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May 30, 2008

Francophiles and French

French speakers with an interest in Nikon cameras and gear gather up in Nikonians New French Cafe :-)

Posted by bgs at 9:03 AM

May 29, 2008

You are one click away from winning a Nikon D60

The new advertising campaign for Nikon COOLPIX and the D60 D-SLR featuring Ashton Kutcher includes your chance to win a new Nikon D60.

Sixty D60 kits will be awarded as First Prizes and the Grand Prize winner earns a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend The Hollywood Style Awards. The awards, sponsored by Nikon, will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2008.

Details on the "Moving Moments" contest are available at www.ashtonsd60.com. According to a Nikon USA press release the theme of the contest submissions will cover a wide range of both emotionally captivating and action shots. The images can be captured by any brand of camera.

The 60 First Place camera kits will include a Nikon D60 camera body, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Lens, Rechargeable Battery, Charger, USB Cable, and Software Suite CD-ROM.

According to the official rules posted by Nikon, the contest is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Contest submissions need to be uploaded before midnight (Eastern Time) on June 20, 2008.

When you win, make sure you let us know (so we can share the good news).

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:46 PM

ID#67: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick revisit the AF-ON button technique, and review Nikon's Multi-CAM 3500 autofocus module found in the D3 and D300 DSLRs. They also review the Viveza plug-in from Nik Software, which gives Photoshop and Aperture users access to Color Control Points.

Looking for an Image Doctors Episode? Check the show archives here.

Download The Image Doctors #67 (NPC-ID-2008-05-29.mp3; 58:10; 20.1 MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: May 29, 2008

02:07 The AF-ON autofocus technique revisited

16:40  Live View in the D3 and D300

26:22  Nik Software's Viveza Plug-in

33:07  Visiting an art museum for inspiration

36:57  Using the Multi-CAM 3500 Autofocus System

55:30  Photo Prescription: Don't forget the basics of exposure when using program modes

Don't forget to sign up for the Nikonians Academy Advanced Digital ImagingWorkflow workshop June 12-15 in Dallas, Texas, where Jason and Rick will be guest instructors!

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:37 AM

May 28, 2008

The Nikonians On Location #19 - Gear Trouble

Trouble in... Ireland. Not quite paradise, but almost, when you're not fighting failing batteries, wrong camera settings and harsh weather.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #19 (NPC-OL-2008-05-27; 23:09; 10.8MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-05-27; 7:51; flash format).

Show Notes: May 27, 2008
The Nikonian's Martin Joergensen was having all kinds of gear trouble, forgetting things at home, having the D200 fail and facing various wet hazards while shooting during a fishing trip in Ireland.

Video supplement:
Samples of the Ireland shots - both some of the good ones and some of the ones that didn't work out due to the gear trouble.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #19 (NPC-OLV-2008-05-27; 7:51; flash format)

Music used on today's show:
Chris Juergensen, Shepherd moon, Magnatune

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Posted by martinj at 2:00 PM

May 27, 2008

Inside Nikon's Scene Recognition System

Nikonians wishing to know more about the ground-breaking Scene Recognition System (SRS), first introduced in the Nikon D3 and D300 Digital SLRs, will want to read this interview with designer Hiroshi Takeuchi.

"Until now, we have been improving AE, AF, and AWB technologies independently, but when these technologies matured, there was no technology capable of linking them. The Scene Recognition System is thus a core technology that links the superior aspects of these three technologies.

Posted by covey22 at 7:29 PM

May 26, 2008

Nikonians News Flash #91

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Tune in for your weekly dose of Nikonians News Flash! Chock full of news from your friendly neighborhood Nikonians Community!


Download Nikonians News Flash #91 (NPC-NF-2008-05-26.mp3; 4:18; 3.9MB; MP3 format)

March 26, 2008
In The News:

D3 wins the 2008 Camera Grand Prix.
Behind the scenes of Nikon's Scene Recognition System
Tamron's new lenses.
Lowepro's new AW bags.
From The Forums:
Photographer wanted in Ventura.
In the Cafe'
Noted threads to look for are: "Do you take breaks from photography" and "Cell Wars: Nikon or Canon".
Forum of the Week:
The French Cafe'
Jessica's Choice Photo:
Froggy Came a-call'in.
Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 3:37 PM

Nikon Engineering at its finest

Nikon Engineering has long traditions of producing the best technology there is. Check out this Nikon Imaging article featuring team lead Mr. Hiroshi Takeuchi, responsible for the development of the Scene Recognition System incorporated in the Nikon D3 and D300 to learn more about the technology.

Posted by bgs at 2:58 PM

Nikonians in French

Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) has started a new section in French for all French speaking Nikon Users.

Posted by bgs at 12:11 PM

May 22, 2008

New Lowepro Inverse AW beltpack and Nova AW bags

Lowepro has released two new bags in their all-weather (AW) line - the Inverse AW beltpack, which features a 360-degree swivel harness and the more traditional Nova AW shoulder bag, which comes in six sizes to accommodate photographers of all skills and interests.

Posted by covey22 at 2:50 PM

May 21, 2008

Nikon D3 Lands 2008 Grand Prix Award

More kudos for the Nikon D3; hot on the heels of the TIPA awards, Japan Press Club has named the full-frame Digital SLR their choice as Camera of the the Year in the 2008 Camera Grand Prix. Nikon beat out over 170 competitors to land the distinguished rating.

Posted by covey22 at 9:02 PM

May 19, 2008

Release Dates for Latest Tamron Lenses

Tamron has published release dates for some of their highly anticipated lenses. The 70-200mm f2.8 Di, the 28-300mm XR Di with Vibration-Compensation (VC) and a new version of the 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di now sport built-in AF motors for compatibility with Nikon cameras like the D40 and D60; all three are scheduled to be available on store shelves in Japan on 30-May 2008. Global distribution is expected to follow shortly thereafter.

Posted by covey22 at 5:37 PM

The Nikonians On Location #18 - Copenhagen Marathon

On Location's Martin Joergensen was out to shoot people running more than 42 kilometers or 26 miles in just a couple of hours and then some.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #18 (NPC-OL-2008-05-19; 14:55; 7MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-05-19; 7:12; flash format).

Show Notes: May 19, 2008
The Copenhagen Marathon was run on a beautiful day with perfect weather for the runners and almost perfect weather for shooting photos. The podcast talks about shooting running people, using flash in daylight and assorted other subjects.

Video supplement:
A bunch of pictures from the Copenhagen Marathon with comments. Notice the new full screen mode on the slideshow.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #18 (NPC-OLV-2008-05-19; 7:12; flash format)

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Questions, Comments, Announcements?
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Posted by martinj at 12:10 PM

May 15, 2008

Picture-In-Picture Viewfinder for Nikon?

Nikon has filed for a patent that allows a "picture-in-picture" viewfinder - in the diagrams with the filing, the viewfinder would be able to show a digital wide-angle view using a CCD or CMOS with the center section showing the actual view based on the current focal length in use. Like many patents, this may or may not ever come to fruition, but it's certainly an appealing concept to sports and action shooters. (Via Gizmodo)

Posted by covey22 at 3:21 PM

ID#66: The Image Doctors

This week, the Image Doctors go back into the past to discuss the Nikon F5 SLR. They'll also offer their advice for using modern digital editing software maximize quality of scanned film images.

Looking for an Image Doctors Episode? Check the show archives here.

Download The Image Doctors #66 (NPC-ID-2008-05-15.mp3; 54:44; 18.9 MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: May 15, 2008

01:56 The Nikon F5

24:17  Using modern software with scanned images

29:28  Auto correction tools: When to use them

48:10  Photo Prescripton: modifying hyperfocal distance with large prints

Don't forget to sign up for the Nikonians Academy Advanced Digital ImagingWorkflow workshop June 12-15 in Dallas, Texas, where Jason and Rick will be guest instructors!

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

May 12, 2008

The Nikonians On Location #17 - Carnival Parade

The annual Copenhagen carnival starts with a parade through the center of town and Martin Joergensen is on location to get some shots.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #17 (NPC-OL-2008-05-12; 13:58; 6.5MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-05-12; 8:35; flash format).

Show Notes: May 12, 2008
A few tips on shooting when access to your subject is difficult because of a crowd. Also some tips on the use of flash in daylight when the light is harsh and there is lots of shadow alternating with bright light.

Video supplement:
Color, faces, crowds, music. A carnival parade has it all. See the slide supplement to "On Location #17, Carnival Parade" here.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #17 (NPC-OLV-2008-05-12; 8:35; flash format)

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Posted by martinj at 10:00 AM

May 11, 2008

Nikonians News Flash - Update

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With apologies, NewsFlash will take a brief hiatus and will return on May 25th! In the meantime, feel free to email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org with any questions, comments or announcements!

Posted by odle2 at 11:50 AM

May 8, 2008

Viveza for Adobe Photoshop and Aperture

Imagine being able to control color and brightness selectively in Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture, without having to use masking techniques. With Nik Software's Viveza, you don't have to imagine any longer. Utilizing Nik's popular U-Point control technology, you can select any point within a photo an manipulate an object's color, contrast or brightness in a fraction of the time it would take using more traditional techniques. Viveza is available now for Windows or Macintosh platforms.

Posted by covey22 at 9:28 PM

May 6, 2008

Advanced Digital Workflow Made Easy

Nikonians help you simplify, and to understand your digital workflow in detail, no matter software or hardware used. More at the Nikonians Academy.

Posted by bgs at 6:59 PM

A New Holster Option For Nikon DSLRs

SkyTop Trading has a very unique and stylish option for Nikonians who like to "quick-draw" their digital SLRs. Caution: these carry bags will definitely get attention, including that of law-enforcement - at least at the first glance. (Thanks to member Scott Chapin for this find).

Posted by covey22 at 5:44 PM

May 5, 2008

Photokina 2008 and Nikonians

We, the largest Nikon User Community (www.nikonians.org) are looking for volunteers for the largest imaging exhibition there is. If you want to participate, check this out.

Posted by bgs at 12:06 PM

The Nikonians On Location #16

Shooting while traveling. What I bring, how I do my image household and a few tips.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #16 (NPC-OL-2008-05-05; 18:46; 8.8MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-05-05; 11:36; flash format).

Show Notes: May 05, 2008
A podcast gathering some thoughts from a newly ended two-week trip to Florida. It's not shot on location as such, but just captures some thoughts on traveling and shooting.

Video supplement:
Some sample shots from Martin's trip to Florida. Just to give you an impression of his many pictures from the trip.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #16 (NPC-OLV-2008-05-05; 11:36; flash format)

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Questions, Comments, Announcements?
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Posted by martinj at 11:30 AM

New Nikonian eZine available

The 8th anniversary electronic magazine (ezine) special issue of the The Nikonian in PDF format is available. Download your personal copy for free.

Posted by bgs at 9:40 AM

May 4, 2008

Academy Travel Workshops produce stunning images

Our travel workshops have been tremendous hits! Recently, a group of hearty Nikonians traveled to Page, Arizona for four days of amazing photography in Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the surrounding areas.....

Everyone had an incredible time and the resulting photographs were exceptional. In fact, take a look at the photos taken at the workshop here.

This week, Winston Hall is running another travel workshop in Moab, Utah and we are hoping for the same successes! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, we have a number of additional travel workshops this year planned for Albuquerque NM, Tanzania Africa and Moab (again!). Better hurry though, these are all selling out. In fact, our travel photography workshop in Banff, Canada has been sold out for many months. You can check out our travel workshops at www.nikoniansacademy.com.

We've been listening closely to your feedback and have added a number of Nikon Capture NX workshops all around the USA. Every week we receive numerous requests to bring back this very popular course, so we've added them to the schedule for the rest of 2008. Check out our new postings for Capture NX in Seattle, Minneapolis, Omaha, Raleigh, New York and Washington DC.

Also, in response to the tremendous demand for the Nikon D300, we've added additional D300 workshops around the USA. Look for more of these in New York, Washington DC, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Raleigh, Omaha, Minneapolis and Atlanta.


Posted by flashdeadline at 7:59 PM

Nikonians News Flash #90

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Tune in for your weekly dose of Nikonians News Flash! Chock full of news from your friendly neighborhood Nikonians Community!


Download Nikonians News Flash #90 (NPC-NF-2008-05-04.mp3; 6:30; 6.0MB; MP3 format)

March 4, 2008
In The News:

Check out our news feed for all the stories!

From The Forums:
In the Cafe'
Noted threads to look for are: "Is the Nikon D200 Obsolete" and "Anybody else tired of being your own lab?".

Forum of the Week:
Nikonians Photo Contest

Jessica's Choice Photo:
Bad Hair Day.

Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 12:04 PM

May 1, 2008

Revised Nikon D3 Version 1.11 Firmware

Nikon has released the revised D3 firmware that addresses corruption generated by Version 1.10. The version 1.11 release is available for Windows and Macintosh platforms (Nikon USA links).

Posted by covey22 at 3:42 PM

ID#65: The Image Doctors

This week, the Image Doctors offer a potpourri of topics, including fisheye lenses, the RGB histogram, and whether to choose a VR lens.

Looking for an Image Doctors Episode? Check the show archives here.

Download The Image Doctors #65 (NPC-ID-2008-05-01.mp3; 53:40; 18.5 MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: May 1, 2008

01:56 Fisheye Lenses

24:17 Using the RGB histogram in your DSLR

29:28 Right-angle viewfinders

36:20 VR or not VR?

48:10 Photo Prescripton: Use proper hand-holding technique

Don't forget to sign up for the Nikonians Academy Advanced Digital ImagingWorkflow workshop June 12-15 in Dallas, Texas, where Jason and Rick will be guest instructors!

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Posted by drjay32 at 12:00 AM