April 14, 2019
Why life is so good being a Nikonian
This week we have a major improvement to announce in the "back-end of things": We have substantially improved the image uploading at Nikonians and it is now easier than ever to get your images uploaded and shared with others, both inside and outside of the community.
Even on the free "Basic" membership level you have your own Nikonians Gallery gaining from the improved upload, though the improvements are really felt if you are a Gold or Platinum member: On these levels you can upload NEF, DNG and TIFF files and share these as well. Your gallery creates JPG representations of your raw files on-the-fly, for sharing and for collaborating with others (ranking/rating/chatting & download).
More information about the new upload can be found here
This week we have the last episode out of Russ' great premium series on photographing Iceland, with good tips and lots of inspiring photographs, there is a promotion on Gold membership valid thru the week and Chris has interviewed pro street photographers, see below.
I am wishing you a very good start of the new week
Travel photography - Iceland
In this final part of the series Russell Whittemore is taking us to Jokusarlon, Lomagnupur, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Vik, Seljalandsfoss and Geysir. Read his premium article
Street photography is a genre that can be practiced by just about anyone, anywhere. You can grab your camera and find an interesting place where people gather and start shooting. In his latest article, Chris Horn (HotSpur369) has been interviewing multiple pro's and shares their methodical advice on how to practice the craft. Read his article
What's the main benefit of a gold membership? Well, except for supporting the community...
You have your own portfolio, you can post NEF and JPG images for critique and post-processing help, you have NEF, DNG and TIFF upload in your Nikonians Gallery, you get your @nikonians.org email address and the Nikonians photographers ID, to mention the main items.
There is a promotion right now on Gold saving you a 1/3rd on the regular amount using the code "GoldSpr1953". It is valid thru 21-APR-2019. Take advantage of this
What to get: A Nikon D850 or Z7?
Gold member Gupta wonders shall he get a D850 or a Z7 ... lots of good advice in this thread
April 9, 2019
All of the April contests are up and running.
Contests are open in Wildlife, Landscape, Macro, Travel, and Digital Artistry Forums.
So, lets see how you can meet the challenge of these contests. All contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.
This month's themes are...
Wildlife > Environmental Portrait
Landscape > Reflections of Nature
Macro/Closeup > Opposites
Travel > Vivid Color
Digital Artistry > Left of Center
Be sure to vote for your favorite images from the March contests. Voting is open to all registered members.
Here is a full list of Current Contest & Polls.
Wildlife Poll: Beak & Talon / Fang & Claw
Landscape Poll: Beautiful Cityscapes
Macro/Closeup Poll: Vintage
Travel Poll: Roadside Attractions
Digital Artistry Poll: Liquid
April 4, 2019
How to work with textures in Photoshop
This week Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) teaches us how textures and texture layers can transform digital photographs into digital artwork. His article includes links to two of his Creative Commons images so that you can follow along with the Photoshop tutorial. Read his premium article
In his latest episode of photographing Iceland, which is truly full of inspiring images and information, Russ takes us to Egilsstadir, Djupivogur, Eystrahorn, Vestrahorn and Jokusarlon -- Enjoy!
We also have news regarding our Best of Nikonians contest, make sure you participate.
Enjoy the warmer weather for the rest of the week - At least that is what I am doing here in continental Europe.
From the portfolios
Lower Falls in Yellowstone by Norm Solomon (ctnorm7). See his complete portfolio
The first segment of the Best of Nikonians is underway
This segments theme is Shallow Depth of Field, it will be open for entries until May 15 and winners will be announced no later than May 30. More info in the forums
February Contest Winners Announced
Please join us in congratulating our most recent contest winners in the blog. All winning images will be entered in the annual Best of Nikonians 2019 contest.
April 2, 2019
February Contest Winners
Please join us in congratulating our most recent contest winners.
All winning images will be entered in the annual Best of Nikonians 2019 contest.
Click on the name of the member to offer your congratulations.
Antionette Morkel (amorkel)
Theme: Snow and Rain
Title: Courting in the rain
William McEwen (Wolfgang55)
Theme: A Winter Wonderland
Title: Lower Natchaug River
Cathy Straub (Chessam)
Theme: Snow & Ice