices supporting it. 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...

The Nikon Blog Page
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The Nikon Blog Page

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

Nikon D500 review
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Nikon D500 review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The Nikon D500 is the "condensed power" according to Nikon. Many of us are waiting for the new DX prosumer body from Nikon to hit the streets. While we are waiting, we are analyzing the stated features and believe we are about to get a very, very capable camera in our hands. 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 Nikon D2X resources: Reviews & How-To's
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The Nikon D2X resources: Reviews & How-To's

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The Nikon D2X has aged, but lots of the stuff relevant to it, is still relevant to our latest Nikon DSLRs. Read more...

Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction
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Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

Infrared Photography is an opportunity to flex your creative muscles by seeing the world differently than your own bare eyes do, discovering invisible details, colors and tones of landscapes, flowers, buildings, and everything around you. Read more...

Going lighter with an FX system
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Going lighter with an FX system

Rick Walker (walkerr)

There are times when you want, need or should travel lighter, however still making wonderful quality images, not just snapshots. Rick Walker presents us his current solution on occasion of a trip to Paris with his wife. Read more...

20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review
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20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review

Leonard Taupier (Leonard62)

Nikon continues to progress in the design and performance of its lenses as shown here for the newest 20mm lens versus the previous design and the current best Nikon (zoom) lens which can also take a photo at 20mm. It is remarkable, to say the least. Read more...

How Long Exposure Noise Reduction Works
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How Long Exposure Noise Reduction Works

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Many people have wondered about how Long Exposure Noise Reduction (Long Exp. NR) works. To clear up any misconceptions, this article will describe the unusual method the camera uses to remove noise caused by a long exposure. Let’s examine how it works and how to enable it on your camera. Read more...

Tele-Converter Compatibility Table
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Tele-Converter Compatibility Table

Brian Tilley (briantilley)

One of the most common questions regarding Nikon and 3rd Party lenses is "Will lens X work with teleconverter Y?" To help answer such questions, the Nikonians Team has created this chart. Read more...

What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide
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What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

It is many times a tough nut to crack to decide for the right "glass" from a vast variety of lenses, especially for beginners. Jan Stimel brings his own point of view on this topic and shares his story. Read more...

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example
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Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example

Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

There seems to be some confusion about the use of Active D-Lighting. As a reminder, Active D-Lighting (ADL) is a setting in the camera that is used for high contrast scenes. It potentially applies an exposure adjustment to reduce exposure, and applies a complex curve to brighten shadows while protecting highlights. Find out the best settings, what implications are met in photo editing software, and more! Read more...

Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100
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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Time to upgrade! Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D7100 camera. Find out how you can download, operate the firmware for both OS - Windows and Mac. With a quick and easily revised version, you'll find yourself using the latest and up-to-version and be up and shooting photos in no time. Read more...

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation
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Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Don't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results. Read more...

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?
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Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Should you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Read more...

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?
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Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Read your proof, here! Read more...

When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?
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When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

When you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes
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Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Find out all there is to know about working with Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes. It may be difficult to differentiate between the two, but once you read Russ' article, you'll see how simple the concepts are. Learn when to use each of the modes best, and which modes suffer from the same problems as TTL. Read more...

Speedlight Trick #1
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Speedlight Trick #1

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane!, a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step! Read more...

Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained
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Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

One of the most confusing aspects of the Nikon flash system is this thing called 'Auto FP High Speed Sync'. And before you can understand FP High Speed Sync, you first need to understand what FP means and how the Normal Flash Sync works. This article will hopefully clear up the mystery about this mode! Read more...

Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning
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Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

So! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read. Read more...

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works
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How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

How do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read more...

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS
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How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Trying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Read more...

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash
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Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

There are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more...

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode
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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power, so let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography! Read more...

So, What is Flash Value Lock?
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So, What is Flash Value Lock?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Flash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just Read more...

Nikon TTL-BL Flash
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Nikon TTL-BL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here! Read more...

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System
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Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Did you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade! Read more...

Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems
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Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

In a series of articles - Nikon CLS Practical Guide, you'll have an in depth view of Separating Metering Systems, TTL Flash Metering System, TTL-BL Flash, and more. Learning to adjust different backgrounds at will, especially with Flash Photography can be complex. However, a few concepts, tips & tricks, and with plenty of practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Let's read the first, in multi-part installment. Read more...

Understanding Nikon Picture Controls in depth
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Understanding Nikon Picture Controls in depth

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Nikon Picture Controls lets you control how your image appears in several ways. Each control has a specific effect on the image’s appearance. If you’ve ever shot film, you know that there are distinct looks to each film type. No two films produce color that looks the same. Read more...

Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems
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Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The basis for a Nikon DSLR’s exposure meter is an RGB sensor that meters a wide area of the frame. When used with a G or D Nikkor CPU lens, the camera can set exposure based on the distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition. Most people leave their cameras set to Matrix metering and enjoy excellent results. Others use the Center-weighted meter, or the Spot meter. Let's look more closely at each of the Nikon exposure meters. Read more...

Understanding Your Camera's Histogram
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Understanding Your Camera's Histogram

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Want to make better pictures, but are having a hard time finding the right techniques? Well, using your Camera's Histogram Screens, might just do one of the many tricks out there! It'll guarantee you a much higher percentage of well-exposed images. Find out how! Read more...

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