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

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert) on August 23, 2016

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...

I Am Nikonians - Dianne Clark (Dianne340) Interview
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I Am Nikonians - Dianne Clark (Dianne340) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on July 11, 2016

In this I AM NIKONIANS series, it is with pride and pleasure that we present to you members of the Nikonians community who have embraced our motto: Share, Learn, Inspire; who are passionate about photography and make the Nikonians Community what it is. Nikonians Moderator Marsha Edmunds brings us an interview with Dianne Clark. Read more...

Nikon D500 and 200-500mm Nikkor Birding Field Review
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Nikon D500 and 200-500mm Nikkor Birding Field Review

Jonathan Kandel (JonK) on June 30, 2016

Nikonians moderator Jonathan Kandel (JonK) had the opportunity to test in the field during a four-day bird blind shoot the 200-500mm zoom Nikkor on the Nikon D500 body. All he could say as he returned was: “Wow! Impressive Combo!” Read more...

Nikkor AF 35-70/2.8D lens
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Nikkor AF 35-70/2.8D lens

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on June 17, 2016

The Nikkor AF 35-70mm/2.8D is an old lens providing great value for money. It can meanwhile be had for 300 USD, sometimes even less. The optics are great. Read more...

Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) Interview
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Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on June 6, 2016

Linwood Ferguson is a very active contributor of images and input at the Nikonians community. He has posted many fascinating images and has supported many members with advice. Read more...

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

Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M) on May 30, 2016

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) on May 28, 2016

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...

Monte Comeau (BCRose) Interview
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Monte Comeau (BCRose) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on May 16, 2016

Reading and writing posts, articles and critiques at nikonians.org does more than just share information. In many ways, members have embraced the original concept of our founders, making Nikonians not just a knowledgeable and friendly environment but a family environment. We like to call it a community, and as such we should also have a look at the backgrounds of some of our fellow members. Our first interview in this new series of articles, I AM NIKONIANS, is with Monte Comeau (BCRose). 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) on May 9, 2016

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) on May 4, 2016

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...

Nikon D500 review
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Nikon D500 review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on April 19, 2016

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...

Howto use Lightroom Develop
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Howto use Lightroom Develop

Rick Walker (walkerr) on April 17, 2016

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) on April 13, 2016

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) on March 31, 2016

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) on March 23, 2016

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) on March 14, 2016

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) on March 8, 2016

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) on February 29, 2016

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) on February 3, 2016

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) on February 1, 2016

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...

The Nikon D2X resources: Reviews & How-To's
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The Nikon D2X resources: Reviews & How-To's

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on January 31, 2016

The Nikon D2X has aged, but lots of the stuff relevant to it, is still relevant to our latest Nikon DSLRs. 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) on January 25, 2016

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...

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

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 18, 2016

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) on January 4, 2016

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...

FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check
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FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on December 28, 2015

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) on December 21, 2015

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) on December 14, 2015

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...

Smoke & Bubbles Photography
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Smoke & Bubbles Photography

Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) on December 1, 2015

Is your artistic side craving for a challenging photography project? This comprehensive guide to photograph smoke and bubbles by Nikonian Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) may be what you need, especially when confined indoors during the winter. Read more...

Seven Things I Learned by Photographing 500 People
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Seven Things I Learned by Photographing 500 People

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on November 16, 2015

Whether you will be photographing a single person or group or many, you will benefit from this article where Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the seven most important things he has learned, after doing it more than a few times. Read more...

Nikon WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Camera Controller Review
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Nikon WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Camera Controller Review

Jerry Harris (J_Harris) on November 2, 2015

After using The ML-3 Infrared Wireless Remote Control on his Nikon D7200, Jerry Harris decided to switch to the WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Controller, despite its price. He tells us how he chose it, and why he is now very happy. Read more...

Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
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Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults

Rick Walker (walkerr) on October 27, 2015

For those of us with little time for post-processing, or wanting to speed-up our workflow, Rick Walker suggests setting up defaults, to avoid repetition of steps and to start with a better looking image than as delivered by your camera, when using Lightroom and/or Camera raw Read more...

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

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) on October 19, 2015

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...

Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why
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Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on October 13, 2015

Starting with What are Neutral Density Filters, Ernesto Santos illustrates with his own images When to use them, How to use them and Why, showing us the possible wonderful results when used appropriately, reason for which they are must-have lens accessories, always in his bag. Read more...

HDR Photography That Sells
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HDR Photography That Sells

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49) on October 7, 2015

Larry Anderson has perfected the art of building luxurious homes that have been featured in numerous architectural magazines. At the request of his clients Larry is now also a master HDR photographer. He shares with us his technique using Photomatix Pro software and has chosen a few tricky images to explain how he made them, in a very concise way. Read more...

Developing A Painter’s Eye
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Developing A Painter’s Eye

Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67) on September 8, 2015

Daniel Stainer shares with us his path to date into learning how to make a picture painterly, artistic. Suggests a work method, finding the painting in things; a compositional framework to help make our images more and more compelling, increasing your joy in photography, after the craft has become second nature. Read more...

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

Rick Walker (walkerr) on September 3, 2015

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...

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
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A Landscape Shooting Experience: Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on August 27, 2015

It is the turn for J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) to take us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography in this Shooting Experience - Landscape Series. From spot selection, tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read more...

Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review
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Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on August 14, 2015

Great flash photography results are produced when the light sources are off-camera. Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reviews for us another very nice solution by Profoto, portable and efficient, allowing for full TTL or manual control at the power pack or at the camera. Read more...

Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses
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Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on July 30, 2015

Tilt/Shift lenses are generally thought of for use in architectural photography, but in fact have many uses. In this overview, we discuss what you can do with one of these lenses, how they work, and why you might want one. Read more...

Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Location Kit Review
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Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Location Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on July 22, 2015

Lighting on the go is a frequent concern for both professionals and amateurs. Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reviews for us a very nice solution by Profoto, portable and efficient, allowing for full control at the camera. Read more...

Using the Nikon D750 in Africa - Field Report
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Using the Nikon D750 in Africa - Field Report

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on July 9, 2015

The Nikon D750 gets tested in one of the toughest environments on earth: Africa, under wildly varied photography scenarios, during a Nikonians Academy African Photo Safari. See why Mike Hagen confirms it is a killer camera. Read more...

Nikon's Virtual Horizon Feature: Two Great Ways to Use It
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Nikon's Virtual Horizon Feature: Two Great Ways to Use It

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on June 5, 2015

Ernesto Santos shows us ways to photograph leveled images, including images for later stitching for panoramas, faster and more efficiently than when using mechanical means, saving precious time, especially precious when at the golden hours. Read more...

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Dream and Nymph Lakes, Rocky Mountain National Park
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A Landscape Shooting Experience: Dream and Nymph Lakes, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rick Walker (walkerr) on May 27, 2015

Rick Walker takes us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography. From tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read more...

To Clean or Not To Clean: Steps to Sensor Cleaning Made Simple
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To Clean or Not To Clean: Steps to Sensor Cleaning Made Simple

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on May 22, 2015

You’ve seen them in photographs and videos, often hours after a photo shoot when your fresh images are full screen on a large monitor. They appear as circular dark blobs, unnatural discs in an otherwise perfect blue horizon. They are called dust bunnies (or dust mice) and they are the bane of all DSLR owners. At some point during the life cycle of your camera, you’ll have to combat them if you change lenses. Read more...

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 Classic V3.0 Bag – Field Review
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Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 Classic V3.0 Bag – Field Review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on May 14, 2015

Thinking about a shoulder bag? This field review revisits shoulder bags and discovers the excellent redefinition of the concept by thinkTANK when testing it out in the field. Read more...

Release your inner artist: Break the
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Release your inner artist: Break the "P" barrier

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on April 30, 2015

Your new camera has plenty of bells and whistles and by now you already know it can take good pictures in full automatic mode. If that is all you need, continue on and be happy. But, if you’re looking to engage your creative mind by stepping out of the full-auto realm, this article will help you navigate the maze of confusing numbers and camera modes and priorities. Read more...

The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review
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The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on March 19, 2015

If I were headed out to take a photograph and I could only take one lens, it would likely be Nikon’s 24-70mm/2.8G ED. The lens simply covers the essentials and it is the type of workhorse zoom that any professional or serious enthusiast really needs to own. Read more...

Mindshift Gear Rotation 180° Panorama - Bag Review
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Mindshift Gear Rotation 180° Panorama - Bag Review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on March 10, 2015

In the endless search for the perfect bag, we requested savvy landscape Nikonians photographer Ernesto Santos to review this new bag. He found it to be a very well made and more than suitable solution that could very well be what you may have been waiting for. Read more...

What to do with Older Nikon Gear
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What to do with Older Nikon Gear

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on February 4, 2015

Does Your Used Stuff Still Work? Nikon cameras have been around for over 50 years with the professional Nikon F hitting the market back in 1959. Some of us who use Nikon started out decades ago, amassing a large collection of equipment and cameras. Long-time Nikon users often wonder if their old equipment is still worthwhile. Let's try to sort it out. Read more...

Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review
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Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on January 22, 2015

A Long Overdue Digital Update: It's been 30 years since Nikon updated its 20mm f/2.8D wide-angle lens and this new version, announced in September along with the Nikon D750 and SB-500 Speedlight, is sharp and capable. This report brings you the sample images gallery to see that for yourself. Read more...

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