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October 31, 2022

Gold Upgrade - Last chance

nikonians_paul_fisher_400783-250.jpgLast chance to use this seasons Gold Membership Upgrade opportunity, coming at nice 40% off, a $30 USD value.

There are a few days left on this seasons special on a Gold Membership Upgrade in the community.

As a Gold Member you have access to the Premium Critique forum with NEF upload, your own portfolio, your own Nikonians email address, private albums plus more, such as your custom made Photographer's Card.

Use the voucher "inspiration22" to take advantage of this 40% value. Make sure you are logged in before you access the upgrade page.

Jekyll Island Sunrise by Preston Moochnek (massulo)

Jekyll Island Sunrise by Preston Moochnek (massulo)

Thank you for reading and for your support making our ad-free, independent community an even better place to be for Nikon photographers.

Enjoy the community!

Posted by bgs at 6:24 PM

October 22, 2022

Membership payments how-to

bgs-waiting-for-our-master-dogs-2014-110.jpgWe have noticed that some of our members have had issues paying their membership fee using their credit or debit card. Here are some tips that should help to avoid that.

We provide two different payment options

Your membership fee can be paid directly via Nikonians using a credit/debit card, namely "American Express, Visa, Mastercard" or you can select the payment method "Credit card via PayPal or PayPal" on the membership payment page. The second option will allow for card details to be entered manually at PayPal, or for you to use your PayPal account.


Selecting one of the two possible "payment methods" on the Nikonians membership payment page.
Selecting the second payment method "Credit card via PayPal or PayPal" has been shown to work well if the debit/credit card did not work using the first option.

Using the first payment method

If you select the first payment method, "American Express, Visa, Mastercard", please make sure your card supports American Express SafeKey, Visa Secure, or Mastercard SecureCode.

Selecting this first payment method, your Internet browser will be redirected to a page hosted by IONOS and the Internet address starts with "". On that page you can enter the credit/debit card details.

Please make sure...

  • That your card has the feature American Express SafeKey, VisaSecure or MasterCard SecureCode enabled. Not having this feature enabled is the most common issue for members having an issue using their credit or debit cards. We are legally bound to do this extra verification step and some US cards, seemingly the ones provided by non-banks or small banks, may lack this feature.
  • That your card can be used outside of North America: We are clearing your membership payment in Germany and you may need to advise your bank about this fact.
  • That you enter your name exactly as it is printed on your credit card. If you have a very short name on the card, e.g. "P W Lee" the clearing company may refuse processing. If that happens, try to write out the full, first name.
  • You enter your address exactly as in your credit card statement.
  • If your zip code (postal code) contains spaces (like in Canada or the UK) do not enter these spaces.
  • Your browser is not using an auto-fill feature: It may place correct information in the wrong entry fields.

Using the second method, the PayPal option

If your card does not support this extra security feature as described above, or you want to use a card not listed e.g. Diners, you can always select this second payment method. By selecting this option, your Internet browser will be redirected to and the appearance of the page will be localized according to your country. The payment methods provided will vary as well, but typically you should be able to pay both with various credit/debit cards or to use your PayPal account.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a problem

If you need help with your membership, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will work it out. It is because of you, as a paying member that we exist. Without your support, we would not be around, not able to help you and other photographers and videographers.

During ANPAT 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA as seen by bgs at a gas station.
The three dogs are patiently, but in full attention waiting for their master to return.

In the name of the whole team
Thank you!
JRP and Bo, founders of Nikonians

Posted by bgs at 4:20 PM

October 15, 2022

IT maintenance continues this autumn

Rack-Photo-Partial_2022-1.jpg The IT team at Nikonians is working on migrating our systems and conducting maintenance as we move major functional components to different hardware.

Nikonians IT landscape is quite broad and we are running the various servers of the community in virtualized environments. As we are continuously revamping and improving aspects of our systems, we will have some shorter down times throughout this autumn. These maintenance windows will (yes, they really should) be announced up front in the forums.

A shout out to all of you on a paid membership: You are making it possible for us to stay online and to continuously improve. Big thanks!

Posted by bgs at 9:30 AM

October 13, 2022

Autumn inspiration?

barn-owl-secondhandpat-110.jpgWith a lot of things happening around the world right now, it is important to stay inspired, to find joy in our daily undertakings.
To participate in a photo contest, or to work on an assignment is a way to stay in touch with your creative side, to improve your skills while experiencing joy with other photographers.

We have a constant, good flow of contests and assignments at Nikonians. Our director of this section is Dave Summers (dm1dave) and he has a list of the current contests in the community. More info

If you haven't seen the virtual gallery with the 2021 Best of Nikonians finalists and winners, we strongly recommend that you take a stroll in the gallery, and that you look at the webinar with the winners.


Barn Owl by Pat Husband (Second Hand Pat) in the Best of Nikonians 2020, theme "Animal Portraits".

Autumn is the time to go for Gold

There is a special on signing up for Gold membership throughout this month of October. Just make sure you are logged in and then use the voucher code "inspiration22" when you are upgrading. By doing so, you will get 40% off on a Gold membership. You can use this code if you are on Basic or on Silver level (from Silver level to Gold: whatever value is on your account will be converted to additional days on the Gold level). As a Gold member you can post images for critique, you get your own portfolio, your own Nikonians email address and more. See this for all the goodies. You can take advantage of the voucher by using this link

Nikonians Photographer's Card


We are producing a new batch of our popular Photographer's Card this autumn. If you are on Gold or Platinum, please make sure you apply for yours. Already have one, but it is getting a bit old and shabby? No problem, you can re-order a new card once a year. Gold and Platinum members: Access your Photographer's Card form under My Profile and Membership tab.

All webinars

In case you have missed one or the other of our webinars with team member Eric Bowles (ericbowles), don't fret. We have them all listed on our webinars index page where you fill find (nearly) all of the recordings. Enjoy!

Posted by bgs at 12:06 PM

Photo Assignment - Made of Glass

assignment10-2022.JPGDon't miss out on our September - October Online Assignment - Made of Glass

Let us see your best photos of things made of glass. Glass can be delicate or very strong - it can be bent, it can distort, bend, or center light. It can be totally transparent or brilliantly colored.

Submit your photos now - Sept - Oct Assignment - Made of Glass

Posted by dm1dave at 5:08 AM

October 12, 2022

Maintenance of our blog done


We are now done with the maintenance of our blog system. Thank you for your patience!

Should you notice something that is not working as expected, please report that in our About Nikonians Forum

Posted by bgs at 2:01 PM

October 11, 2022

Maintenance in our blog system

We are doing maintenance of our blog system during 11-OCT-2022 and 12-OCT-2022. On these days, our blog pages ('news') will be offline and not available. Thanks for your support and understanding :-)

Posted by bgs at 4:43 PM