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January 11, 2019

New functionality for Nikon Z cameras

Screenshot_Selection_153.pngDuring the CES-show 2019 in Las Vegas, Nikon has mentioned they will add additional features to their new cameras.

The cameras will get AF tracking, supporting CFexpress cards plus be capable of storing ProRes RAW using Atomos Ninja V. The upcoming filmmakers kit and will bundle the Atomos Ninja V.

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January 10, 2019

Winter photography plus D850 focus stacking

topper1946-tree21-110.jpgThe team behind our community is as busy as ever, working behind the scenes to make some new, good things available to you as an amateur, semi-pro or professional photographer and videographer.

We have started a new fundraising campaign to further improve image feedback & critique possibilities, image sharing & exposure plus to consolidate our knowledge-base.

Donate today to support your community. Any amount is helpful.

A big thank you goes out to all of our past supporters, but especially the first ones in this new round.

Through your personal support you safeguard our mission to provide a friendly, vibrant, open and inspiring environment for all of you to improve your photography, to create your very own path while making new, real friends.

Join-in and support your community.

Thanks for reading and have an excellent rest of the week :-)
Bo & JRP

From the portfolios

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Bobby Sox Tree by Judith Dunn (topper1946). See her complete portfolio

Wintersports photography
You might have missed Pascal Baetens in-depth learning article on how to get the most out of your winter vacation photography. He provides you with a lot of information while out in the snow. Read the article

For the ones of us looking for ideas without snow, this post about focus stacking software in the D850 forum may provide inspiration.

Membership certificates
All of you on a Platinum, Gold and Silver membership can have your membership certificate printed out (as JPG and PDF). You find the link under "My Profile" and "Membership" tab.

Contests
The latest winners have been announced.

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Assignments, a Hidden Gem

assignment110px.jpg One of the strong points of the Nikonians community is our ability come together and help each other become better photographers. Learning, sharing and growing together we increase the joy we find in photography.

I feel that the Nikonians Photo Assignments are a hidden gem within our community. Participation in the assignments is a wonderful opportunity for both beginners and advanced photographers to teach, learn, and to expand their photographic horizons.


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The assignments challenge new photographers to build both technical, compositional, and artistic skills. More accomplished photographers will benefit from the assignments by tackling challenges that are outside of their usual photographic genre and expanding their skills.

Nikonians has had monthly online assignments since 2006. We have presented over 140 challenging assignments over those years. Each month we chose an image as best submission, all the best submission images have been added to the Online Assignments Winners Galleries.


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The difference between the assignments and our other contests is that the images must be shot during the month of the assignment. You will typically have four weeks for planning, shooting, post-processing, and presenting the image you want to submit to face the challenge of the assignment.

These exercises are excellent training for real life, day to day photography and a great way to jump start the creative side of your mind.

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The January/February 2019 Assignment theme is 2.8.

This assignment is easy, you choose any subject to shoot - just be sure your aperture is set to f/2.8.

What if I don't have a 2.8 lens?

No problem, we understand that not everyone has fast lenses. All you need to do is shoot an image at the widest aperture you have available, just identify the lens and the aperture that you used.

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As always, we want you to be creative and work to make an artistic image. Strive to be different; let your artistic juices flow when composing your image. Is the image you post for this assignment one you would be willing to frame and hang on your wall?

There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the months of January or February , 2019.

For details and to enter your images click here.

We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment.

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January 4, 2019

November Contest Winners

wild-dec-110.jpg Please join us in congratulating our most recent contest winners.

All winning images will be entered in the annual Best of Nikonians 2018 contest.

Click on the name of the member to offer your congratulations.

Wildlife
Richard Roth (ricardo00)
Theme: Wildlife and Precipitation
Title: A Walk in a Blizzard

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Landscape
Mike Pastore (Aviatorbumm)
Theme: Colorful
Title: Colorado Fence Line

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Close-up & Macro
John McGarry (jtmcg )
Theme: Details of Autumn
Title: Frosty Susan

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Winner November Travel
Mary Freestone (frantoia)
Theme: On Board
Title: Husky Sledding

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Digital Artistry
Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)
Theme: Subtract
Title: The Temple of Poseidon

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If you are interested in entering our contest, heck out the Current Contest post.

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January 3, 2019

Using Nikon Z7 for street photography

images.nikonians.org-galleries-data-23519-Gulliver-Playful-April-2014-110.jpgA new year has started and we are full of inspiration, kick-starting it with some great photography while learning new things.

Connie has been to Cuba using her Z7 for street photography and she shares her story with us in her latest premium article, while JRP has found a study claiming that making a picture a day and sharing it improves well being -- We both believe the authors of the study are onto something.


I am wishing you a terrific start of the new year,
Bo (bgs)

From the portfolios

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Portrait of a playful Maine Coon cat by Cindie Fearnall (Gypsi) See her complete portfolio

Community
Our core values: Quite a few members have posted their thoughts on what is most important being a member. See the full thread

Want more exposure & you are on twitter or Instagram? See this post on how the community can help.

Your own portfolio: As a Platinum or Gold member you can have your best work being showcased at Nikonians at high resolution to make it look great under an easy to remember Internet address with contact possibility.

There is no limit to the number of images you can store in your portfolio, but we recommend that you include your very best work only. How to get started

Nikonians merchandise: We are planning to produce new series of our most popular merchandise, such as our Pro Camera Straps, Caps and T-Shirts. More info soon -- stay tuned.

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