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October 31, 2011

Halloween Costume Idea: Be a Nikon DSLR!

Happy Halloween to all our Nikonians members! If you're stuck for costume ideas - take some inspiration from Tyler Card; he built a working Nikon D3 outfit that take photos, has a working flash and and a rear LCD! (Courtesy of Popular Photography)

Posted by covey22 at 2:53 PM

October 25, 2011

Free magazine with gold membership

If you are from the US or the UK and sign up for a Nikonians Gold Membership for the first time, you get a one year subscription to the classy c't Digital Photography Magazine (value $50 US) for free.

Posted by bgs at 5:24 PM

October 23, 2011

You say it’s your Birthday

Birthday-logo_110.jpgBirthday best wishes for your friends in the Nikonians community are now available.
You may have noticed in the upper right corner of the forums, and on our Nikonians home pages (all three languages) a fast link to Nikonians celebrating birthdays "today" is now available.

The forum listings show the number of Nikonians celebrating birthdays today, and if your curiosity get to you, just tap the link and you will see a listing by usernames.

This new function is automatically working based on your initial registration at and only registered members can see the list. Only the birth date month and day are listed. During registration, we ask for the year but that is never made public. We only need the year information to have some demographic statistics to help serve the community.

You can control your birthday listing in three easy steps. Birthday-Step1.jpg

Step 1- Go to your user menu.

Step 2 – In your user menu go to your preferences tab and scroll down until you see the “Birthday visibility” option.

Step 3 – Select either “show to all registered users” or “do not show to anyone.”
Only members who have the “show to all registered users” option in place will have their birth day and month listed in our daily updated birthdays list. As mentioned before, the year is never made public no matter which option you shoose.

Once you have made your selection, scroll down to the bottom and hit the save button.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:27 PM

October 19, 2011

Nikonians in Slovakia

Nikonians is exhibiting at the Foto Slovakia event held October 21st and 22nd.
Also co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt will be holding a presention about the community on the 22nd at 10:45h - More info on the event, which targets photographers in the Slovak and Czech Republics can be found here (in Slovak language)

Posted by bgs at 11:59 AM

October 17, 2011


Podcast-Logo-bhl.pngRay speaks with Minneapolis, Minnesota USA photographer Larry Anderson about architectural photography.
  • Larry becomes his own architectural photographer
  • Special equipment?
  • Larry's process
  • Setting ISO
  • Variety of Clients
  • Larry's Nikonian history

Download Nikonians Behind the Lens #13 (NPC-BTL-2011-10-16.mp3; 18:06; 7.94MB; MP3 format)

Show notes for 10/16/2011
Nikonians-Brochure2.jpg Larry's website

Nikonians ANPAT

Thanks for listening
Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 12:39 AM

October 16, 2011

Nikonians Academy Europe tops off 2011 with variety of workshops

Nikonians-Academy-EU_100.jpgHayo Baan, Head Instructor of the Nikonians Academy Europe, tells us the closing months of 2011 are full of informative and exciting workshops. He also fills us in on plans for next year.

New image processing workshop and revised camera body workshops!
ImageProcessing_200.jpgLearn essential digital workflow, colour management and post processing techniques to improve your images using either Capture NX2, Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom, and/or Photoshop — In the Netherlands and Belgium we are introducing an all-new workshop on image processing, focusing on those techniques, essential to the photographer.

The Essential Image Processing Techniques post processing workshop is suitable for people using either Nikon Capture NX2, Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop and is planned on Sunday 6 November in Utrecht and on Saturday 12 November in Antwerp.

Camera Body Workshops
Body20Workshop_200.jpgJoin us as we go in depth to unlock the potential of the amazing Nikon D7000, D300/D300s, D700, and D3/D3s/D3x cameras — Yes-- you did read it correctly-- our new and revised camera body workshop now also covers the popular D7000.

The new Master your D7000, D300/D300S, D700, D3/D3S/D3X In Depth camera workshop will be given on Sunday 13 November in Antwerp and on Saturday 26 November in Utrecht.

Harness the power of Nikon flash systems
flash_workshop_200.jpgLearn to use Nikon's innovative wireless flash system — To Learn all about the Nikon flash system, come join us on Saturday 5 November in Utrecht for our Master the Nikon i-TTL Flash System workshop.

The workshop progresses — adding elaborate set-ups for portraiture and product photography towards the end. All the way through, you will have plenty of time to ask the questions that are specific to your equipment, your area of interest and your photographic aspirations.

This is an in-depth workshop which covers the subject in a thorough manner that you will find highly rewarding. We strive for a friendly relaxed atmosphere were the emphasis is on learning, sharing and inspiring.

Amazing location—Amazing techniques
4nude_175.jpg Learn techniques to create appealing and artistic nude and beauty photography — Join Pascal Baetens on his Artistic Nude / Beauty photography workshop on 7–11 July 2012 in Arles, France.

During this five day workshop, you will be given the chance to create a unique collection of images in an exclusive location.

Supported by daily feedback, demonstrations and expert tips from Pascal Baetens and his team, you will learn to fine tune your ideas and techniques so that you can go back home with a unique and strong collection of images.

UK Workshops
Portraiture_200.jpgShoot better portraits using a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques — John has added two new dates for his Digital Portraiture weekend workshop.

He'll be in London (Hammersmith 29+30 October and in Manchester on 19+20 November.

At key points during these two days, we will look at the work of a range of different photographers (some famous and others contemporary) who’s style and approach illustrate the major techniques you will learn to use in the workshop. Throughout the workshop, the Instructor will guide you through the process and provide positive feedback. You will be encouraged to look and learn from your images and experiment as much as you can.

A great way to get to grips with your high-end Nikon DSLR’s Hi ISO capabilities. Blues_04a_200.jpgExperience a real life “Photo Assignment” working with your fellow Nikonians and collaborating with the Tenby Blues Festival organization.

Produce stunning performance images while listening to fabulous Blues music! — Shoot exclusive during the performances and back stage at the Tenby Blues Festival (Fri 11– Mon 14 November).

Italy Workshops
Glamour_3_175.jpgPhotography is not only technique, but technique is important.

Learn the fundamentals of glamour photography and enhance your skills in communication aspects.

Giuseppe Circhetta has added a new date for his Glamour Photography workshop on 28 and 29 January 2012.

You will enjoy the many opportunities of shooting in Legnano, a small village 15 minutes away from the city of Milan with the availability of a studio and different locations.

To give you an idea of the workshop and the models, look at Giuseppe's blog for some photos and backstage impressions of our 10-11 September 2011 workshop and models.

Germany Workshops
Knackscharftour_200.jpgLearn how to become a better Photographer — the Knackscharf 2011 tour with the two famous German Podcasters “Paddy” and “der Stilpirat”, visiting seven major German cities between October and December.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:46 PM

October 11, 2011

Hoodman Lens Cleanse: Be Clean and Green!

Hoodman announces their new Lens Cleanse series of cleaning cloths - equipped with specially formulated enzymes to break down grime on lenses and other optical equipment without being harmful to the environment.

Enzymes are naturally occurring substances whose sole purpose is to break down organic matter. Organic plant enzymes make up the powerful cleaning agent in Hoodman’s Lens Cleanse natural lens cleaning kits. The delicate optical coatings of your lenses and filters are never compromised because Lens Cleanse enzymes do not hurt optical coatings. Even the cleaning kit towelletes we use are special. Lens Cleanse towelletes are made up of super soft natural wood fibers that will not scratch lenses or filters. Hoodman Lens Cleanse natural lens cleaning kits are good for your lenses, filters and the environment too!

Lens Cleanse natual lens cleaning kits can be purchased at your Camera Dealer in singles as well as convenient 12 packs. 12 pack suggested retail is $9.99.

To find a Hoodman dealer near you or for more details go to or call 800.818.3946.

Posted by covey22 at 3:01 PM

Limited Time Offer: $75 Off the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD

For a limited time only, Tamron is offering $75 off their award-winning Tamron 18-270mm 15x All-in-One Zoom lens.

The 15x power Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is a great addition to any photographer's bag. Featuring a convenient and wide focal range, fast-focusing and silent Piezo Electric Drive and Vibration Compensation that lets you take photos handheld even when light levels start to drop, it's the perfect travel companion.

Tamron is offering a $75 off Mail-In Rebate from now until October 17th, so don't delay - get yours today!

Posted by covey22 at 2:00 PM

Podcasters wanted for Nikonians Image Doctors 2.0

The Nikonians Image Doctors, Rick and Jason are as of October 4th no longer running the successful Nikonians Podcast Show, as you can read here. We are looking for candidates for continuing the show and potentially tweaking the format. If you are interested in becoming famous with Nikonians, please contact us at voice at nikonians dot org

Posted by bgs at 12:49 PM

October 4, 2011

Thank you and Farewell from The Image Doctors


After nearly six years and over 150 episodes, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to retire our microphones and bring the curtain down on The Image Doctors podcast. This is not a decision that we made lightly, but it is something that was in our best interests. We would like to thank all of you who have followed us from our humble beginnings in December of 2005 and also those of you who maybe just recently discovered us.

We never expected The Image Doctors to be such a popular production within the photography community. We are especially thankful to all of the great photographers who have joined us over the years to help enlighten our listeners on exciting ways to foster their interest in photography. Even more than that, we are humbled by the sheer number of our listeners who have written us or posted on our Facebook Page to ask questions, suggest topics, or offer their thanks for our tidbits. Without you, we’d never have made it this long. Finally, we’d like to thank for their steadfast commitment to delivering The Image Doctors podcast free to everyone around the world.

We wish everyone who supported us the very best going forward and good light.

-Jason Odell & Rick Walker

Posted by drjay32 at 6:08 PM

October 3, 2011

Nikonians Academy update: October kicks off heavy schedule

Nikonians-Academy-News-Bog.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the next few weeks and months include workshops and photo adventures covering North America coast-to-coast.

Death-Valley_284.jpgNovember in Death Valley National Park is stunning. The landscapes are truly stunning and include beautiful sand dunes, kaleidoscopic ridges and the spooky Racetrack.

Join Michael Mariant on this incredible journey to Death Valley November 17-21.

Special alert for Philadelphia and Washington DC Nikonians — Steve Simon is bringing four workshops to your cities in just a few weeks. Passionate_300.jpg

He will be in Philadelphia October 13-16 and in Washington October 20-23.

Steve's workshops in these cities will include Master the Nikon D300/D300s, The Passionate Photographer, Master the Nikon D700/D3/D3x/D3s, and Master the Nikon D7000/D90/D80.


David Tejada is coming to California with his two-day Professional Lighting on Location workshop where he teaches how to use small strobes in a big way.

David will be in Los Angeles October 15-16 and in the San Francisco Bay Area October 22-23.

Even though many of our remaining 2011 workshops are sold out (such as the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and the Grand Teton Wildlife Adventure), we still have seats available for these workshops:
Philadelphia, PA
Washington DCcity-List_284.jpg
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL
Baltimore, MD
Raleigh, NC
Death Valley, CA
Boston, MA
Las Vegas, NV

It is not too early to start planning for 2012. We've been steadily adding new 2012 workshops and will continue to add more to the schedule over the next few months. We've just added our Master your Vision series of workshops to two cities: Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and we will be adding many more in a few weeks. In addition, we have begun adding our destination and adventure photography workshops with lots more on their way!

Here is the list so far:hagen__284.jpg
Orlando, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Big Sur, CA
Yellowstone NP Wildlife
Grand Teton NP Wildlife
Alaska Whales, Bears and Ice Fields
Galapagos Wildlife and Landscapes
Acadia NP Landscapes
Tanzania, Africa Photo Safari

For information on all workshops and photo adventure trips on the schedule, make sure you visit the Nikononians Academy home page.

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:41 AM