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June 30, 2008

Nikonians Maintenance Advisory

We have some maintenance upgrades scheduled for Nikonians.org for the end of the month. You may experience brief down-times between 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Central Europe Time on July 1 (9 p.m. to midnight, June 30 Eastern Daylight Savings Time).

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:13 PM

June 29, 2008

News Flash Apologies

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It's been a quiet week in the news room here at Nikonians, so Nikonians News Flash will return on July 6 with all the latest!

Posted by odle2 at 3:01 PM

June 26, 2008

Looking for the hot Nikonians topics?

Readers are only one click away from finding the the hottest topics in the Nikonians forums, thanks to the powerful Nikoscope search engine.

Posted by covey22 at 4:05 PM

ID#69: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick discuss their trip to Dallas Texas to teach at the Nikonians Academy Advanced Workflow Workshop, and then discuss Rick's photo safari to Olympic National Park.

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

Download The Image Doctors #69 (NPC-ID-2008-06-26.mp3; 43:02; 20.1 21MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: June 26, 2008

01:05 Report from the Advanced Digital Workflow Workshop, Dallas, Texas

22:41 Rick's visit to Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.

36:22  Photo Prescription: Printing 4x6 snapshots

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

June 24, 2008

Martin Joergensen has his own Nikonians Blog

Martin-75px.jpgFans of Martin Joergensen's Nikonians "On Location" podcasts can now follow his photo adventures through his Nikonians Blog site.

Martin is already well known to his listeners for taking us through the paces in a variety of shooting scenarios, and his addition of video examples like this one from his latest shooting adventure has been a favorite element of his podcasts.
If you haven't been following the On Location series, check the show list and choose your topic. Don't forget to follow up the audio podcasts with the matching video supplements available in the show notes.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:27 PM

The Nikonians On Location #23 - LadyLike band pictures

A fun and educating day of shooting the Danish rockband LadyLike together with fellow Nikonian Alexander Orstrom. Indoors and outdoors and a lot of off camera flash.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #23 (NPC-OL-2008-06-24; 20:10; 9.2MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-06-24; 10:55; flash format).

Show Notes: June 24, 2008
Shooting a band with four members offers a lot of opportunities. LadyLike want to appear as powerful as the music they play, and by using different techniques, props and settings we try to obtain that effect.

Video supplement:
Commented location shots as well as examples of the results of the shoot with the rockband LadyLike.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #23 (NPC-OLV-2008-06-24; 10:55; flash format)

Music used on today's show:
LadyLike's own music. All three tracks are available on MySpace

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Email Martin at onlocation@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by martinj at 1:00 PM

June 22, 2008

Nikonians Academy adds new instructor, expanded schedule

The Academy has hired a new instructor to lead some of our very popular travel and destination workshops. His name is Michael Mariant and he has been a professional photographer for the Associated Press for a number of years.

Michael's area of expertise is leading workshops in the Sierra Nevada and along the Pacific Coast, so we've added four new travel workshops scheduled for later this year and early next year.
They are:
Death Valley in the Fall. Austere landscapes in the desert. Dates are November 13-16, 2008.
Yosemite in Winter. Snow covered granite monoliths and beautiful valley scenes. Dates: February 19-22, 2009
Big Sur Spring for beautiful Pacific Ocean vistas and giant forests.
Dates: April 2-5, 2009
Yosemite in Spring for the spectacular waterfalls. Dates: May 14-17, 2009
In addition to these great trips, Michael will also be helping to coordinate this year's ANPAT in Yosemite. Welcome aboard Michael!
Check out all our workshops at www.nikoniansacademy.com.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:45 PM

Nikonians News Flash #94

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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 #94 (NPC-NF-2008-06-22.mp3; 7:10; 6.6MB; MP3 format)

June 22, 2008
In The News:

Weekly news from The Nikonians Academy.
Capture NX2 is now available for sale!
Check out the IM2GPS geotagging software.
From The Forums:
Congratulations to Joe Iannandrea for winning the May segment of the Best of Nikonians - Images 2008 photo contest with Cold Wait.
In the Cafe'
Noted threads to look for are:
"Is Film well and truly Dead and Buried?", "I'm a PENTAX USER! Why did you choose Nikon?" and "Airtravel and NAS".
Forum of the Week:
Podcast Feedback
Jessica's Choice Photo:
Ripple.
Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 1:43 PM

June 20, 2008

Capture NX2 Now Available for Sale

Capture NX2, the latest iteration of Nikon's premier RAW editing software, is now available for sale in boxed copy and download (registration key) versions. Previously, only trial versions were available via Nikon's Digital Knowledge Base portal.

Shutterbugs can choose from full NX2 versions and upgrades from Capture NX1.x. Currently, the Nikon Mall (USA) shows both boxed versions out of stock while download key models are available. Authorized retailers will likely show availability very soon.

Posted by covey22 at 5:59 PM

June 19, 2008

Geotagging On the Cheap

Want to geotag your photos but your camera doesn't have the ability? A new software comparison system may be able to help.

The IM2GPS software program takes your photos and compares them to a database of images from known locations, namely the popular photo-sharing site Flickr. By looking at the characteristics of the photo, it has a "30 times better than chance" of determining where your photo was taken. Shutterbugs should not expect pinpoint accuracy - the variance could be as far out as a couple of hundred miles, but it is another step down the road of more sophisticated image analysis.

Posted by covey22 at 10:10 PM

June 16, 2008

Digital Camera Triggers Nuke Plant Shutdown

In a story that reinforces the adage "life is stranger than fiction," The Journal News reports that a digital camera interfered with critical equipment at New York City's Indian Point nuclear station in March, triggering a premature shutdown.

The camera was being used as part of a normal inspection process and was emitting radio frequencies that interfered with the plant's control system feeding water to the steam generators which make electricity. The interference caused low water levels which led to the plant's premature shutdown, two days earlier than expected. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which is responsible for overseeing nuclear plants in the United States, expressed confidence that this interference could not be deliberately carried out from a distance as part of a malicious act.

Posted by covey22 at 6:50 PM

The Nikonians On Location #22 - Chaotic Collages

This time Martin is sticking a lot of individual images together to form collages. He covers the way of shooting them and how to create controlled chaos in the result.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #22 (NPC-OL-2008-06-16; 21:36; 10.1MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-06-16; 6:30; flash format).

Show Notes: June 16, 2008
Inspired by Heather Champ of flickr and David Hockney, a British pop artist, we this time venture into a more arty way of taking and working on pictures. By shooting panoramic-like, but without the meticulous control that's used in normal panoramas, we get a dozen or so images that can be arranged into a chaotic collage.

Video supplement:
This week's slideshow shows a few examples of the finished collages and follows the creation of a couple too.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #22 (NPC-OLV-2008-06-16; 6:30; flash format)

Music used on today's show:
If Love Finds Me by John Williams from Magnatunes

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Posted by martinj at 10:30 AM

June 13, 2008

20 Minutes sheds light on inkjet technology

Nikonians looking for an easy explanation of the complex science behind professional quality inkjet prints will find the answers in a free MP3 download.

The Nikonians Image Doctors have produced a podcast leading off with a guest appearance by HP's Thom Brown.

The first 20 minutes of the podcast take advantage of Thom Brown's ten years of experience with HP as an inkjet developer in a free-wheeling interview covering archival quality, optimum dots per inch (dpi) settings and color spaces.

Brown helps simplify the technology behind HP printers with the ability to produce prints that are rated to last over 200 years. He also invites listeners to test their own images in an interactive light fade simulator he has posted online.

As always, the Image Doctors provide useful links in their show notes.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:02 PM

June 12, 2008

Winter scene captures Nikonians contest prize

Congratulations to Joe Iannandrea (skorj) of Fort Erie, Canada.
His image, entitled "Cold Wait" has been chosen as the May segment winner in The Best of Nikonians - Images 2008 contest.

Cold-Wait.jpg Joe's winning photo will go on to the finals at the end of the year.
Datacolor, one of the contest sponsors, will be awarding Joe a Spyder 3 colorimeter calibration device and Spyder3Pro software.

Joe captured his winning entry with his Nikon D80 in the Manual exposure mode, shooting at a shutter speed of 1/320 second. He used his Tamron SP AF 20-40mm F/2.7-3.5 Aspherical-IF lens at f/9.

The competition continues! - Check the rules and posting instructions and share your best image.

Silver, Gold and Platinum member can enter one image during each monthly segment.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:04 AM

Budget Tip - Look for dealer discount/manufacturer rebate combos

When you're shopping online for name brand photo accessories make sure you look for those special deals combining an already generous manufacturer rebate with a dealer discount.

Lexar-300x.jpgA good example is the latest technology Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) memory card recommended for use in the Nikon D300 and D3 D-SLR's.
You can easily find a Lexar 8GB Professional UDMA 300x CompactFlash© card online at $199.99.
But, if you check with the MyDigitalDiscount.com discount shop you'll find they are adding their own instant discount to a Lexar rebate with a special offer, which means you now have that card available to you for only $89.99.

Additional budget tip -- Keep an eye on our News Blogs and discussion forums, we love to share the news on great deals.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:02 AM

ID#68: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick discuss the latest in inkjet technology with an HP Engineer. Then, listen as Jason and Rick break down Nikon Capture NX 2.0 in their detailed hands-on review.

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

Download The Image Doctors #68 (NPC-ID-2008-06-12.mp3; 1:00:49; 20.1 21MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: June 12, 2008

02:45 Interview with Thom Brown from Hewlett Packard

Useful HP links:
All about permanance
Wilhelm Institute
HP Light Fade Simulator

HP B9180 Printing Guide for Adobe Lightroom
HP B9180 Printing Guide for Photoshop CS3

23:35 Capture NX 2.0 Hands-on Review

Check out Jason's 400-page eBook, The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX2-- an all-new guide to Capture NX 2.0.
For video tutorials on Capture NX 2.0, check out the Vincent Versace DVD set

55:15  Photo Prescription: Using Labels and Ratings in your browser

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Posted by drjay32 at 5:42 AM

June 9, 2008

The Nikonians On Location #21 - Orchids in close

I was is having fun shooting the flowers of an orchid growing in a pot on the table right in front of me.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #21 (NPC-OL-2008-06-09; 17:50; 8.3MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-06-09; 5:22; flash format).

Show Notes: June 09, 2008
I had been looking at these flowers for weeks wanting to shoot them, and finally grabbed the camera and just used the bright summer sunlight coming in through the window. No flash, no backgrounds and no big setups. Just a bunch of very beautiful images.

Video supplement:
Abstract but yet very beautiful A few samples from today's shoot of the orchids on my table.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #21 (NPC-OLV-2008-06-09; 5:22; flash format)

Music used on today's show:
Curious Women by John William from Magnatune

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Posted by martinj at 11:00 AM

June 8, 2008

Nikonians News Flash #93

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Download Nikonians News Flash #93 (NPC-NF-2008-06-08.mp3; 5:20; 4.9MB; MP3 format)

June 8, 2008
In The News:

Get Jason Odell's The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX2 now!
Win a free trip to Photokina 2008 with ThinkTank Photo! Enter here!
Want to be a moderator? Email us at me-be-moderator (at) nikonians.org!
From The Forums:
Call for Nikonians in the Chicago suburbs, Perth, Western Australia, and Boise, Idaho.
In the Cafe'
Noted threads to look for are: "Fox news clip RE photographers harassment at Union Station" and "If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?".
Forum of the Week:
Digital postprocessing and workflow
Jessica's Choice Photo:
I love my job!.
Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 5:29 PM

June 7, 2008

Nikonians Helpers in French, German, Spanish ...

Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) has separate language sections for Dutch, Filipino, French, German and Spanish and we are looking for additional moderators.

We are looking for additional moderators for our multi language sections. We are especially keen to hear from any potential moderators for German, French and Spanish, but also the other languages we are currently covering need additional support.

With over 130,000 members from 140 countries, we are the largest Nikon user community. As a team member you are not only proud of helping others, but it ultimately helps you grow further as well.

If you are interested in helping out, send me-be-moderator (at) nikonians.org an email and include some information about yourself. Do not forget to include in which language you want to moderate.

Posted by bgs at 12:04 PM

June 6, 2008

Pascal Baetens Photo Critique

In Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) Fine Art Nude forum, you can get feedback on your Fine Art Nude Photographs by world renown photographer Pascal Baetens.

Posted by bgs at 3:48 PM

June 5, 2008

The Nikonians On Location #20 - Polarizing Filters

The polarizer can do a lot for some images and Martin covers different uses and aspects of this interesting filter.

Click here to download Nikonians On Location Podcast #20 (NPC-OL-2008-06-04; 35:10; 16.5MB, MP3 format).
Video supplement available here (NPC-OLV-2008-06-04; 7:40; flash format).

Show Notes: June 04, 2008
Intensifying colors, removing glare, deepening blue skies and a few other things can all be obtained by using a polarizing filter. In this episode of "On Location" Martin covers this filter on a shoot on the rocky, Danish island Bornholm.

Video supplement:
A few examples of the effects of the polarizer.
Click here to view Nikonians On Location Video Supplement #20 (NPC-OLV-2008-06-04; 7:40; flash format)

Music used on today's show:
CAR 251 by Eternal Jazz Project from Magnatune

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Posted by martinj at 5:00 PM

June 4, 2008

Thank You Photokina Volunteers!

The response to our request for Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) volunteers for Photokina 2008 has been great and we still have a few slots available as we are fine-tuning our schedules.

We are looking for volunteers who are ready to help distribute flyers and inform visitors what Nikonians is all about for at least half a day.

Our volunteers will receive a special Photokina edition t-shirt and a free day pass.

The Photokina 2008 exhibition dates are September 23-28, 2008 in Cologne, Germany. The fair is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to trade visitors and the public

Let us know which day(s) you can help out.
Send us an email: photokina-2008 (at) nikonians.org
Don't forget include your full name, username, membership level, languages you speak and country where you are from.

We are giving priority to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:54 PM

June 3, 2008

Let Think Tank Photo pay for your Photokina trip

Our friends at Think Tank Photo are preparing to give away round-trip airfare, hotel expenses and spending money for Photokina 2008 in Cologne, Germany.

The Come Party with Think Tank Photo at Photokina! offer is open to all photographers, worldwide. A randomly selected photographer will be chosen from entries provided online. All you have to do is meet simple eligibility guidelines and register before midnight, July 30. No purchase is necessary.

It also provides exhibition passes --- (you get to hang around Cologne with the gang from Think Tank Photo) --- to the world's largest photo and imaging trade fair, held once every two years and featuring over 160,000 visitors from 156 countries meeting with over 1,600 exhibitors.

Your eligibility guidelines for the "Come Party with Think Tank Photo at Photokina!" free trip include:
Being over 21 years old, having appropriate passport/visa clearances and being able to travel from September 22 to September 27, 2008.

You can register online here.

Don't forget to come visit us at the Nikonians Booth.

If a Nikonians.org member wins the free trip offered by Think Tank Photo we want to share the good news with our community and we'll have a special prize waiting for you.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:14 PM

Capture NX 2 Guide available

Nikonians Image Doctors co-host Dr. Jason Odell has published The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX2.

The over 400 page digital PDF file on the recently announced photo editing software from Nikon is fully bookmarked and indexed, and includes live hyperlinks to Internet resources.
Photographers who purchase the Guide are able to download each of ten Nikon RAW files to work alongside the examples in the eBook at their own pace.
The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX2 offers new "recipes" --- a popular feature introduced by Odell in his previous Capture NX publication --- which deliver articles that illustrate how to make adjustments to the kind of images that everyday photographers produce. The new recipes include: how to work with portraits, landscapes, and digital infrared images.
The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX2 is available immediately as a digital download for a retail price of $27.99 USD.


Posted by flashdeadline at 3:41 PM

June 1, 2008

Nikonians News Flash #92

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Download Nikonians News Flash #92 (NPC-NF-2008-06-01.mp3; 5:30; 5.1MB; MP3 format)

March 26, 2008
In The News:

Weekly news from The Nikonians Academy.
Win a Nikon D60 kit in the Moving Moments contest!
From The Forums:
June's Online Photo Assignment is Circles.
Nikonian Ladies June photo assignment is Flags.
In the Cafe'
Noted threads to look for are: "Size really matters", "Which camera to buy" and "Day Dreaming debate".
Forum of the Week:
Website Creation
Jessica's Choice Photo:
Stop! Thief!.
Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at newsflash@nikonians.org, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 2:58 PM