Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.


Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Recent Photos Contest Help Search News Newsletter Join us Renew membership About us Retrieve password Contact us Contests Vouchers Wiki Apps THE NIKONIAN™ For the press Fundraising Search Help!

FedeoNovember 8, 2017

Is incorrect focus a deadly sin?

20171103_092354_1.cattle_egret_topper1946_600pxh-110.jpgHope your photography is doing well, no matter outside temperatures and the weather conditions that you might experience at your location. I am packing up at my nordic getaway heading "down south" to continental Europe this week and expect some good shooting opportunities along the way. We have lovely foggy mornings with plenty of roe deer and the odd moose out browsing and I will for sure keep some of Ramón's (jrp) "photography sins" in mind while shooting.

He has extended on his "seven deadly sins of photography" series with a new article, covering the sin of using incorrect focus. This is a premium article available to all members on Silver membership and higher. Read more

I am wishing you enjoyable photography moments behind the lens or screen for the rest of this week :-)
Bo (bgs)

Want to make sure you get our weekly update in your mailbox? Just subscribe.

The other items for this week are:

Inspiration

20171103_092354_1.cattle_egret_topper1946_600pxh.jpg
Cattle Egret by Judie Dunn
Nikon D7100, Tamron 150-600mm @ f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO 800

Member Judie Dunn (topper46) has been interviewed by Marsha (meadowlark2) for this weeks "I am Nikonians" series. She concludes that "Judie is an example of what can be achieved with careful observation of the work of others, study, making an effort to get out and find great subjects, and being alert to creative opportunities." Read more

There has been over 6,000 downloads of the community's eBook "Inspirational Photography #1" - download yours :-)

The community - It is all about you
Give us feedback, please
Ramón and I are using a serious amount of information provided to us by you, helping us prepare for our annual upcoming meeting. One important feedback channel is our survey and if you have not filled it out, please do that since it helps us improve the community further. Survey form

What makes the final image?
Member patinnv asks the good question what defines the line between enhancing an image and manipulation? See her discussion post (login required)

Thumbnails in discussion threads
Some members noticed a serious lag in showing forums heavy with images last week, such as in the contest forums. The lag has been taken care of and the pages are flying again, even when a lot of thumbnails are shown in the topic overviews.

Posted by bgs at 7:01 AM

FedeoOctober 31, 2017

Mastering photography (technique) vs. art

_PJJ2733-110px.jpgWriting this week from my nordic getaway, pretty much smack on the 60th north latitude. I am heading out to the Baltic coast today for some landscape and bird shooting and reminded myself to pack enough rain covers and cleaning cloths for the gear.

Want to make sure you get our weekly update in your mailbox? Just subscribe.

I find that extra large microfiber cleaning cloths are working very well when out in this wet kind of weather.

I read something in the D850 forum that I found interesting, a question if one should bother to fine tune AF lenses or not. Member Pics905 is wondering if it's worth to fine tune his AF lenses on his new D850 and he gets some good con's and pro's on this from fellow members.

There were some good comments on the short MF lens summary mentioned in last weeks newsletter, where member GiantTristan thinks that only with these MF lenses he can take full advantage of his cameras image capturing qualities and member nikonzen thinks MF brings a zen-like moment to photography, forcing us to slow down.

I am wishing you a great, photographic week and wish me luck out at the coast :)

Bo (bgs)

The other items for this week are:

Mastery
In the third part of "mastering the art of photography" articles, I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails, discussing "is it really art?" and the creativity required to get "artsy enough".

_PJJ2733-800wpx.jpg
How long or short is the road?
It comes down to you; you are the key factor and you are more capable than you may think.
As seen by Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

Just because one might be mastering the technique does not mean we are producing art, of course. Art is not technique; rather it is the result of creativity. I believe that truly creative artists often are not very good at the mundane, ordinary tasks of daily life. It seems to me that our specialized brain regions are not often articulated at the same time, resulting in us being either well centered in the daily life with organized schedules, or that we are less focused on those timelines and pressures while being capable of being truly creative. Read more

Your membership
We now show small thumbnails in the forum topic overviews. In case a forum post contains attached (uploaded) images, up to seven of the latest images are now shown in the topic overview. If you don't like this feature, e.g. because it takes some additional space, you can disable it under your preferences "Show thumbnails in topics overview".

Keep track on what other members you care for do by using the "Friends" function. Under "My Profile" and "Friends" tab you can send a friendship request to another member. This can be a good way to stay a bit closer in touch with some members. Any of your friends image uploads will show in the "Friends" activity box in the community, plus some other activities.

A good way to show appreciation towards other members is to recommend them. You can recommend a member by using the corresponding icon under the members image ("avatar") in the members posts. There is also an icon to send a friendship request located there.

Posted by bgs at 10:18 AM

FedeoOctober 19, 2017

A Nikon D850 job - What keeps us motivated?

20160107_SwanLake_0102-110px.jpg

In this weeks newsletter we are looking into what members say about the Nikon D850 and what keeps us motivated when continuing on our quest to improve our photography.

Want to make sure you get our weekly update in your mailbox? Just subscribe.

I hope your week has been good so far and that you are planning some shoots for the next few days. I am using the autumn light and turning leaves here in continental Europe to get inspired myself.

The members that were on this years annual trip (aka autumn ANPAT) are back after a week of shooting and it seems they are happy with their results. Just saw the first few shots from the Maine coast in the galleries and more should come.

The Nikon D850 is keeping many members extra active and happy. If you are interested in this camera, maybe considering even getting one, make sure you look at what members have to share in the D8XX forum. Member xtrememac did his first job using it and reports on that

Some members are comparing the output of their D810's with D850, like in this thread

Oh, and by the way. If you are interested in writing for Nikonians, see our open position on this

Talking about writing, or rather reading, if you are not one of the over 4,000 members that have downloaded your own, complimentary eBook, this is a good time to do it :-)

I am wishing you a great rest of the week with a lot of colorful leaves!
Bo (bgs)

The other items for this week are:

Mastery

20160107_SwanLake_0102-800px.jpg
Ballet dancers practicing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, as seen by Pascal Baetens (pbaetens).
What keeps us motivated to continue on our quest to improve our photography?

In the second part of the series on "Mastering the art of photography", we are digging into selecting one photography discipline that "resonates within you", plus what keeps us motivated to continue. On to the article

Your Membership
Images being uploaded in the forums which are within certain size limits are not touched by us. If you click on the preview image in a post you will see the original image. For the size/resolution limits when resizing kicks in, see the info box in the post message window.

A small but hopefully useful change: We are now showing your username together with your location under your "avatar", clearly flagging your location as such. This should fix the problem of jrp being called "Mr. Garza Garcia" ;-)

If you let your family, friends and colleagues know about the community, you can give him or her 20% off on a membership, while two additional months are added to your Silver, Gold or Platinum. See "My Profile" and "Invitations" tab.

If you are a member on a Gold or Platinum membership, remember to request your Photographer's ID under "My Profile" and "Membership" tab. You can also have your own @nikonians.org email address set up on the same tab.

Posted by bgs at 8:12 AM

FedeoOctober 16, 2017

European trip autumn 2018

SchlossHofAustria_DSC1703-110px.JPGAre you interested in going for a week of shooting in Europe in the autumn of 2018?
Maybe combined with the largest imaging and photography exhibition there is, Photokina in Cologne, Germany which is taking place 26th-29th of September?

Before starting the planning on this, it would be great to get your feedback on this and your ideas of what you would like to see.

We could include the alps region of Switzerland/Austria/Germany to get some great shooting opportunities at castles, medieval towns, birds, wildlife in general and then to end the week at the Photokina for a day or two of tons of industry updates, photography arts and everything else around imaging.

The overall design of the trip would be in line with our regular "ANPAT" trips, but it would potentially include one additional leg of flying (e.g. from the alps to Cologne).

Please do chime in on the post to discuss this in the Café

Posted by bgs at 10:57 AM

Open position: Writer

JRP_6573_3_110px.jpgWe are expanding our team of authors - If you are interested to join, send me, bgs a private message.

This could be a good chance for those of us who love both photography and writing, and who want to work some extra hours weekly.

See the job description as PDF


JRP_6573_3_1200px1.jpg

This lovely photograph was taken by JRP on one of the recent annual Nikonians photo trips (ANPATs).
He enjoys combining landscape photography with his personal style of writing.

Posted by bgs at 8:50 AM

FedeoOctober 14, 2017

Why bother about mastering photography?

_PJJ5004-110.jpgThis weeks newsletter is the weekend edition. That was not planned, but some network equipment at an Internet provider in Austria, where I am located right now, decided to give up and take a long, maybe well-earned rest. Next week is back to Thursdays.

Want to make sure you get our weekly update in your mailbox? Just subscribe.

Our eBook "Inspirational Photography #1" has already been downloaded over 3,000 times in its first week. It's available to all members at no cost, no matter your membership level. It highlights seven talented photographers and includes five bonus chapters with how-to's and tips. A few members have found out there is a voucher for a discount at the end of the book as well.

The eBook is available in two formats, just download the one you want (or both) by clicking on the corresponding link below and open it in your e-Reader:

ePUB (for most eBook readers) and mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

I am wishing you a great weekend and a good start of the new week :-)
Bo (bgs)

The other items for this week:

Mastery
What does "mastering the art of photography" mean to you?

We are starting a new series of articles on "mastering the art of photography", where I want to discover the processes and methods supporting any photographer interested in consistently achieving better results.

_PJJ5004-800px.jpg
A ballet dancer may only achieve a level of mastery of the art after many years of hard work and practice. Photographed by Pascal Baetens (pbaetens) in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia in front of the presidential palace.

"To master the art of photography", that sounds big, maybe ominous or even impossible to achieve, right? Is it a level, an outmost goal, a high or the highest plateau of skills, knowledge and execution one can reach, probably with substantial effort invested? Or, is it rather the road itself, the path that we hopefully are on and that might never end?

Join me in the article

Your membership
Since many years, photography equipment is exchanging owners in our very popular "Want to Sell" & "Want to Buy" forums. Members can take leverage of these forums compared to e.g. online auction sites. If you have some gear you are no longer using or if you want to upgrade some accessories or bodies, this might be a good time to do so.

No matter your level of membership, we are now advertising free. Let us know what you think about this in the "About Nikonians" discussion thread

Posted by bgs at 3:39 PM

FedeoOctober 1, 2017

Inspiration and mastering the art - We are back to weekly

question-guy-bgs-110px.jpgInspiration, mastering the art of photography, professional tips and industrial news: The publishing of our weekly newsletter stopped mid July after we'd experienced some unplanned changes on the team. We are now getting back on track again and expect to be publishing weekly starting coming week.

The main items from this weeks newsletter are included in this blog below. The upcoming newsletter will be structured a bit differently, but we are working very hard trying to make it an easy to read, not too long & wordy.


question-guys.jpg
bgs and jrp, the two founders of the Nikonians Community, doing a podcast at the Crazy Horse Memorial.

If you are not subscribed to the newsletter and want to get inspiration, mastering the art of photography, professional tips and industrial news, sign-up for it today.

1. We are now advertising free.
The reason? The value of the advertising, for you as a member and for the community over all, is diminishing. Many of us are using ad blockers and if we do not, we hardly interact with the ads or view them. Let us know what you think In the About Nikonians forum (login required)

2. We now support (really) large file uploads in the forums
Starting right now, all of our forums allow for upload of files larger than the recommended 1200 pixel width for landscapes and max 900 pixels height for portraits. If the file is larger than 3MB in file size, it will automatically be resized as well. Motivation for this is to make it easier for you to upload files without having to bother about exact size of the original file, just because you wanted to share something. More in our blog

3. Our fundraising is up
We have already raised over $5,000 since we started early September. Our fundraising page has more info

4. Last days for the 50% discount on upgrading to a Gold membership
Last days to take advantage of a heavy discount on our popular membership level. Go head :-)

5. New, inspirational photography from members
We have some new articles up on inspirational photography and the members behind it
Kathy Cavallaro and Lawrence Treadwell

6. New functionality: Ask for critique on images directly from the galleries
We are running an open beta of a new functionality, making it possible to include images from your gallery for advice & critique. The new functionality is available to all members on Gold and Platinum. More info in the blog

7. Some more buttons, forums time-zone aware, comments on your images & more info on your membership
In case you've missed it, we now have a "Post a reply" button top right corner in the forums.
We further introduced a "Cancel" button in the post message window.

You can now set your timezone in your profile and you will see all posts with your correct time.

If someone posts a comment on an image of yours in the galleries, it now shows under the
"Heart" menu as well.

More details on your membership now showing under your profile, "Membership" tab.

Posted by bgs at 1:23 PM

FedeoSeptember 27, 2017

Upload, share and enjoy - Now bigger than ever

Trains-Indiana-color-bgs-bump57-crop.jpgStarting today, you can upload large files in the forums and share with others. And we mean LARGE. The old limits on width, height and file size are no more.

From today onwards, all of our forums allow for upload of files larger than the recommended max 1200 pixel width for landscapes and max 1800 pixels height for portraits. The reason for this, is to make it easier for you to upload files without having to bother about exact size of the original file, just because you wanted to share something.

In addition to testing for width and height of the image and eventually resize it if larger, files larger than 3MB (former max limit 1MB) can be uploaded. Files larger than that will though be slimmed down in file size, even if they might be within the 1200 pixel width, 1800 pixel height range.


Trains-Indiana-color-bgs-bump57-324930-2.jpg
Cargo trains in Indiana

In case the file is reduced in width or height, we apply a gentle sharpening. We do not apply any sharpening, if the width or height is not reduced, even if potentially the filesize was slimmed down.

If you do not want the system to reduce the width or height of the image, you can simply stay within the values mentioned and no alterations are done.

In case we are resizing the file in width or height, or slimming it down in file size, we show, a small warning "!" indication before the filename in the upload dialog window after you have uploaded it. If you click on the warning indication, you will see a short info that we have resized the file.

Some forums allow for large JPGs and sometimes NEFs to be uploaded. These individual forums are not affected by the resizing above.

To discuss this feature and to give us feedback, please use this thread.

Posted by bgs at 12:33 PM

FedeoSeptember 25, 2017

We are advertising free

20170922_134558_4.lakenorman_treadwl_110px.jpgWe are going advertising free today. This means: No more advertising on the top or bottom of pages, in the articles or on our homepage.

The reason? The value of the advertising, for you as a member and for the Nikonians Community over all, is diminishing. Many of us are using ad blockers and if we do not, we hardly interact with the ads or view them.

We hope this change will further lead to a cleaner design and less clutter, making the Nikonians Community an even more enjoyable place to visit.

20170922_134558_4.lakenorman_treadwl_650px.jpg

Lake Norman Sunrise. Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ f/22, 20s, ISO 100, ND filter.
Lawrence Treadwell (treadwl). You can see more of his work here.

If you want to give us feedback on this, feel free to do that right in this thread.

Enjoy!
Bo & Ramón

Posted by bgs at 11:26 AM

FedeoSeptember 19, 2017

Advice & critique on your photographs?

bgs-asking-for-critique-110.png It is now easy for Nikonians members to ask for critique on their work. When you have uploaded an image in your galleries, just use the link in the bottom right corner, "Please give me critique on this image" to kick it off. Other members and the team will now have the chance to give you the constructive critique and advice you might need to further advance your skills.

bgs-asking-for-critique.png
Clicking the bottom right link "Please give me critique on this image" opens a new page for additional information.

Click the "Please give me critique on this image" link
Clicking the link, a new page shows where you can enter some additional information or questions relating to your photograph.

When any additional information has been filled out, hit submit
Hitting the submit button and your image will be posted in the Nikonians "Premium Advice & Critique" forum, including any additional information you might have added, while linking to the larger version of your image stored in the galleries.

bgs-critique-asked.png
Link changes after critique has been requested

Your image is posted and the link changes
After the "Asking for critique" process has been initiated, the link below the image in the galleries changes and now shows a direct link to the post with the request for critique in the "Premium Advice & Critique" forum instead.

You will receive notifications of new critique via email
Whenever you receive advice or critique on your image, you will receive an email notification with a link to the forum discussion on your image.

Please note
This functionality is currently in "open beta" and we will likely improve it further in the next few months.
It is available to all members on a Gold or Platinum membership.
Please do try it out and let us know what you think about it.
You can reach us by sending us an email to bo-jrp-feedback@nikonians.org

Posted by bgs at 4:03 PM

Small changes are also important

Post-message-screen-2017-09-19-110.pngThanks to all our supporters, members on Silver, Gold and Platinum memberships and members participating in our fundraising, we are able to continuously improve the usability of the community's site.


Two of the latest, albeit small, adjustments we have done to Nikonians.org are:


  • Now the "post message" window has a cancel button, discarding the message and taking you back to the former window when used.

  • When you are using auto-renewal of your membership, look under "Membership" tab in "My Profile" to see when the next payment is due, independent of the duration of the membership.

Post-message-screen-2017-09-19.png

The new "Cancel" button in the left corner easily takes you out of the post screen

Other improvements we have recently added:

  • Personal time zone settings (set yours in "Your Profile")
  • Password change no longer requires you to remember your old password
  • Comments on your gallery images now show under your "Heart" menu
  • Improved navigation of articles on mobile devices
  • Image preview slider in forums now quicker and loads more images

Photographers_Dunes_BGS7935-800.jpg
And, when we are not improving the site, we just love to be outdoors taking photographs!


Posted by bgs at 1:18 PM

FedeoSeptember 15, 2017

Photo trip: Enjoy the Smokies in Spring

Smokies_ANPAT_1_110px.jpg
Join Nikonians to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Spring. Great photography and learning guaranteed.

Learn how to make impressive landscape photographs in this beautiful part of the US.

We are visiting a rich set of locations providing all of us in the group with excellent opportunities to achieve stunning photographs.

As always, our "Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips" are popular and the seats are limited, so ensure you get your seat and use the early-bird discounts.

Learn more about the trip ANPAT 8 in Spring.

Smokies_ANPAT_1_800px.jpg

Posted by bgs at 1:04 PM

FedeoSeptember 12, 2017

Save 50% on a Gold Membership in September

_BGS1634-2_tmap-110.jpg

If you are a member on a Basic or Silver membership in the Nikonians community, you can right now upgrade to a Gold Membership at a 50% discount, giving you a full year of Gold benefits for $37.50 instead of the regular $75 USD.

As a Gold Member, you have access to our NEF skills forum, where you can post your RAW files for help on processing, receive tips and tricks.

_BGS1634-2_tmap-800.jpg

It's a Golden Autumn

Yes, I want to upgrade now. This offer is valid until 30th of Sep 2017. The voucher to use is "GoldenSep2017". Please note, this is only valid for upgrades and reactivations, not renewals on Gold level.

As a Gold member, you also have access to the Premium Critique forum, where other photographers help you with giving you the critique you may need to bring your photography to new heights.

The Nikonians Photographers ID Card and your own, unique @nikonians.org email address are included in the Gold membership as well, to name a few more benefits.

Posted by bgs at 4:29 PM

FedeoSeptember 4, 2017

Fundraising started

We have started our fundraising campaign September 4th, 2017 and its objective is to raise enough funds to further improve the way photographs are being managed and shared in the community.

We need your support and hope that you can contribute, any amount counts.

Here at Nikonians we are all working together to achieve mastery in our photography. We know that only through our continuous dedication, staying strongly focused on learning, we will achieve our goal of mastering the art of photography.

We know that learning is easier and more fun together, letting us inspire each other and share our joy, and sometimes pain.

_PJJ8764_leveled-800s.jpg
A dancer high up in the air. By Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

With your support, we can improve the learning experience further. Any amount is helpful.

Posted by bgs at 4:32 PM

FedeoSeptember 2, 2017

Issue with accessing us fixed 01-SEP-2017

Nikonians-Racks-FaM-364177-110.jpgWe have had "a bug in the system" resulting in some members and visitors seeing blank pages or "error 500" pages when trying to access certain areas of Nikonians.

This bug was fixed 01-SEP-2017 ca 16:40h UTC+0 (12:40 PM EDT)
It was (obviously inadvertently) introduced 16-AUG-2017 by us.

The buggy result occurred when the visitor/member:


  1. Was not logged in and

  2. Was accessing us from an IP address that we could not look up and

  3. Was accessing the login page, the password retrieval page, the deeper forum pages or galleries. It did not happen on e.g. the homepage, wiki, blog, newsletter subscription or search (NikoScope).

For details, please see the About us forum (login required).

Nikonians-Racks-FaM-364177.jpg
Our former rack system, meanwhile replaced - there is always something to do.

Posted by bgs at 12:52 PM

FedeoAugust 31, 2017

Some members cannot access us

BGS0684-110.jpgWe have recently been notified that some members cannot access us and see an 500 error page or a blank page in their browser, trying to access certain areas of the community.

We believe the problem relates to the infrastructure in use between us and you, since some members are plagued by this no matter which browser they use, but the issue disappears when they use another provider.

We have now made some re-configurations on our side, changes that might be relevant to the issues experienced by some. So, if you have experienced recent problems accessing the community, please try again.

BGS0684.jpg

Posted by bgs at 12:58 PM

FedeoAugust 22, 2017

Nikonians FAQ: Issues with login?

_BGS9598_1-Los-Cabos-Mexico-110_tonemapped.jpgEvery so often, some members of Nikonians report having issues logging in to the site. This often relates to a few, common problems. Remedies are listed in this blog, but if they did not help, just contact us.

_BGS9598_1-Los-Cabos-Mexico-800_tonemapped.jpg
Waves hitting the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico in the early morning hours. Nikon D300

If you have issues to login to Nikonians, this should help:

1. If you are using Safari as your browser and you see a 500 error after successful login, please enter
nikonians.org
in the browser's address field and press the return key

2. Do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer. Especially older versions are not supported by us. Microsoft Edge is probably a bad idea as well.

3. Stick to one browser you like. e.g. Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Firefox or Safari. This is especially true if you want to keep bookmarks organized and if you care about "remember my password" features.

4. If you are using an additional security/firewall software on your computer, make sure nikonians.org is set as a trusted site or granted similar trust. Security software can easily block parts or all of Nikonians to work properly in your browser.

5. Make sure cookies from Nikonians are stored and kept in your browser (cookies must be enabled in your browser for nikonians.org). Losing/deleting the cookies from us means new login required.

6. Ensure JavaScript is enabled for nikonians.org in your browser/security software. Without JavaScript, you cannot use Nikonians.

7. When you login at nikonians.org, checkmark "Remained logged on when I return later"

8. Once you are logged in, change your password to something you can remember. You do that under "My Profile".

More help can be found in our FAQs

And, enjoy the community! :)

Posted by bgs at 9:05 AM

FedeoAugust 21, 2017

New Nikonians Member? Where to start

BoStahlbrandt-BGS3463-Waiting_For_Old_Faithful-110.jpgNikonians has a lot to offer and it might feel a bit intimidating to new members. If you are new to Nikonians, please take a few minutes, sit down with your favorite cup and read through the following guide, it should hopefully be helpful :)

BoStahlbrandt-BGS3463-Waiting_For_Old_Faithful-800.jpg
Waiting for Old Faithful on the ANPAT16, 2016

Remember, if you have any problems with anything pertaining to the community, its forums or articles, please make a post in the About Nikonians forum, where many helpful members and the team are available to support you.

If you rather want to have a 1:1 response, e.g. the matter is about your membership and is of no interest to others, please contact us through the contact form instead.

Enjoy the community!

Posted by bgs at 2:46 PM

FedeoAugust 18, 2017

How to easily add months to your membership

photographers-dunes-bgs7935-200c.jpgThis is something that many members miss, so let me wrap it up here. If you invite another person to join Nikonians, they will get a 20% discount on their new membership and you will get two additional months added to yours as a small "thank you" for helping spreading the word.

How does it work? It is simple, really:

1. Go to "My Profile" and click on the tab "Invitations"

2. Type in the person's email to be invited

3. Click the "Generate voucher" button

4. Now you can either click the link "Send" to send out the voucher as an email to the person, or you can print it out to personally hand it over.

There is no limit on the number of invitations you can make and you can keep track on them easily in the list shown on the "Invitations" page.

Thanks for spreading the word about the community :)

Posted by bgs at 2:20 PM

The notification window is your friend

heart-menu-with-myprofile-link-110.pngNikonians notifications, shown by the small heart symbol beside the "My Profile" link in the top right corner, indicates when someone likes a post you have made. If you have been recommended by another user, that shows on the heart icon as well. Clicking on the heart and your list of recommendations and likes are shown.

Coming Monday 20-AUG-2017, we are expanding on this functionality, including two more kinds of notifications:

  1. If someone comments on an image of yours in your gallery, you will be notified about this in the notification window
  2. If you are the author of an article and someone comments on your article, you will be notified about this in the notification window as well

We are including more types of notifications in the "heart window" over time.

Posted by bgs at 1:44 PM

FedeoJuly 11, 2017

Nikon announces newest 70-300mm zoom

AF-P-NKK-SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. --- Members react to new Nikkor 70-300 - Wide angle choices for DX on a trip - Airline camera carry-on bans easing up--- PLUS more....




1 - Nikon unveils newest 70-300mm zoom

Nikon has announced the newest version of their popular 70-300mm telephoto zoom, this time adding Stepping Motor Technology, making it "Nikon's first full-frame AF-P lens." 

This AF-P technology brings a promise of very quiet and fast autofocus but also takes a step back on the backward compatibility scale.

Our members are already reacting, with some seeking clearer explanations on the compatibility issue:
• The recent trend has been to introduce new lenses that are not fully compatible with recent bodies, e.g. D7100 and many FX bodies.
• This new lens is not compatible with any camera that I currently own. I understand that Nikon needs to innovate, but I hope this is not an indication that all (or most) new lenses will not be usable with my cameras.
• Perhaps the silver lining is that the "old" 70-300 AFS-VR will become a bargain in the near future.

Follow the discussion to see how this lens is doing on the "announcement of release" speculation. We are already getting responses indicating added compatibility for certain cameras once a firmware upgrade is applied.

The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95 USD and availability will be announced at a later date.


2 - Step by step to perfection
It took a small horse to help solve a big problem for Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) from Florida, USA. While trying to nail some good images of a pony, she was running into exposure extremes. Our members have responded by giving her some valuable advice that could be of help to many others.

The discussion has touched on Auto ISO, center-weighted metering and exposure compensation.
Here's a sample:
• The  matrix meter will "think" that a subject in shadow is not really the main subject. This has nothing to do with Auto ISO - if you had been using a fixed ISO, you'd have gotten the same results, as long as you were using matrix meter.
• It's not that the camera can't change ISO fast enough. Auto ISO does not correct the exposure. Any of the automated modes - Aperture, Shutter, or Auto ISO - would produce the same result.
• If the horse is in the shade and you expose it properly the background will be overexposed. But I have a feeling you don't want that.
So, if you don't have a strong flash or other lights I guess, it would be best, to just position yourself in such a way, that the horse will be on the light (and not in the shade) when you shoot it.

Take a look at the advice she has received so far, and if you have experience capturing images of fast moving animals under harsh lighting conditions, add your opinions.


3 - Celebrate Nikon's 100th with Berger Bros.
Berger Bros. is now taking orders on all 100th Anniversary Nikon gear and will give Nikonians priority and free shipping (continental USA).

The gear includes:
• Nikon D500 and D5 flagship DSLR camera commemorative editions.
• 100th Anniversary AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto zoom lens
• Triple lens set of the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the normal 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR.
• Commemorative editions of three Nikon binoculars.

These may be a good investment for future appreciation. To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com.


4 - Profiled: Tom Jacob (sevendayimages)
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Moderating Team member Tom Jacob (sevendayimages).

Marsha tells us:
Tom rejoined Nikonians after several years with a busy family and professional commitments.  He remembers receiving his first camera from his parents when he was about 12 years old, a Praktica MTL50 with 50 and 135mm Pentacon lenses, and Tom reports, "I was hooked from that moment on."

Tom lives in Spain five minutes from a big Nature Reserve which gives him plenty of shooting opportunities.

Check out the full article, and make sure you have a look at his gallery. It includes some of the best of his street photography and macro work.


4 -- This CheatSheet makes editing RAW files easy!
You know you should be shooting RAW files. But, you've always thought they were too hard to edit.
Well, this PhotoBert CheatSheet for Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) makes it easy.

Our extremely popular Adobe Camera Raw CheatSheet has been updated for V9+.
It walks you thru each option in ACR and contains everything you need to know to edit your RAW files like a pro.

We also have CheatSheets for Nikon and Canon DSLRs and most Speedlights, along with some great accessories.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories.
Get the discount with this link.


5 -  Wide angle choices for D500
Gold member James Baker (Jamed600) from Illinois, USA considers himself primarily an FX-format shooter, but he's got a trip coming up and he's planning on using his D500 (DX-format) camera plus a carefully decided selection of lenses. That decision-making process has narrowed down to a choice of some wide-angle glass.

Here's a small portion of his question:
With a D500 now and an upcoming family vacation to Williamsburg ...  I am thinking about a lightweight kit- D500, Wide Angle DX zoom, 16-80 (pleased with this lens; possibly better than 24-120 f4 for FX) and Tamron 150-600 G2 or Nikon 300 PF + TC14 (it would be nice to have a backpack weighing less than 35 pounds).
...I've ruled out the new Nikon 8-15. I am not aware of a Tamron or Sigma DX lens that would be competitive but open to suggestions.

Can you match his needs with a lens you've been happy with under the same circumstances? If so, share your advice.


6 -- Care of Acrylic Filters - Avoid Ammonia
Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles has a timely warning for our members who are cleaning their lenses and filters during the summer months. In short: Avoid ammonia.

Here's Eric's tip:
We've had several posts about filter quality recently. In addition to glass filters, there are some companies that provide acrylic filters. In some cases, lenses are made with polycarbonate elements to lower cost and save weight.
If you have plastic or acrylic filters, be sure to stay away from any ammonia based cleaners - Windex or other glass cleaners, household ammonia, etc. Ammonia reacts with some types of acrylic and plastic causing fogging. It can't be reversed. So, avoid using Windex or any ammonia type cleaner on any acrylic surface.
If you are using rectangular filters - such as Cokin, Singh Ray, or Hi-Tech - it's important to use either water or alcohol based cleaners.
I can't speak to the impact of ammonia on coatings, but suspect some coatings may be fogged or develop a white film from ammonia. I'd use care. Also keep in mind that most filters do not have sealed edges - there is a small filter ring holding the element in place, and it might be possible for a liquid to work its way under this ring and into the coating if there is too much liquid used.
The damage from ammonia is not immediate. Normally it shows up after several cleanings - when it's too late.

Have you ruined a lens or filter with the wrong cleaning product? Tell us your story.


7 -- Shameful confession: he bought "that" camera
Gold member Jim Tubman (Tubman) from Alberta, Canada was not alarmed by some of the negative criticisms shared by our members of the Nikon D7500. In fact, he purchased one, and -- so far -- he's happy with his new camera.

Here's the introduction to his review:
 I have a shameful confession to make: I bought the much-maligned new Nikon D7500. (Gasps of horror! Men faint. Women scream.)
Yes, that one. The one with no AI index pin. The one that won't accept a grip. And most appalling of all, the one that does not have two card slots. I will bare my soul before all the world (or at least, the people who read this forum in Nikonians) and plead for your mercy and pity.
With the levity out of the way, I thought it might be of some interest as to why someone might actually find that model to be a good fit to their needs.

Jim goes on to describe (in detail) why this camera may not be popular with some existing D7xxx users, but a good option for many others looking to upgrade. Check it out.


8 -- Airline camera carry-on bans easing up
Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned_L) has an update on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone regarding airline flights from certain countries. Bottom-line: the restrictions are easing.

Ned tells us:
By next Wednesday, July 19, the ban will have been lifted at 8 of the 10 airports on which it was imposed. As of July 19, based on announcements made as of today, the ban will only stand at Saudi Arabia's two international airports with direct flights to the US. (Saudi Arabia has seven international airports.)

So far it appears that the UK electronics ban remains in place. From what I can tell it still is affecting direct flights to the UK from: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Read Ned's full post for more details and if you have information that expands, or contradicts his research, let us know.  

-----------------------------------
That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:48 PM

FedeoJuly 4, 2017

Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected

SQ-DCamFCT_BL_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
Members react to new Nikon D820 rumors- May contest congrats- $25K lens reviews a hoot--- PLUS more....


1 - Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected

Our members have been discussing recent bargain prices on the Nikon D810, and the logical conclusion seems to point towards the next camera in the D8XX series. Now, the internet is buzzing with rumors of a D820 unveiling later this month. 

This discussion, started last month, starts to unravel the possibilities. 

A few sample comments:

•  I think it's time for an updated "800" series body and that is likely to be significantly better than the D800/D810. It should incorporate some of the improved focus and processing systems in the D5 and D500 and could be close to 50 MPX (if that is of interest).

•   I will be getting a D820 or whatever the next high-resolution camera is around that price point. Skipping a generation tends to work well and produce more significant updates. 

•  But I'm not going to jump to a 40+ mp D820 - I'll wait for the 40+ mp D830!

Have you been holding off for a generation jump in the D8XX series? If so, what features are you holding out for?  

One more thing--that image we're using of a "D820" - it's a Photoshop fake.  


2 - May Contest Congrats

Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the May contests.

Congratulations to our winners!

Special congratulations go to Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) for taking first place honors in two categories.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition. 


Here are the winners of the May Contests:

1. -- Wildlife - "Interaction between animal species" theme winner Isaac Vaisman (ivaisman), from Florida, USA with his image titled Not this time.

2. -- Landscape - "Coastal Views" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Ecola Point at Sunset.

3. -- Macro - "Green" theme winner Roberta Davidson (birdied) from Louisiana, USA with her image titled My What Big Eyes You Have.

4. -- Travel - "Room with a View" theme winner Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) from Pennsylvania, USA with her image titled Chillon Castle-Switzerland.

5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Lines" theme winner Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) from Pennsylvania, USA with her image titled Heuchera.

6. -- Assignment -  "Street Photography" theme winner Dan Mitchell (danmitch) from England, The United Kingdom with an image from a series, capturing moments of quiet in busy places. .

Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past assignments here

The current (July) assignment is "The Color White." 

Here is Rob's description:

It would follow of course that since last month's assignment was the color black, this month's assignment would be the color white. Like last month, my suggestion is to Google "the color white" to get a sense of this month's assignment. You will come up with a ton of ideas that are associated with this color - what it means, what it evokes, how it affects us, etc. Your job is to convert what the color means to you into a photograph. The assignment is easy, yet it will be hard.


3 - 100 more millimeters - worth it?

Silver member David Powell (DaveP142) from England, The United Kingdom is wondering if he should invest in a lens that hits the 300mm mark.

He already has a lens reaching 200mm and is looking to find out if that extra 100mm is worthwhile. 

Here's the question:

My "long" lens at the moment is the Nikkor 55 - 200mm. I've been feeling that a little more reach could be handy and looking at 70 - 300mm lenses.

It seems there are three contenders. According to online reviews:

The Nikon VR - Well built, popular, but, apparently, tragically soft at 300mm.

The Tamron SP Di VC USD. Cheaper, not quite so well made but a bit better optically - but I have come across reports that this too is less than satisfactory at 300mm

The Nikon AF-P DX. Thom Hogan reckons it's the best match for a 24MP camera although he apparently hasn't given it a full lab session. I wouldn't challenge his evaluation, but I personally think that f/6.3 at 300mm could be a problem for me.

I'm starting to think that just wanting an extra 100mm isn't such a good idea in practice as the whole point of the exercise would be to use the lens at 300mm.

I understand that I might see an improvement in image quality at 200mm and below but I'm not sure how much and by the sound of things I would end up "paying" for any improvement by having to take constant care to avoid using the dodgy focal lengths.

This is all based on stuff I found on line, and much of that was four or five years old. I'd appreciate some more up to date thoughts on the subject. 

Should have said: Intended use would be nature / landscape - no sports!

We've already had some enlightening responses, including positive comments on a 300mm prime option (instead of zoom).  Join the discussion if you have wrestled with the same problem as you added new gear.


4 - $25,999 lens? Why not?

Scrolling through the many news sources regarding our favorite camera gear, we sometimes run into unusual (and sometimes funny) tidbits.

This is one of those tidbits.

It's an expensive lens that has drawn very interesting reviews. In fact, the reviews are getting funnier with time. 

We're currently discussing the lens and those reviews which are gathering on a famous online shopping site. 

Here's a sample: 

•  I decided to try it out at a nature park near me to look at Saturn. I got some pretty good pics (seen in images) but I accidentally set off the built-in mini nuke launcher and destroyed the entire planet of Saturn! 

•  This lens is great as others have already mentioned so I won't get into that detail, but there is one major flaw with this listing. The lens cap is not included! 

•  I got this for the camera in my iPhone, works great. I took it with me to Vegas and was using it in the casino (I know, not supposed to use cameras in the casino, but I was discreet) I was actually able to read guys security code at an ATM in Detroit. 

And that's just a small sample-- wait till you read the one about the guy who uses this lens for a certain medical procedure. The links can be found here.


5 -  Upgrade decisions - ready for new computer?

NL_MB_350.jpg

Silver member Neal Nurmi (Wingman) from British Columbia, Canada is researching his next computer, and his question to our members has resulted in a number of insightful appraisals. If you are also considering a computer upgrade, this is a must read.

Here's a small portion of his question:

I'm planning a new computer to replace my aging machine. I know questions like this one get posted here a lot, but I would like some advice on this. It will be a Windows 7 machine.

I've been emailing with a builder who has a good reputation. He himself is a gamer and gaming is what he knows best, but he has worked with photographers and graphic artists as well and is well spoken of by photographers in his area. When I explained my needs to him (high megapixel cameras, HDR, image stacking and panoramas etc. but no gaming and no interest in video) he came up with this possible build: ----

Neal goes on to give specs, and our members are already weighing in with further advice.

Check it out, and feel free to share your opinion Neal's perfect upgrade.


6 - Bye-bye Lexar?

Our thanks to Silver member Colin H Frydrych (colin1957) from England, The United Kingdom for his heads up on some sad news for Lexar memory card fans.

It seems the entire line of Lexar cards and accessories may be headed for extinction. Our members quickly reacted to the news.

A clarification post by Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles sheds more light on the topic:

Micron - the parent - is doing well but Lexar and other consumer products are holding them back. Camera sales are down and most smart devices are shifting to cloud storage rather than SD cards.

Micron's new CEO was a co-founder of SandDisk and left SanDisk in 2016. He was named CEO of Micron in April 2017.

It's pretty obvious that the storage business is a concern. Toshiba announced they were getting rid of memory cards last year but just sold the unit to a group including Bain Capital in June. They - like Micron - reported financial results showing the weak unit was a "discontinued operation" - and that presentation boosts operating results and stock price of the parent. So, the timing is partly for accounting presentation. They will likely sell the brand and it will likely continue in some form. There is a big difference between closing the unit and announcing it is being discontinued with plans for sale.

Do you agree with Eric's assessment? Let us know.


7 - D5 time lapse - Pool table install

Silver member Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA shares an interesting time-lapse project condensing the steps involved in the assembly of a pool table.

Linwood shares the final product as well as some tech-specs:

I tried something completely different. We were getting a pool table installed, and I set the D5 up with the Intervalometer running at 10 second intervals, and got 1632 images. Put them together in Resolve to a video, and got about a minute worth of the install. 

Maybe this should go under video, but I didn't use the video feature.

Just for your amusement.

I limited it to HD (1080p) but you get really high resolution when you take stills and then make it into a video.  -- Linwood

If you have a similar project in mind and you want to gather some preparation notes, feel free to ask Linwood.


8 - D7500 memory card performance review

Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has posted a link to memory card performance specs from cameramemoryspeed.com, along with his own assessment of the results.

Here's a brief sample of Eric's thoughts on the published performance specs: 

The bottom line is this confirms that the camera has a UHS-I SD card slot and gets no benefit from using newer, faster, and more expensive UHS-II cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/s UHS-I cards are identified as the best value with write speed of around 80 MB/s. The fast UHS-II cards are no better in terms of write speed, but can be much faster using a USB 3.0 UHS-II card reader for downloads. 

The buffer on the D7500 is quite large, so the camera can shoot 14 bit RAW lossless compressed files at 6.5 fps and zip off the limit of 100 frames before stopping. It takes a while to clear the buffer if it fills - around 12-15 seconds with the fastest cards. 

Check Eric's full post for details and the link to the performance test. 

----------------------------------- 

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:10 PM

FedeoJune 28, 2017

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

NSA-S-E-LNK_SQ-110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
USA Solar Eclipse less than two months away - What's your lemon test - Two cards a must? --- PLUS more....


1 -- Solar Eclipse creating gear and lodging shortages

Moderating Team member and Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has an update on filter availability for the upcoming Solar Eclipse event. In short, with less than two months to go, supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand.


Eric tells us: Thousand Oaks Optical is backordered on some of their solar filters. I just ordered a 77mm threaded filter, an 8-inch filter for use on my 600 f/4, and am backordered 4-6 weeks on a filter for my Tak FS-60. 

Eric's post is one of many eclipse-oriented discussions currently featured in our Astrophotography Forum


You can also check:

Solar filter for 400/2.8

100% solar eclipse

Nikon guide on how to photograph a solar eclipse 

More Solar Eclipse Questions

Lodging for total eclipse viewing...get it fast! 


2 -- What's your lemon test?

When you get your brand new camera, what do you do to quickly test it? Do you have a ritual series of actions that help assure you this particular model is not a lemon?

New member Brian Rose (kbobb) asks us what we prefer to use as our "new gear test" routines. He asks about a specific model, but this topic applies equally to most of our purchases:


Hi All,  Is there any special process you go through to check that all functions work properly on a new camera and images are appropriate both in camera and on the computer? Anything particular to Nikon, specifically the D750? I'd like to run through all functions before the return period expires.

Silver member Neal Nurmi (Wingman) responds with: 

This is actually an interesting question. All my cameras over the years have functioned as advertised, but these things have gotten so capable and so complex that a more systematic approach does make sense. It'll be interesting to see what sorts of replies you get to this.

Do you have a testing routine or do you just start shooting and wait for something weird to happen?


3 -- This CheatSheet makes editing RAW files easy!


You know you should be shooting RAW files. But, you've always thought they were too hard to edit.

Well, this PhotoBert CheatSheet for Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) makes it easy. 

Our extremely popular Adobe Camera Raw CheatSheet has been updated for V9+. 


It walks you thru each option in ACR and contains everything you need to know to edit your RAW files like a pro. We also have CheatSheets for Nikons and Canon DSLRs and most Speedlights, along with some great accessories. Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories. 

Get the discount with this link. 


4 -- Can two cards save your day?

Gold member Jim Tubman (Tubman) from Alberta, Canada wonders whether any of our members have ever had a shooting session saved by dual card slots. When the chips are down -- Is two really better than one?


Here's the question:

One of the biggest and most repeated criticisms of the new D7500 is that, unlike the preceding models in that series, it does not have two card slots. So, who among you with a two-card camera has actually had one card fail and the other saved the day?


Hear me well: I am not passively-aggressively asserting that this has never happened. I had a card go wonky in my D5300 after I had shot my daughter's high school graduation (I could not write new pictures, but I could read all the ones I had taken). I just wonder if it is freakishly rare, or uncomfortably common. 

Have you had your day saved by that extra card slot? - Tell us what happened. 


5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's

Berger Bros. is now taking orders for the three new lenses that were announced May 31st. Nikonians will get early allocation preference and free shipping (continental USA).


The lenses are: 

• AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $309.95 USD with availability in late June.

• AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1249.95 USD. 

• AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED --  Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1999.95 USD with availability in late June.

To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. - BradBerger@mac.com.


6 -- Fix my sky

Moderating team member Gary Worrall (glxman) from South Australia pointed his camera up at a scenic image, but his result was the dreaded "blown sky."

Gary shows he's always ready to learn something new as he asks our members what they would do to fix the photo.


Here's the question:

Hi Guys, 
For the first time, I tried to get one of those "looking up to the canopy of the forest" shots. Whatever I did in LR with the blown-out sky, just went grey. Then had a play with HDR toning, (no Idea what I'm doing,) But I feel if I tone back the green and somehow squeeze some light blue in the sky, it will look OK?
Any way of fixing the sky? - Gary


If this looks like a problem you have solved in the past, feel free to show us how you made your corrections 


7 -- Gearing up for Alaska


Silver member M. Lange has a great trip coming up and he's asking for gear advice based on the location and his current inventory.

The cool part of this discussion is the number of our members who have posted images from the same destination.


Here's his situation:

I'm heading to Alaska (both cruise and inland tour), and planning to bring two bodies: a D5500 (which I like for its size) and my new D7500. I'll bring my 10-24 for landscape. I'll also want a telephoto for animals. My options are (a) carry both an 18-140 and a 70-300, and switch off as necessary; or (b) carry a 28-300. It would be great to not have to switch lenses, but if the image quality from the 18-140/70-300 combination is markedly better than that from the 28-300, I'm willing to. Would appreciate any thoughts.


Do you have advice (and Alaska pics) to share? Join the discussion.


8 -- The case of the missing images-Solved?


Silver member Jon Etkins (jetkins) from Texas, USA was trying to figure out what happened to some photos missing in his Lightroom.


It didn't take long before our members started leading him to a solid answer.


Jon described the problem: I've been using Lightroom for a couple of years now, and I just noticed that it appears to be hiding some of my images from me!  With All Photographs selected and filters disabled, it's only showing me 56,092 of my 56,178 photos. Any idea why it's decided to withhold 86 pictures, and how I can go about convincing it to cough them up again?


If this has happened to you, check the discussion for more tips on how to find those files.

-----------------------------------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:05 AM

FedeoJune 20, 2017

Fireworks - Tips, Tricks and more

FW-SQ-110_JN-2017.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
Time to share your favorite fireworks images, tips, techniques and tricks - Seven deadly photography sins - 32-bit bites dust--- PLUS more...
.


1 -- Fireworks - One of the Hottest Topics we share


We are fast approaching a significant increase in fireworks oriented photography, and this means we need to re-visit one of the most comprehensive posts on the topic. Our Café now has a link to the original post, along with an open invitation for our members to share their best images from last year, along with your descriptions of equipment used, techniques, tips and tricks that made them one of your favorites.


Here are just a few of the great tips we have already gathered:

• My tip is that when you are taking fireworks photos where the scene includes buildings that are important to the image, the exposure and focus must be coordinated to get the lighting on the buildings as well as the fireworks.

• Fireworks are bright, almost as intense as an afternoon sun, so your aperture should be set as if shooting during the day. The exception will be what you do with your shutter speed.

• Don't forget to photograph the amusing people and things that happen around you. If your children are with you, have them stand still while spinning some light sticks for some great effects.


There's plenty more advice available--Check it Out 


2 -- Think Tank Teams with SKB

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank's designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. 

There are times when you simply must use the airline gate-check procedure with your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  

But, one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. 

Think Tank's partnership with SKB solves this problem. 

The result is a perfect combination matching the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don't forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.  


3 -- Sounds easier than it looks

Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA has what seems to be a simple problem. He wants to change the background on an image from a dull white to pure white.

Bob quickly tells us he's not a Photoshop expert, and he's wondering if anyone has an easy to understand step-by-step guide that will help him solve the problem. 

Here's Bob's situation: 

I made a photograph of sunglasses for an acquaintance. He is trying to sell them and he wants a white a white background. Nothing artistic. The photo I made has an off-white background. I made the photo with the glasses on top of translum paper with a light above and below. 

We've already had a few members taking the original and transforming to the desired effect.

Check them out and see if you agree with the procedure. If not, show us your solution. Don't forget to explain how it was done.  


4 -- The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 1

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has over 50 years of photography experience, nevertheless, he makes a review of the typical errors that he has committed and shares with us the solutions to improve our photography. His newest article is therefore a confession, an act of contrition and a fast mix of easy tips.


The author tells us:

There are seven days of the week, seven colors of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents in the world; seven branches for seven candles in the Menorah. On the lighter side, seven were the dwarfs chosen by Walt Disney's for Snow White. And just as there are seven deadly or cardinal sins that may prevent us to get to the seventh heaven, there are seven sins to avoid for good photography. I know because I have committed them all and even today I may occasionally forget to avoid. 

His article comes in multiple parts, and this edition explores the topic of subject centering. Here's a hint: Centering your subject in a frame tends to work against you.  


5 -- 32-Bit bites dust?

Nikonians Moderating team member Jonathan Kandel (JonK) sees a technological progression that spells doom for 32-bit apps.

He looked carefully at the preliminary results of a recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and noticed a trend.

Jon tells us:

The next operating system for the Mac, announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference ten days ago but given more prominence next consumer play over the past two days is interesting -- and ominous.

The new system, called High Sierra, will be a complete 64-bit system with a new file system (faster and more secure), better graphics and VR, and enhancements to Safari and Mail. The troubling item in that last sentence is the 64-bit system.

Recent operating systems have supported 64-bit apps and 32-bit apps. High Sierra will do the same when released this coming October. But starting in January 2018 it will be no longer support 32-bit apps. Here's what I think that means (so far, more thought and research is required):


• That's the end of Nik.

• Many other plug-in and standalone enhancement apps are 32-bit -- and some are from small companies or solo practitioners who may not have the resources to rewrite code to 64-bit.

• While the major Adobe apps are currently 64-bit, some of the support software -- the desktop app and the loader app -- are not. They will obviously be rewritten to 64-bit, but I wonder if Adobe will take this "opportunity" to have the new loader not handle the standalone CS6 suite and move all Adobe software to the subscription model.

• The Microsoft Office Suite -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook -- has not been updated since 2011. Given the Mac's place in the marketplace (7% or so) I wonder if Microsoft will invest the resources necessary to rewrite four major apps (and related support software).


There are a myriad of other apps that many of us use -- i.e., the Pocketwizard loader, Camranger, device drivers, etc. -- for which we need to be mindful. 

Do you agree with Jon's analysis? Join the conversation 


6 -- 17th ANPAT (Fall) bookings gather

Bookings are moving along for our 17th ANPAT in the Fall to Acadia and Coastal Maine.

This area is a photography paradise, with rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light.


The ANPAT is scheduled for October 7, 2017 (arrival) to October 14, 2017 (departure).

October is the best time to be there; exquisite colors abound, not just on the trees, but also on the ground, thanks to the berry plants characteristic of the northern areas. 

Your early booking is highly appreciated as it helps to make early deposits to keep arrangements and negotiated rates.


Practically everything you want to know about lodgings, itineraries, special arrangements and clothing suggestions are contained in our 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQ's 


7 -- Best choices - Matrix, Spot, Manual?  

Silver member Gary Pack (GaryPk) is wondering what are using us as your favorite metering mode when shooting landscapes. 

He's looking at a specific style of photo:

If I am shooting two of the same landscape with one exposed for the sky and the other for the foreground due to high dynamic range, should I be using Spot Metering Mode? Thanks, Gary 

Here are two suggestions pointing in different directions:


• I'll let the landscape masters give you the best answer, but for me, I would use matrix. If you have a mix of clouds in the sky, your metering will depend on where you put the spot. With matrix, you would get a better "average" of the exposure value (in my thinking). I would also move the meter around the sky to see how much it varies. You can also check your histogram to get an idea of what the meter is telling you. 

• Since you are probably going to be shooting from a tripod with the head locked (to ensure the two images will correctly register) Spot should work well. You could focus on the foreground and use spot metering (which is normally slaved to the focus point) for the first exposure. Then move the focus point to the sky (without re-focusing) and take the second exposure. 

What metering mode would you suggest 


8 -- Your vote matters

Moderating Team member Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) is looking to add more votes to the month of May Digital Artistry contest results.


The theme was "Lines."

The instruction for those competing were simple:

Show us your digitally manipulated images of lines and objects in lines. Any photographic subject is acceptable so long as it meets the Nikonians terms of use. We want to see wall-worthy line abstracts, objects/people in lines, clothes lines, blurred movement lines, architectural lines, or any liney thing that tickles your fancy. Let your inner artist lead the way. 

For the longest time, we had a three-way tie, but now one image has picked up steam. It's still a close call, so Dan would appreciate your vote to help make the final decision. 

----------------------------------- 

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:40 PM

FedeoJune 13, 2017

D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships

no-cont_SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---


D7500 cameras shipping as members share pros and cons, difficulties in photographing dogs, children and birds in flight, unintentional double exposure with a D810, travel camera decision may exclude Nikon --- PLUS more....

1 -- D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships
Members are reporting the arrival of their brand new Nikon D7500 cameras.
Silver member Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA has been notified that his order is shipping, and our own Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) already received his D7500 from Berger Bros. Meanwhile, our member still "on the fence" are deliberating.

Darrell has started work on his new book on this camera and he has taken the extraordinary step of soliciting member input on the pros and cons.
If you are interested in seeing sample image gathered by Darrell check here.
If you are getting the new camera, keep in mind Darrell Young's Mastering the Nikon D7500 has already gone to the next stage of inviting our members to provide examples of photographs taken with the new camera for inclusion in the book.

This tradition of using Nikonian member images in these NikoniansPress books has been going on for many years. Your benefit is the chance to be published. All members who have a vertical image included in the book will receive a free copy of the book and be listed in a special Credits for Chapter Opening Images section with information on the tech specs (ISO, lens, aperture, shutter speed, shooting conditions, and a paragraph telling about the picture).
Details on the invitation can be found here.

 

2 -- Dog shooting is harder than ever?
Platinum member Iain Duncan (IainD) from Victoria, Australia has been dealing with two elusive subjects: children and dogs. He's looking for advice on equipment that would make his successful capture of these images easier.

Here's his description of the challenge:
Hello,
I shoot events at our local dog club. Each event has an indoor session for puppies, often with child handlers. There is not much space and the lighting is poor.

Flash is necessary here. The dogs move fast and it is very difficult to get good shots, but sometimes I get some! I have a Nikon SB900, which tended to overheat and shut down sometimes after just a few shots, so I got a 910. Yesterday, at a fairly slow pace of shooting, about 1/3 of my shots had little or no flash. And that was the 910.

I use Eneloop batteries, and I thought I gave plenty of recycling time.
My question is: Is there a better flash for this type of event?
I have read mixed reviews of the Quantum flashes
They are expensive and some people find them poorly made.

What do you good strobists use for this type of situation? I would be grateful to hear!
Many thanks,
Iain

Have you dealt with similar challenges? What would you recommend?

 

3 -- Upgrade your Shutter!
This is the most inexpensive upgrade you can make to your camera. It is incredibly simple and useful. You'll be amazed nobody thought of this before! Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs. Click here to save 5% now.

Upgrade your photography with our legendary CheatSheets. Each of our CheatSheets is a work of art. You'll find them indispensable.

We have CheatSheets for ALL of Nikons DSLRs and most Speedlights,
Get infinite Depth of Field with Helicon Software (discounted 10%).
Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories.
Get the discount with this link

 

4 -- Nikon D810 unintentional double exposure
Moderating Team member Brian Wong (blw) has run into what looks like a double exposure recorded by his Nikon D810. Can you get a double exposure without planning for one with a digital camera?

Brian posted his image and give us the background:
I had my D810 doing interval shooting over the weekend, and I found this frame right in the middle of 460 other perfectly normal shots:
There was nothing unusual going on. The frames were a minute apart, and the parameters as seen in the EXIF are hardly anything too unusual.

This file, like all the rest, was recorded on a SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF card. It's not new, having served for several years in my D3x.

Initial thoughts leaned towards card read error, but Brian is not convinced.

Have you ever had this happen to you? Did you figure out a solution? Tell us your story--Better yet--If you still have it--share the image.

 

5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's
Berger Bros. is now taking orders for the three new lenses that were announced May 31st. Nikonians will get early allocation preference and free shipping (continental USA).

The lenses are:
• AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $309.95 USD with availability in late June.
• AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1249.95 USD. 
• AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED --  Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1999.95 USD with availability in late June.
To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. - BradBerger@mac.com.

 

6 -- Off to Europe with or without Nikon D810?
Silver member Scott Arden (sparden) from New York, USA has a trip to Europe planned and he's wondering if he should entertain the possibility of leaving his Nikon D810 home. He's leaning towards a well-known brand with a ZEISS 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Good idea?

Here's the question:
Greetings all!
I have a D810, 50mm 1.4, 24-70, 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. I am traveling to Europe shortly with my family (London, Paris, Amsterdam) for 10 days. I am beyond excited to take photographs, however lugging my equipment around has me less than. I have no intention of bringing the 70-200mm, but I would bring the two smaller lenses, a flash and a tripod. My shoulder/back hurts just thinking about it.
I also own a Sony RX 100 III which I do not use all that much. I am considering leaving my much beloved (though much bulkier) D810 at home and just bringing the small Sony. It has received very strong reviews but I feel on such a trip I should try to optimize the photos I take (not a professional, though if I get a great one I would consider blowing it up).
Any thoughts/suggestions here? I suppose I am looking for someone to convince me one way or the other.

Thanks all!

 

7 -- BIF equations - do they work?
Platinum member Richard J. Kish (Dickk) from England, The United Kingdom, has started a complex discussion on a difficult photography subject. He's trying to use sound math to solve difficulties of capturing images of an erratic bird in flight (BIF).

Here's the problem:
Hello...
What are your opinions about a D5 being able to accurately track an object coming towards the camera at approx. 80ft/sec. With a shutter speed of 1/1600, my calculations show the subject moving 0.6inches during the open shutter. So, assuming the focus is spot-on when the shutter opens, I might expect a bit of blur because of the 0.6inch movement. But can I expect the focus to be spot-on when I hit the shutter release?

My subjects are flying puffins. (Incredibly exciting to attempt to capture in flight...but also incredibly frustrating). They're very erratic fliers, and difficult to keep focused, especially with a heavy wind blowing them/you/the camera around.

Are you a successful puffin BIF shooter? How do you handle it?

 

8 -- Lumens and lux - Research guide?
Silver member Marlin Collier (MS Photog) from Mississippi, USA is also having technical difficulties. He's looking for members who have experience with the topic of lumens and lux measurements.

Here's his dilemma:
I need help understanding how these items relate to each other. I have done some studio portrait work for years and always used a Honeywell strobe with modeling light I bought in the 1970's. This worked great for me in film days. I had so much trouble trying to use this with my D7000 because of no pc outlet. I bought an LED continuous light specified at 1000 watts equivalent. This works pretty well for portraits but is not quite powerful enough for the way I want to use it. I have been shopping for an improvement but have never done much research into how lumens and lux equate to exposure; therefore, when I get on B & H and Amazon I can't figure out what is what and what I need.

Can anyone recommend a good article on these lighting measurements? I have tried searching Nikonians but maybe I don't know what to write in the search box to find what I need.

We've had excellent suggestion so far, including one piece of hardware called Wein Safe-Sync.  Check the discussion and feel free to add your own suggestion.

-----------------------------------
That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:33 PM

FedeoMay 30, 2017

Are you a darkroom "cheater?"

STRS-SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

Members share views on digital darkroom enhancements, Black and White competition winners announced, landscape photography on a budget, rain gear comparisons --- PLUS more....


1 -- Are you a darkroom cheater?

Silver member Dale Williams (Tropidale) from Florida, USA wants to know where our members stand on post processing techniques that may be stretching the "truth" of an image.

The modern digital darkroom allows for endless variations on an original photo, but Dale is thinking there may be a bit of "misrepresentation" involved.  


Here's a very short excerpt from his opening remarks:

Today I researched tutorials on how to get those magnificent milky way shots I have been drooling over for years. Imagine my disappointment to find that the "before" shots appear to be nothing like the edited version, just a fairly starry sky with a slightly lighter area. I was certainly expecting some adjustment, and I am sure that the video didn't do the actual original justice, but the extreme enhancements seemed a lot like 'bait and switch".


I get that photography is art, and you have a right to create whatever you like based on your skill, imagination, and tools. But it kind of bothers me when we, as photographers, misrepresent reality to such a degree that those who choose to visit a place or shoot the same subject based on what they think are representative images, end up feeling cheated when they arrive and see that they do not represent reality for viewing or photographing.


Check his full post for more points before you join this discussion. Plenty of great responses have already been added. 


2 -- Best B&W contest winners

Nikonians Photo Contest Director Dave Summer (dm1dave) has announced the winner of the Best of Nikonians Segment 1 with the theme "Black and White."


Taking top honors in this round is a powerful image by Gold member Isaac Vaisman (ivaisman) from Florida, USA. His shot of a boxer, captured with his Nikon D4, is titled "Boxer's Corner."


Isaac used a Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens maxed at 70mm with a 1/500 second exposure and f/4 aperture taking advantage of his ISO setting of 2000 (with +1 Exposure Compensation).

The B&W conversion was handled with Silver Effex 2.


In addition to our overall winner, we have four members earning an honorable mention. All images will advance to the final rounds of the Best of Nikonians 2017 at the end of the year.


Honorable mentions go to:

San Juan River New Mexico #2 by Adam Perez (Adamgp) from New Mexico, USA

Ghosts in the Ice by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) from Ohio, USA

Morning Exercise on Exmoor by Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom

Stairway to Darkness by Jeff Atchley (Graceland) from Tennessee, USA


All five images have been automatically uploaded to the Best of Nikonians 2017 Gallery.

This contest, along with the monthly forum contests, are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.


3 -- Upgrade your Shutter!

This is the most inexpensive upgrade you can make to your camera. It is incredibly simple and useful. You'll be amazed nobody thought of this before!

Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs. Click here to save 5% now.

Upgrade your photography with our legendary CheatSheets. Each of our CheatSheets is a work of art. You'll find them indispensable. We have CheatSheets for ALL of Nikons DSLRs and most Speedlights,


Get infinite Depth of Field with Helicon Software (discounted 10%). Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories.

Get the discount with this link 


4 -- Landscape Photography on a budget

Gold member Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer) from New Zealand has posted an inspirational article for those of us who do not have a massive assortment of specialized gear designed to help capture landscapes.

His premise is simple: Make use of what you already own.


In his article, Wayne contends:

Before you go off and buy that $5000 camera body, or $2000 wide angle lens, let's think about this. What I'm about to say may shock you, it may upset you (sorry about that), or it may even delight you. But it's the truth. And the truth is, a $2000 lens will NOT make you a better landscape photographer. And a $5000 camera will NOT make you a better photographer - period.


The photographers you admire may very well use the latest full frame bodies, and the most expensive ultra-wide lenses that money can buy. But that's not what makes them great photographers either. Trust me, you can take wonderful, amazing, stunning, incredible landscape pictures with an entry level or mid-range camera body and the humble kit lens. Seriously. When it comes to beautiful landscape images, it is most definitely not about the gear.


Can he prove his point? - by the looks of his sample images, it sure seems so. Check it out. 


5 -- Canon kudos anyone?

Silver member Alex Rosen (klrbee25) from Florida, USA is contemplating Canon as a source for his printing needs. Now is the time for all our Canon Printer users to chime in and let him know if he is on the right track.


Here's his wish-list:

I've been shooting for many years and have amassed a collection of digital photos. However, I drifted away from printing my work, mostly due to cost concerns at the time. I'm now drawn to the high-end Canon wide-format printers to renew my enjoyment of past and future work. I've also found that I'm quite reluctant to use print-shops for my work due to the inconvenience of uploading work, waiting for the prints, and then having to repeat the cycle if I want to adjust the results and receive more prints.


I've been considering the Canon Prograf Pro-1000 to print up to 17"x24" and get excellent quality. The missing roll paper support is bummer. I'm drawn to the improvement in print-head technology to minimize clogs which were a real downer when I was using Epson products many years ago.


My thought is I could use the Canon for all my smaller print needs and to make proofs for larger prints that are beyond the printer's capabilities. Considering really large prints need some special mounting for proper presentation, I expect to use a quality print shop for those works regardless. But I'm hoping the Canon will get me back into high quality printing, fill my small print needs and serve as a stepping stone to proofing which prints go for the big presentation with professional production.


Does this make any sense? I'm not making a living with photography and the prints are for me, my family and for display in our home.


If you have experience with Canon printers like the one Alex is asking about--we encourage you to join the discussion. 


6 -- Last chance for Nikon D500, D750 & D810 plus free Nikon Battery Pack Grips

Our friends at Berger Bros. Camera tell us they have never seen Nikon offer bigger Instant Savings.

If you're on the fence, these low prices should push you off! This offer expires on June 3rd.


• D5500
Two lens kit - save $550

• D500
Body Only - Save $200BB-sp_250.jpgw/ kit lens - Save $670
Plus Free MB-D17 Battery Pack

• D750
Body Only - Save $500
w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D16 Battery Pack

• D810 Body Only - Save $500
D810 w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D12 Battery Pack


You can now pre-order the new D7500 Body at $1,249.99 or the D7500 w/kit lens at $1,749.99. Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or mailto:BradBerger@mac.com.


7 -- Rain Gear anyone?


We have a very detailed discussion on rain gear going on in our Camera Carry & Apparel forum. The depth of responses shows many of our more experienced members take water damage seriously. Specific brand names are discussed in-depth.


This is a must read if you have a trip to wet climates and regions in mind. Here are a few examples:

•  It really depends on how much rain and how long. For many photographers, pouring rain is beyond the scope of decent photos so it's really light rain or showers for 15-30 minutes that is the problem. If you must get the shot and are a sports photographer, you need something more. If rather than a shower, you just have nuisance water such as heavy mist, there is still a different solution.


• I would also take a lightweight poncho. A poncho will cover you and your bag and provide temporary shelter for your camera and lens. I have a large size one that becomes a portable shelter and I have it over the tripod and shoot through the hood.


• There's a point at which you have to distinguish rain gear aimed at protecting the camera while shooting, and just protecting the camera (a big garbage bag can do the latter).


How do you protect your valuable investment in great gear? Let us know.  


8 -- Think Tank Photo announces upgraded favorites

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released a new version of their popular TurnStyle sling bags with an emphasis on stability.

The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.  The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. 


The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10" tablet.  These new version releases come in the traditional Charcoal and in a new color, Indigo Blue.


Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:

This new version of our popular TurnStyle sling bags reinforces their reputation as the ideal "grab and go" camera bag. One thing we've learned from serving professional photographers for so long is that they always need one, pre-conformed gear kit that gives them access to their core gear.  The TurnStyle is that bag.


If a combination backpack/roller is you favorite Think Tank product, they have you covered with their new version of the StreetWalker® series--  one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world.  


The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks.


Photographers get the same comfort and quality as the original series but with new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.


Editor's note: if you are interested in these bags, make sure you use our links (above)-- our friends at Think Tank have arranged for the links to lead our members to free gear and free shipping with their orders. 


9 -- Real Estate photographers share tips

New member Maris Lubbock (Enidan) from Ontario, Canada took a picture of a home. A realtor liked her work and now she's on the verge of entering the world of real estate photography. It's not as easy as one might think, and she's asking for advice. What would you suggest?


Here's her story:

On a whim, I send some photos of a house - interior & exterior to a real estate agent who is an acquaintance. He loved them. In a note with the photos, I asked if he could would be interested in having me photo a couple of listings. Since I am very new to all this I said I would do it for free for one or two places. They loved my photos &' I'm meeting agents tomorrow afternoon at a large older home. The agent also insists he will pay me. He & some other agents loved my photos.

If things work out, I'm not worried about the business side. I have advice from our insurance agent & accountant. What I need advice on is lighting & everything else. The photos I sent were taken with my crop sensor & my Sigma 10-20. The late afternoon was sunny and the house was beautifully lit with natural light. I know nothing about supplementary lighting, so hoping at this point I don't have to use it. I will be there in the afternoon tomorrow. Hoping it's sunny.

I would love to be able to make some money to support my expensive hobby. I'm retired and have discovered my love for photography late in life when I can least afford it. Any advice would be appreciated.  - Maris


Have you been shooting real estate images? Do you have tips to share?


----------------------------------


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:20 PM

FedeoMay 23, 2017

New camera, new book, new questions

MSTR-7500_SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

New book coming with member input weighed in, lens storage issues, rip stop nylon for portraits--- PLUS more....


1 -- New camera, new book, new questions

Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) has opened a virtual Pandora's Box while researching his next book in the Mastering Series

He knew that before he embarked on this new project.  Our members have not been too kind when reading about a new DSLR with apparently more features missing than actually added

The camera is the new Nikon D7500, and although Darrell does not have his in hand yet, he's looking for our input:


Friends, 

I have preordered the new Nikon D7500 (from Berger-Bros.com) and have been examining the camera's features on the Nikon site. There are some exciting things and some negative things that I want to talk with you about before I write our upcoming NikoniansPress book Mastering the Nikon D7500. I value your input on the camera. 

What do you see that is positive and/or negative about the D7500? Is there a particular feature you like or dislike? I am looking for positives about the D7500, although I recognize a few negatives. What are your thoughts?

Editor's note: Darrell's research shows he's ready to tackle what may be the most negatively "pre-reviewed" new model since the Nikon DF. He's asking for input because he's noticed our comments so far seem to be missing some goodies. I talked to him at length before posting this, and I can assure you he's not a "fan-boy" looking to ignore negatives in favor of positives, simply to publish a book.  The new book is already in the pre-order pipeline, so if you want it reserved, orders yours today.


2 -- Right side up? - or down?

Silver member Mark Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA wants to know how you are storing your lenses. It's not as much the storage location as deciding "which side up?

Here's the question:

I own a bunch of lenses, both AF Nikkors and many 3rd party lenses. I use a set of shelves in my bedroom closet for storage and easy access. Do I need to keep the front lens element facing up or down? 

Currently all of my lenses including heavy primes and zooms are stored with the front element facing up. With my non AF-S lenses should I keep the lens aperture opened all the way (f/1.4, 1.8, 2.0 etc) or closed to the smallest aperture (f/16, 22 or 32) like my G lenses? 

I know this is a silly question but I want to store my lenses in a way that doesn't hurt functionality later on. 

Do you have a preferred method? Let us know, and don't forget to mention why. 


3 -- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!

new-lbl-k_220.jpg

Each IDmyStuff® label set includes includes 29 labels, in 3 sizes.  Big enough for a 400mm lens to small enough for a filter ring.


3 lines of text on each label, plus a gift or coding message for each set.  Up to 30 characters per line.  Super weatherproof outdoor vinyl with sign grade adhesive, UV resistant colorfast thermal resin printing, laminated with tough polyester. 7 different colors--code your gear by types, storage locations, or application purposes.


Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround--order to delivery--is one week or less.


4 -- Share your favorite photo storage solution

New member John O'Connell (JBOC) from Virginia, USA needs help deciding on a photo storage sharing site for his club.


Johns asks:
I have been using Dropbox for members to put their monthly theme shots in and if they come up something they like better they can pull back their shot and drop in another.

I would like to have a site where each month's work can be stored for members viewing.

I can't figure out how Flicker can be used by many and any advice would be appreciated.


We've already received comments on sites we've rarely considered. Before you share your advice, don't forget that John's usage is specialized for members of a club, (as opposed to picture sharing with family and friends. 


5 -- Can rip stop nylon improve your portraits?

Have you ever considered using a light panel made of rip stop Nylon?

Portrait photographers have been using light panels made of translucent materials for years.

The versatility factor alone is worth a try.

Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA has been performing trial runs with the material and he's posted examples.

He has received a few suggestions (mostly about the color of the fabric) and now he's ready for the next step:

Several colors are available. Blue, Black, Charcoal gray, red, hunter green, burnt orange, brown, and a few more that I don't like. My next project, with his mom's approval, is a portrait of a teenager. He wants something modern. He showed me some examples, not of himself, and some had light gray backgrounds, and some had dark backgrounds. We can do both. 

I'm thinking burnt orange then I can light from behind and make it brighter or darker, move it from orange to dark brown.

I am not good at picking background colors. Any help will be appreciated. 


6 -- Don't get p****ed

Silver member Mike McLain (AUMike) from Alabama, USA was first to mention an unusual friend request:

Note to everyone....appears that a scammer has obtained email addresses of members of Nikonians. The body of the email I received from this scumbag references Nikonians.org. Not good. 

Not good indeed Mike, and you were not alone. When I got mine I briefly pictured Gina Lollobrigida or Sophia Loren but my suspicious nature immediately pointed to a phishing scam.

Silver member Fred Brickenkamp (FredB D3) from Florida, USA went a few steps further and looked into some background. 

He reports: This is both a dating scam and an attempt to get people's money (help me get my father's estate, and I'll share with you). 

Many members have also been targeted, and our founders are planning for enhanced preventive measures. 


7 -- Boundless creativity in digital darkroom

Moderating Team member Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) reminds us to check out the current digital artistry competition because it is filling up with some amazing images.

Have a look, and let the current submissions give you inspiration to join the competition. 

The May challenge is-- Lines.

This contest features images that have been significantly manipulated for creative effect. The final output can be realistic, surreal, abstract, or fantastic. 

Show us your digitally manipulated images of lines and objects in lines. Any photographic subject is acceptable so long as it meets the Nikonians terms of use. We want to see wall-worthy line abstracts, objects/people in lines, clothes lines, blurred movement lines, architectural lines, or any liney thing that tickles your fancy. Let your inner artist lead the way. 

This is a digital manipulation contest, so tell us a little something about how you achieved the visual effect. 

Editor's note: the image used to illustrate this item was chosen at random, and does not indicate any favoritism to this entry. I'm not on the judging team. Not much time left to enter this May competition. 


8 -- Pushing for perfection

Silver member Bob Levesque (BOB_LEVESQUE) wants to shoot fast action events under challenging light conditions. He needs a good camera and some good advice. 

He has that camera, but now it's time for some advice.

Here's the question: 

This is my first attempt at shooting boxing (also my first outing with my new D750, Nikon 28-300 3.5/5.6 VR, No flash). 

Settings: AF-C, "Group", Manual 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO Auto, face detection ON, focal length used usually 300, shot from the stands (not ringside). 

Read and followed all the tips in the owner's manual, other publications and local camera expert. 

PROBLEM: Even with Face-detection on, and AF-C/Grp, most of the shots were focused on the Rope around the ring instead of the boxers faces. (see attached shot) 

What did I do wrong?

Help and advice much appreciated as I intend to shoot a lot of low-light, fast action events, (boxing, roller-derby, gymnastics...etc.) which is why I bought the D750 to start with.


Thanks!

-------


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:54 PM

FedeoMay 16, 2017

What do you do with your photographs?

car-model-SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

Members share what they are doing with their photos, two photography specialties worth trying, sensor dust remedies--- PLUS more....


1 -- What do you do with your photographs?
Gold member Steve Castle (AusPhotoMan) from New South Wales, Australia has tons of images collected over the years, and now he's looking to make good use of his efforts. What have you been doing with your "keepers" when you are not sure whether to hit the delete option?

Here is Steve's question:
Hi all,
I have been shooting for many years including some time as a working pro.
These days I struggle to figure out what to do with images I take. I have limited display space at home, but some are on display. I don't have young children or grandchildren to shoot ATM, but do shoot extensively when I travel and make those images into photobooks, but that is generally once every two years.
I enjoy shooting but can't see the point if I am not doing something useful with the images. Decent competitions are expensive to enter multiple images, the main reason I see to enter comps is the prestige of getting an award but I am not one who gets off on receiving awards.
Thoughts please?  -- Regards,  Steve

Responses so far include printing for fun, printing for profit, posting online forums, donating prints and arranging for stock photo reprint options.

If you have a huge stack of great images, you need to follow (and perhaps contribute to) this discussion.

 

2 -- Drops of water equal art?
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is looking into expanding his photo skills by tackling images of water drops. Yes, drops of water. If you have never seen the unique results from this style, you really need to check out the examples posted in response.

Here's the original question:
Now that I have abandoned sports photography, I want to find a new interest. My studio is ready for use.
Today I did some research on water-drop photography. This seems like something I might like.
Because I have no experience with this type of photography, I don't know if this kit is the way to go, or if there is something better.

Bob specified a certain kit, and from the looks of it--responses so far include many options and techniques. This is not a challenge for those of us with limited patience or resources, but the results are truly amazing. This discussion has turned into a great "how-to" primer for all of us willing to take on the challenges.

Have a look, and if you are a water-drop shooter - make sure you add your best shots.

 

3 -- Lowest prices ever on Nikon D500, D750 & D810 plus free Nikon Battery Pack Grips
Berger Bros. Camera tells us they have never seen Nikon offer bigger Instant Savings.

• D5500
Two lens kit - save $550
• D500
Body Only - Save $200
w/ kit lens - Save $670 
Plus Free MB-D17 Battery Pack
• D750
Body Only - Save $500
w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D16 Battery Pack
• D810 Body Only - Save $500
D810 w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D12 Battery Pack

You can now pre-order the new D7500 Body at $1,249.99 or the D7500 w/kit lens at $1,749.99. Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or mailto:BradBerger@mac.com.

 

4 -- Irritated by sensor dust?
Silver member Fay Jordan (TripleSeven) from England, The United Kingdom has been trying to resolve sensor dust issues with her Nikon D750. This is one of the most talked about topics in our forums for all DSLR's and her particular problem is drawing good suggestions.

The original question (and image):
Hi all, I have a D750 I bought at the start of last year and it's riddled with spots. It has been cleaned but, within a day or two of the cleaning the spots were back, and in force. The attached just-for-example photo shows how bad the spots are down the right-hand side of the sensor - no processing has been done, apart from resizing the photo so I could upload it, and equalizing it in Photoshop to highlight the spots (which is why the colours look a bit groovy).

What could be causing all these spots? The lens was only changed once in the time since it was cleaned, in a reasonably clean hotel room and I hadn't been in any dusty environments. My D810, by contrast, is immaculate.

Sensor dust is a fact of life, I get that, but this does seem excessive and more so as the sensor was cleaned immediately prior to the trip I was on. My previous D750 that I sold was the same, more dust than the Sahara. That said, is this dust or could it be oil spots? And, although it's a month out of warranty, would it be worth sending to Nikon UK for servicing and cleaning? Thanks in advance for your responses.

Do you have additional suggestions for her problem? Share them with us.

 

5 -- What the heck is a "sportrait?"
Silver member Brian Barbash (brianbarbash) from New Jersey, USA has posted a few images of an athlete (his son) while describing it in a relatively new term. His technique has drawn praise.

Brian tells us:
For about a year or so, I've been playing around with "sportraits" and compositing, creating images of my kids and their teammates. Usually I drop them into a stadium or some other kind of setting that mimics big time sports. The kids go bonkers when they see themselves like this and it's a lot of fun.

The shot (attached) is my youngest son Tyler, 8, wearing his NJ State team gymnastics uniform. He qualified to represent New Jersey in a 5-team state meet held at the West Point Military Academy in April. The team took 2nd place. While this shot isn't a composite, I did use compositing techniques to change the background to near black - the original was a dirty white muslin backdrop that just didn't work that well, but was all I had.

Any feedback or suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated.

Responding members complimented Brian on his technique with a limited number of suggestions.

Moderating Team member Martin Turner told Brian:
Masterful use of rim lighting which is the mark of the modern sportrait. This is superb, and you haven't gone too far (which is easy to do).

Brian added an additional image showing more creativity. If you have been shooting "sportraits" please feel free to add to this discussion. And, make sure you tell us how you did it.

 

6 -- Comfort plus Theft-Resistance?
Can your strap keep your camera safe when traveling?

This strap, available from PhotoBert, is great for travel as it helps thwart camera thieves and is great for everyday use.
It fits any camera that has a removeable camera strap.

Don't let this strap fool you - it looks (and is) lightweight, but is incredibly strong!

It is 30% lighter than nylon/polyester, 45% lighter than aramid and 15 times stronger than steel.
(Sorry -- PhotoBert can only ship this product to US customers only.)
Nikonians Price: $37.95 
Price is after discount reflected in your cart.

 

7 -- Mark your tripod. Best method?
Gold member John A. Meiers (Dakotaboy) from North Dakota, USA is asking for suggestions on speeding up his tripod settings. Do you mark pre-sets, and if so, how so you mark the gear?

Here's the original question:
About a year ago I purchased a used Gitzo tripod. When fully extended and a D3 attached to ballhead it is about 2 inches too high. Does anybody have any DIY tricks to marking the tripod legs for quick easy setup according to my height? It would be nice to see a tripod with tape measure type markings on the bottom legs.

We have two responses:
• The simplest solution is to adjust the length of the bottom set of legs to your eye level and then mark one or more of the legs with a sharpie so you know how far to extend them the next time you set up the tripod. You could also just remember to not fully extend the bottom section and guess the height. If you do it often enough you will get very close to eye level without having to put a mark on the leg.  

• I don't recommend marring your tripod legs with tick marks, but Marty has a good suggestion. I usually extend the bottom sections of my tripod less than halfway out. For one that keeps dust and mud out of the telescoping joints, and two I can more easily adjust the top sections to set the height I need. BTW, the middle section(s) get extended out all the way.

How would you mark your favorite tripod settings?

 

8 -- Camera ban on air travel: updates
It has been nearly two months since Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi started tracking and reporting on recent air travel security measures that could impact our members flying with their gear.  The restrictions apply to electronic devices, but believe it or not -- your Nikon gear may be included.

In a recent update, Ned shows a pessimistic viewpoint:
As to this ban that isn't really a ban, the only people who are adversely affected are law abiding passengers, many of whom who have decided that the government has gone too far and are not traveling. (Emirates Airlines has reported a $1.5 billion drop in profits since the ban that isn't really a ban when into effect. Other affected airlines are reportedly hurting similarly.)
There is no upside.
The ban has no capability to make air travelers more secure. That's not opinion. That's fact. The ban likely makes us less secure according to experts.

The result of these security measures is starting to point towards our air-traveling members investing in costly "check-in" traveling luggage from sources such as Pelican.
How are you dealing with the newest air travel security arrangements?

-------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:50 PM

FedeoMay 9, 2017

D5 and D500 becoming extinct?

D6-psb_SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

Members speculate on the future of Nikon, 35mm lens suggestions, blending skin tones PLUS more....



1 -- D5 and D500 becoming extinct?
In an ironic twist, while we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our favorite camera company, Silver member Thomas Lawrence (tomlawone) from Idaho, USA is speculating on the inevitable demise of popular Nikon cameras like the D5 and D500. Responding members are countering with a measure of confidence and a glimpse of future generations.

Tom's initial post was a bit on the gloomy side:
Nikon as a camera company is dying. Sony and Fuji and Olympus and Panasonic have mirrorless, the future. The SLR generation was the 50's to 90's. That generation is now old and retired. Today big, fat, full-frame cameras go to professionals and enthusiasts who are young and will carry the weight. DX is the compromise. Does anyone see a day 5 years from now when mirrorless has not done everything the D5 or D500 can do now?

Responses so far include:
• Automotive industry is dying because only Tesla has electric cars.
That said the Sony a9 seems to be a great but also expensive camera. Nikon is not sleeping and it is expected that the D6 will be a new camera as the a9 is today. That will happen within the next 3 or 4 years.

• Truth is that mechanical devices are expensive and unreliable. The camera of the future will have no moving parts and the SLR will become the photographic equivalent of steam locomotives.
• To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The reports of Nikon's death are greatly exaggerated".
I have been hearing these stories for years each time a competitor one ups Nikon. Sure, Nikon is not as big as Canon or Sony, but cameras are also not its only business. That being the case, it is still considered one of the top makers of professional cameras.

• The dead thing is the point and shoot camera, not DSLR cameras. I wouldn't dream of buying a point and shoot; my phone is just as good. But my phone can't touch the quality of a DSLR image, except under the best of circumstances---good light, an appropriate subject for wide angle, and plenty of time to focus.

Where do you stand? Share your opinion.

 

2 - Which 35mm lens are you using?
Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA is wondering if he should service a good 35mm lens or perhaps start looking at a replacement

Here's the original question:
My current lens is an old AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D and the aperture blades are sluggish although I don't see oil on the blades. Before getting it repaired I'd like to find out which 35mm lens you're using? Is it sharp and reliable? I like to use my old 35mm on my D700 or D800.

Both of his listed cameras have full frame sensors, and our members are giving him a number of interesting suggestions:

 • Have been using the Zeiss zf 35/2 for many years on D700 and D800. Very sharp wide open, beautiful colors, good contrast. This is my most used lens.
• One lens everyone raves about is the Sigma 35/1.4 Art.
• There is now a good variety of options available, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED FX version is excellent and good value, the 1.4 and earlier f2 lenses have nice character but are not my preferred options.

Do you have a favorite 35mm lens that you would recommend? Let Mark know.

 

3 -- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!
Label ALL your gear... BEFORE you go out to shoot!
Each IDmyStuff® label set includes 29 labels, in 3 sizes.  Big enough for a 400mm lens -- small enough for a filter ring.

Three lines of text per label, plus a gift or coding message for each set.  Up to 30 characters per line.  Super weatherproof outdoor vinyl with sign grade adhesive, UV resistant colorfast thermal resin printing, laminated with tough polyester. 7 different colors -- code gear by types, storage locations, or application purposes.

Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround (order to delivery) is one week or less.

 

4 -- Blending skin tones primer
Silver member Peter Conis (PC60) from Iowa, USA asked for advice on fine-tuning a portrait. He provided an original, and our members have made edits to solve some blending issues. Do you think you have a new approach?

Here's the original question:
Here's a photo from a session I conducted involving our nursing instructors.

My concern is the neckline--I can't manage to blend the tan line and reduce the color distinction between the obviously sun exposed portion of her neck and the remainder of her neck visible in this photo.

I tried dodging, cloning, and painting and I was not happy with the results.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any additional comments would also be welcomed.

Responding members used a variety of methods, and as we all know, there a many ways to solve post processing challenges.

Take a look at Pete's original - and if you can improve on it, share your version and make sure you tell us how it was accomplished.

 

5 -- Moderately priced gear for panoramas
Gold member Steve Castle (AusPhotoMan) from New South Wales, Australia is interested in expanding his panorama shooting techniques and apparatus. He's already done some stitching and he's ready for the next step. Take a look at his progress so far and let him know if he's on the right track.

Here's the original post:
Hi all,
I am looking to play around with panoramas. I have been successful with hand held and single row horizontal stitches with a standard tripod pan/tilt head, but sometimes those don't blend correctly in PS. I have a Manfrotto tripod with built in level that to me is very inaccurate when check against a builder's level. The inbuilt level case also moves when the center column is set horizontally, so it can't be accurate.

I have carefully set the tripod level to be apparently level, then set the pan/tilt head which also has a level to be level, then rotated the pan/tilt head in azimuth and the level position on the pan/tilt head changed, to me a further indication the tripod level is inaccurate.

Am I doing something wrong here in setting up?

I am planning on using a macro focus rail to set the camera to the pupil entrance point, along with one of the rotating mechanisms you can buy economically from China via Ebay. Also, adding an Arca Swiss style l plate and bracket for vertical operation. I figure I can do this for about $AUD150-$AUD200. Are there any flaws in my approach, if so are there other ways to approach the problem? I simply cannot afford a Nodal Ninja or Novofelx style setup.

Attached is a 3 shot vertical stitch, shot on a tripod, not very carefully levelled and lens not at pupil entrance point, but with no foreground to cause issues. Actually, stitched with MSICE.  Regards, Steve


6 -- Big lens - Big price - Big decision

Silver member Gig Marshall (Giguchan) from New York, USA is contemplating a step up to the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens. He already has the predecessor. Should he reach for his wallet?

Gig asks: 
Have many of you traded up to the latest version of this lens? I have the previous version and was just wondering if any of you have made the swap to the latest version.
In other words, is the latest that much more sharp?
I was also curious to see if the change of the focus and zoom was that big of a learning curve.
I know that every other lens in the world is "normally" the other way around.
Thanks.

Many members have already answered that they would not be upgrading their 70-200's, but one who has already made her purchase says she's very satisfied:
I had the VRII, and now own the new FL. I preordered and had mine two days after BH had it in stock. The older lens is a great lens, but the latest version is really nice. It's sharper across the whole frame, sharp at 135mm (most zooms are weakest in their mid range), has even faster AF (great for sports), and is a little lighter than it's predecessor. It also doesn't have the focus breathing issue.

Is this lens appealing to your NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome)?

 

7 -- D5500 Fixes arrive
Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the D5500.

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpg

This week's 1.02 version improves over the previous (1.01) by addressing issues with shutter response under certain conditions and display preferences. Nikon lists the following fixes:
• The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.
• The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
• Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).
• If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.
• The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.

 

8 -- Fall ANPAT 17 now booking
Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has announced the location for our next Fall season Nikonians Annual Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT).

The Fall ANPAT-17 will be taking our members to Acadia and the Coastal Maine and for a very limited time, we have an early bird discount.  This location is a photography paradise, with rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light.

The dates are: October 7, 2017 (arrival) to October 14, 2017 (departure).

JRP tells us:
October is the best time to be there; exquisite colors abound, not just on the trees, but also on the ground, thanks to the berry plants characteristic of the northern areas. Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) will be our ANPAT Leader.

Check out the 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQs and the official Nikonians Academy reservations page for more details.

------------------------------
That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:54 PM

FedeoMay 3, 2017

Are you ready for the USA blackout?

Sol-EC-SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
USA members plan for August Eclipse, March contest congrats, sensor cleaning update, PLUS more....



1 -- Are you ready for the USA blackout?

Gold member Mark David (tpnaspen) from Illinois, USA reminds us the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse covering a large swath of the USA is coming in three months.


Mark asks:

This coming August I will be within 50 miles of 100% total solar eclipse. I would love to take some photos but concerned with my own safety and my camera. I shoot a Nikon D750.

Is there a particular lens I should use? Some helpful hints would be appreciated.

Our Astrophotography forum members are known for their attention to details, and we must commend Gold member Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M) from Arizona, USA for his response, which includes a treasure chest of significant links covering solar eclipses.

The 2017 eclipse will hit land in on August 21, in western Oregon (Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay) at 10:15 a.m. local time then proceed across the USA until it exits land over South Carolina at a barrier reef (Cape Romain) just east of McClellanville at 2:49 p.m. local time.  The actual time (ignoring time zones) will be only about an hour and a half, covering 14 States.  


2 -- March Contest Congrats

Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the March contests. Congratulations to our winners!

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.



1. -- Wildlife - "In the Beautiful Light at Dusk or Dawn" theme winner Aart Louw (AartPapaya) from South Africa with his image titled Good Bad and Ugly.
2. -- Landscape -  "Dusk or Dawn -Sun Below the Horizon" theme winner Nick Randall (NRandall) from Victoria, Australia with his image titled Daybreak - Addiscott Beach - Great Ocean Road.
3. -- Macro - "Black and White Close-ups in Nature" theme winner Mark Thomas (Danygraig) from Wales, The United Kingdom with his image titled Sagartia anemone.
4. -- Travel  - "Traditional Sports and Pastimes" theme winner Steve Piccolo (pic) from Washington, USA with his image titled Tibetan Tug-of-War.
5. -- Digital Artistry  - " Animal or Plants" theme winner Roberta Davidson (birdied) from Louisiana, USA with her image titled The Swallowtail.
6. -- Online Assignments  - "Old" theme winner William McEwen (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA   with his image titled Bus.

Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past assignments here.

The current (May) assignment is Street Photography.

Here is Rob's description:
My suggestion is to Google the term "Street Photography" to get a sense of this month's assignment. Wikipedia says, "street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places." What do you think street photography is? Post some images to prove your point!


3 -- What is your favorite photography vest?


Silver member Marion Pavan (pqtrths) from California, USA has a birthday coming up and he's thinking of gifting himself with a photographer's vest. Marion's search is uncovering some interesting suggestions.

Here's his list of requirements:

I been thinking about this beforehand to reduce my physical profile especially in tight locations, such as entering WWII bombers, or car shows - with my backpacks, I would first drop the pack and carry it between the cars - where a backpack is a tight fit; to evenly distribute the weight of the equipment; and to provide convenient access for my equipment.

My equipment is listed in my profile. Instead of me trying to carry nearly everything in my 7x backpack, I would use the 7x, and, maybe, the 6x as storage, and selecting from the backpacks what I'd probably need.

Also, I've been using my D3x only - I want to now use my D3x and my D200 again for its crop factor.


What would you suggest? The old Tamrac company had a number of vests that I remember I liked but they're long gone. The vest's build quality and longevity is important. New or lightly used is acceptable. The vest should have attachment rings and pockets, covered or enclosed, of varied size. A fisherman's vest would also work. Questions, comments, and recommendations are appreciated.

Ok folks, if you have a favorite vest that would meet Marion's needs, share your thoughts.


4 -- Lowest prices ever on Nikon D500, D750 & D810 plus free Nikon Battery Pack Grips

Berger Bros. Camera tells us they have never seen Nikon offer bigger Instant Savings.


BergerBros_Nikonian_Newsletter-4May2107.jpg

D5500
Two lens kit - save $550

D500 - Body Only - Save $200
w/ kit lens - Save $670 
Plus Free MB-D17 Battery Pack

D750 - Body Only - Save $500
w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D16 Battery Pack

D810 Body Only - Save $500
D810 w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D12 Battery Pack

You can now pre-order the new D7500 Body at $1,249.99 or the D7500 w/kit lens at $1,749.99. Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com. 


5 -- Does size matter?

Silver member Larry Mannino (Larry E30) from Oregon, USA is wondering if camera size (as opposed to functionality) is important to our members.

He asks:
I have had a lot of DSLR's (I especially like the jumbo Olympus E-3 with 18-180mm) but I find after using these SMALLER cameras .... I don't want to go back to FULL SIZE - for what I do.

I guess it depends on your needs - I don't have any.

What do you think is important?

Responses so far show preferences based on needs, more than size:

• I'll say what's important is that the camera/lens combo does what I need it to do. I probably shoot almost as many photos with my iPhone as I do with my Nikons but when I go out to Yellowstone I'll take a D5, D500 and a half-ton of glass.

•  I find that my DSLR brick is staying on the shelf more and my smaller camera is going outside more. I am not ready to ditch the brick. When I go out specifically to engage in photography, I will take the brick.

• Depends on the situation for me. In addition to my (all DX) DSLRs, I have an Olympus E-M5 that I use a lot when traveling, and when I want a smaller camera.

• I love large size cameras because to me it feels rock solid to hold a large size camera.

Do you prefer a "hefty feel" while shooting?


6 -- When is a portrait not a portrait? 


Gold member Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom started a "food for thought" discussion that has evoked a large measure of carefully analysis, and even the Queen of England.

Warning: Don't start reading the discussion until you are in a quiet room with a soothing beverage at your side.

In response to Geoff's observations on a recent photo contest our members said:

• I would agree that the dominant part of a portrait photograph should be the face/expression.

However, I don't know if there is an enforceable international definition that supports my feelings.

But then if portraits can be anything, why have the word portrait?

• Your definition of "portrait" doesn't seem to include any of the painted portraits of the past 800 years or more that include the entire body - not just the head and shoulders - and the floor, chair, bench, stool or throne on which the subject is sitting or standing.

• A portrait, whether close-up or environmental, is a portrait or it is not. Just like a cat is not a horse.

• For my money, as long as an image contains enough detail, particularly facial detail, to enable this sort of "character reading" I can accept and enjoy it as a portrait. Studio close up or street scene, it's the humanity that fascinates.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg on this topic. Join the discussion and give us your thoughts on portraiture.


7 -- Are you cleaning your sensors?


Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has posted a link to a very informative article regarding a shift in sensor cleaning based on chemistry. If you have been using the Eclipse system, perhaps you need to consider Aero-clipse.

Eric explains:

Essentially some of the newer sensors have replaced glass covers with coated sensor covers to repel dust on the sensor. These coatings are increasingly vulnerable to the formulation of cleaning fluids, so original Eclipse has gone through several iterations. The latest - Aero-clipse - is driven by the coatings on the Sony sensor but will likely be useful for other sensors.

The difference is a reduction in the amount of pure methanol, and the addition of ethanol and isopropanol alcohol to provide gentler cleaning but potentially slower evaporation.


Some of the Sony sensors have had the coatings that specifically require the newer fluids. I don't know if Nikon is using those coatings, but there is little risk of using a less aggressive cleaning product. This also suggests using a light touch with cleaning fluid since evaporation may be slower. Using excess fluid remains a problem that can lead to streaking.

If you have experience cleaning sensors, we invite you to share your opinion.


8 -- Back to the good old days?


Moderating Team member Holger Wahl (Holger) from Switzerland is on a roll -- roll of film that is. Yes, he's gone back to film for a while, and so far, he's liking the results.


Here is a part of his story:

 I started a project now: analog for 6 months (except official tasks), with FM2n (b/w) and F3 (Ektar/Portra), 28mm f/2.8 AIS, 50mm f/1.2 AIS (NEW!!!), 200mm f/4 and a 100-300mm zoom. Plus, some MF and LF gear, once I got started and will have time to spare (optimist....).


Hope it works, the first (very old) Velia I found in a drawer is on the way back from the lab, two HP5 Plus are waiting for me to spare some time in the bathroom, and more good old films are sitting cool and dark in the basement, waiting to get used over the weeks and months to come.

Sure, scanning and de-dusting will take more time than "producing" thousands of digital pictures in LR, but it's like working on an old wooden boat: it's not about quantity, it's about reflection, concentration, creation of unique pictures, not about technical perfection, but about vision and manual work.

Anyone tried to step back, relax and find out about himself (or herself), about the origins of film-based photography, the smell of film when you open the little plastic can, the limitation to 36 or less pictures?

So far, so good. Holger has posted some images and he's getting support from others who have not given up on film.

-----------------------------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:01 PM

FedeoApril 25, 2017

Will Sony's a9 draw Nikon fans?

SvN-SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week: 

Members weigh Sony's a9, Fall ANPAT location announced, getting started in wedding photography - PLUS more...

1- Will Sony's a9 draw Nikon fans?
It's a fair question. Sony has unveiled a camera that features a mirrorless system designed to rival results from high end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) models out of Canon and Nikon, and the price is competitive.

According to Sony, the a9:
...realizes a totally blackout-free viewfinder while conventional systems can only try to reduce blackout time. A high-speed, vibration-free, silent Anti-Distortion shutter vastly extends the range of shooting situations while a mechanical system can only aim for lower vibration and quieter shutter release sound. α9 provides continuous tracking of moving subjects for foolproof AF/AE while traditional SLRs can only challenge such AF/AE performance improvements. Moreover, α9 allows its viewfinder to show not only images of the subject -- available on conventional systems -- but also the final image of a shot.

Our members have been weighing the specs, and some are not about to jump ship.

Here are some comments:
• I'm thinking this is a game changer. Won't the D5 replacement need to be mirrorless to compete?
• Sony writes a good marketing blurb but the a6500 did not fulfil their promises and my a7rii is woefully deficient to the D750 in so many ways. If Sony is shooting for the Tokyo 2020 then we will probably see some refining in an a9ii. They may also have some Sports lenses by then.
• The specs are impressive. But specs don't make a camera. Sony's interface and ergonomics are pretty awful compared to Nikon.

Are you getting ready to purchase a Sony A9? Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

 

2- Fall ANPAT 17 now booking
Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has announced the location for our next Fall season Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT).

The Fall ANPAT-17 will be taking our members to Acadia and Coastal Maine and for a very limited time, we have an early bird discount.  This location is a photography paradise, with rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light.

The dates are: October 7, 2017 (arrival) to October 14, 2017 (departure).

JRP tells us:
October is the best time to be there; exquisite colors abound, not just on the trees, but also on the ground, thanks to the berry plants characteristic of the northern areas. Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) will be our ANPAT Leader.

Check out the 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQs and the official Nikonians Academy reservations page for more details. Make sure you take note of the early bird discount on that page (deadline approaching in just one week).

 

3- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!
Label ALL your gear... BEFORE you go out to shoot!
Each IDmyStuff® label set includes 29 labels, in 3 sizes.  Big enough for a 400mm lens -- small enough for a filter ring.

Three lines of text per label, plus a gift or coding message for each set.  Up to 30 characters per line.  Super weatherproof outdoor vinyl with sign grade adhesive, UV resistant colorfast thermal resin printing, laminated with tough polyester. 7 different colors -- code gear by types, storage locations, or application purposes.

Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround (order to delivery) is one week or less.

 

4- Wedding photography - Getting started
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) has a friend wanting to get into the wedding photography business. His original question concentrated on the gear, but responses from our wedding pro members are quickly adding important precautions.

Here's Bob's question:
A friend asked me what camera I would suggest for him to enable him to photograph weddings. He can't afford a camera with an FX sensor. What DX camera would you suggest?

Replies quickly cautioned against venturing into this line of photography with only one body. We also have great advice on gaining experience.
Here are some examples:

• Having photographed weddings for 37 years I must suggest two (2) D7200 bodies. NEVER take on a paying photo assignment with a single camera body.
• I personally think, the best thing for him to do first, would find a wedding photographer, that would let him go to some weddings with him or her, as their assistant, as there are far more things to being a wedding photographer than people think.
• There is a lot more homework that needs to be done. Choosing the camera body is probably pretty low on the list of decisions for a new wedding photographer.

In all fairness, Bob never mentioned if his friend had already been pulling apprentice duties under an accomplished wedding photographer.  But as the replies start piling up, we invite anyone with hopes of shooting weddings to read the responses. For our wedding photography-experienced members - Do you have additional advice to share? Join the discussion.

 

5- Profiled--Bird Photography Enthusiast Jack Backs
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Gold member Jack Backs (jfbacks) from Missouri, USA.

Jacks' photography background goes well back into the days of film, and it was the arrival of the Nikon D100 that enhanced his creative skills in capturing two elusive subjects: children playing sports and birds.

Jack tells us:
It always amazes me how one can blaze away with a DSLR and the sound rarely spooks a bird, but make one sudden movement and they are off in a flash.  My last bit of advice on getting close to birds is to find a conservation area or seldom traveled country road and take images from your car window... A lot of birds are accustomed to traffic and will be much more tolerant than if you were on foot.

Check out the full article for a look at Jack's accomplishments in capturing stunning bird images.

 

6- Where eagles dare
Moderating Team member John David Hutchison (Kipmm) from British Columbia, Canada shares an awesome series of eagle "fly-by" images captured while searching for an entirely different bird.

John describes the circumstances:
Sitting on a beach waiting for the tide to roll out and hopefully the arrival of an Osprey this Bald Eagle came from nowhere. Actually, there were two of them and this one was chasing the other out.
I never did see the other but I did see the shadow.
This series ended quickly as the Eagle flew right over me...
-- kip

The images were captured with his Nikon D500 and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR II combined with a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II.

If you are a "BIF" fan (Birds In Flight) make sure you jump in on the discussion and check out the other three images in this set.

 

7- The siren call of better glass
Silver member Dale Williams (Tropidale) from Florida, USA wants to add a new lens to her gear bag and she's seeking advice from our members.

Here's a short excerpt from her question:
I currently shoot with a D7000, primarily animals, birds, flowers, scenic, or whatever strikes me wherever we happen to be. I am a raw and manual shooter primarily, and being a bit of a zoom freak, I currently use a Nikon 18-140 and Tamron 70-300 which have been the best coverage I felt I could get for my budget. I have gotten some pretty good shots out of both, but I keep hearing the message of better glass, over and over, and have the urge to improve my results. But I am just not sure if there is an appreciable improvement to support the investment, especially if it turns out, that I am the limiting factor, not my lenses. I clearly have plenty to learn, and I know I should use my tripod a lot more. I certainly know that nobody can guarantee I will get better results with better glass, not really knowing my knowledge and skill level, but I am just trying to get an idea if an upgrade would be a very noticeable improvement or a more subtle one for image quality.

Along with reaching out to the forum, I am also planning to rent a 24-70 or 70-200 2.8 for a little comparison work. I am sure that will answer my questions as well.

Thanks for any words of wisdom. -- Dale

As you can see, Dale is not just looking for advice on specific lenses. She's also wondering if a new lens purchase is necessary in the first place. Read the full post and check out her sample images. Does she really need new glass?

 

8- Scooter shooter tips anyone?
Gold member Dale Lundy (stlsailor) from Missouri, USA enjoys hopping on small motorcycles (sometimes scooters) and exploring great photo sites. What he doesn't enjoy is trying to lug his gear safely, stopping at a site, setting it up, and then breaking it down. How would you handle this situation?

Dale asks:
A few days ago, I did a short reconnaissance moto shoot at Kep National Park. By moto shoot I mean I rode the moto until I came to a place I wanted to shoot. Then I'd park the moto, take off my backpack, get my camera out of it, set up and take any shots I wanted, put the camera back in the backpack, put the backpack back on, get on the moto and take off for the next shot.

It was OK the first time. After a few stops it began to be a pain. Does anyone have any tips on making this easier? When I do a walking shoot I have my camera ready, of course, and if I bring an extra lens or two, I carry them in ThinkTank pouches for easy access. But I don't want to have my camera out and risk damaging it while riding the moto, and the pouches I don't think would work well when I'm sitting on the moto.    Thoughts? -- Dale

Are you a moto-shooter? How do you pack your gear for easy access? Share your tips.

------------------------------
That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:37 PM

FedeoApril 18, 2017

Six reasons to stick with your DSLR

DSLR-vs-Mirrorless_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week:
 
DSLR photography is not a dinosaur, a tour of the Nikon Museum in Tokyo, ghostbusting - PLUS more....


1- Six reasons to stick with your DSLR
Gold member Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer) from New Zealand ventured into the world of mirrorless system photography for two years. It had many benefits. So, why has he returned to the DSLR realm?

The introduction to his recent article explains:
Mirrorless camera systems are all the rage, while sales of traditional DSLR's are in decline. 

Many refer to DSLR technology as a "dinosaur". If you want to keep up with photography, then you should ditch all your DSLR gear and make the switch to mirrorless - right? 

Hang-on. Not so fast.

Are these new mirrorless cameras all that they're cracked up to be? Or can the DSLR still give them a run for their money? Should you seriously consider a mirrorless camera as your next upgrade? 

Or is it just overblown marketing hype designed to sell more cameras?

Follow Wayne as he explores his own journey from DSLR, to Micro Four Thirds, and back again

 

2- Do you plan to buy the Nikon D7500?
Last week we covered the unveiling of the new Nikon D7500. This week, with the help of post by Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA we're following our member's reactions and their intentions

Some sample (and randomly selected) comments:
• I for one plan to buy the D7500, my D7100 will become a backup body. It's at a price point that I can afford and judging by the specs it has a lot of D500 DNA which makes it more attractive. The tiltable rear LCD screen was the feature I've been looking for in a prosumer Nikon dSLR. Is a 20.9 MP camera a deal breaker? No, it isn't. In addition to my Nikon's I shoot with 20.1mp Canon 6D and 70D.
• I was excited, thinking I would upgrade from my D7000, until I saw no vertical grip support. I shoot a lot of high school basketball and a vertical grip is essential. D500 or D750 for me at this time.
• I would consider it as I have the D7000, and it would be an upgrade. I have never bought a vertical grip for my D7000, 2nd card slot is nice but not sure it is a deal breaker. My only concern is I think they priced it a bit high.
• No, I would miss the second SD card slot and definitely miss the vertical grip. Unfortunately, Nikon choose not to include these important features. I was due to upgrade with this model, maybe next model.

Do you plan on buying this new camera in the D7000 series? Join the discussion.

 

3- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Do you want that new Nikon D7500? Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear.

They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.
They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and you can put your order in now for the new Nikon D7500.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com.

 

4- 100 years- and counting
Our thanks to new member Richard Haw (ricoBaby) from Japan, who happens to be in a very enviable geographical location for those of us celebrating Nikon's 100th Anniversary this year.  Richard went to the Nikon Museum in Tokyo and he shares a great series of images and background information.

Richard links us to his blog:
On the first installment on this series, I will be presenting you a report of the current exhibit currently being held at the Nikon Museum. I take it that there will be more that's coming after this so please follow this blog to get updates on those.

The current exhibit showcases the prototype cameras of Nikon from the post-war years up till the late '80s. The exhibit is presented like an engineer's diary/memoir with words accompanying each surviving prototype. I take it that this exhibit was made possible by people with great passion for Nikon because collecting all of these prototypes is not easy because these were usually destroyed according to Nikon's company protocol. It is with much appreciation that I am writing this blog post in honor of the people who worked with these prototypes and to the people who archived them.

Check out his link and make sure you encourage him to give us more... a lot more.  

 

5- What's your ghostbuster?
Are you plagued by the challenges of shooting through a fence at sporting events?

Moderating Team member Diane L. Simmons (coolmom42) from Tennessee, USA has been looking for a solution to the inevitable "ghost lines" resulting from these "Out of Focus" (OOF) obstructions. 

Diane asks:
Is there any way to get rid of the almost transparent streaks from the OOF fence, in this image? (and others from a ball park.)

It's most conspicuous at the bottom of the image, but shows up as hazy streaks across the backs of the uniforms, as well.
I have LR6 for PP software.
No seats up above the fence at this level of play, unfortunately.

Suggestions lean towards Photoshop cloning, but perhaps a bit of "healing" may be the answer.  

If you have conquered this pesky problem, make sure you share your solution with us.

 

6- How silent can you get?
Silver member Harry Cowan (DougieCowan) from Texas, USA is trying to get a clear understanding of the motors inside certain Nikkor lenses.  Which is best for video and what's the actual difference?

Harry asks:
I've been happy with the SWM (Silent Wave Motor) motors on AF-S lenses but Nikon has brought out the pulse motor on the AF-P lenses now.
Nikon, of course, states that each is great so I'm wondering what gives?

Nikon's official explanation says:
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

AF-P lenses use a "Pulse" motor or "Stepping" autofocus motor and are even quieter and smoother to autofocus than an AF-S lens, making these lenses ideal when shooting video with a DSLR.

Check our responses to Harry's question and let us know if you have been using an AF-S lens for video with good results.

 

7-Foreground subject lost in the dark?
Silver member Ralph Magin (Fezant) from Arizona, USA is dealing with poor results when faced with subjects surrounded by bright backlighting. How do you resolve this problem?

Here is the original question:
I am new to photography and would like to take photographs of subjects in the shade with a bright background without a fill-in flash. What can you do so that the subject is not silhouetted? Thanks, Fezant

Of course, a number of responses are suggesting Ralph should reconsider his thoughts on fill-in flash. But,
When that flash is totally not an option, we have some responses point towards metering choices:
• You can use Spot Metering on your subject to determine the correct exposure.
• I select Center Weighted Metering Mode and move in closer to have the subject occupy a larger portion in the frame. When it is very bright and the subject is not too large in the frame I go for Spot metering.:
• If it were me in the field, I'd use the spot meter if assuming no flash.

What's your advice? Join the discussion.

 

8- Sky / area is light to dark?
Gold member Karl Lalemand (slalemand) from Maine, USA wants to get a better grip on the various lighting situations that crop up while doing panoramas. What do you do when the sky changes while capturing the image?

Karl asks:
Not sure if the title helps much, but what is or are the secrets to doing pano's when the sky / area goes from light to dark?
This seems to cause me the most problems, that and the fact I don't know what I'm doing.

Karl posted examples and he's already getting some solid advice. If you have been struggling with similar lighting challenges, this discussion is a must read.

------------------------------
That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:35 PM

FedeoApril 15, 2017

Add months to your Silver, Gold or Platinum membership

This is something that many members miss, so let me wrap it up here:

If you invite another person to join Nikonians, they will get 10% off on their new membership and you will get an additional month on your current membership (Silver, Gold or Platinum) added as a small "thank you" for helping spreading the word.

How does it work?
It is simple, really.

  1. Go to "My Profile" and click on the tab "Invitations".
  2. Type in the person's email to be invited
  3. Hit the "Generate voucher" button
  4. Now you can either hit the link "Send" to send out the voucher as an email to the person, or you can print it out to personally hand it over.


There is no limit on the number of invitations you can make and you can keep track on them easily in the list shown on the "Invitations" page.

Thanks for spreading the word about the community!

Posted by bgs at 4:22 PM

FedeoApril 11, 2017

Nikon announces D7500

new-SQ-D-series.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

Nikon unveils the new D7500, removing water spots from lens, testing your camera and lens - PLUS more....


1- New D7500 unveiled

Nikon-D75000_350.jpg

We've been tracking rumors of the newest D7000 series camera for over a month. We invite our members to post here with their reactions to the new Nikon D7500.

Our thanks to Yale Fogarty (Bluedogs) from Oregon, USA for getting the discussion started.

The new DX-format camera uses the same sensor as the Nikon D500 (20 Megapixels), 8 frames per second capability and a tilt screen. Its predecessor, the D7200, has a 24.2 Megapixel sensor, 6 frames per second and no tilt screen.

The D7500 supports the same 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movie recording possible with the D500. The maximum recording time for movies of this resolution is approximately 29 minutes 59 seconds. 

The camera is slimmer and lighter than the D7200 and demonstrates even greater agility with a deep grip that provides a superior hold and portability. It is also compatible with SnapBridge, which enables constant connection of the camera to a smart device.


 

2- Out damn spots!
Gold member Marc L Rosenblum (alty02) from Idaho, USA is looking for a safe method to remove water spots from a lens:
I just returned from our local waterfalls and it was flowing at a record rate, with lots of fine mist covering just about everything, including the picnic grounds, overlooks & automobiles.

The car windows were covered with fine water spots that will now need something stronger than Windex due to the fact that they dried rather quickly. Soap & water does not remove them.

A dry method of cleaning the lens will not do the job and lens cleaning fluid is not removing the water spots. I used some vinegar on a small section of my car window and it seems to work well.

Will vinegar damage the front element of a lens if used full strength? I would use a cotton swab (Q-tip) with a small amount of vinegar and follow up with a bit of distilled water, also applied with a Q-tip.
Any other recommendations to remove stubborn water spots?  Thanks!

Have you solved a water spot problem? How did you do it? Share your solution.

 

3- Blog Views now easier
Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt advises the News Blog is now much easier to read on mobile devices, and you now have a choice to view it in both white and black background modes.

Forgot how to switch?
It's easy.
Go to My Profile, look for the Preferences Tab.
On the Preferences Tab go to Preferred Skin and choose Nikonians V2.0
On the upper right corner of the screen, push the Save button.
--voilà-- it's done.


4-Comfort plus Theft-Resistance? 
Can your strap keep your camera safe when traveling?

This strap, available from PhotoBert, is great for travel as it helps thwart camera thieves and is great for everyday use. 
It fits any camera that has a removeable camera strap.

Don't let this strap fool you - it looks (and is) lightweight, but is incredibly strong!

It is 30% lighter than nylon/polyester, 45% lighter than aramid and 15 times stronger than steel.
(Sorry -- PhotoBert can only ship this product to US customers only.)
Nikonians Price: $37.95  
Price is after discount reflected in your cart.

 

5- Higher and higher
Silver member Paul Naish (DS256) from Ontario Canada wants to go much higher with his camera, yet maintain a stable platform:
There are times when I'd like to raise the camera above the scene for a better perspective. Examples are farm fields with colour and I want to get more of the field from a higher angle.

I've been looking online and the only products I've found are surveyors' tripods modified to accept a camera head. These can be 12 feet in height.

I realize that I'd need a wireless remote and setup could be a pain.

Looking for ideas of what others may have done. - Thanks

So--how do you elevate your camera while keeping it stable enough to avoid jittery shots? From some of our responses we've already seen suggestions regarding camera settings to go along with the higher reach. Check it out.

 

6- 30-thousand and counting
Moderating Team member Eric Bowles (ericbowles) alerts us to an impressive milestone:
Congratulations to Nikonians moderator Brian Wong (blw) for reaching 30,000 posts. That's an incredible milestone - especially with the information filled posts that Brian typically shares.
Thanks for all of your support of Nikonians and our community.

Here are just a few comments on Brian's contributions to the community.

• I've learned a lot from your posts, Brian. 30,000 posts is quite an achievement and even better a great contribution. Thank you!
• I always look for Brian's posts because I know that I will learn something from them. Thanks, Brian.
• And that's not counting the number of posts he may have lost at The Big Crash in the fall of 2005.
30,000 looks great. Thank you, Brian.

Brian's response was modest and pointed to a fellow member:
Glad to be a productive and valued member of the community. And I'll point out that Marty McDonough (MEMcD) is 10% past me at 33,000+ - and in several years less time!

Want to join the many members congratulating Brian? Join the discussion.

 

7- Camera and lens test tips
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is trying to figure out whether he may have spotted a focusing problem with a Nikon D500. He used a test method that drew a lot of responses.

Robert asked:
I want to be sure the camera and lens are in sync with focus so I set up the slant ruler test in my backyard. The camera is 60 from the target. The focus point is on the checkerboard adjacent to the number 26 on the ruler. The 600mm in on a tripod with a RRS Gimbal head and a RRS long lens support system.

The responses (and eventual answer to his problem) are a must read for those of us who want to set up a homemade test. Here are just a few examples:

• Did you use a remote release. If you do not have one for the rented body you should use "Mirror UP" and enable the 3 second delay.
• It never hurts to test/confirm at a similar distance to what you expect to use the lens at.
• Your target isn't really very good. It needs a bigger "checkerboard" plus there is low contrast lighting.
• I recommend that you slow the shutter speed to 1/500 or so and shoot at ISO-100 with the same f-stop.

Have you been using a favorite testing method? Share your results. Tell us why that method served your needs.


8- Older lens a best bet?
Bernhard Hein (localheroo) from Germany asked about a specific lens for a specific camera, and the resulting discussion covered the famous "1.5 crop factor" issue in great detail.

Bernhard asked:
As we plan a trip to Canada this year (landscape photography) I'm looking for a tele zoom lense for my D80 (Standard lense 18-70).
Is the AF-S 70-300mm (FX Format) a good choice? I saw the lense is already about ten years on the market. Is it still up to date? Thanks for any advice.

We assume the lens he's considering is the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (product Number 2161) which is a 450mm equivalent on DX-format cameras like Bernhard's Nikon D80.

It debuted over ten years ago and is still available through online sellers, with average prices hovering in the $500 USD (470 Euros) range.

You may not be considering this lens for yourself. But, has the "crop factor" issue confused you? If so, you need to read the responses in this discussion.

 

9- Neutral Density Blender?
Silver member David Powell (DaveP142) from England, The United Kingdom is wondering if any of our members have used a neutral density filter that goes to extremes:
I stumbled across a passing reference to these recently which caught my attention because I had previously noticed that Formatt Hitech currently offer them and I had wondered just what they were intended for.

If you haven't come across them, what they are is a graduated filter with the listed strength at one end fading to clear at the other end rather than the mid-point.
I've been wondering if one might be useful for handheld use on those days when the sky is very bright but uninteresting. (I seem to see a lot of bright overcast when I'm not at work). Obviously, there would be no horizon line to worry about
Has anyone tried one?

Do you have "before and after" shots to share to give David an idea on how these filters can be used. Share them here.

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:06 PM

Newsletter not scam

emsp-11--AQ.jpgOur thanks to alert Silver member Tom Canning (tcann) from Florida, USA for spotting a potential email scam. The good news he spotted it. The better news-- it isn't a scam.

Tom posted a question about emails he's been getting from our Chief Editor, Tom Boné (flashdeadline). They looked a bit suspicious and he asked:

emsp-emai_325.jpg

At the top of the email is the logo without the circled R, .org or the statement under 'nikonians'. This makes me suspicious. I just delete the emails. Is anybody else getting these? Are they legitimate?

Well, yes, they are legit. We answered his question:

We've migrated to a "quick and simple" style in the emails because the founders have found the large number of images and links in each email (and to a very large subscription base) was often being filtered out from the subscribers as potential junk mail. The new style leans towards shorter emails with no images and very few links. Instead of coming from an organization, it was decided to take the editor out from the shadows.

The very first link leads to more details plus images.....

You can read the full response here

Thanks again Tom!

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:44 PM

FedeoApril 4, 2017

Two new Nikon DSLR's

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.---

Those "new" cameras PLUS contest updates, big filters advice and much more.......

1- Two new Nikon DSLR's
Nikon's 100th Anniversary Celebration (coming in July) is already spawning new cameras. They are not new exactly "new" models, but they are unique.
The company has announced Anniversary editions of their flagship FX-Format Nikon D5 and the DX line Nikon D500. Each feature exclusive centennial designs and come with a special set of commemorative accessories.

Both cameras offer:
• Metallic gray finish that expresses the camera's innovation and reliability with massive splendor
• 100th anniversary logo on a side of the camera's pentaprism portion
• Commemorative leather strap embossed with 100th anniversary logo*
• Body cap imprinted with 100th anniversary logo
• Metal case with a plate engraved with 100th anniversary logo and serial number

The Nikon D5 version also adds:
• Bottom of the camera is engraved with "NIKON - CONTRIBUTING TO MANNED SPACE FLIGHT SINCE 1971"
• Anniversary booklet to convey Nikon's contribution to the space projects

The Nikon Anniversary Product Page has details and information on other specials, including some real sweet glass.

Will you be buying one of these cameras or any of the Anniversary goodies? Join the discussion.  


2 - February Contest Congrats

Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the February contests. Congratulations to our winners! Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.


1. -- Wildlife - "Wildlife youngsters" theme winner Francine Dollinger (Francine) from Colorado, USA with her image titled Love You.
2. -- Landscape -  "Winter's Wonders" theme winner William McEwen (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Diane's Pool.
3. -- Macro - "Spirals and Circles in the Natural World" theme winner Gerald Botkin (bayouboy66) from Louisiana, USA with his image titled Button Bush flower abstract.
4. -- Travel  - "The Waterfront" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Raiatea, French Polynesia.
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/user_files/350814.jpg
5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Soft" theme winner Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled Our little Ball of Fur.
6. -- Assignment  -  "You Decide" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Braving the Storm.

Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past assignments here.

The current (April) assignment is "Young."
Here is Rob's description:
Last month you all shot images of something "old". Well, it would follow then that this month, the assignment is to shoot something "young". Same types of issues, different subject.
There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the month of April 2017.

Speaking of contests:
The Best of Nikonians 2017 Segment 1 competition has already started and the theme is "Black and White."  Here are the details posted by Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave).


3- Sneak Preview from JRP
The Best of Nikonians 2017 contest is not to be confused with the recent Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 we partnered with LensCulture. That one is done and we have advance scoop.

Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) advises:
We will publish an article about this special contest, including the images of another 25 photographers from around the world, selected by the jury as finalists.
In the mean time you can have a complete preview here.

The LensCulture contest page tells us:
Our jury of experts had a difficult time settling on the winners and finalists given the outstanding level of submitted work.


4- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear.

They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.
They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and put your order in now for the new Nikon Full Frame Body to be announced shortly.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com.


5- Big lens = big filter headache
Gold member John A. Meiers (Dakotaboy) from North Dakota, USA is facing a serious sticker-shock solution for capturing broad dynamic range with wide angle lenses. There must be a cheaper way---right?

John asks:
Eventually would like to get a good quality wide angle full frame lens to fit my full frame Nikon DSLR. Some of the really good lenses come without filter rings. How does one take advantage of using graduated neutral density (GND) filters when there is no filter ring?

His first answer sounds great, except for the wallet busting aspects. Here's a small portion:
By the time you get the filter holder ($200), an adapter ring for other lenses (say, 77mm, although these days it might take both 77mm and 82mm), a set of grads, something like a Big Stopper and a CP, you'll be looking at approaching $1000 for the filter system.

Other members suggested the problem can be solved by using multiple exposures along the high dynamic range (HDR) principal married to solid post-production. Do you have less expensive solution? Let us know.


6-Will he dump her?
New member Heinz Augustin (heinzy) from British Columbia, Canada has had it. He's frustrated because she gave him 11 good months and now she's acting up. Does he dump her or seek a remedy for their relationship?
You guessed it, "she" is a camera.

This is a brief excerpt describing his Nikon D750 dilemma:
I was more than happy with her.

Then --bang-- out of the blue, she had a heart attack! Her shutter froze open for ~3-4 seconds at every release at any and all of many setting combinations. No 'ERR' messages.

"Did you try this and that; did you do the settings reset per menu; change lenses; batteries ; did you talk nicely to her and-- and -- and" ....yes I did it all...for hours. Yet...she stubbornly kept her shutter open. Checked the net: yes, a known NIKON D750 problem.

Nikon sent him some advice, and for a brief time he thought his problems were over. But, now he's wondering what "she" will do next.

Does he dump her? Does he keep her? Read the full story (including Nikon's advice) and feel free to counsel Heinz.


7- Illiterate reader stumps moderator
Moderating team member Gary Worrall (glxman) from South Australia not only excels in dispensing advice, he's also professional enough to seek it. See if you can help him with the "mystery of the nonreading reader."

Here's his story:
Got new XQD card and a new reader, will not read the old card shown,
My old Sony card reader reads the old card
I believe the new Sony card reader is "backwards compatible" but I'm not sure about that?
If it is, may be a better option for the future
.........Gary

Have you had a similar experience with "backwards compatible" readers? Share your solution.

 

8- Internet videos - How are you watching?
Gold member Don Burton (Bug) from Michigan, USA is trying to view streaming video, and his TV is "dumb."
He's been using a laptop to feed a nice large screen, but that option is not always available. What should he do?

Don tells us:
I'm using my laptop to view Lynda.com videos and my wife needs our laptop when she travels.

So, Is there another method for me to watch Internet videos on my dumb TV?

At Best Buy they suggested Apple TV or an Xbox. I would hope the suggestion is something that can use my wireless internet.  Thanks, Don

Suggestions so far include Roku and Chromecast, but one particular (and relatively inexpensive) alternative is gaining Don's interest. Check it out, and if you have a suggestion make sure to let us know.  

----------------------------------------------------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)


Posted by flashdeadline at 10:32 PM

FedeoMarch 28, 2017

Where is your cloud?

Cloud-Backup_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Gold member Ian Crook (Pics905) from British Columbia, Canada seeks the best possible "cloud" option for his images, and our members are dishing great advice.
Here is Ian's question:
Do people have any recommendations for cloud backup providers such as Dropbox or Amazon? I have three drives at home, but really would like to have off-site storage as well - all recommendations are welcome!

Responses so far include:
• I have been using Mozy home/personal version for years. It is a paid service that I use for photos and other data. It transmits and stores data in encrypted form. You can either use Mozy's encryption key or create your own strong key. I did the latter, in which case Mozy is unable to decrypt my data on their own. And I better not lose the key!

• I've done a lot of experimenting and offer a couple of observations (ok, more than a couple - get a cup of coffee -- a large cup, before reading...)

Yes-- make sure you get that large cup of coffee, because Silver member Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA replied with tons of information.
Have you been wondering which way to pursue your cloud storage solution?
You need to bookmark Linwood's well-researched post.

 

2- Tons of slides-- how to save?
New member David Rucker (ridinonairs10017) is dealing with a large number of old slides and he's looking for advice on how to preserve them:
I have been left with literally several thousand slides from my father. I want to digitize them as to preserve and share them with the rest of my family. What is the easiest way to do this?

I looked through this subforum briefly and noticed that many were suggesting a slide scanner or a slide copy adapter that attaches to a camera. I am not really interested in sending them all off to be copied by another company ($$$$) and would like to do it myself. Besides, there is something to be said regarding reliving old memories during the process.

David's challenge is the same many of our members have been dealing with and he's already getting some experienced advice.
Check it out, and if you have any new information to share, let us know.

 

3-Comfort plus Theft-Resistance?
Can your strap keep your camera safe when traveling?

This strap, available from PhotoBert, is great for travel as it helps thwart camera thieves and is great for everyday use.
It fits any camera that has a removeable camera strap.

Don't let this strap fool you - it looks (and is) lightweight, but is incredibly strong!

It is 30% lighter than nylon/polyester, 45% lighter than aramid and 15 times stronger than steel.
(Sorry -- PhotoBert can only ship this product to US customers only.)
Nikonians Price: $37.95 
Price is after discount reflected in your cart.

 

4-Are these baseball pics garbage?
Tennessee, USA Silver member Andrew King (HonestAK) wants to take the next step in his sports photography. His subject for now is baseball:
I had a hard time capturing action on my first time shooting sports but will get another chance this weekend. There is a double header starting at noon so I will have plenty of light for a lot of innings.
Please do let me know how I can improve.

A quick read on his responses so far shows there are an infinite number of variables to consider.

Here's an example:
• Overall, I would suggest being mindful of framing and crops. For example, in Pitcher Cropped he has a great expression, but cutting off the throwing arm and glove I think takes away from that a bit. In the full version, his feet are cut off slightly which is a little distracting to me as well. Having him higher in the frame, aside from the foot issue, I think would also strengthen the composition.

Are you a baseball fan with a portfolio full of good and bad examples? Share them with us, and tell us what you have learned.

 

5-Sarah shines
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Gold member Sarah Boser (Sarah9) from Pennsylvania, USA.

Sarah recalls:
I joined Nikonians last year when my husband, Bob, suggested we register for the Fall 2016 ANPAT to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  He attended the Spring 2015 ANPAT to the southern marshes, swamps and beaches, and really enjoyed the trip.  While it didn't take much to convince me to agree, I was a little apprehensive about whether my skills would be too rudimentary.  That definitely wasn't the case.  The ANPAT really is a trip that welcomes all skill levels.  I learned a great deal from the others on the trip, and also had a great time in a stunning location.

The article includes images by Sarah showing us she's definitely not in the "rudimentary" category. They were captured with her Nikon D5500.

 

6- Looking to showcase your best images?
Nikonians Photo Contest Director David Summers (dm1dave) tells us the Best of Nikonians 2017 Contest is underway.

David has posted background information to guide you through the many options available:
Each year, Nikonians takes great pride in showcasing the inspirational work of the talented photographers who make up our community.

This year's contest will continue our tradition of recognizing all of the winners of the monthly Challenges in the Master Your Vision Forums and Online Assignments. Additionally, we will offer four themed segments, beginning in April.

In brief:
• The following forums feature monthly contests:
Landscape, Wildlife, Micro, Macro & Close-up, Travel, Digital Artistry Forums and Online Assignments.
• The four themed segments will be posted and pinned in the Annual Best of Nikonians Contest forum.

Beginning in February 2018, a panel of judges from the Nikonians Masters Society will review and score each image. Winners will be announced before the end of February.
The overall winners at the end of the year will be awarded prizes from our Sponsors.
More details are available here.

 

7-Think Tank Photo releases Signature line
Eleven years and an impressive inventory of photo accessories has inspired a new product line from our friends at Think Tank Photo.  

They call it the Signature shoulder bag series and once again they have extended a special offer to provide our members with free gear and free shipping incentives.

The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag.

Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:
The new series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable. In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  It is a next generation design for today's discerning photographer.

Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer, the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use.

 

8-Bigger than yours?
Ok-- we all get it.
No matter how large our personal collection of cameras and lenses, there will always be somebody out there with an even larger assortment.
We've had just such a thing happen in the English Café, where Moderating Team member Brian Wong (blw) and some friends decided to stack and photograph a pile of gear guaranteed to make us drool.

Brian explains:
Fellow Nikonian Victor Newman (vfnewman) and another one of my friends came over today to shoot a simulation of one of those "Nikon System Portraits" - you know, the sort of thing that goes into Nikon advertising occasionally. Vic and I have both been at this for 35+ years... and you can't get me together with five (actually six) fisheyes and not get a fishy picture out of it!

It's a fun exercise in satisfying what we all like to call NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome), and if you follow the post-- you'll see not all the gear in this discussion comes from Nikon. 

---------------------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)


Posted by flashdeadline at 11:45 PM

FedeoMarch 21, 2017

Carry-on restrictions impact Nikonians

Camera-No-SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned L) from Pennsylvania, USA is following a recent security measure that will impact some of our members planning to bring their cameras as carry-on luggage for certain international flights. No cameras, no iPads, and much more.

Ned's listing of gear is extensive. It includes: Laptops, e-readers, tablets, printers, electronic games, portable DVD players, cameras and other electronic device larger than a smartphone.

He goes on to report: The ban applies to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports in Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ned is keeping up with developments and posting them here. The ensuing discussion goes into details from members concerned with
other issues. Here is a sample:
How do they plan to deal with the lithium ion batteries in most of these devices (many of which, i.e. those in tablets and laptops, cannot be removed) and which are not allowed in checked baggage?


2- What's your Nikkor Trilogy?
Three Nikkor zoom lenses combining versatility and quality have long been known as "The Three Kings, The Nikkor Trilogy or The Holy Trinity."  Most Nikonians will agree on the concept, but naming those three specific lenses can be difficult. Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) helps clear some confusion.

He has posted an article titled What Nikon lenses to buy - The Three Big Dragons which explains why this list of lenses has changed over the years:
Each new generation brings in more improvements, more sharpness corner to corner, less distortion, better resistance to flare, improved contrast and color rendition, better definition, higher acutance, less and less chromatic aberration, wider focal range in the wide angle, more precise shutters.

Special Hint: The comments section on this article is a must read if you are preparing your own "trilogy."


3- In search of the perfect zoom?
You have two Nikon DSLR bodies. One has a full frame sensor and the other has an APS-C sensor. It's time to add a new zoom lens that will work with both bodies. How do you choose the right lens?

 Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) poses the question:
In the next month or two I'll be upgrading from my AF-D 80-400 to something longer with better optics. Camera will be my D700 if I need 8fps or my D7100. Plan to use the new lens for local wildlife.

Currently watching and reading all the reviews trying to decide which lens. Why did you choose the 200-500 over one of the 150-600's or other lenses?

You may have the answer for Mark, so make sure you share it with us.


4- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear. They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.

They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and put your order in now for the new Nikon Full Frame Body to be announced shortly.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com.


5- Sigma anyone?
Platinum member Mick Klass (mklass) from Washington, USA tells us Sigma has a bunch of new lenses that may be of interest to those of us who are not sticklers for "Nikon only" purchasing habits.

Responses so far speak well of the Sigma line:

Sigma has indeed been making amazing lenses. A good friend of mine is doing his photography almost exclusively with the Sigma 35/1.4. This lens is outstanding, even sharper than my Zeiss 35/2, though I prefer the rendering of the latter.

The Sigma 135 seems, for me personally, the most interesting of the Arts - saw some samples today with great looking bokeh.

Lots of great stuff out there right now so I'm giving some thought to refreshing my lens line-up.

Are you a Sigma fan? Join the discussion.


6- Are you new to Nikonians?
Our community is large and can feel a bit overwhelming to new users, so Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has posted a listing of articles, social media sources and forums currently accessible to our Basic members.

Bo explains the purpose behind his article:
Nikonians is a large community with lots of activity in various places. As a first time visitor, we know it can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are some areas that you might want to look at for starters.

None of these require you to sign up with the community (which is free on its "Basic" membership, by the way).

Check out his article, and make sure you scroll down to the very bottom and look for a link to an overview for anyone who wants to freshen up on the skills.


7- Perfect panning 101
Silver member Bill Stewart (LightMeter) from Texas, USA is trying to perfect his panning skills. He shows some examples, along with posting his shutter speed. Can you point to any specific shutters speeds or techniques that will improve his final product?  

Bill asks:
Yesterday I shot a lot of images of the bike ride. I set the camera to shutter priority at 1/80. Out of about 200 images I got 10 or so that are sharp. What can I do to get smoother panning and go slower on the shutter speed? What about a monopod? Anyone pan with a monopod?

Silver member Bob Brand (Bob32) from California, USA replies:
In panning cycling races I started out shooting at 1/60 and 1/80, but didn't have much success until I increased the shutter speed. I had better results at 1/125 and 1/160. At the last cycling races I shot on February 26 (See my March 1 post titled "Downtown cycling races") I used shutter speeds between 1/160 and 1/250. I used a D750 + 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR with VR turned on. I never use a monopod.

Do you have some samples and panning advice to share?


8- Firmware updates piling up
Our thanks to Gold member Mike Rheault (mikerofoto) from Ontario, Canada for his comprehensive listing of recent Nikon firmware updates.

His listing covers many cameras and even the WT-7 wireless transmitter.

Mike tells us the recent upgrades include: 
• Nikon WT-7 firmware update version 1.1
• Nikon D7200 firmware update version 1.02
• Nikon D500 firmware update version 1.12
• Nikon D750 firmware update version 1.11
• Nikon D810 firmware update version 1.12

Check his post for brief explanations of the individual upgrades and their enhancements. Scroll down on that post for a link to The Nikon Download Center.


9- Multiple programs for same task -- redundancy or strategy?
Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles has started a thought-provoking discussion on image processing. It will be of great interest to those members who are using more than one program to accomplish the same task.

Eric explains:
Many of us use one program for 99-100% of all image processing. Among those that use multiple programs, it is usually part of a standard workflow that converts in one program, processes in a second, and does some specialty tasks in a third.

This post is for those that normally use multiple programs for the SAME task to produce different results. For example, are you using multiple RAW converters depending on the image - ACR and Capture One as an example. Or Photoshop and Capture One or Elements? What kinds of situations cause you to choose a specific product? How does this impact your personal workflow?

Join the discussion and you may find an approach that could improve your workflow.

----------------------------------------------------------

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:18 PM

FedeoMarch 14, 2017

What's your favorite kid pix Nikon?

Boy_SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

It's an unwritten rule of thumb that the person in any family who is sporting Nikon gear is the official family photographer. Number one on the shooting list will always be the kids.

Silver member Mike Poynor (MTP1) from Texas, USA has been searching for the perfect "kid" camera:
I have purchased Nikon equipment almost exclusively since 1968. My first Nikon was a Nikon FTN. I now own D200 D700 D800E.
Most of my photography is of children, (grand kids, relative's children, etc). I have been thinking about going to a D5, D810 or maybe waiting to see what replaces the D810. From what I have been reading, it seems the D5 would be the best for children and for their sports. My children grew up during the 80's and 90's.
I took lots and lots of 35mm pictures at my son's soccer games and my daughter's soccer and fast pitch softball games with various 35mm Nikons (F100 being the last one I bought). Now that their children are beginning to play sports I would like to have the best camera for their sport pictures and to chronicle my newest grandson's life who is to be born in 2 days. I would appreciate your opinion.
Thank you.

If you are the official family photographer, what are you using?


2- Too Many Images? Need a new Hard-Drive?

Gold member James Buch (jimray) from Oregon, USA has hit the ceiling on storage space for his software and images, and he's shopping around for an external hard drive. Have you solved that same storage problem?

Jim asks:
I'm about out of space for backups and will soon add an external hard drive to replace the 4TB Seagate I am currently using. Operating system is Windows10, apps and system on 256 SSD and files on an internal 2TB drive. C drive is backed up to one Seagate 2TB drive and the files are backed up on a separate 4TB Seagate. I am thinking about replacing the 4TB external drive with an 8TB drive. Is there one brand I should consider or conversely not buy? My understanding is Western Digital and LaCie are now owned by Seagate. Is there really any difference between the three?
Thanks for your suggestions and comments.

Do we have any 8 terabyte external hard drive users with an answer for Jim


3- Help with equipment storage
Meanwhile, across the big pond in Northern Ireland, Gold member Antonio Dinis (adinis) has another kind of storage problem. His collection of photography gear is getting harder to organize.  He's looking to either buy or build a solution. How do you store your gear?

Antonia describes his dilemma:
I have quite a few items that I would like to properly store. Currently I store my items between a camera backpack, sling camera bag and a drawer in my kitchen. My camera, battery grip, l-bracket and 4 out of the 6 lenses are stored in the camera backpack. This makes my backpack extremely heavy.
In the sling bag, I have 2 lenses (hoping to sell one of them soon), a flash and microphone.
In the drawer I have chargers, batteries and cables.
I'm looking for suggestions on what I could use to keep ALL of my gear in one central place, be it something I would need to buy or a DIY project.

The one good thing I would not have to worry about is humidity as I live in Northern Ireland and the weather is quite cool.
Whatever is to be suggested needs to be able to hold my largest item, the Tamron 150-600mm.
Thanks in advance and looking forward to your suggestions.
PS. I'm sure someone will suggest a Pelican case but I would like to keep cost down.

Suggestions so far include everything from closets to auto mechanic tool chests. If you have a suggestion, please try to include a photo.


4- Your path to amazing outdoor portraits and still lifes
Digital cameras can exaggerate shadows and highlights, ruining your photos with too much contrast when taken in sunlight. Those harsh shadows and highlights need to be tamed.
PhotoBert's answer is a simple double-sided reflector called "Sunlight-White."

This reflector is a convenient 22 inches in diameter when open, but folds up and stores in a 9-inch diameter pouch - perfect for most camera bags. And it weighs less than 5 ounces!
Check this link for details.

While you're at it, scroll down for Nikonians exclusive bargains on the ProDot Shutter Upgrade, the ROR lens cleaner, and PhotoBert's legendary Nikon CheatSheets.


5- Nutmeg State Nikonian in focus
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest member profile in the "I am Nikonians" series.  Her subject is Silver member Fred Laberge (labtrout) from Connecticut, USA.

Fred tells us:
I shot film for several years in the 1970s and '80s as a photojournalist. In fact, my wedding gift from Susan in 1973 was a Nikkormat FTn, my first SLR. I've always used Nikon cameras, mostly F2's in the late '70s. But over time I transitioned into becoming an editor and writer.

Then my job at Aetna took me in a new direction, managing the company's financial and crisis communications, so my cameras and any serious photography got put on the shelf for a number of years.

Check the article for more, including samples of Fred's photography. And make sure you scroll down to the comments section and give Marsha some kind words for her great job so far on the "I am Nikonians" series.


6- Drone photogs, you bag has arrived
So-- You own a Nikon DSLR and a sophisticated drone, and your next shoot will require extensive travel.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone came up with a high-quality transport bag that could carry your drone and your camera gear?

 Our friends at Think Tank Photo already have the concept covered.
They call it the Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom.

This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter and similarly sized drones plus a small camera kit, 15" laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more
Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel.
Use this link to get full information while using your Nikonians free gear and free shipping advantage.
You should also want to check out their special bag for the popular new DJI Mavic Pro drones.


7- Wireless remote options
Anne DePietri (adepietri) from New York, USA is looking for a decent wireless shutter release. Her research has uncovered many options.

Moderating Team Member Brian Wong (blw) posted an extensive breakdown.

If you're in the market for one of these gizmos you need to read his response.

Here is a short sample:
The Cadillac solution: PocketWizard Plus-III's. At $135 each (and you need two, plus a cable), they are not cheap.

I switched to them after the 4th YN cable died about 18 months ago. As one would expect from the gold-plated price (and by the way the cables ARE gold plated), the PWs are bulletproof. They also operate at a kind of ridiculous 5x the distance of the lower cost ones.
The cheapies all go at least 300 feet or so, which is probably enough for 98% of all applications. I've run the PW's at longer than 300' just once, although that once was close to 1500' according to Google Maps.

Like I said--that's just a short sample. Go to the discussion for the full version.


8- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear. They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.

They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and put your order in now for the new Nikon Full Frame Body to be announced shortly.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com.


9- Fall ANPAT heads East
Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has announced the location for this year's Fall Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT).  Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings.

Full details will be available soon, but for now here is the Reader's Digest version:
When:
October 7, 2017 (arrival)
October 14, 2017 (departure)

Gold member Sarah Boser (Sarah9) from Pennsylvania, USA was first to applaud the announcement:
Great location choice!
Acadia National Park is spectacular. In addition to the rugged and beautiful coast of Maine, there are also streams, lakes, fishing villages, etc. The dates are perfect for autumn color.

Stay tuned to the Nikonians Annual Photo Adventure Trips (ANPATs) forum for breaking news and updates on the Acadia adventure.


10- Sending pix 101
Andrew Armenti (aaa147) from California, USA is a new member with an old question. We've all been dealing with the same challenge ever since we learned how to send a photo with our computers instead of in an envelope. What is too big? What is too small?

The question:
What is the best way to send photos (JPGS) that were edited in Lightroom via the web without losing quality?
So far it seems like dropbox may be the best option.
Any suggestions?

Moderating Team member and Director of the Nikonians Academy Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has a detailed breakdown to share.
An excerpt:
When you get larger than 4 MB, you need to start thinking about sharing it using something other than email. Email programs and hosts vary on how large files can be. My host lets me send 10 MB files, but they are slow and are not always received. So, I normally send web sized files. For larger files, Dropbox is a good option and it is what I use. If this is something that comes up frequently related to events, some of the photo sharing sites have tools. I use Zenfolio, but there are download features in some of the others.

Check here for the full version.


11- Digital artistry, the next step
Moderating Team member Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) from Michigan, USA is always on the lookout for ways to create examples of digital artistry from standard images. One of his most recent images sparked an interesting question. Now that you've created that image -- what do you do with it?

The question comes from new member Hilbert Nease (hhnease3):
How are some of you using these images? I'm mainly interested in if/how you print/use these. Do you print and frame them? Print on canvas? I've done some work like this, and to me they look kind of funny if I just print a "painterly" image on glossy paper. I know it would be highly variable -- for example, I can imagine some of the images would look great on metal, but I'm not sure about the more painterly ones.
Thanks, and keep up the beautiful work!

By the way -- The image we're using for this discussion topic is by ---drum roll please --- Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760). He posted it here.

That's it for this week. Make sure you follow up on our highlights above by clicking on the "complete wrap-up" link at the top, and don't forget to grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:09 PM

FedeoMarch 9, 2017

Your Nikon can co-habitat with your drone

DJI_Phantom_4_SQ_110.jpgSo-- You own a Nikon DSLR and a sophisticated drone, and your next shoot will require extensive travel.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone came up with a high quality transport bag that could carry your drone and your camera gear?

Our friends at Think Tank Photo already have the concept covered.

They call it the Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter and similarly sized drones plus a small camera kit, 15" laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more

Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel.

Airport-Helipak-V2.0-for-DJI-Phantom-350.jpgDoug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:
The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.

Key Features
• YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
• Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
• Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
• Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
• Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use

Want more details?
Use this link to get full information while using your Nikonians free gear and free shipping advantage.

You should also want to check out their special bag for the popular new DJI Mavic Pro drones.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:27 AM

FedeoMarch 7, 2017

Did we help kill Popular Photography Magazine?

Pop-Photo_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

It's a sad day when traditions and legacies fade away. 

Gold member Yale Fogarty alerted us to the passing of Popular Photography Magazine. Did online communities like ours speed up the eventual demise of this famous photo magazine?

Responses so far point to modern technology and a change in reading habits:

• My late brother-in-law had a subscription for many years, and I used to mooch his back copies all the time. The last one I read was about 10 years ago. A few months ago, I picked up a copy in a supermarket to flip through, and didn't even bother buying it. It was 75% advertising, and the content quality was mediocre. A big downhill slide from what it used to be.

• I am surprised it lasted this long. I think the days of the monthly photography magazine are long over. Magazines are a venue that is obsolete. Portability used to be one of the advantages of magazines. You could fold it up and put it in your back pocket or bag to read while you were out. But now that you can read pretty much anything on a tablet/phone, where is the actual advantage of a magazine these days?

• Sad indeed. They put up a good fight and they were our friends.

If you have a favorite Popular Photography Magazine experience, share it with us.


2- Nikon D760 on the horizon

Is it ready yet?
The Nikon D750, debuting in September 2014, came in at a suggested retail price of $2299.95 USD (body only). Currently, that same camera is showing an MSRP of $1,899.95. Does this mean the D760 is ready to launch?

Our friends at LetsGoDigital think so.
According to an article posted by Ilse Jurriën, the new camera will:
Incorporate the same 24.3-megapixel image sensor. New is the possibility to use slower shutter speeds. The current model has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000, the D760 goes to 1/8000. 

Editor's Note: We chopped the last sentence in our published quote from Ilse after an alert from a Nikonian reminding us that capturing smooth flow of water and sunsets requires slow shutter speeds (not fast).This article, which has been sitting in our Resources section for over five years, clarifies the subject.  My thanks to our eagle-eyed Nikonian -Tom, March 15, 2017


3- Add rubber to your Nikon

Named as one of the "Best Camera Add-Ons of 2013" by Men's Journal this tiny accessory can improve your camera handling. Best of all, it's inexpensive, easy to attach to your camera and now available at a discount for Nikonians.

Upgrade your shutter. Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs. 

Also, check out the world's best lens cleaning solution used by Leica, Hasselblad, Bausch & Lomb & NASA.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Software and 5% on accessories. Get your discounts on all items mentioned above with this link


4- Welcome home

If you have a habit of going straight to our forums when logging in, you are skipping our Homepage.

In that case, you are missing some new features like our new Market box, Winner's Gallery enhancement and mouse-hover hints.

Take a look at the upper right corner and you will see a prominent positioning of the portal for our Winners' Gallery.

We are all looking forward to soon see many more, excellent images being showcased here.

Then, scroll down to the lower left side, where a new box highlights our MARKET forums. This is a great resource for buying sale items posted by our members. The current listings include everything from cameras and lenses to gear bags and filters/

Finally, (and you will love this) --- Moving the mouse over any item in any box will give you a hint showing more info from the post, article or image. Give it a try.


5- If you like it -- Say so
Did you like that great post on fixing a camera malfunction or the one about improving your photo composition? Too bad we don't have a "Like" button.-- Wrong! -- We now have a "Like" button.

Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has announced the debut of our own version:
He explains how it works:
When logged in, you can find a small heart icon at the bottom left corner of each message in the forums. Clicking on it will signal the author that you liked what she shared or wrote.
Please do note: This does not replace the communication of writing whole sentences Always write and show your gratitude when you are helped, not only "liking" it.
At the top of the pages, you will find the same heart symbol again. Clicking on it will bring you to your overview of recommendations and likes.
This function has been brought to you by the hard-working back office team, specifically Zita and Dmitry have done a hands-on job.
Enjoy!
P.S. if you dislike being recommended, you can opt-out from that in your profile under preferences.


6- What's in a name?
Mary Myers (Pistil) from Washington USA is organizing her image collection in Lightroom and she's wondering if we have any personal preferences for image names.

Here is just a small portion of her many questions:
 As usual, learning one thing about the camera/computer/processing brings up several other issues/problems I did not know about before. Now I am stuck on how to rename my photo files, which does seem necessary so I might as well start now. It appears I can easily do this using Lightroom, and they have a few different ways to batch name files, with sequential numbers for the individual files in a batch. (Anyone have an opinion on which way is best?)

I do like the year-month-day system (20171305 for example), and will probably start with that so the files are in date order. I plan to scan in old photo negatives and slides from my pre-digital life, I thought I can usually at least guess the year, they could be entered as 19890000 or if month is known 19890500. That seems do-able. Old historical photos I inherited from 1920's could be problematic (maybe 00000000?).

Check her entire long post and if you have any suggestions, feel free to add your advice.


7- Sticky situation
Yuck!! You pick up one of your older cameras after many months in storage and it feels like somebody sprayed glue on it. What gives?

Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA has run into "sticky rubber" and he's asking for advice:

My F100 hasn't been used for the last six months. It sits on a shelf in my bedroom closet. I grabbed it a couple of nights ago to make sure it was still working and discovered the rubber (all of it) has become sticky. I read somewhere that 91% rubbing alcohol was the cure and after rubbing with a damp rag for an hour or two while watching TV I couldn't tell a difference. I took it to my local camera store to see if they've had experience with sticky rubber and they had not.

As an experiment, I put a little bit of Armor All on a rag and gave it a good rub down. The camera looks new with shiny rubber and the rubber is less sticky. I'm still looking for a permanent cure. Do any of you with a F100 have a solution? A few years ago, my F5 developed the sticky rubber and I sent it to Nikon for a full CLA including rubber replacement and I haven't had a problem since (knock on wood).

Have you run into this problem? How did you fix it?


8- That darn Err
Gold member Don Burton (bug) from Michigan, USA has a puzzling dilemma. His Nikon D610 gives him an error message and locks up when using one particular lens. Yet... that same lens works fine with his Nikon D810. Sound familiar?

Here is his description:
I'm getting an error message on my D610 when using my Nikon 24-120 f4 lens. When I close down the aperture starting around f/10 and definitely at f/22, I get the shot but the camera locks up with an error message... then I turn the camera off & on and it's good for a single shot between f/16 to f/22. The camera and lens works great with apertures between f/4 to f/10.

Background info
No aperture problems on other lenses using my D610(all Nikons 14-24, 105mm, 70-200mm)
Yes, I used a micro cloth to rub contacts, both 610 camera and 24-120mm lens.
The pictures taken at f/22 are correct exposures, but need to turn the camera off and back on before the camera is operational.
Yes "C 1.01" & "L 2.015" firmware is current,

Here is the head scratcher......
The same 24-120 lens work great on my D810 at all f-stops.

I'm ready to ship the lens to Nikon, but wanted to check here first.
Don
Can you solve the mystery?


9- Yucks to share

We started with sad news about a favorite magazine, so let's conclude with a lighter note. If you haven't been checking out our recent Joke of the Day postings, you're missing some fun. Platinum member Hektor R. Fuster (Hektor) from California, USA started the most recent edition.

Hektor starts off with one of his favorites:
Bill walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged man standing at the counter enthusiastically writing addresses on bright pink envelopes covered with hearts.

He then takes out a scent bottle and starts spraying perfume over them. Bill's curiosity gets the better of him and he walks over to the man and asks him what he's doing.

"I'm sending out 1,000 Valentine's Day cards signed, 'Guess who?'" says the man.
"Why on earth are you doing that?" asks Bill.
"Because I'm a divorce lawyer." replies the man.

Looking for some laughs?  Looking to share a good chuckle? Join the fun.


10-Upgrades Galore

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpg

The Nikon Download Center is full of upgrades.

Here's a quick list of downloads available as of March 3, 2017:

Nikon SB-5000 TTL Flash Firmware 14.002

D500 Firmware Version 1.12

WT-7 Wireless Transmitter Firmware Version 1.1

D7200 Firmware Version 1.02

D750 Firmware Version 1.11

D810 Firmware Version 1.12


That's it for this week. Don't forget to grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:10 PM

Your "Like" will now be official

Like_rcvd_SQ_110.jpgPopular in many online forums, the ability to show you "like" a post has been absent from our forums-- Until now.

Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has announced the debut of our own version:

He explains how it works:

Screen-Like_option_325.jpgWhen logged in, you can find a small heart icon at the bottom left corner of each message in the forums. Clicking on it will signal the author that you liked what she shared or wrote.

Please do note: This does not replace the communication of writing whole sentences Always write and show your gratitude when you are helped, not only "liking" it.

At the top of the pages, you will find the same heart symbol again. Clicking on it will bring you to your overview of recommendations and likes.

This function has been brought to you by the hard working back office team, specifically Zita and Dmitry have done a hands-on job.

Enjoy!

P.S. if you dislike being recommended, you can opt-out from that in your profile under preferences.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:43 PM

FedeoFebruary 28, 2017

Members react to Nikon's gloomy financials

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Nikon, currently celebrating 100 years as a corporation, is facing financial difficulties. Gold member Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M) from Arizona, USA has started an in-depth discussion on the recent financial news regarding Nikon Corporation:

Nikon-100th_450.jpgHis summary:
Imaging business net sales for 1st to 3rd Q (3/2017) down 29% when compared to 1st to 3rd Q (3/2016). Operating net income for same time period down 18.4%. They issued a notice of an "extraordinary loss" (their terms) for the company.

Our members added thoughtful analysis of the current news, along with predictions and wishes for the future of Nikon's imaging team. Here are a few examples:

• Nikon reminds me of Leica in the 1950's when they stuck with the rangefinders because the SLR's were a "passing fad." The company primarily responsible for bringing the venerable Leica to its knees was none other than Nikon! I would have guessed that Nikon learned from Leica's experience - apparently not.

• It is not just Nikon, it's is the whole industry. Mobile phones are hitting it harder and harder.

• My advice to Nikon's photography segment? Focus on two types of FX pro cameras; merge the DXs into two series, reduce the number of P&S cameras, and provide better service, as Canon seems to be trending to. That's my 2 cents from 55+ years of photography, almost all with Nikon gear.

Care to share your thoughts? Join the discussion.

2- Limited edition Nikon Gear

Nikon-Gun-Metal_325.jpgHardcore Nikon enthusiasts will probably be drooling over a new anniversary edition set of cameras and lenses. Richard Haw (ricoBaby) attended the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) annual international camera and photo imaging show in Yokohama, Japan last week and he shares images of the limited edition sets in his blog.

He tells us the show (called CP+ 2017) is:
Japan's version of Photokina wherein new products are showed to the public and international brands come to Japan to sell theirs here. There are plenty of newcomers but it usually consists of the usual big boys in the Japanese camera industry.

Thanks Richard for sharing your images of the new gun-metal finish gear (and your overall review of the show).

3- Exclusives for Nikonians

PhotoBert-March-2107.jpgThe world's best lens cleaning solution is used by Leica, Hasselblad, Bausch & Lomb & NASA and PhotoBert has it for you at a special rate.

Observe measurable differences in brightness and clarity with glass or plastic lenses! 2 sizes: 1 & 2 ounce. Now on sale. (US customers only)

Upgrade your Shutter! The most inexpensive upgrade for your camera.

Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Software and 5% on accessories. Get your discounts on all items mentioned above with this link

4- Password change

Cloudflare_250.jpgNikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) is asking us to change our Nikonians passwords as a precaution following news that a third party system has had a security breach.
There is no known impact on any of our members, but an ounce of safety is worth a pound of cure.

Bo assures us:
We are not using Cloudflare for payment pages. Payment related data thus not affected

Login pages are running through Cloudflare and thus are at potential risk. This issue has also been of concern to such sites as uber and yelp.

5- Advice on shooting dogs
We have a member entering the field of agility dog photography contemplating camera choices.
Gold member Beth Russell (goldogs) from Virginia, USA wants to upgrade:

DogJock_325.jpgI'm less than a year into working as a pro. Its weekend business that I dearly love. Also helps pay a few bills. I photograph what you see--field dogs in motion. I shoot at field trials and hunt tests. A unique specialty but remarkable dogs. I have a D750 and a 70-200 F2.8 as my primary lens. I rent an 80-400 when I need it.

The problem:
I realized after a few big shoots in the summer that I was missing key moments. These retrievers move like lightening. I need a camera with a higher FPS rate. I have sold lots of photos and a few gallery wraps. Nice. However, I see I'm my workflow that I am missing key fractions of a second. For this work, going faster makes sense to me. How to --is the question?

Do I go the financial distance and purchase a D5 or buy a D500? I'd consider buying a used D4S but only from someone I know. I crop a great deal on most shots --focusing in on the dog. I do know about noise with the D500. How substantially do you think it would impact the type of shots I've attached?

I really appreciate any advice  -- Thanks

Responses to her question include some great action shots and the context could easily apply to many forms of fast-action sports photography.

6- Cowboy action
We've already mentioned action dog photography. Now, let's combine fast horses, angry bulls and determined cowboys.

Rodeo_400.jpgSilver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is working on his rodeo action photography and he's looking for critiques:
This morning I looked at some photos in the Sports forum and then looked at the images I planned to post. Mine are not as good. I see the difference. So, what can I do to produce sharp images?
I hope it's all right to post four. I am not asking for a critique on each photo, the same problem exists in each one, although at different levels.
I rented a D500 and used the ruler method to check focus with my 200-400mm lens. The focus point was where it should be, no front focus, no back focus. I checked again the next day. Perhaps I didn't do it right.
Possibilities:
1. I need to pan to keep up with the forward movement of the steer and cowboy, this might explain for some of the issues.
2. I use the shutter release button, I don't believe this will produce a soft image at 1/2500

Check out his images and read the responses so far. Perhaps you have another good piece of advice to add to the discussion. Once again, the advice from this sport will be of help for many others.

7- Getting started: Custom Settings
You get a new Nikon DSLR and as you browse through you owner's manual you see hundreds of settings choices. You may be wondering what settings some of your fellow Nikonians have chosen.

D300-Setting_300.jpgP. F. Infante (pfinfante) from New Jersey, USA recently asked:
I just received my D300, had the D100 many years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions for the Custom Settings, like best choice for configuring the AE-l/AF-L button, Qual setting, use of AF-ON button, etc.? Somewhat overwhelmed with all the options. Seems like more than the D100, but then again, I was 10 years younger!

Responses so far show a common theme:
• There is no best practice. You have to choose the settings that work best for you. Based on the subjects you shoot, the ambient conditions you shoot in, your preferences, and your particular shooting style.

• There's no "best practice" per se, since as Marty points out, they are settable for a reason: photographers and their situations are highly variable.

While we have agreement that perfection is elusive based on many factors,  we already have a few "basic" settings being shared in this discussion and we invite you to add yours.  

8- Masking Tips
Your portrait shot will need some masking during post-process but you soon find out this is easier said than done. It gets even harder with strands of hair.

Masking_450.jpgSilver member Allen R. Stewart (cutupguy) from Oregon, USA has posted two sample images and the discussion has led to others sharing their techniques (with their own samples).

Allen asks:
I am trying to swap out the background on these 2 images, but the hair is driving me crazy. I'm beginning to think there just isn't enough contrast or color difference for the selection tools to pick up.
I have used PS(CC) Refine edge brush and painting overlay blend mode on the mask, but no joy.
I have tried Fluid Mask 3, which has some amazing color selection tools but had no success.
I have tried On1 Photo RAW Perfect brush and refine edge brush, same problem.
I have tried mangling the image in black and white with contrast, structure, etc., but still can't get a good mask.
I have tried inverting the colors and then trying the above again, same problem.
If anyone could share a technique that works, I would be eternally indebted.

Look like a challenge? Allen posted images large enough for you to show him your technique. Dive in and give it a shot. And don't forget to describe your work-flow.

9-Laptop Darkroom?

Predator-Laptop_400.jpgCan you work on your image collection with a laptop? Many of our members are doing it right now, and we have a question on best choices for photography work.

Silver member Raymond Lach (Ray701) from Illinois, USA asks:
Hello fellow Nikonians! I've been a member for short time and finally felt it was time to get involved. I just recently got back into photography after a long hiatus.

Not too long ago I purchased my first DSLR, a slightly used D7100. While I am getting familiar with its features and functionality, I am in desperate need of a new computer. I am very partial to laptops and I would like to get some suggestions.

My budget is roughly $1000 to $1200. I would really like to be able to attach to a monitor (does not need to be very large) that could easily be color calibrated if needed in the future. I am strictly an amateur that has never used any photo editing software. My use will be only personal with no intentions of selling any of my photos. Sorry for the long post, and - Thank You for reading.

Any suggestions? - Post your thoughts here.

 

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)


Posted by flashdeadline at 7:36 PM

FedeoFebruary 26, 2017

Please change your Nikonians password

Due to a bug in a 3rd party system, which also Nikonians uses called "Cloudflare.com", data sent to Nikonians, specifically passwords, may have leaked. We have no indications that this is the case and this request for password change is precautionary.

Please do change your password. This can be done in your user profile. Click the "Change password" link.

More info on this bug here.

More background info:
We are not using cloudflare for payment pages. Payment related data thus not affected. Login pages are running through cloudflare and thus potentially at risk.

Posted by bgs at 2:37 PM

FedeoFebruary 21, 2017

NiMH puzzle, D200 dead?, Triptych tips and more.....

Pocket-watches_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

1- NiMH batteries puzzle

2700-batteries.jpgSilver member Jerry Klumpp (jwk1940) from Texas, USA is having difficulty understanding why his MB-D17 battery grip with the D500 is not working well with his choice of nickel metal hydride batteries.

Jerry asks:
I was wondering if anyone has encountered a problem trying to use nickel metal hydride batteries in the MB-D17 battery grip with the D500? 

When I tried using my 2700mAh, fully charged batteries, the camera would show a full charge, then after one picture, it shows low charge and will not work. If I remove the batteries and re-insert them, the camera once again shows full charge, take one picture, then shows low charge and won't work. I called Nikon tech help and all they could tell me was I'm using the wrong brand of battery, I should use Energizer or Duracell. I don't think the camera cares what brand I use as long as they supply the necessary voltage. 

I know Ni-MH batteries don't have as high voltage as alkaline or lithium, so I thought that's the reason for the three battery type options listed under MB-D17 battery type, so it would accept the lower voltage, 9.6 vs 12. Anyone have any input on this issue?

Replies to this particular question may be useful to any of our members with battery issues.


2- Nikonians Uploader for Mac v1.32 now available

Screen_Shot-uploader_325.jpgOur image gallery uploader for Mac has been updated. You can download it here

This new version takes care of some issues found in V1.30, such as a stall that could happen during upload.

The Nikonians Uploader is an application allowing you to easily upload images to the Nikonians galleries directly from your Mac by simple drag & drop functionality.

The latest version of the Nikonians Uploader works on Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) up to and including El Capitan (10.11).

It is available for free to Nikonians on a Silver membership or higher.


3- Pocket Watches anyone?

Pocket-watches_325.jpgWe've known for many years that our members have a wide span of interests and hobbies (other than our Nikon gear) and recently a new topic has surfaced. Pocket watches - along with some very interesting macro shots of these relics from the past.

It all started with a simple question about a certain purchase-- and soon our members with collections started listing their favorites. 

The neat part is our members used well-done macro shooting to illustrate their replies.

Here's a sample:
I own five, all family heirlooms. The ones at 12:00 and 2:00 belonged to my father, a violinist who felt a wristwatch interfered with his ability to play. The newer Hamilton was presented to him by the Women's Committee of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1959. Continuing clockwise around the circle, my paternal grandfather's watch, my maternal grandfather's watch (a college graduation gift perhaps, engraved with his name in 1905), and finally, a watch belonging to a great uncle.

All are in working order. I have no idea what their dollar value is, and I don't care.

For the record, my dad was also a Nikon man. He bought his Nikon Photomic T and a variety of lenses at the Sony Galleria in Tokyo on a CSO world tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1966. He brought one back for me, too.

Join the discussion if you want to show us your favorite pocket watch.


4- D200 Disaster

NikonD200_325.jpgBenedikt Balian (bnbphoto) from Belgium has a Nikon D200 that has turned into an expensive paperweight. Is it really dead?

Here is the original question:
Hello everybody,
I am desperate, I bought today a nice D200 second hand. I decided to upgrade the firmware.

I downloaded the file from Nikon's website, formatted a CF card (Sandisk Ultra 4GB) in camera, copied the A file to the card with a card reader in my PC and started the update.

Once he was done and told me to switch off the camera I had a PG UP warning on the top LCD.

I took out the CF card copied the B file to it and put it back in. When I tried to switch the camera back on it stayed with the PG UP warning and nothing happened. I took out the battery to restart the camera.
However now the camera is completely dead. It doesn't switch on. There is nothing on the top LCD. It just doesn't do anything.
If anyone has any idea, please let me know. Thanks a lot.


5- Jig-saw selfie

Geoff-Puzzle_250.jpgGold member Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom has been working on a digital artistry project that includes using JavaScript to create puzzle pieces.

During discussion on the project he told us:
I think that the most useful feature of PS that I discovered answered one of my biggest frustrations: how to easily identify and select a particular layer within a multi-layer document...simply right click on the point in the image that you want to manipulate and a window pops up showing the stack of layers (and masks) that exists under your cursor: just click the one you want and it's selected without having to visit the layers panel.

How is it that all the tutorials I've followed didn't mention that?

If you are looking for more on how to pull off a similar digital artistry project - ask Geoff. He has been a productive member since 2012 and has many outstanding images in his User Gallery


6- Triptych tips

Triptych-300.jpgGold member Dale Maas (marnigirl) from Arizona, USA has posted a triptych for critique and if you have never tried this three-image format before, the replies can serve as a starter guide.

Here is a sample of some comments:

• Terrific action shots, but I'd love to see more of the horses.

• I agree with Candy, more horse. Is there a chance you could change to Landscape mode, widen each panel?

• Lovely and exceptional works. My eyes visualize the scene better with the vertical presentation,it seems to flow better.

• Great attempt - and so much to work with. My two thoughts echo the other's thoughts.
The top attempt;
The middle photo is a nice composition but it took study to figure out what was going on. Also if you study the triptychs in the history of painting, you may notice there is a composition of each and a composition of all three. The composition of all three in the top group is very poor in my opinion.
The second group;
This is so much better. It is clear what is going on and the composition is more pleasing. If the center image was slightly more to the left and the top to the right, you would have the classic triangle composition.

This entire discussion shows the benefit of posting in our critique forum with an open mind, accepting the comments and then followed by a few attempts to attack the project with an alternative view.


7- February Assignment no shows

Assign-Dec_300.jpgCrickets are chirping in the February 2017 Photo Assignments section.  Zero entries at press time. 

Assignments coordinator Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) has made this one easy, letting you decide the topic.

Rob tells us:
February is a short month. Rather than burden you with a specific assignment that you may or may not be able to perform during this short month, I am instead letting you decide what your subject will be. 

The assignment is wide open.  - You decide! Shoot anything you want. Have fun with the assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.

There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the month of February, 2017. Using images taken prior to February, 2017, is not permitted and will be deleted. Please honor the rules of the assignment.

We encourage you to grab your camera and enter your image in the February assignment today.


8- Markins Ball Heads explained

Markins-Article-BV22-BV-12_325.jpg

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) has posted an article explaining Markins ball head models and new modules. 


He describes a truly integrated camera support system, not just for landscape, wildlife, and portrait, but now for birding, video and for panorama photography, by including ingenious compact tools.

The brief article includes the introduction of new modules -- the BV-12 which can be used on the Q10i and Q10i-Q and the BV-22 for the Q20i and Q20i-Q.

His description:
These modules mount on the ball head clamp (dropped on the open channel) and serve to constrain all camera-lens movements except for up and down tilt, allowing for use of the ball head pan capability. This makes Birds in Flight (BIF) photography and Video (hence the denomination BV) an efficient delight. In fact, the BV module replaces the need for an obtrusive Gimbal head or a Sidekick for BIF and for another head for video.


Posted by flashdeadline at 10:45 PM

FedeoFebruary 17, 2017

Nikonians Uploader for Mac v1.32 now available

Our image gallery uploader for Mac has been updated. This new version takes care of some issues found in V1.30, such as a stall that could happen during upload.

Silver, Gold and Platinum members can download the uploader at no cost on the Nikonians site.

Posted by bgs at 10:47 AM

FedeoFebruary 14, 2017

Congrats Top Ten 2016 -- I am Nikonians/Candi -- DL cameras cancelled

Best-Nikonians-2016-Owl_SQ_110.jpg

Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Nikonians Photo Contest Director David Summer (dm1dave) has announced the winners of the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest. 

The winners are:  (listed in random order)
1. John McGarry (jtmcg) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Dew Covered Honeybee.

2. Fred Morton (Fred Morton) from Virginia, USA with his image titled Night Time in Havana

3. Peter Allinson (critidoc) from Maryland, USA with his image titled Swordfish

4. Koos Erasmus (Rassie) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled Gliding Snowy

5. Russ Glindmeier (russg) from Arizona, USA with his image titled Meadview Arizona

6.  Michael Kawerninski (qanik) from British Columbia, Canada with his image titled Spring is in the Air

7.  Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) from Spain, with his image titled A Bright Stare for the Photographer

8.  Henning Bossen (henbo) from Denmark with his image titled Alpe di Siusi at sunrise

9. Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled This face needs Photoshop help

10. Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA with his image titled Red Fox Peering Over Snow

The winners had gained points by entering in the Landscape, Wildlife, Micro-Macro & Close-up, Travel, Digital Artistry Forums and Online Assignments as well as themed segments covering: People, Animals, Plants and Places.  Competition was open to Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians Members.

Higgins_170.jpg

Speaking of winnersCongratulations to Gold member Richard Higgins (HigginsR1) from Florida, USA.  He was named Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2016 by The Societies of Photographers, an international organization for serious and professional photographers based out of Rhyl, North Wales, United Kingdom.

Here is the official announcement.


The world's best lens cleaning solution, Shutter upgrades and CheatSheets are all on sale!

The world's best lens cleaning solution is used by Leica, Hasselblad, Bausch & Lomb & NASA.

Observe a measurable difference in brightness and clarity with glass or plastic lenses! 2 sizes: 1 & 2 ounce. Click here: Now on sale. (US customers only)

Upgrade your Shutter!
The most inexpensive upgrade you can make to your camera. Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs. Click here to save 5% now.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Software and 5% on accessories. Get the discount with this link.  (discounts show in Cart).


I Am Nikonians - Candi Foltz (CandisCamera)

Candi-Pet_350.jpg

Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.

Her subject in this installment is Silver member Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) from Florida, USA.

Candi tells us:

I think with these images I have illustrated a short autobiography of my history with photography and the Nikon camera. The photos of the Iguanas and the Pug dog are a glimpse into my past when I was a pet photographer twenty years ago using the Nikon 8008n film camera.  I made all the costumes myself and most of the backdrops. The other photos show more recent digital camera shots and my interest in post processing artistry.

The article includes images showcasing her expertise in pet photography.


Berger Bros. great trade-ins and spectacular deals

Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear. We see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.

We now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

Also we have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and put your order in now for the new Nikon Full Frame Body to be announced shortly.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. - BradBerger@mac.com.


Nikon cancels DL cameras

Nikon-DL-Cancl_325.jpg

Silver member Ron DeBlock (ron917) from New Jersey, USA has started a discussion on Nikon's announcement of a product line cancellation.

Nikon's official statement of February 13 includes:

A June, 2016 release was originally planned for the DL series. However, with the identification of issues with the integrated circuit for image processing, release of the three cameras was delayed indeterminately.

Since then, everyone involved has worked very hard to develop products with which our customers will be satisfied. However, it has been decided that sales of the DL series will be canceled due to concerns regarding their profitability considering the increase in development costs, and the drop in the number of expected sales due to the slow-down of the market.

 If you had been planning on purchasing any of the DL series cameras, join the discussion


Mac software picks

p-shop-lightroom_250.jpg

New member P. F. Infante (pfinfante) from New Jersey, USA is asking for advice on Photo Editing software on a Mac.

We've seen this question many times in the past few years, but for our newer members, it's worth having a look at the latest (most up to date) replies.

Here's a sample:

• If you exclude Photos, which is better suited to cell phone shots and lightweight editing, Lightroom is probably the most popular. Ditto on Windows. A large percentage of apps are licensed to run on either Macs or Windows computers. You don't necessarily need to buy new apps. Lightroom is a good example of that.

• Lightroom is popular with Photoshop but comes with monthly subscription. You can also look at others like Luminar from Macphun, Nikon software, ON1 raw, Affinity Photo, Phase One, DxO... now a day, you can get a trial version to try them before buying.

• One should note that each time you make a change from one editing software to another, your images will not look the same as each and every one have their own algorithms and codes to produce the image, (that's a layman's explanation.

These are just short samples-- check out the full discussion for details, and don't forget to share your opinions. 


Spring ANPAT in less than 3 months

ANPAT-17-Eric_325.jpg

Start the new year right by locking on your reservation for our Spring ANPAT (Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip).

The Spring ANPAT will be held in Moab, Utah.  Join us for a full week of photography, shop talk and camaraderie.

The dates this year will be: 
Arrival on Saturday May 6, 2017
Departure on Saturday May 13, 2017

As with previous editions, this ANPAT is administered under the Nikonians Academy for bookings and it is for all skill levels. For more information check our FAQ's.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:13 PM

FedeoFebruary 7, 2017

December congrats -- Melissa is angry -- Hasselblad news -- Solar Safety

HNL-SQ-02-08-2017_110.jpgere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.



Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the December contests. Congratulations to our winners!
Specials congratulations go to Scott Ashley (Scottashley) who took top honors in two categories for the month of December.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

Contest-December-2016-H_900.jpg

1. -- Wildlife - "Winter & Wildlife" theme winner Scott Ashley (Scottashley), from Colorado, USA with his image titled Red fox peering over snow.
2. -- Landscape -  "Best of 2016" theme winner Scott Ashley  (Scottashley), from Colorado, USA with his image titled Spotlit trees in the Smokies.
3. -- Macro - "Your Personal Best of 2016" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from The United Kingdom, England with his image titled Abutilon Pictum.
4. -- Travel  - "Into the Shadows" theme winner Huw Thomas (HUW) from New South Wales, Australia with his image titled Into the Shed.
5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Holiday" theme winner James Buch (jimray) from Oregon, USA  with his image titled Father Frost Needs Help.
6. -- Assignment  -  "Bottles" theme winner Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) from Michigan, USA with his image titled Wavy Glass.

Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

The current (January) assignment is "You Decide" - and this one lets us choose our own artistic direction.

Here is Rob's description:
February is a short month. Rather than burden you with a specific assignment that you may or may not be able to perform during this short month, I am instead letting you decide what your subject will be. The assignment is wide open - you decide! Shoot anything you want. Have fun with the assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.

Melissa is angry

Silver member Melissa OGarr from Western Australia is a bit mad (actually she used a much stronger descriptive) with her Nikon D3300.
It seems the camera has gone "dead" on her and she's not happy with any of her fixing options.

D3300-Hammer_400.jpg

Here's a small (condensed) portion of her post:
I wanted a good Macro camera, and was advised to buy Nikon. The Nikon is terrible at macro, see a previous post, now I'm stuck with four lenses that are no good to me at all and severely out of pocket). Now the hardware seems to be failing and I haven't even had it a year! I bought it in China, so getting warranty in Australia could prove difficult.

Two days ago, this Nikon stopped being able to download any pictures onto my laptop or PC. We have tried everything, to find out what's gone wrong. The cable has charge, the camera works, but I can't get any communication between camera and computer. I tried taking out the card (which I initially thought was the problem as my Canon card (only 4mths old - just suddenly died two days earlier) it was able to be read on a friend's PC, but I have no card reader on my PC or laptop. I'm a pensioner so a $300 charge and a cost to drive 400km to Perth to get it repaired is out of the question. I also thought that maybe there was a driver/windows conflict - so downloaded over 2GB worth of drivers from Nikon, which put me over my monthly data limit and now I'm throttled at a slow crawl.  None of those drivers were of any use, so it was back to square one.What the hell do I do now? The camera is USELESS if I can't access the photos.

This problem has caught the attention of many of our members and we're expecting someone to come up with the best answer at any time. If you had a similar experience -- Check it out.

Hasselblad changing hands

Hass-Dron_350.jpg

The Nikonians community has always held quality gear from other manufacturers in great regard. Industry legends like Leica and Hasselblad are not only respected but also owned by some of our members. That is one of the reasons we found this discussion, led by founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) of interest:

In case you have missed it, Swedish Hasselblad now Chinese, going the way Volvo and other iconic Swedish manufacturers went.

When will we see the first Hassi with integrated propellers?

More info over at luminous landscape by Kevin Raber.

Kevin's article includes this important disclaimer: Information relayed in this article was obtained from numerous credible and reliable sources.  

Although the final conclusion has not yet been confirmed by Hasselblad or DJI, I am confident in my sources and believe that a formal announcement is forthcoming.

As the discussion progressed, it was highlighted by a bit of industry background provided by Gold member Steven Licht (SteveDotNet) from New York, USA. If legendary gear is one of your passions, join the conversation.  One more thing -- our image of a camera under a drone is pure imagination. 

Sun Shooting Safety

We have more members planning to shoot the Solar eclipse in August, and now the conversation is shifting towards safe filters. The consensus so far comes from those who are advising extreme caution.

D500-Sun-Helmet_325.jpg

Here are some samples:

● Don't even think about using anything but real, purpose-built solar filters. Many are available from the astrophotography world.

● It's worse to use the wrong filter than to use no filter at all. Some ND filters do not block the full spectrum of IR and UV light. Some filters are drop in filters positioned at the back of the lens stack so light and heat is not blocked until passing through the lens.

● I would strongly recommend an external filter. While the internal filter would prevent damage to your sensor, everything "in front" of the filter could still be damaged by heat or IR.

If you have ever aimed your camera at the sun for an extended period of time, this discussion is a must read

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:09 PM

FedeoJanuary 13, 2017

2017 marks 100th Anniversary for Nikon

Nippon-K-Logo_SQ_110.jpgWe congratulate our favorite camera, lens and accessory manufacturer on reaching the 100th Anniversary milestone.

Nikon Corporation President Kazuo Ushida will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment on July 25th of this year.

Since its establishment (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique value based on opto-electronics and precision technologies.

Our member are currently discussing this anniversary and we encourage you to join the discussion.

Nikon-100th_300.jpgNikon has established a 100th Anniversary website describing 100-year milestones, starting with the official "birth" of the company:

Nikon began as Nippon Kogaku K.K. (Japan Optical Industries Co., Ltd.) on July 25, 1917, at 120 Haramachi, Koishikawa-ku (present-day Hakusan 4-chome, Bunkyo-ku) in Tokyo, starting domestic production of optical instruments such as rangefinders and microscopes.

Nikon-F_300.jpgIt was many years later (late 30's-early 40's before a Nikon camera surfaced from this new company, and for you trivia buffs, have a look at this historical site which tells us that the first rangefinder camera out of Japan was actually a Canon Hansa, bearing a Nikkor lens.

The historic Nikon 1 didn't debut until ten years later (going in production in 1948) and the first Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) camera from Nikon followed another ten years later (the Nikon F in 1959).

Nikon-Movie-Frame_350.jpgNikon's long history in the world of photography is rich with stunning images captured on Earth and the Moon.

The 1968 Nikon Photomic FTN was the framework for Nikon's entry into space photography when the company entered into an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support the Apollo Program in the early 70s.

Nikon's 100th Anniversary website includes a short video (less than six minutes) leading off with a nod to their space cameras.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:39 AM

FedeoJanuary 3, 2017

Congrats November Contest winners

contests-Nov-2016-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the November contests. Congratulations to our winners!

Specials congratulations go to Geoff Baylis (GBaylis), who took top honors in two categories for the month of November.

Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent. Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.

Contest-November-2016-Legend_499.jpg

1. -- Wildlife -  "Raptors - Big and Small." theme winner Koos Erasmus (Rassie) from Ontario Canada with his image titled Gliding Snowy.

2. -- Landscape -  "Fall Colors" theme winner Thomas Sprunger (Melman59) from Indiana, USA with his image titled Church in Cade's Cove.

3. -- Macro - "Food" theme winner Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) from Spain with his image titled Garlic Food Pin-up.

4. -- Travel  - "Off the Beaten Track" theme winner Gary Paige (JazzDoc) from New York, USA with his image titled Brown Bear Family; Katmai NP

5. -- Digital Artistry -  "My Favorites" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Tender Moment.

6. -- Assignment  -  "Abstract Body" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Eye'm Watching You!

On the blog, each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

The current (January) assignment is "Fluffy" - and this one has zero input at the current publication time. Here is Rob's description:

"What more can I say - let's start the new year with a fun assignment - submit images where the subject is fluffy. Have fun with this assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy."

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:41 PM

FedeoDecember 13, 2016

Congrats Darrell Young -- D500 book debuts at #1

screen-amzn-SQ-d500_110.jpgCongratulations to Nikonians author Darrell Young for debuting his latest NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book at the number one position in Amazon's Digital Photography New Releases category.

Mastering the Nikon D500, is now in stock at Amazon.com in both printed form and Kindle (and in printed and eBook bundle on RockyNook.com). If you go for the Rocky Nook bundle, don't forget to use the coupon code YOUNG2016 at checkout for 35% off the price.

Amzn-Screen-D500_325.jpgIf you have a Nikon D500 or plan to acquire one, please consider Darrell Young's Mastering the Nikon D500.

Darrell tells us:
"I put a huge amount of effort into experimenting with all aspects of the Nikon D500 and there are details in my book that you won't find elsewhere. It has 656 pages of deep information--in a very understandable form--that will help you learn every aspect of using your Nikon D500.

Darrell-Young_200.jpgI am amazed at the new features Nikon has added to this camera. It is setting standards for connectivity and functionality. I have never seen a Nikon DSLR this complex!

It took extra time to write the book due to the numerous extra features. Many photographers who have used Nikon DSLRs previously may not fully realize how much depth Nikon has added to this camera.

Even if you've had the D500 for several months, I think you will be surprised at the many new things you will find as you read the book with your camera in hand. Additionally, Mastering the Nikon D500 includes a 50% off Coupon for a Nikonians Gold Membership.
Thank you for considering my book."
- Darrell Young

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:13 PM

FedeoDecember 6, 2016

Call for Entries - New Contest offers $10,000 in prizes

Lensculture-Awards-SQ_110.jpgYou are invited to participate in the First Ever Nikonians Photography Awards!
The Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 is an opportunity for photographers of all levels to enter their work and engage with peers in the photo industry, be eligible for awards including an online exhibition of your photos, and get professional reviews and critics of your work.

Prizes include $10,000 in camera gear, online learning programs and exposure of your work to a global audience. Our international jury panel will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as 25 finalists. You are invited to enter your images.

Enter this new Nikonians Photography contest now.
Deadline: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Submission of images will include a modest entry fee.

This contest is open to all types of photography:

LANDSCAPE • WILDLIFE • TRAVEL • DIGITAL • MACRO • PEOPLE • BLACK & WHITE • STREET • ARCHITECTURE • FAMILY • PANORAMA • SPORTS • STUDIO • EVENTS • & MORE

Get a Free Professional Review
For the Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 we are proud to be working in partnership with LensCulture, to provide each application you make with an optional free Professional Review.

LensCulture believes that every photographer who applies to the Nikonians Photography Awards deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. These professional reviews deliver insightful, critical feedback plus recommendations for improving your practice and preparing your work for such opportunities as competitions, grants, juried exhibitions, and other calls for entries.


NIKONIANS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017 JURY
Lensculture-Judges-700.jpg

Ken Geiger - Director of Photography, The Nature Conservancy
Brendan McCabe - Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Michael Yamashita - Photographer, The Photo Society
Alexander Strecker - Managing Editor, LensCulture
Mike Hagen - Photographer, Author and Owner, Visual Adventures
David Summers - Director, Moderator and Photo Contests Director, Nikonians

AWARDS

1st Place - $5,000
2nd Place - $3,000
3rd Place - $2,000

Lensculture-Awards-Gear_175.jpg1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning photographers will receive vouchers to purchase the camera equipment of their choice from B&H Photo Video. Cameras, lenses, drones, tripods, flashes, lighting, filters, accessaries & more are available from brands including Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica, Olympus, Sony & so many more.

Online Workshops and Learning Opportunities
Lensculture-Awards-workshops_200.jpgWinning photographers and finalists will receive vouchers to select a series of their choice in classes from CreativeLive's Camera & Gear curriculum.

Plus, you will enjoy a 10% off discount good for a full year of Nikonians "in person" learning events including workshops in Galapagos, Iceland, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Tokyo, and more as well as the twice yearly Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips.

Nikonians Platinum Membership
Lensculture-Awards-Platinum_200.jpgAll winning photographers will receive a free one-year platinum membership to Nikonians. With a value of over $200 this membership level is the highest offered to the Nikonians community with the most complete access to forums, galleries, content, community and discounts.

Massive Exposure to our Nikonians audience with an online exhibition
Winning images will be showcased in the Nikonians 2017 Online Exhibition, accessible by photography-lovers all over the world immediately after the results are announced as well as long after the competition closes.

Selected photographers will also be published in feature articles on Nikonians.org and published across Nikonians social media and editorial channels.

Don't miss this opportunity to let your photography skills earn you a prestigious award plus great prizes.
Enter the Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 contest now.

Nikonians has partnered with LensCulture to give you access to this organization who develops and fosters opportunities that help you move your photography career forward creatively and professionally.

Through this partnership photographers can apply to be featured in an Online exhibition as well as gain access to many opportunities for exposure, recognition and learning through LensCulture.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:48 PM

Congrats October Contest Winners

Digital-Art-SQ-Dog-Halloween_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the October contests. 
Congratulations to our winners!

Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. 

Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent.

Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."


Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.

Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

Contest-Legend-October-2016_495.jpg

1. -- Wildlife "Wildlife Emotions" theme winner Michael Kawerninski (qanik), from British Columbia, Canada with his image titled Happiness is.

2. -- Landscape "Wild waters" theme winner Charlie Choc (cchoc) from Georgia, USA with his image titled Rainbow in the Mist.

3. --  Macro "Intimate Landscapes" theme winner Dean Andersen (DeanAZ) from Arizona, USA with his image titled Island In the Stream.

4. -- Travel "Hustle and Bustle" theme winner Barbara Colbert (Britbear) from Illinois, USA with her image titled Spice Market Porter.

5. -- Digital Artistry "Halloween" theme winner Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) from Florida, USA with her image titled China-Pug Witch.

6. -- Assignment ""Forests" theme winner Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA with his image titled Split trees on mountainside.

Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

The current (November) assignment is "Bottles".

Check out Rob's description:

Here's a great opportunity to photograph your favorite beverage.

It may seem easy, but there are things you need to think about - i.e. do you want to eliminate reflections, what kind of background should you have? -  etc. Have fun with this assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:45 PM

FedeoNovember 22, 2016

Mastering Nikon D500 debuts with Nikonians member input

Mastering-the-Nikon-D500_SQ_110.jpgThe latest in Darrell Young's "Mastering" series books is ready for download. 

The three eBook formats of Mastering the Nikon D500 are now available as a bundle from Rocky Nook.

Darrell tells us Nikonians can use the code YOUNG2016 for a 35% discount on the bundle


The printed book will be shipping within the next few weeks.

Darrell's traditional method for sharing with the Nikonians community is to invite members to submit photos to be used as full page Chapter Opening images.

All members who have an image included in the book will receive a free copy of Mastering the Nikon D500 and be listed in a special Credits for Chapter Opening Images section of the book, with information mentioned under tech specs.

Congratulations to the following members who provided images chosen for use in this book:


Chapter 1:
Big Bear © 2016 Deborah Albert (debalbe)

XZChapter_1_-_Deborah_Albert_(debalbe)_175.jpgSigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens at 550mm, 1/800s at f/7.1, ISO 3200
The image was taken in Alligator River Park in NE North Carolina. The area has an abundance of black bears.
Many are quite shy, but this big boy was not disturbed by my presence and, in fact, walked ever closer until he stood straight up to scratch his back and then stared right at me.

What a privilege to be in his presence and what a gift to have a camera like the D500 that allowed me to capture many images hand held in early morning low light.






Chapter 2: Heisman Pose in Action © 2016 Milt Wentzel (mwentzel)

XZChapter_2_-_Milt_Wentzel_(mwentzel)[1].jpgAF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII lens, 1/1600s at f/2.8, ISO 200
This football image captured a Colerain High School running back bracing for impact.

It caught my attention during post processing because it bears a striking resemblance to the pose of the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded yearly to the most outstanding player in college football.







Chapter 3: Jolene at the Skyhoundz Qualifier © 2016 Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

XZChapter_3_-_Eric_Bowles_(ericbowles)[1].jpgAF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII lens at 70mm, 1/1250s at f/4, ISO 280
Jolene is a standard poodle competing in a qualifier for a national competition.

I used Manual Exposure Mode because the background composition changed rapidly although the light was constant. Using f/4 gave me shallow depth of field, and 1/1250s froze the action, allowing ISO 280 for correct exposure.

I used short bursts of 3-6 frames to capture the dog catching the disc. Jolene is a great subject.
The D500 was perfect for this kind of action due to the excellent AF, fast frame rate, and large buffer. I used a 64 GB Lexar 2933 XQD card to maximize speed.




Chapter 4: Nesting Great Blue Herons © 2016 Howie Grapek (howiegrapek)

XZChapter_4_-_Howie_Grapek_(howiegrapek)[1].jpgAF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR lens at 180mm, 1/1000s at f/5.6, ISO 180
I took this image in "Wakodahatchee Wetlands" in Delray Beach, Florida, USA. This area is known for nesting waterfowl native to South Florida.

The sun was getting close to the horizon providing beautiful warm light, when I spotted this pair of nesting Blue Herons in a tree about 50 yards away. They had donned their mating plumage and were demonstrating their ritual "courtship dance."

The sun was behind me and the birds were beautifully lit-- their eyes were glowing yellow. I hand held the camera, focused on their eyes, and took a few bursts of shots. I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of this image. Even at ISO 10000, there was virtually no noise.



Chapter 5: Western Gray Squirrel on Pine Tree © 2016 Stephen Weaver (sweaver)

XZChapter_5_-_Stephen_Weaver_(sweaver)[1].jpgAF-S Nikkor 24-120 f/4 lens at 120mm, 1/640s at f/5, ISO 400
I made this image on a late April morning on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs, CO.

I was testing out my new D500 with my 24-120 f/4 lens and thought the numerous friendly Western Gray Squirrels on campus would make good wildlife test subjects for the D500.

This individual ran up the tree and I was attracted to the beautiful morning sun backlight on his tail and his intent look.






Chapter 6: Kiwi the Parrot © 2016 Jim Keenan (Lomcevak)

XZChapter-6---James-Keenan-(Lomcevak).jpgAF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII lens at 200mm, 1/30s at f/8, ISO 200
Our 25-year-old Blue and Gold macaw named Kiwi sits for a portrait in the backyard.

I placed him in open shade with a Hoya plant as background and used a RRS tripod and ball head owing to slow shutter speed. 

Kiwi is naturally inquisitive and friendly and I just kept firing until I got a few shots I liked.








Chapter 7: Lilac in the Garden © 2016 Dennis Miller (dhmiller)
AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, 1/1000s at f/5.6, ISO 1000

XZChapter-7---Dennis-Miller-(dhmiller).jpgThis photo was taken in a communal garden behind the home I was renting in Philadelphia in summer, 2016.

I was lucky enough to capture the flower in full bloom.

The Genus/species name of the flower is: Iris sibirica, commonly known as Siberian iris or Siberian flag.









Chapter 8: Crossing the Finish Line © 2016 John McGarry (jtmcg)

XZChapter-8---John-McGarry-(jtmcg).jpgAF-S Nikkor Lens 80-400 f/4.5-5.6G at 98mm, 1/1250s at f/9, ISO 800
This was shot at the Greater Hartford Invitational Track and Field Meet held in Simsbury, CT. 

This event was the Girls 4x100 relay. I was positioned at the end of the final straightaway and fired a burst as the winner approached the finish line. 

The D500 nailed the focus on every shot in the 10 frame sequence.







Chapter 9: Woodchuck Paradise © 2016 Mark Morrison (Lunastar)

XZChapter-9---Mark-Morrison-(Lunastar).jpgAF-S Nikkor 70-200/f2.8G ED VRII lens at 200mm, 1/400s at f4, ISO 1250, -1/3 EV
I captured this handsome woodchuck near my Minnesota home as he paused briefly outside his hollow log den on a hot, overcast June day. 

I put the D500 through its paces that weekend and this image shows that the D500's sensor performs very well at higher ISO's. 

The color rendition is very good, easily besting its predecessor, the D300.








Chapter 10: Tiny Grandson Smile © 2106 Robert Patterson (bobpatter)

XZChapter-10---Robert-Patterson-(bobpatter).jpgAF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, 1/160s at f/2.5m ISO 1250
This is a picture of my grandson and was taken in my great room with natural light and no flash.

The D500's white balance nailed the color in the shot, making it very easy to capture an image with correct skin tones.









Chapter 11: Majesty in Flight © 2016 Paul Sorrells (Rickman)

XZChapter-11---Paul-R-Sorrells-(Rickman).jpgTamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 550mm, 1/3200s at f/8, ISO Auto (250)
I took this photograph below the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in MD, at the top of the Chesapeake Bay.

The "Dam" is well known worldwide not only the resident Bald Eagles but also for the fall/winter influx of the many birds that migrate here each year.

The prime time for photographing eagles here is usually around Thanksgiving; however, this shot was taken on April 25th. The D500's autofocus tracking during continuous high speed shooting has drastically improved my success rate.




Chapter 12: Palouse Country © 2016 Michael R Goodman (mrginhop)

XZChapter-12---Mike-Goodman-(mrginhop).jpgNikon 70-200 F2.8 with 1.4X TC at 280mm, 1/25s at f/8, ISO 360
In eastern Washington state right on the Idaho border there are some amazing agricultural areas full of rolling hills called the Palouse Country. 

The hills "come alive" in very early or very late light. I took this picture during the transition of the wheat fields from green to gold in mid-summer. 

There are a few elevated areas where you can see these great vistas. Even though the photo is a scenic, I utilized my 70-200 with a 1.4X to really compress the vast distance you are seeing.







Chapter 13: Big Daddy Dune in Namibia © 2016 Bonnie Christensen (BChrisRad)

XZChapter-13---Bonnie-Christensen-(BChrisRad).jpg

AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4 at 16mm, 1/500s at f/7.1, ISO 320
Early morning hike up Big Daddy Dune in Sossusvlei area of Namibia in Namib-Naukluft National Park. 

We were the first ones up the dune and that made for some difficult hiking. 

It was a cold morning and we were initially disappointed to not have the sun, but the fog made for much more interesting photos.


Posted by flashdeadline at 10:26 PM

FedeoNovember 16, 2016

Why buy "old?"

D300S-SQ-Close_120.jpgLooking to add a brand new Nikon to your inventory?

As a cost-saving measure, perhaps you might want to look at some of the older models still available on various markets (including our own I Want to Buy and I Want to Sell forums).

Take the Nikon D300s for example.

Silver member Simon Wallwork (Shy Talk) from Scotland recently posted a testimonial on his "old" camera:
Just a minute guys.
I bought my 12mp D300s back in 2011. Right from the start, the thing performed like a pro.
I'd come from Olys E-series cameras, where the AF effectively made photos of fast movers a really difficult thing to do.

d300s_325.jpgWhen I got my D300s, (£1000 with grip included) I was absolutely good to go. It did every single thing that it promised and made my Oly E-3 Look exactly like the fraud that it was.

Fast forward to today, and I'm sure the D300s is relatively old hat, but has my camera ever glitched, or let me down?

Even when getting dragged under fences, dropped on the desert, banged off raggedy bits of old airplane? Nope.

Do I look at my 300s pics and wish I'd more resolution? Sometimes- but only for 'spot the dot' types of pics.

This is one great camera. Mine is still my normal telephoto camera, and while I wish for the same quality, with 36mp, there's nothing wrong with it at all.

Equally interesting as Simon's testimonial are the like-minded responses, some with outstanding images as proof that the age of a good camera is not as important as the artistic creativity of the Nikonian behind the viewfinder.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:59 PM

FedeoNovember 13, 2016

Super-duper Moon Monday Night

SuperMoonbyArlon-Motsch_110-SQ.jpgA reminder to our friends in the Astrophotography forum.
Our moon will be coming so close to Earth on Monday night (November 14) that it promises to be much larger in the night sky, and up to 30% brighter.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tells us:
The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. The full moon won't come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.

SuperMoonbyArlon-Motsch_300.jpgThis astro-show by our moon makes for excellent opportunities to take images like the one we have illustrating this article.

It was captured by Silver member Arlon Motsch (arlon), from Texas, USA in July, 2014 with his Nikon D800E and a 600mm lens (boosted by a 2x teleconverter).

If astrophotography is one of your interests, check your local weather, hope for the best and train your eyes to the skies on the evening of November 14.

And make sure you share your best images here.

Photo-Tip: If you are not interested in astrophotography-style "shooting the moon" you may have a favorite nighttime cityscape or landscape in mind that would benefit from an extra-large moon in the sky above it.

Your next chance to capture the moon this close will be in 18 years (November 25, 2034).

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:00 PM

FedeoNovember 8, 2016

Congrats September Contest winners

5-Digital-Art-hummingbird-SQ_120.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the September contests. Congratulations to our winners!

Special congratulations go to Roberta Davidson (birdied) for excelling in two of our categories for September (Macro and Digital Artistry).

Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent. Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

Legend-September-2016_495.jpg
1. -- Wildlife "Garden Wildlife" theme winner Donna Knodle (dgknodle), from Michigan, USA with her image titled Common Garter Snake.

2. -- Landscape "Landscape with a single tree" theme winner Russ Glindmeier (russg)  from Arizona, USA with his image titled Meadview, Arizona.

3. --  Macro "Liquids" theme winner Roberta Davidson (birdied) from Louisiana, USA with her image titled The Dandelion Seed.

4. -- Travel "Iconic Landmarks" theme winner Henning Bossen (henbo), from  Denmark with his image titled Memorial - Reichstag reflection.

5. -- Digital Artistry "Color"  theme winner Roberta Davidson (birdied) from Louisiana, USA with her image titled Dahlia Loving Ruby.

6. -- Assignment "Environment" theme winner Mike Rheault (mikerofoto) from Ontario, Canada with his untitled image of Power Lines.


Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.


The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

The current (November) assignment is "Abstract Body" - and this one has zero input at the current publication time. It's a tough one to visualize, so here is Rob's description:

"For a sense of what this month's assignment is, I recommend you Google "Abstract Body Photography". It is fascinating, really. The human body presents untold photographic opportunities. Whether you are photographing the entirety of the body, or a part, use your imagination to make the image interesting. Careful use of light, shadows or motion will make the image more abstract. Black and white is often used to intensify the image and make it grittier.

The goal of this assignment is not NSFW (Not Safe For Work) images, however, they may be included if they are tasteful and appropriately referenced as such in the title. This is a challenging assignment and I hope you all produce some great, wall-worthy images."


 

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:17 PM

FedeoNovember 1, 2016

Nikonians Academy Update

hagen_111107_SQ.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is headed to Tanzania for his annual African Photo Safari. He has already scheduled the next Safari for November 2017.
Mike tells us:
We are limiting the size to 12 participants and this number includes your Tour Leader.
One of the best aspects of this trip is that we are only allowing three photographers per vehicle. This means that each person will have an entire row to themselves with one seat for their camera gear and the other seat for themselves.
There will be plenty of room to move around and everyone will have perfect access to all photo opportunities.

Down the Road:

SteveSimon_125.jpgJoin Steve Simon for one of his two workshops to Cuba this December and January.

The US Government continues to reduce restrictions on travel to Cuba, which means the flood of tourists isn't far behind. If you've wanted to visit before the massive changes take place, then join Steve Simon and Nikonians Academy in December or January for his workshop, Cuba: The Passionate Street Photographer.

Steve Simon has been running photography workshops to Cuba for quite a few years and is uniquely qualified to show off this beautiful country to visitors. These two workshops are open to travelers whether or not you are a US Citizen. We'd love to have you along on the trip no matter where you are from.

Simon-Cuba_325.jpgThis intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Havana and beyond.

Steve has been traveling to Cuba for many years now and has a great knowledge of this country.

His workshops are based on the concepts from his best-selling book, The Passionate Photographer, and work to take the student from good to great. Steve's next trips begin December 10th and January 16th.

------------------------------------------------------
Hulbert_175.jpgRick Hulbert is running a really fun workshop to Budapest, Hungary in May, 2017.

His class will be a photographic exploration of this beautiful city that straddles the banks of the Danube River. This is a true photography workshop and Rick will be working with participants to improve their photography of urban areas, including buildings, man-made spaces, and street photography.

Rick stresses that you won't need fancy equipment to enjoy this trip. In fact, any and every brand of camera will work. So, feel free to bring your Nikon (of course!), Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony or iPhone.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:24 PM

FedeoOctober 18, 2016

Build a DIY Home Studio - New CreativeLive class

DIY-Studio-SQ-110.jpgIn an ongoing effort to bring our Nikonians.org members value, we are running another free online workshop with CreativeLive on Monday, October 24th.

Our Nikonians Academy Director, Mike Hagen is teaching a new class titled Build a DIY Home Studio. In this practical, hands-on broadcast, you'll learn:

- How to find and create grip equipment by shopping at your local hardware store
- How to create a tabletop studio in your home
- How to put together and light a portrait studio on a budget.

DIY-Studio_325.jpgInvite your friends and camera club members to watch live so you can interact with Mike as he is giving tips and tricks to help you create a great home studio at a low cost.

You don't have to have your own studio space or purchase thousands of dollars worth of equipment to build your portfolio of images.

Join Mike as he gets you expanding your portfolio so you can gain the clients to eventually purchase the gear you want to own!

Follow this link to RSVP

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Down the Road:

SteveSimon_125.jpgJoin Steve Simon for one of his two workshops to Cuba this December and January.

The US Government continues to reduce restrictions on travel to Cuba, which means the flood of tourists isn't far behind. If you've wanted to visit before the massive changes take place, then join Steve Simon and Nikonians Academy in December or January for his workshop, Cuba: The Passionate Street Photographer.

Steve Simon has been running photography workshops to Cuba for quite a few years and is uniquely qualified to show off this beautiful country to visitors. These two workshops are open to travelers whether or not you are a US Citizen. We'd love to have you along on the trip no matter where you are from.

Simon-Cuba_325.jpgThis intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Havana and beyond.

Steve has been traveling to Cuba for many years now and has a great knowledge of this country.

His workshops are based on the concepts from his best-selling book, The Passionate Photographer, and work to take the student from good to great. Steve's next trips begin December 10th and January 16th.

------------------------------------------------------
Hulbert_175.jpgRick Hulbert is running a really fun workshop to Budapest, Hungary in May, 2017.

His class will be a photographic exploration of this beautiful city that straddles the banks of the Danube River. This is a true photography workshop and Rick will be working with participants to improve their photography of urban areas, including buildings, man-made spaces, and street photography.

Rick stresses that you won't need fancy equipment to enjoy this trip. In fact, any and every brand of camera will work. So, feel free to bring your Nikon (of course!), Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony or iPhone.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:56 PM

FedeoOctober 6, 2016

CreativeLive workshops online

CRLV-BOX-OUTLINE-sq_110.jpgWatch them live for free. You can also purchase previous workshops from them on hundreds of different topics.

Our Nikonians Academy Director, Mike Hagen has recommended a variety of workshops for Nikonians members focused on Travel, landscape and nature photography here.

He has also taught a number of live classes for CreativeLive that you might be interested in, such as:

Photographing Panoramas for Large Prints
Nikon Wireless Flash for Creative Photography
Using The Nikon Autofocus System
------------------------------------------------------

SteveSimon_125.jpgJoin Steve Simon for one of his two workshops to Cuba this December and January.

This intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Havana and beyond.

Steve has been traveling to Cuba for many years now and has a great knowledge of this country.

His workshops are based on the concepts from his best-selling book, The Passionate Photographer, and work to take the student from good to great. Steve's next trips begin December 10th and January 16th.

------------------------------------------------------
Hulbert_175.jpgRick Hulbert is running a really fun workshop to Budapest, Hungary in May, 2017.

His class will be a photographic exploration of this beautiful city that straddles the banks of the Danube River. This is a true photography workshop and Rick will be working with participants to improve their photography of urban areas, including buildings, man-made spaces, and street photography.

Rick stresses that you won't need fancy equipment to enjoy this trip. In fact, any and every brand of camera will work. So, feel free to bring your Nikon (of course!), Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony or iPhone.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:24 PM

FedeoOctober 1, 2016

German Nikonians meet in Innzell, Bavaria

A group of the Nikonians in Germany meet up 16th-18th of September for photography and camaraderie in this splendid corner of Bavaria. See some of the images they took, which are shared in the galleries. Images from Innzell, Bavaria
D80_2413_web1-400.jpg

Posted by bgs at 1:08 AM

FedeoSeptember 30, 2016

Image sharing forum now takes 50MB images

The image sharing forum "A picture I took" at Nikonians now allow for large image uploads. You can attach images of up to 50MB each to your post. If the image is larger than 1800 pixels widest side, it will be reduced to that size.

For smaller devices and screens, the image is automatically reduced to fit the screen.

Enjoy your community!

Posted by bgs at 6:59 PM

FedeoSeptember 6, 2016

Congrats Nikonians July Photo Contest winners

Contest-July-2016-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the July 2016 competitions.

Congratulations to our winners!

This month we have two winners in the Wildlife category.
We encourage you to click on the links to each image for a closer look.
All Silver, Gold and Platinum members are eligible to participate in any and all theme categories of the monthly forums contests and online assignments.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. The image titles include links to the winning entries along with a look at the competition in each category. 

Contest-July-2016-Legend_495.jpg

 


1-A - Wildlife - "Small Feathered Friends" theme winner Roberta Davidson (Birdied), from Louisiana, USA with her image titled Female Red Winged Blackbird.    

1-B - Wildlife - "Small Feathered Friends" theme winner Jesse Martinez  (jesse101) from Montana USA with his image titled Red winged Blackbird.

2 - Landscape -  "Sunrise or sunset with water as a significant feature" theme winner Nicholas Randall  (NRandall), from Victoria, Australia with his image titled Capturing the Rising Sun - Point Addis.

3 - Macro - "Jewels or Jewelry" theme winner Jesse Martinez  (jesse101),  from Montana USA with his image titled Jewels.

4 - Travel - "History through a Nikon" theme winner James Reynolds  (reynja), from Texas, USA with his image titled Corsair Wreck - Oahu, HI - USA.

5 - Digital Artistry -  "Water" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7), from Oregon, USA with his image titled Dew Drops on Web.

6 - July Assignment  -  "Isolation" theme winner Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760), from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled  Defeat.

Interested in submitting your photos? 

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his assignments updates here.

The current September Assignment is "Environment."

Your challenge is to use your photographic skill to focus attention on environmental issues.

Wall worthy images that evidence pollution or ecological damage would be perfect, as would images demonstrating the positive effects of responsible environmental management.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:15 PM

FedeoAugust 30, 2016

Nikonians Academy and CreativeLive newest videos

CRLV-BOX-OUTLINE-sq_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen invites us to check out one of the latest results from the partnership between the Academy and CreativeLive.

A CreativeLive blog by Justin Katz titled Back Button Focus Will Change the Way You Use Your Camera includes video workshop amplification by Mike. With over 20,000 views already, this teamwork approach to a complicated topic is helping many photographers improve their techniques.

Hagen-Back-Button-Focus_325.jpgFor more about mastering autofocus on Nikon cameras, be sure to watch Mike's CreativeLive workshop titled Using the Nikon Autofocus System. This is an often-overlooked function of your digital SLR.

In this workshop Mike Hagen helps you understand how to configure your camera's autofocus system for portraits, sports, wildlife, and landscapes.

Relying on autofocus will also let you concentrate on lighting and composition, and help you take advantage of those fleeting moments.

------------------------------------------------------

Simon-Cuba_325.jpg

September is a busy month for three of our Nikonians Academy instructors. Steve Simon is running his sold-out workshop  Cuba - The Passionate Street Photographer.

This intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take attendees to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Havana and beyond.

Steve tells us:

"Everything will be taken care of for you so we can concentrate on making amazing images of the people and the culture in Havana. We will explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods in Old Havana, often outside tourist areas for unique photo opportunities.

We will have great access at a local outdoor boxing club with great light-a place where some of Cuba's best known boxers have trained. We will visit and photograph the National Ballet & Dance Company. Old Havana is spectacular at night and we will go out night shooting as well. With the recent warming of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, change is inevitable making now a perfect time to visit."

 

------------------------------------------------------

hagen_galapagos_2015_325.jpg

Mike Hagen leaves for Galapagos on September 17 with 9 intrepid photographers to shoot stunning pics of wildlife from their chartered yacht.

There are some seats still available (and going fast).

Mike describes each day beginning with:

"An early 6:00am breakfast followed by the first shore excursion. We return for lunch followed by a siesta while the vessel navigates to the next island.

Mid-afternoon, we disembark for the second excursion and return to the boat by sunset.

Before dinner, we hold a briefing for the next day's shore excursions. In the evenings, we motor to the next island arriving early in the morning for a new adventure."

 

------------------------------------------------------

Chicago-Hulbert-3_325.jpg

Rick Hulbert is running his top-notch Urban and Street Photography Workshop in Chicago, Illinois September 22-25. Rick still has a few seats available for the September workshop, so don't delay if you want to attend.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to "break rules" in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

------------------------------------------------------

Nikonians-Academy_link_logo.jpg

In conclusion, Mike Hagen reminds us:

"Our workshops and trips are an incredible amount of fun.

Our participants always learn practical skills, have a wonderful time, and come home thousands of beautiful images. 

We've already begun adding new workshops for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. Join us in Africa, Utah, Hungary, Italy and much more." 


Posted by flashdeadline at 6:15 PM

FedeoAugust 23, 2016

Academy Spotlight: Chicago, Elephants and CreativeLive

Academy-Logo-Africa-Elephant-SQ_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has three updates this week.

The first points to one of our most popular workshop series, hosted by Rick Hulbert.

The second spotlights your opportunity to join Mike at one of the ideal locations for photographing elephants in Africa.

The third update highlights online classes available to the community through our partnership with CreativeLive.


-----------------------------------------------------------

Chicago-Hulbert-3_325.jpg

We have one month to go until Rick Hulbert's Chicago Urban and Street Photography Workshop.

Rick is one of our Academy success stories and does such a wonderful job on his workshops.

He's thought through all the details for this workshop and has created a curriculum that's truly one of the best in the world.

There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera will work, so we strongly encourage participants with Canon, Sony, Fuji, Leica and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, and yes. . . even camera phones!

Join Rick in Chicago next month for an enlightening class that will help you better see and photograph the urban landscape.

---------------------------------------------------------

Hagen--small-elephant_225.jpg

Tanzania's elephant population is one of the more robust in the world. One of the best places to photograph these giants is in Tarangire National Park. Mike Hagen has designed this November's photo safari to take full advantage of the park in order to maximize elephant photography.

Mike tells us:

"Tarangire is one of my favorite places to photograph elephants. Here, you are able to compose herds of elephants against giant acacia trees, babies interacting with their mothers, all from just a few meters away."

One of the best aspects of this trip is that we are only allowing three photographers per vehicle. 

This means that each person will have an entire row to themselves with one seat for their camera gear and the other seat for themselves. There will be plenty of room to move around and everyone will have perfect access to all photo opportunities.

Join Mike on this year's safari (November 4-15, 2016).

--------------------------------------------------------- 

CRLV-BOX-OUTLINE-sq_110.jpg

Our online workshop partnership with CreativeLive, includes these three topics which are sure to of interest to the Nikonians community:

►Learn how to make panoramas for large prints

Using the Nikon Autofocus System

Using the Nikon Wireless Flash System

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:07 PM

FedeoAugust 2, 2016

Congrats Segment Two "Best of Nikonians" winners

Seg2-BestoF-SQ-Kitten.jpgNikonians Photo Contest Director David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the winner and honorable mentions from Segment Two of our Best of Nikonians Photo Contest. The segment theme was Animals. Our winner is Leb Annamaria-annie (annie_j) from Romania, with her image titled My Little Assistant. Her photo of a kitten in front of a Canon camera was taken with her Nikon D40.

Check our image legend below and scroll down for background information:

Seg2-BestoF-Legend_499.jpg

1. Winner - "My little assistant" by Leb Annamaria-annie (annie_j) from Romania.
• D40, Nikkor 18-105 mm VR, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, post-processed with Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom 4

2. Honorable mention -" Black Bear Cub In Meadow" by Mark Morrison (Lunastar) from Minnesota, USA.
• D500, Nikkor 200-400/ f/4 lens w/14TC @ f/6.3, ISO 800, 1/2000SS

3. Honorable mention - "Otis My Black Pug Dog" by Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) from Florida, USA.
• Nikon D7100, 50sec, 400 ISO, 300mm f/3.5 VR Lens

4. Honorable mention -" Puffin against the sea" by Henning Bossen (henbo) from Denmark.
• Nikon D810 | Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 VRI @ 260mm
ISO 360, -0.7 EV | 1/400s, f/4

5. Honorable mention - "Bugling Elk" by Pete Wilson from Michigan, USA.
• D2X | 200-400 f/4.0 @ 400mm | f/4 | 1/60 sec | ISO 640

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:36 PM

FedeoJuly 19, 2016

Nikonians Academy spotlight: Iceland and Chicago

Academy-Logo-Puffin-Glight-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen sends this week's update from Iceland, where he is leading a group of photographers through Iceland's landscapes and bird sanctuaries.

His group is now photographing geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjavík that includes buildings and architecture.

Mike tells us:
hagen_Puffin_300.jpg"Puffins in flight are some of the most difficult birds to photograph. I'm working closely with our photography group and so far, everyone has taken keepers of this beautiful maritime bird."

Mike's image (at left) was taken this week with his Nikon D800 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens. He shot at 1/2000 sec, with an f/5.6 aperture and ISO of 1600.

hagen_puffin_175.jpgNext year's Iceland trip will run July 16-24, 2017 and Mike will have it posted to the Nikonians Academy website immediately upon returning to his office.

To learn how to master Nikon's autofocus system to capture bird-in-flight shots like the ones shown here, check out Mike's CreativeLive workshop titled The Nikon Autofocus System. Here's the direct link.

Mike will help you configure the autofocus system for portraits, sports, wildlife, and landscapes. Relying on autofocus will let you concentrate on lighting and composition, and help you take advantage of those fleeting moments.

--------------------------------------

Chicago_300.jpgRick Hulbert's Urban and Street photography workshop concentrates on the other end of the photography spectrum.

Rick's next stop will be Chicago in September.

He takes participants through an amazing instructional process to help them see and understand urban landscapes.

His specialty is teaching attendees how to capture people in the built environment. You're going to love this class.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

If you are returning participant to Rick's Urban and Street Photography Workshop, Rick would like to offer you a special 25% off deal. We'll send refund details after you sign up.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:19 PM

FedeoJune 15, 2016

Congrats April Contest winners

Eagles-Contest-April-2016-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the April 2016 competitions.

Congratulations to our winners!

We encourage you to click on the links to each image for a closer look.
All Silver, Gold and Platinum Members are eligible to participate in any and all theme categories of the monthly forums contests and online assignments.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. The image titles include links to the winning entries along with a look at the competition in each category.

Contest-April-2016_Legend_499.jpg

1. Wildlife - "Spring is in the Air" theme winner Michael Kawerninski (qanik), from British Columbia, Canada with his image titled Spring is in the Air, are just.

2. Landscape - "Reflections in a Landscape Setting" theme winner Russ Glindmeier (russg) from Arizona, USA with his image titled Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park.

3. Macro - "Spring Fever" theme winner Tom Ferguson (tekneektom), from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled A sure sign of Spring - Pussy Willow.

4. Travel - "Travels to the Edge" theme winner Darcy Shelanskey (dshlink)) with her image titled Muenzenberg, Germany.

5. Digital Artistry - Digital Composite theme winner Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled This face needs Photoshop help.

6. April Assignment -  "Feet" theme winner James Buch (jimray) from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled Little feet.

Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

---------------------------------

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his assignments updates here.

The current June Assignment is "Low Contrast."

This one is simple (and it is the opposite of last month's assignment) - a wall worthy, low-contrast photograph that does not exhibit much difference between the lights and the darks - i.e. not a broad range of tones.

The image may be color or black and white. An image of a subject shrouded in fog is a great example. The photo you submit must be taken in the month of June 2016. That's why they call it an assignment. Go get it - - don't search your hard drive.  

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:42 AM

FedeoMay 31, 2016

Academy Director hosting two free online workshops

CRLV-BOX-OUTLINE-sq_110.jpgGet ready for a double dose of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen teaching new live workshops with CreativeLive.
Mike's workshops are coming this week and they are aimed directly at Nikonians members around the world.

Join us live online for free. Or, you can purchase the workshops for future viewing at your convenience. CreativeLive produces some of the best online training classes in the world.
We are proud to partner with them and know that this will bring excellent value to the Nikonians.org family.

Hagen-CRLV_175.jpg
Workshops brief:
Hagen-Panorama_325.jpgJune 9th - Photographing Panoramas for Large Prints. Mike will be teaching an intensive full-day class on ow to create and print large panoramic prints independent of what camera you use. He'll show field shooting techniques from a real-life photography session including using some of the top panorama gear in the industry. Back in the studio, Mike will demonstrate how stitch the images together, then go through a full printing workshop using high-end Epson inkjet printers.

Hagen-SB-700.jpgJune 10th - Nikon Wireless Flash for Creative Photography. Mike will go through all the details around setting up your Nikon cameras to work with the Nikon wireless flash system.

He'll be showing off the new SB-5000 and D500 camera as well.

We are also shooting another class next week called Using the Nikon Autofocus System where Mike will be showing how to configure your Nikon DSLR for all kinds of real world shooting scenarios. This class will be recorded and will go directly to their catalog, so as soon as the class is published, we'll send a link so you can access the workshop.

You can watch the live workshops for free. Also, you can purchase the workshops for your own use at any time in the future.
-----------------------------------------------
hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgTime is running out to register for our Iceland Birds and Landscapes photo adventure.

This trip runs July 17-24, 2016 and is timed to coincide with beautiful weather, great wildlife and stunning summertime light.

Because we'll be traveling as an independent group, our guides and drivers are dedicated to getting us to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Our travel group is small (limited to a maximum of 10 participants), but the landscapes are huge! Prepare to be awed by the size and scope of the Icelandic topography. The memories of this trip will last a lifetime.
-----------------------------------------------
Hulbert-Chicago_300-st.jpgRick Hulbert's Chicago Urban and Street Photography workshop is your opportunity to learn urban photography in an environment brimming with great images.
This is a four-day workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people.

This class has been praised as one of the best in the world on the topic of photographing the built environment. Rick has spent years perfecting his curriculum so that it incorporates the perfect mix of art and science. He likes to refer to his classes as "Workshops for Smarties." You're going to love this class.

Join us September 22-25, 2016 for this intensive workshop from one of the best instructors in the industry.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:08 PM

Weekly Hot-5 - May 31 - 2016

Butterfly_WH5-SQ.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image by Silver member Larry Jordan (ljordan316) from Florida, USA.

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpgButterfly_350.jpgLarry was responding to a question seeking comparisons between the Nikon D810 and D500.
Other replies include one member who decided to get both:
"No one camera is ideal for each and every situation. Far better to have a two camera kit and not try to find the single perfect camera as it does not exist. For me at the present time the best combo is the D810 with the D500.

Both use EN-EL15 batteries and both can use SD cards is very advantageous for general field use and when traveling. Being able to buy both cameras and spend $1800 less than the cost for a single D5 camera also makes them a better value."

Do you have a comparison example between the D810 and D500 to share?



WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------

Silver member Douglas Amsbury (dglas_1) from Washington, USA has a question in the Nikon D810/D800 forum regarding the AF-area mode. The answers so far are very informative. Check it out.

WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpgBushes-Camera.jpg------------------------------------------------------Silver member Jesse Smith (Jesse Smith) from Montana, USA has a unique situation going on when he's out taking pictures:

I've spent most of my life NOT living in town. I have some property in town and I hate to even do yard work there because I feel like I'm on display for all the neighbors. I'm sure they don't actually care about me or what I'm doing, but that's just the sort of feeling I have when doing stuff out in public view like that.

Similarly, I find myself driving somewhere after work to take pictures and then going somewhere else instead, because there's already people there and I feel like they are going to be watching me the whole time. Wondering why I'm taking a picture of whatever it is, or thinking me a fool for laying on the ground to get a certain angle, or whatever. Worse yet, they might ask what I'm doing and then I'd have to tell them I have no idea.

I'm kind of embarrassed to even admit this here, but I'm wondering if others felt the same way when they started photography and did you get over it?


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpgarrows-default-view_200.jpg------------------------------------------------------Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) advise they have switched Nikonians main areas to use our white theme as default.
If you do not like it, switch to our classic, black theme using the top right corner arrow icon. Your preferences are automatically stored in your settings.

Which version do you use most often (and why)?

WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg

------------------------------------------------------New member Robert Young (youngres3) from the England, The United Kingdom is looking for lens advice.

I'm contemplating the purchase of a new 'standard' zoom lens to go with my Nikon D3s. I have been happy with my 24-85mm f3.5/4.5G ED but have been talked into perhaps replacing this with the much bulkier 24-70mm f2.8G ED - as I'm told the quality is much better. This is an expensive piece of glass (even second-hand) so I'm contemplating the older 28-70mm f2.8 IF ED that it replaced. Is this earlier lens of the same quality as its replacement? What is the advantage of the new lens?
Any advice very welcome.
Robert

If you have a similar question-- check the replies on this so far.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:26 AM

FedeoMay 25, 2016

Academy spotlight on New York City and Iceland

Academy-Iceland-Hagen_sunset-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us Steve Simon has scheduled another of his world-famous Passionate Street Photographer workshops for New York City, June 16-21.
This workshop is designed to help you go from good to great and will be set in the bustling metropolis of New York.


Check out what Gold member Herb Brail (hbrail) has to say about Steve's workshop:

NYC_Simon-Passionate_350.jpg"Steve is an incredibly talented photographer and phenomenal teacher. The workshop exceeded my expectations and was an extraordinarily valuable experience. I particularly appreciated the specific assignments rather than simply being told "go out and shoot".
Even though I considered myself a fairly advanced amateur, this workshop was of tremendous benefit to me.

With an appropriate mixture of both shooting and critiques with feedback and suggestions, I learned not only from Steve, but from the styles and techniques of the other participants.

New York City offers a dazzling array of photographic venues that were significantly enhanced by Steve's guidance and instruction.
His passion as a teacher to reach out to every participant in order to maximize the workshop experience was evident each and every day."

--Herb Brail, Dearborn, Michigan, USA

---------------------------------

Meanwhile, Mike Hagen is preparing for his July photo adventure to Iceland.
Hagen-Iceland-Sunset_350.jpgThe itinerary includes special access to wildlife sanctuaries, boat tours, and island bird reserves.

During summer, Iceland is truly the land of the midnight sun as it never truly gets dark. The evening light lasts forever and sunsets go on and on and on.

These sunsets are especially spectacular at the Glacier Lagoon, where the group visits multiple times during the week in order to maximize opportunities for great images.

For Mike, the key to success is proper planning in advance:
"We work hard to get you into the right places at the right time for the most beautiful Iceland photographs you can imagine.
We still have room on our July trip and would love to have more Nikonians and Nikonians spouses along for the adventure."

--------------------------------
Interested in learning more about Nikon lenses?
Check out this free 13 minute CreativeLive video segment from John Greengo's class, "Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide."


You can purchase the entire class at CreativeLive's website. This week you'll get 30% off all CreativeLive workshops using this link.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:30 PM

FedeoMay 24, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - May 24 - 2016

Tugboat_covey_SQ_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image by Gold member Aart Louw (AartPapaya) from South Africa. In his post titled A few Impala studies he shared interesting images taken at Kruger National Park with his Nikon D810.

Impala-AArt_350.jpgWH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------
AArt explains:
"Impala is by far the most common antelope in the KNP and is therefore not regarded as worthy of a photo. They are however graceful and well worth spending time with."







WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------
Moderating Team member Jonathan Kandel (JonK) posted a link to the description of a newspaper photo shoot featuring a political candidate.
You will recognize that candidate (Donald Trump), but that's not why Jon posted it.
In fact he wants you to ignore the politics: "Seriously, forget who the candidate is. Just enjoy this shoot, the concept of confetti, buying it, picking out one color, cutting rectangles into squares, "distributing" it -- and cleaning it all up after the five minute shoot."



WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------
Lady-Boat_350.jpgGold member John Wilson (Travjohn) from North Carolina, USA has started an informal name that lady session:
"A face that has graced every digital Nikon that I've owned, standing patiently while the same boat sails behind her. I wonder if she even has a name -- if not, maybe we should give her one."
Check it out.
We already have some interesting suggestions.






WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------
Tugboat_covey_350.jpg
Can you capture great images involving boats without going out to sea?
Moderating Team member Armando Heredia (Covey22) proves the answer is a solid yes with a series photos taken at a shipyard.
He was using his Nikon D7000 on this shoot.






WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------
NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgGold member John Hernlund (Tokyo_John) from Japan has been following economic trends affecting the photo industry in his area and shares his thoughts in a post titled Nikon business in a tough period.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:10 AM

FedeoMay 19, 2016

Nikonians app for iOS updated

screen322x572.jpegOur iOS app has been updated. Browse images, tag favorites, see latest discussions, upload images easily to your gallery and share with others.

Download for free from iTunes app store.

Posted by bgs at 12:53 PM

Golden May - 50% on Gold

gold-membership-rectangle.jpg
Between now and 31st of May 2016, you get 50% off on a Gold Membership at Nikonians.

As a Gold Member, you have access to our NEF skills forum, where you can post your RAW files for help on processing, receive tips and tricks.

Use this voucher to upgrade to Gold today:

GoldMay16

You also have access to the Premium Critique forum, where professional photographers help you with giving you the critique you may need to bring your photography to new heights. Last, but not least, you get deductions on various products and services, such as 10% off on used gear at UsedPhotoPro.com

Posted by bgs at 10:43 AM

FedeoMay 17, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - May 17 - 2016

WH5_Monte_Sq.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image from the I have been published forum:

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Congratulations to Silver member Lindrel Thompson (lindrelt) from Texas, USA for scoring his first cover shot.

Cover-Pelican_200.jpgHe posted his cover of the Galveston Monthly Magazine.

Lindrel tells us: "The picture was taken at Pier 19 after some returning fisherman released leftover bait fish.

I saw a flurry of Pelicans splashing and fighting over the fish.

Not until back home and reviewing the pictures taken at a fast shutter speed did I realize what had happened.

While Brown Pelicans dive for fish, the White Pelican scoops them right out of the water with their impressive pouched bill!"

Have you had an image of yours appear in print or published on a web-site (not your own of course)?
Share the good news with us in our I have been published! forum.



WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Reading and writing posts, articles and critiques at nikonians.org does more than just share information.

In many ways, members have embraced the original concept of our founders, making Nikonians not just a knowledgeable and friendly environment but a family environment.

We like to call it a community, and as such we should also have a look at the backgrounds of some of our fellow members.

Monte_325.jpgModerating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has started an ambitious series of articles aimed at providing that background.

The series title is "I am Nikonians" and at the heart of each article will be Marsha's goal of letting us know more about these family members we share our time with during each visit to nikonians.org.

Check out the first edition, featuring Silver member Monte Comeau (BCRose) from British Columbia, Canada.

In the coming months, don't be surprised if you get an email from Marsha, asking you to participate.

WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Silver member Steven Greenbaum (Steve6344) from Florida, USA is looking for suggestions on saving large files in Photoshop.
The answers so far may help fellow members with a similar problem.


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ We have brisk and informative conversation going on regarding Nikon Batteries.

EN-EL15-Battery_325.jpgSilver member (Richard Walliker) from Wales, the United Kingdom kicked it off my asking about high battery drain with the Nikon D500.

His question has evolved into a deeper look at who is actually making batteries for Nikon use, and numerous comments about assorted battery life experiences from fellow members.

Some are happy and some are not.

WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------If you post your raw NEF photograph in our NEF processing skills forum, we will help you improve it. The forum is open to all members on Silver or higher membership.

NEF-forum-Bird_325.jpgA good example is this photo of a Goldfinch, taken by Gerry LoSardo (JerryLoSardo) from Maryland. Gerry invited our members to have a look and tweak it for sharpness.

Gerry tells us:
"I recently purchased a Nikon 300mm AF-S II (non-VR) and a TC20EIII and have begun the long (but enjoyable) process of learning how to use this lens/TC combo. My post processing efforts in LR (see attached jpeg) have resulted in an image where the bird is too soft, so I'm trying to see if I can create a sharper image."

Remember, don't upload JPEG images. Just RAW images.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:17 PM

FedeoMay 14, 2016

Get post processing help - post your NEF

Trains-Indiana-color-bgs-bump57-324930.jpgIf you post your raw NEF photograph in our NEF processing skills forum, we will help you improve it. The forum is open for all members on Silver or higher membership.

Posted by bgs at 4:52 PM

FedeoMay 11, 2016

Hulbert heading for Italy

Triora-Hulbert-SQ_110.jpgRick Hulbert has been busy creating new workshops and his newest is a week-long photography workshop in Trioria, Italy

It is set for October, 2017 and is designed to be an affordable custom workshop for only five participants. 

Rick will be teaching this class with co-leader Gerald King, who spends part of his year living in Trioria.
Academy-Italy-Hulbert_350.jpg

If you are looking for a completely original, unique photography experience, then this is for you. 

Triora is a photographer's delight. In every direction, the Italian Alps rise around you, and in every direction other delightful tiny towns cling to their own mountains. 

With architecture that is hundreds of years old, the interior of the town is off limits to cars. Small, covered, cobblestoned lanes wind their way between the residents' houses, their stoops colorful with pots of flowers and herbs.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Rick also just sent a note about a date change for this Fall's urban and street photography workshop in Chicago.

"Date change announced for Rick Hulbert's Chicago 4 Day Urban and Street Photography Workshop this Fall

September 22-25, 2016

Hulbert-Chicago_300-st.jpg

It is a great time of year to be in Chicago!
We will be photographing along the Chicago River front, in Millennium Park, along the historic "L" Train Loop, and in a location providing a dramatic waterfront skyline view of the City Core. We will allow for opportunities to photograph during the best light available in the early mornings along with late afternoons and early evenings. All in all, we will combine a serious photographic learning experience with being able to return home with some great images of a world class urban environment.

We have been able to book a more affordable downtown hotel for us all to enjoy the daily lecture/discussions and image reviews.
Our host hotel will be the Comfort Inn:

Comfort Suites Chicago on Michigan Avenue
320 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Our host hotel is in a super convenient location, just one half block from the Chicago River in the heart of downtown, and just 3 blocks from Millennium Park.

Should you decide to stay at the host hotel, speak with their Director of Sales, Daniel Grajdura, and tell him you are registered with "Rick Hulbert's Photography Workshop" to request the best room rate available. Of course, should you prefer, there are numerous other hotel options in and around Chicago from which to choose.

Hope to see you this September in the heart of Chicago." 
--Rick Hulbert

--------------------------------------------------------------

Steve Simon's Passionate Street Photographer 6-Day Workshop in New York City will challenge even the most experienced photographer to see the world in a new way. 

NYC_Simon-Passionate_350.jpg

The workshop helps photographers develop their vision and works closely to help them go from good to great. Join Steve in New York at his studio from June 16-21, 2016.

He will be teaching you new and powerful street photography techniques guaranteed to push you from your comfort zone to new heights in your work.

Steve will share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera. 

He will help you find your own unique vision and street style through assignments created to get you past photographic fears and cliches to capturing lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy of the streets.     

--------------------------------------------------------------

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen wants you to join him in Iceland this July.

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpg

Mike says, "This is the perfect trip for traveling spouses or friends who want to explore a new section of the world.

The scenery is stunning and the wild birds are bountiful. Photos rarely do the scenes justice as many of the landscapes seem to be from a different planet.  Our trip runs from July 17-24, 2016 and we have a few open seats available for intrepid travelers."  

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you'll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day. Our goal is to help you capture incredible images and our small group size ensures you are well taken care of. 



Posted by flashdeadline at 1:21 AM

FedeoMay 10, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - May 10 - 2016

Online-assign-10May2106_SQ_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image from the Online Photo Assignments Forum:
WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg----------------------------------------------------- Are you in a rut, need some motivation or inspiration? Give our Online Assignments a try.

Online-assign-10May2106_350.jpgThe online assignments are a great place for both beginners and advanced photographers.

Beginners will become more familiar with their cameras and the fundamentals of photography by completing the Online Assignments. Advanced photographers can use the assignments as a way to find inspiration and to try new things. We offer a new assignment each month.

Please drop by and join us in the Online Assignments forum!

This month's assignment is simple - a wall worthy, high-contrast photograph that includes strongly contrasting elements. The image may be color or black and white. Use of the latter medium is a great way to provide high contrast images - sharp blacks and whites, with minimal gray. A high-contrast color photo would also include both bright and dark elements.


WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg-----------------------------------------------------D750_24_120_300.jpgSilver member Lynn Watkins (LE49Wat) from South Carolina USA is wondering "It's time to buy!--or is it?"

He has his NAS-influenced mind set on a Nikon D750 but he's also aware that time sometimes provides bargains:

"Should I wait a bit longer? Will the D750 go on sale in July when the new cycle for electronics emerge?

I don't have a wide angle FX lens anymore; should I buy used and get a decent lens also? Or should I look at another FX camera used?"

What advice would you share with Lynn?


WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg-----------------------------------------------------Ray Heslewood (Hessy) from Western Australia has started an interesting round of discussion with his question about in-camera noise reduction.

It's a good read, but we warn you to make sure you have your thinking cap on before you open this discussion.


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg-----------------------------------------------------warbirds_350.jpgSilver member Michael Tyler (Mike_in_ME) from Maine, USA posted an image a while ago that has been drawing the attention of our Aviation Forum members.

It shows a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flying with a P-51 Mustang called "Fragile but Agile." The Mustang is part of the Heritage Flight program featururing modern day fighter and attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft in a dramatic display of our nation's air power history.

Heritage Flights are flown at events ranging from open houses and air shows to sporting events, parades and funerals.


WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg-----------------------------------------------------people_350.jpgWe are fast approaching the deadline, May 15, for Segment 1 of the Best of Nikonians 2016 contest.

The theme is simple -- People -- any image with a person or people as the main subject is eligible. 

The contest is open to all Silver, Gold and Platinum members. The deadline for submissions is May 15th, by the end of the day. Winners will be announced on May 30th. 

We will choose one winner and multiple honorable

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:30 AM

FedeoMay 9, 2016

Tackle the challenge of night photography

Night-Shift_SQ-110.jpgThink back to some of the best photos you ever produced and ask yourself this question:
How many were taken at night?
Odds are most were not.

There is an easy explanation for this. Daytime is full of the most important ingredient necessary for great images -- Abundant light.

Night-Shift_200.jpgIf you go fishing you naturally travel to ponds, lakes, streams and oceans known to be well stocked with fish.
As a photographer you naturally follow the same logic, looking for a subject bathed in all manner of light such as an exquisite sunrise or dramatic sunset.

Nikonians Team member Dusan Labuda (DusanLabuda) from Slovakia takes the hunt for great images into the most challenging of situations.
He calls it the Night Shift.
Deliberately shooting in the low light world requires you to "shift" you're thinking about the gear and the techniques you plan to use.

Dusan describes it like this:
"Low light, an unusual ratio of highlights and shadows will force a photographer to think a bit more than before a common daylight shooting. The hunt for light will force you to use your gear to the fullest potential."

Read his article titled NIGHT SHIFT - Introduction to night photography and you are guaranteed to improve your chances of coming back in the morning with a few great "keepers."

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:58 AM

FedeoMay 3, 2016

Congrats March 2016 contest winners

Contest-March-2016-SQ.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the March 2016 competitions.

Congratulations to our winners!

We encourage you to click on the links to each image for a closer look.
A great example is the "Things found in a kitchen" theme used in the Micro and Macro forum. It clearly shows you don't even have to leave your house to exercise your creativity.

All Silver, Gold and Platinum Members are eligible to participate in any and all theme categories of the monthly forums contests and online assignments.

Check our winning images legend posted below and scroll down for the names of the winners. The image titles include links to the winning entries along with a look at the competition in each category.

Contest-March-2016_495.jpg

1.  Wildlife "Action with Water" theme winner Peter Allinson (critidoc) from Maryland, USA with his image titled Swordfish.

2.  Landscape "National or State Parks" theme winner Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA with his image titled Redwoods in Fog.

3. Macro "Things found in the kitchen" theme winner Dean Andersen (DeanAZ) from Arizona, USA with his image titled Lemon Slice.

4. Travel "Fishing" theme winner William McEwen (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Fishing Derby.

5. Digital Artistry "Camera-based Manipulation" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Aspens.

6. March Assignment "Hands" theme winner Tom Ferguson (tekneektom) from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled Dirty Hands - B&W.

Interested in submitting your photos? 

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his assignments updates here.

The May Assignment is "High Contrast".  This would be a high-contrast photograph that includes strongly contrasting elements. The image may be color or black and white. Remember, the assignments category has a central and important emphasis. The photo you submit must be taken in the month of May 2016

smile_40.jpg

That's why they call it an assignment


Posted by flashdeadline at 6:36 PM

FedeoApril 26, 2016

How are we performing?

How do you like our new servers at nikonians.org? We have migrated to improved hardware, new disk arrays and other cool stuff. You should feel the improved response, do you?

Let us know how your access to Nikonians works.

Posted by bgs at 11:47 AM

Weekly Hot-5 - April 25 - 2016

WH5-x2-SQ_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image:

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Silver member Larry Jordan (ljordan316), from Florida, USA is enthusiastic with the results he's getting using his new Nikon D500. He's especially pleased with the Auto ISO, which he calls "Magic."


WH5-x2-1_450.jpg


Check his post for a closer look at his sample photo to see why Larry calls his new D500 "one bird shooting machine."


WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Robert Kusztos (PhotoRoberto) from Pennsylvania, USA tells us he finally entered the FX world and he's happy with the results.  

He titles his post: The D610 rocks! Initial impressions. 

If you are still looking for member reviews on the Nikon D610, this is a good read. 


WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Silver member D. Eric Johnson (Eric J) from Michigan, USA is having difficulties obtaining sharp images. Don't we all have that problem at one time or another? 


WH5-x2-2_450.jpg


But, in his case, with his level of experience and the gear he is using, he shouldn't be having this problem. Have a look at his post, along with the sample image, and see if you can help him out. 


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Silver member Wen Wu (wwp512) from New Mexico, USA  has been shooting portraits using IR.


WH5-x2-3_450.jpg


If you have been thinking about trying out your skills at IR portraiture, read his post and replies. 
Want to learn more? Check this post for technical background. 


WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------Silver member Paul Sharp (nzyme) from New Zealand has nailed the proper technique for "Prop Blur." 


WH5-x2-4_450.jpg

If you are new to aircraft in flight photography,"prop blur" may seem like a strange goal. It's desired because a slight blur shows motion. 

For more background  we have an entire series of posts by members discussing the technique. 

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:17 AM

FedeoApril 21, 2016

Fundraising crosses 20k barrier

Nikonians fundraising campaign has just reached 20k USD.

Thanks to all who have contributed so far, and don't miss out on the special challenge we have for today and tomorrow.

Posted by bgs at 6:27 PM

FedeoApril 20, 2016

Fundraising challenge 21st - 22nd of April 2016

One of our existing donors to the Fundraising Campaign has issued a challenge: the member will match the total of all donations received on Thursday April 21st and Friday April 22nd.

Here's a chance to double the impact of your contribution at no additional cost to you. There is an upper limit to the total match, but let's see if we can exceed it!

When making your contribution, be sure to let us list the amount of your contribution, even if you want to remain anonymous, so that we can maximize the match.

Our Fundraising Campaign page.

Posted by bgs at 11:57 AM

FedeoApril 19, 2016

Nikonians Academy Spotlight - Simon, Hagen, Hulbert

Academy-SQ-Iceland-Bird_110.jpg

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the coming months will feature some of the most popular workshops and adventures on the curriculum for 2016.

Steve Simon has three upcoming Passionate Street Photographer workshops in May and June.

Join him in New York City or in Havana, Cuba for some of the best photo inspiration money can buy.



Steve bases his workshops off of his best-selling book, The Passionate Photographer, Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.

SteveSimon_125.jpgHe has worked hard to put together itineraries, critiques and shooting scenarios that teach participants how to hone their vision and craft.

His upcoming classes are:

May 13-15 - New York City
May 28-June 3 - Havana, Cuba
June 16-21 - New York City


---------------------------------------------------------------

Mike-Hagen-125.jpgMike Hagen's annual Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure gets better every year:

"We keep refining our trip to make the most of the nesting puffins and the stunning landscapes.

After having led many trips to Iceland, we know the area well and are able to provide trip participants with a unique Icelandic adventure they'll never forget."

Join Mike and his business partner, Tim Vollmer for this Summer's Iceland trip, July 17-24, 2016.
---------------------------------------------------------------

Africa-Hagen.jpgOur Africa wildlife photo safari is all set to go for this November.

We still have a couple of seats available for individual photographers or for traveling couples.

This is our premiere photo trip and is a journey into wild savannas, dense forests, and towering acacia trees.

Prepare to shoot thousands of photos per day during our trip and watching in awe over the incredible diversity of birds, mammals and reptiles.

Our trip runs November 4-15, 2016.
---------------------------------------------------------------

Hulbert_175.jpgRick Hulbert's Urban and Street Photography workshop in Chicago now has a venue.


We'll be hosting our 4-day workshop in downtown Chicago at the Chicago River Hotel.

This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of the city and will provide a perfect base for our daily classroom sessions and field photography sessions.

Sign up for the workshop here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:49 PM

FedeoApril 18, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - April 18 - 2016

WH5-SQ-4-18-2016_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 Blog, posted on Mondays, encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ This week we start with a series of images posted by Silver member Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA. WH5-4-18-2016-baseball_325.jpg

Linwood walks us through D5 Baseball high ISO Samples 













---------------------------------------------------  WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg

Gold member Willard C. Kennedy (Bill Kennedy) from Virginia, USA is wondering how our members are cleaning their lens cloths. 
You know what he means. 
Once that cloth is exposed to detergents and fabric softeners, you get nothing but slime on your lenses. 

WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg ---------------------------------------------------  

WH5-4-18-2016-comp-monitor_325.jpg
Gold member Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada impresses us once again with a unique Digital Artistry contest entry that includes a mini "how it was done" addition.

Thanks Godofredo!














WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg
 ---------------------------------------------------

Kenneth Crouch (Gandalf1951) from Virginia, USA says he is an "Old Nikon user trying to return to photography."
 
He had plenty of experience in years past but now says: "I'm a little over a year from retirement and we're starting to travel more even now and I think I would like to try to get back into photography, but I have many concerns and questions."

Are you in the same boat? Check the replies so far. 

WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg ---------------------------------------------------
WH5-4-18-2016-comp-kitchen_325.jpg
Here is an image currently in the lead in the Micro and Macro March Contest:

Take a look at the competition and place your votes. 

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:38 PM

FedeoApril 17, 2016

White background at Nikonians

white-background-nikonians.png
As you probably know, you can select if you want to have black or white background in the Nikonians forums by using the top right arrow icon.

We are introducing this "theme" aka "skin" selector for more parts of Nikonians in the coming days. Next area to get this treatment is the article section.

Posted by bgs at 7:46 AM

FedeoApril 12, 2016

Nikonians Academy Steve Simon's First Look: Nikon DL's

Academy-Simon-Cab-SQ_110.jpg

Steve Simon just finished up shooting the promotional campaign for Nikon's new camera release, the DL series.

Nikon asked him to photograph Cuba with the DL24-85 and the DL18-50 because he knows the area so well. 

Steve is taking that vast Cuba knowledge and running a new photo workshop for us called Cuba - The Passionate Street Photographer.

See Steve's DL camera report here.

Read more about the Cuba workshop here
Hagen-TX-ws-300.jpg

--------------------------------------------------

Rick Hulbert's Urban and Street Photography workshops are some of the best in the industry.

 Last week, Rick and Mike Hagen ran a series of workshops in The Woodlands Texas where attendees spent two days learning Rick's unique approach to photographing architecture and people.

At right are a couple of shots from his class using techniques Rick taught to the workshop participants.

Rick's next Urban and Street Photography workshop is set for Chicago Illinois (September 15-18, 2016) and we'd love to have you along for the trip.

This workshop has a  maximum enrollment of 10 people.

This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in Urban Photography that you hadn't thought of or considered before. 

That is, admittedly a rather bold statement. 

However, that is exactly what this four-day experience will achieve.

You will discover how to better frame and crop your images using the long established principles of fine art painting and drawing.

You will learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your friends and potential future clients.

------------------------------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpg

For travel photographers, nothing beat's Iceland's stunning landscapes and beautiful birds. 

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is headed to Iceland this July and would love to have you along for a trip of a lifetime.

Mike has coordinated the trip so we take advantage of summer's best weather while also coinciding with the puffin nesting season. 

Join Mike on his Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure photo tour (July 17-24, 2016).

During your journey, you will photograph some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife Iceland has to offer. From verdant rolling hills to rugged mountains, the landscapes of Iceland are famous for their interplay between light and sky.

Mike also included a few photo sessions with some famous bird populations to stoke your wildlife photography

------------------------------------------------

CreativeLive-Nikonians-combo_325.jpg

Our partnership with CreativeLive continues to grow and CreativeLive keeps adding new video training content to their website.

Their library of online workshops is quite extensive and you'll love what they have to offer our Nikonians community. 

Check out the Nikonians page at CreativeLive for workshops selected by Mike Hagen here.

Soon, Mike will be teaching new classes for CreativeLive that will also be available to watch live or download from their library.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:34 PM

Weekly Hot 5 - Topics Trending

WH5-WK-1-SQ_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realized a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

Our Weekly Hot 5 Blog will be posted on Mondays and we encourage you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

This week we take a look at two identical images (except for lack of color in one). We let you decide which is best. We also ask members what they do with their lens boxes, and we pass on a question regarding handheld usage of the Nikon D8xxx series cameras.

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpgWe start with this image: WH5-1_450.jpg It's one of five images currently being polled in the Poll - March Assignment - Hands. Your votes are invited. The monthly Assignments Administrator is Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) and he tells us the April Assignment (Feet) is wide open with no entries as of Monday evening.

WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg-----------------------------------------------------

Silver member Sheri Becker (SheriB) is moving out from her farm and she's asking whether or not she should be keeping her lens boxes during the move.

----------------------------------------------------


WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpgWH5--2_450.jpg

Silver member Larry CdeBaca (elcee) has posted two shots -- one in color and the other in black and white. Our members are weighing in on which has the best impact.


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg--------------------------------------------------- WH5-3_450.jpg

Silver member James Reynolds from Texas, USA has images (and background story) of a wrecked plane taken underwater near Oahu, Hawaii.


WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg----------------------------------------------------

Is the Nikon D8xxx series of cameras your best choice if you shoot primarily without a tripod?
Silver member Rick Horn (mma2) from California, USA prefers hand held shooting, but he's concerned about some comments in our forums about vibrations and resolution. Check the answers so far and add your own opinions.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:28 PM

FedeoApril 6, 2016

Nikonians Academy adding new workshops

Academy-Budapest-SQ_120.jpgSteve Simon's world-famous Passionate Photographer workshops are back!

Steve has planned three new workshops, two in New York City and one in Cuba scheduled in May and June.

He has lead workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. 

Here are the three workshops with dates:

Steve-Simon-New-York_325.jpg

► The Passionate Street Photographer 3-Day Intensive; starting May 13, 2016 in New York City 

► Cuba - The Passionate Street Photographer; starting May 28, 2016 in Havana, Cuba 

► The Passionate Street Photographer 6-Day Workshop; starting June 16, 2016 in New York City

They are all based on his best-selling book The Passionate Photographer. 

These workshops vary in length from 3-days to 6-days and are designed for different price points and experiences. Check out all three of Steve's workshops here.

---------------------------------------------------------

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen's Iceland photo adventure is designed specifically for bird and landscape photography (July 17-24, 2016).

Iceland-3image_350.jpg

You will go to a number of puffin rookeries in the pursuit of the perfect puffin picture. 

The adventure takes you to some of the most incredible landscape photography locations. 

Having traveled to Iceland many times over the years, Mike and his co-leader Tim Vollmer know the best spots for photography and are especially suited to treating you to the best Iceland photographic experience possible.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you'll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day. 

Our goal is to help you capture incredible images and our small group size ensures you are well taken care of. 

---------------------------------------------------------------


Rick Hulbert has just added a new workshop to Budapest, Hungary  (May 18-21, 2017).

Hulbert-Budapest_325.jpg

This is a unique workshop for a select few photographers and is designed to help photographers improve their urban and street photography craft.

Budapest straddles the banks of the iconic Danube River. 

The west bank is defined by the Buda Hills, the medieval Castle Quarter, the fanciful Fisherman's Bastion, and extensive Roman ruins and remnants from the Ottoman Turks who occupied the city for 150 years. 

The east bank, the Pest side, is the center of culture and commerce. Dominated by its neo-Gothic parliament building, the Danube Promenade is a World Heritage site, and the inner city is rich with historic monuments, markets, Bauhaus and art nouveau buildings, as well as Soviet-era housing projects.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:05 AM

FedeoApril 5, 2016

Congrats February Contest winners

Contest-Feb-2016-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the February 2016 competitions.

Congratulations to our winners!

We encourage you to click on the links to each image for a closer look, with special attention to the Digital Artistry fruit slicing photo. Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) includes a step by step "how-to" on how it was accomplished.

Our member driven competitions are unique in many ways.
Unlike most other photo competitions the workings of our contests are transparent.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.

You can also go to our February Competition News Blog, where the image titles include links to the winning entries along with a look at the competition in each category.  

Contest-February-2016_499.jpg

1. Landscapes - "No manmade objects or people" theme winner Russ Glindmeier (russg) from Arizona, USA with his image titled Sunrise, White Sands National Monument.  

2. Macro - "Something Human" theme winner Jesse Martinez (jesse101) from with his image titled Laid back

3. Travel - "Water" theme winner Fred Laberge (labtrout) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Early morning on Moose Pond.

4. Digital Artistry -  "Before and After" theme winner Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled Fruit Ninja.

5. Online Assignment - "Ice" theme winner Dale Armstrong (Dgastrong) from Colorado, USA with his image titled Ice Crystals in the Morning.    

Interested in submitting your photos? 

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his assignments updates here.
You still have time to enter the March Assignment.
The theme is Hands

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:43 PM

FedeoMarch 30, 2016

Spotlight on Cuba -- Steve Simon prepares for Havana Workshop

Academy_Cuba_SQ_Music_110.jpgThe Nikonians Academy curriculum has added a new Cuba workshop this year. Join Steve Simon in Havana, Cuba May 28 - June 3 for his Passionate Street Photographer workshop. 

You'll explore the streets of Havana while learning in an intimate group of 10 students. 

Cuba is one of Steve's favorite locations and he has partnered with another top photographer, Juan Carlos Ocana, to bring you the best Cuba has to offer.
Cuba-Passionate_music_Simon_300.jpgSteve describes the workshop as perfect mix of photogenic locations and unique cultural experiences:
  

"We will explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods in Old Havana, often outside tourist areas for unique photo opportunities.

We will have great access at a local outdoor boxing club with great light-a place where some of Cuba's best known boxers have trained. 


We will visit and photograph the National Ballet & Dance Company.
Old Havana is spectacular at night and we will go out night shooting as well.
With the recent warming of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, change is inevitable making now a perfect time to visit."

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen loves Iceland and travels there every year in search of stunning images of puffins, landscapes and glaciers. Join him this July for another beautiful adventure to the land of fire and ice.

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpg

Mike is also working with a partner who has established credentials in the area:

"Our partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry. Mike Hagen, your Nikonians Academy Director, is co-leader for this trip, so you can be sure that this will be an adventure you'll never forget.

We'll photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. We've also included a photo tour of Reykjavík that includes buildings and architecture."

If you need some Iceland photo motivation, check out his Instagram feed (mikejhagen) where he is sharing Iceland photos every day this week: https://www.instagram.com/mikejhagen/

----------------------------------------------------------------------

CreativeLive-Nikonians-combo_325.jpg

Our partnership with CreativeLive is getting stronger every week. Did you know that CreativeLive has a daily blog where they post great how-to articles?

Here are three articles you might be interested in:

Ben Willmore's 5 Photoshop Tips to Make Your Travel Photos Pop

8 World-Class Photographers Share Tips and Tricks For Travelling With Gear

Low Light Photography: Making The Most of Dark Scenes

Also, be sure to RSVP for Frans Lanting's upcoming free live workshop with CreativeLive this May.  

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:23 AM

FedeoMarch 29, 2016

Free Nikonians bracelet for Gold and Platinum members

When you are ordering your complimentary Photographers Card, unique for Nikonians Gold and Platinum members, we are adding a Nikonians bracelet for the first 100 orders at no cost.

Read more about this in the About Nikonians forum.

Posted by bgs at 4:45 PM

FedeoMarch 23, 2016

Texas workshops less than two weeks away

Academy-SQ-Woodlands_Hagen_Hulbert_110.jpgTwo of our Nikonians Academy master instructors, Rick Hulbert and Mike Hagen, are teaming up for five days of workshops in The Woodlands, Texas.

Located just north of Houston, Texas with easy international airport access, The Woodlands will provide a perfect base for our classes.

We're covering topics specifically targeted to travel, nature and portrait photographers.

There is no requirement for fancy equipment at this workshop. Ideally, you'll have a DSLR or camera that allows you to vary the exposure, but any and every brand of camera will work.

Woodlands_TX-300.jpg

We strongly encourage participants with Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Leica, and any other camera brands to attend.

The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras and even camera phones.

The schedule includes:
April 5 & 6 - Urban and Street Photography
April 7 - Free Photo Walk
April 8 - Photo Workshop Series Day 1
April 9 - Photo Workshop Series Day 2

Sign up now here
.

Iceland
Iceland-3image_350.jpgOur Iceland trips are unique in that we travel to many places that few other photo tours go.

Sure, we hit the impressive waterfalls and glacier lagoons, but we also head to private wildlife preserves and remote island chains in pursuit of unique images.

Iceland is extremely popular right now and many photographer's images look the same.
Travel with us to photograph areas that are off the beaten path.

Take a walk on the wild side with us as we hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in our own private tour vehicles.

Because we'll be traveling as an independent group, our guides and drivers are dedicated to getting us to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Mike Hagen's next tour to Iceland is set for July 17-24, 2016. Sign up now here.

CreativeLive
28-to-Make-eBook-Cover.jpgThe cool thing about CreativeLive is their constant push to help people become better artists, creatives and photographers.

Our partners have just released a free eBook called 28 To Make.

It is a free 28-day series of habit-forming creative exercises designed to help you get back in the habit of making cool stuff.

It features 28 short prompts from some of the best designers, illustrators, typographers, and all-around makers we know.

Download your own copy today.

CreativeLive-Front-Page-Live-Broadcasts_350.jpgBe sure to check out our CreativeLive Nikonians landing page for recommended workshops from Mike Hagen.

Also, the front landing page of CreativeLive always has a variety of free broadcasts.

Be sure to head to creativelive.com to see what's broadcasting for free.

Cuba
With the President of the USA visiting Cuba for the first time in over 80 years, we are bound to see some dramatic changes in Cuba's economy very soon.

Simon-Cuba_325.jpgMuch has been made of the impending "Americanization of Cuba," so now is the time to visit.

Steve Simon is operating a workshop in Havana, Cuba from May 28 - June 3, 2016.

We have three seats remaining and would love to have you join us.

Join Steve and Cuban photographer and guide Juan Carlos Ocana for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in beautiful Havana, Cuba.

This intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Havana and beyond.

Sign up here
.

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:12 AM

FedeoJanuary 26, 2016

Academy Spotlight - Africa, Texas, Sri Lanka

Lion_Safari_SQ_120.jpgThe Nikonians Academy Tanzania photo safari is on for November 2016. This marks Academy Director Mike Hagen's tenth safari to Tanzania and he keeps refining them to be better and better.

His trip focuses on northern Tanzania's national parks including Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara.

We still have spots available, and most people who come, bring their spouse, but we also have a lot of individual shooters attend as well.

Africa-Hagen.jpgOne of the best aspects of this trip is that we are only allowing three photographers per vehicle. This means that each person will have an entire row to themselves with one seat for their camera gear and the other seat for themselves.

There will be plenty of room to move around and everyone will have perfect access to all photo opportunities.

Obviously, this trip is very focused on photography and each day is optimized to photograph wildlife and landscapes. More information here.

----------------------------------------------

Academy-Woodlands_300.jpgRick Hulbert and Mike Hagen are running a week-long series of workshops in The Woodlands, Texas (April 5-9, 2016).

These workshops are in conjunction with The Woodlands Camera Club and their 10-year anniversary. We've decided to open the workshops up to all Nikonians.org users as well. Our classes won't be Nikon specific, but will cover on a wide variety of photographic topics including:

► 2-day urban and street photography workshop
► Free photo walk for anyone
► Series 1 = Wildlife photography, HDR, Lightroom CC, Travel and street photography
► Series 2 = Studio lighting, composition, AF for action & wildlife, Panorama photography

Mike tells us the focus for this project is flexibility:
"We are offering classes on a variety of topics including Lightroom CC, studio lighting, architectural photography, street photography, composition, HDR imaging, panorama photography and autofocus for sports/wildlife.

You can sign up for one workshop or all workshops. We also have a photo walk scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 7th and would love to see you there."


-----------------------------------------------

Sri Lanka Les1.jpgWe're now making our last call for Les Picker's Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photography trip (March 12-23, 2016).
Les leads photo workshops to Sri Lanka every two years and says that the photo opportunities are like none other in the world.

For this trip, Les Picker, has added a 4-day extension in Dubai.

Les tells us this extension is a photographer?s dream:
?Those of us who elect the extension will leave from Sri Lanka and fly directly to Dubai, the epicenter of the United Arab Emirates.

Truly a cosmopolitan city, Dubai has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world. Beyond that, city planners have given unparalleled freedom to architects.

The result is a photographer?s paradise, with angles, reflections, spiraling towers, and architectural landscapes that are unmatched.?
If interested in the pre-trip, email Les directly for more information.You can find the address at Les Picker's Sri Lanka page.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:20 PM

FedeoJanuary 25, 2016

Nikonians search plugin

NikoScope-Nikonians-Searchengine-Plugin.pngBy adding Nikonians (NikoScope) as a search engine for your web browser, you can search through the large amount of pages at Nikonians easily.

Works with Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Safari support currently not available - we're working on it !

The NikoScope plugin page has the plugin.

Posted by bgs at 6:18 PM

FedeoJanuary 20, 2016

Hagen-Hulbert tag-team targets Texas in April

Academy-SQ-Woodlands_Hagen_Hulbert_110.jpgWhat's better than a Nikonians Academy instructor leading a workshop series?

Try two Nikonians Academy instructors at the same location presenting their specialties in a 'pick and choose' assortment tag-team format.

That assortment includes your choice of customized training at various price ranges (depending on the subject matter and number of courses you choose) capped off with a free Photo Walk.

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen and Rick Hulbert are collaborating on a 5-day workshop series in The Woodlands, Texas from April 5th - 9th, 2016.

Academy-Woodlands_300.jpgMike tells us the focus for this project is flexibility:
"We are offering classes on a variety of topics including Lightroom CC, studio lighting, architectural photography, street photography, composition, HDR imaging, panorama photography and autofocus for sports/wildlife.

You can sign up for one workshop or all workshops. We also have a photo walk scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 7th and would love to see you there.

All photographers are welcome to attend, as our instruction includes Nikon, Canon and other brands of cameras. We'd love to have you and your friends come to Texas for this workshop series. It is truly going to be great."

---------- Looking Ahead-----------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgOur Iceland 2016 photo adventure is set to be an incredible journey. Workshop leader Mike Hagen and his co-leader Tim Vollmer, are Iceland veterans who have a proven track record of leading top notch trips. We travel during late July in order to maximize light and photograph during the best weather. These trips are beautiful.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Co-leader Tim Vollmer is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjavík that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

---------------------------------------------------------------

Hulbert-Chicago_300-st.jpgRick Hulbert has spent his entire career becoming an internationally awarded architect. He has combined his thorough knowledge of architecture with his professional photography experience to put together a tremendous class called the Urban and Street Photography Workshop.

Rick has led these workshops for many years now and they are some of the best-reviewed classes we teach. Our next workshop is scheduled for Chicago, Illinois September 15-19.
There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera will work, so we strongly encourage participants with Canon, Sony, Fuji, Leica and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, and yes. . . even camera phones!

We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why extending the Dynamic Range of light captured in your images can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true, whether you are wanting to document reality, or wanting to interpret reality.
More information here.

---------------------------------------------------------------

hagen_tanzania_250.jpgJoin the Nikonians Academy on a beautiful journey to Tanzania for a photo safari you'll never forget. Mike Hagen has led ten safaris to this region and knows it very well.
He's optimized every moment of this trip to take advantage of photographing local animal populations in diverse regions of Tanzania. This year's trip is planned to be the best ever with upgraded lodges, and luxury tented camps located inside the National Park Lands.

Mike leads his 10th safari to Tanzania November 4th-15th, 2016 and he would love to have you along. His photography trips to Tanzania are completely focused on maximizing the time we spend in the outdoors in the pursuit of stunning images.

Mike works with one the best guide companies in the country and has optimized the trip for the best experience possible. Join him to photograph leopards, lions, cheetah, the great migration, elephants, and everything else under the African sun.

This is definitely a bucket list opportunity you don't want to miss.

Check out the African wildlife photos he's been posting to Instagram here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:43 AM

FedeoJanuary 12, 2016

Nikonians Academy Sri Lanka trip adds Dubai extension

Academy-Dubai_SQ_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us he is nearing the deadline for closing enrollment on our Sri Lanka trip (beginning March 12).

Our intrepid travelers will visit quite a few national parks with amazing wildlife photography opportunities. In these parks, we've arranged transport in open-air vehicles to better photograph leopard, elephants, monkeys, birds and other wildlife.

When not photographing wildlife, our trip will focus on stunning landscapes and beautiful culture.

LesP-Dubai_175.jpgOur trip leader, Les Picker, has added a 4-day extension in Dubai.

Les tells us this destination is a photographer's dream:
"Those of us who elect the extension will leave from Sri Lanka and fly directly to Dubai, the epicenter of the United Arab Emirates.

Truly a cosmopolitan city, Dubai has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world. Beyond that, city planners have given unparalleled freedom to architects.
The result is a photographer's paradise, with angles, reflections, spiraling towers, and architectural landscapes that are unmatched."

Click here to sign up for the workshop.

Click here to learn more about the 4-day extension to Dubai.


--------------------------------------------------------------

Iceland_Horse_300.jpgIceland in the summer is a place every serious photographer should visit at least once in their lifetime. Our photography trip with Mike Hagen hits all the big highlights along the southern coast of Iceland (July 17-24).

Our partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Birds, landscapes, waterfalls, and of course, lots of ice. Last year's trip sold out, so don't wait too long to sign up for the 2016 adventure.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you'll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day. Our goal is to help you capture incredible images and our small group size ensures you are well taken care of.

More information here.

---------------------------------------------------------------

Hulbert-Chicago_300-st.jpgRick Hulbert has spent his entire career becoming an internationally awarded architect. He has combined his thorough knowledge of architecture with his professional photography experience to put together a tremendous class called the Urban and Street Photography Workshop.

Rick has led these workshops for many years now and they are some of the best-reviewed classes we teach. Our next workshop is scheduled for Chicago, Illinois September 15-19.
There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera will work, so we strongly encourage participants with Canon, Sony, Fuji, Leica and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, and yes. . . even camera phones!

We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why extending the Dynamic Range of light captured in your images can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true, whether you are wanting to document reality, or wanting to interpret reality.
More information here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:12 PM

FedeoJanuary 10, 2016

Upload shots from your iPhone, iPad or Android to Nikonians

IMG_2624.jpg
If you have some of your photography stored on a mobile or tablet, it is easy to upload that into your own gallery at Nikonians.

Just go and grab the latest, free version of the Nikonians mGallery from the iTunes appstore or Google Play, login with your Nikonians username in the app and you are ready to go.

Enjoy!

Posted by bgs at 2:12 PM

FedeoJanuary 6, 2016

Nikonians Academy Spotlight ? Sri Lanka, Iceland, Tanzania

Lion_Safari_SQ_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is highlighting his international itinerary as we begin the year 2016.

His first message of the new year points to three destinations with a popular track record of success.

We are looking for a few more intrepid souls to join us in Sri Lanka this March. Our trip is already a go, and we are really looking forward to photographing the incredible wildlife and landscapes in this island nation.

Join Les Picker on his photo tour of this enchanting land (March 12-23, 2016).

Sri Lanka Les5.jpgTravel guide book publisher Lonely Planet describes:
"Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, famous tea and flavorful food describe Sri Lanka."

We couldn't agree more.
Les' trip dives deep into the local culture and wildlife for a journey you (and your spouse) will remember for the rest of your life.

One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. Most evenings we will have an optional image review and critique.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

------------------------------------------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgOur Iceland 2016 photo adventure is set to be an incredible journey. Workshop leader Mike Hagen and his co-leader Tim Vollmer, are Iceland veterans who have a proven track record of leading top notch trips. We travel during late July in order to maximize light and photograph during the best weather. These trips are beautiful.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Co-leader Tim Vollmer is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

---------------------------------------------------------

hagen_tanzania_250.jpgJoin the Nikonians Academy on a beautiful journey to Tanzania for a photo safari you'll never forget. Mike Hagen has led ten safaris to this region and knows it very well.
He's optimized every moment of this trip to take advantage of photographing local animal populations in diverse regions of Tanzania. This year's trip is planned to be the best ever with upgraded lodges, and luxury tented camps located inside the National Park Lands.

Mike leads his 10th safari to Tanzania November 4th-15th, 2016 and he would love to have you along. His photography trips to Tanzania are completely focused on maximizing the time we spend in the outdoors in the pursuit of stunning images.

Mike works with one the best guide companies in the country and has optimized the trip for the best experience possible. Join him to photograph leopards, lions, cheetah, the great migration, elephants, and everything else under the African sun.

This is definitely a bucket list opportunity you don't want to miss.

Check out the African wildlife photos he's been posting to Instagram here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:29 AM

Congratulations November Contest Winners

Contests-Nov-2015-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the November contests. Congratulations to our winners!

Our member driven competitions are unique in many ways. 

Unlike most other photo competitions the workings of our contests are transparent. Our members choose the monthly themes.  All entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges (not an invisible behind the scenes 'expert').

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each winning image title includes a link to the winning photo along with a look at the competition in each category.

Contest-November-2015_legend_499.jpg

1. Wildlife -  "Animal Portrait" theme winner Scott Ashley (scottashley from Colorado, USA with his image titled Young grizzly portrait.

2.  Landscape - " From dusk to dawn" theme winner Scott Sternberg (Bump57), from Illinois, USA with his image titled Windermere.

3.  Macro - ?The Color Blue? theme winner Barry Schirm (Bschirm) from California, USA with his image titled Dragonfly.

4. Sports - "Grace" theme winner Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA with his image titled Whole body kick.

5. Travel ? " Ship Shape" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled On Deck.

6. Online Assignment ? ?Wide Open ? Single Focused Subject" theme winner Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA with his image titled Yes!


Interested in submitting your photos? 

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.
The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:37 AM

FedeoDecember 29, 2015

Nikonians Academy ready for New Year

Academy-Hulbert-SQ-THU_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us 2016 will be filled with photo adventures in exotic locations as well as workshops and member gatherings in the USA.
Here's a look at the first six months:

The action begins in February, with Michael Mariant's Yosemite in Winter photo adventure (February 18-21, 2016). 

This workshop will focus on the numerous locations in the Yosemite Valley that are complemented by the snow season.
Yosemite-Winter_300x116.jpgIt is well as timed for one of the few rare scenes in Yosemite that happens only once a year for about 10 days in only the perfect conditions: the backlit illumination of Horsetail Fall by the setting sun, called 'The Firefall' as immortalized by the original 1973 Galen Rowell photo.

All three sunset opportunities of the workshop will be devoted to capturing this elusive visual phenomenon.

---------------------------------------------

Hulbert-architectural_300.jpg

Rick Hulbert is preparing for his first workshop of the New Year, when he leads attendees through diverse, target-rich places to gather images of Seattle. His four-day Urban and Street Photography workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people will begin on March 17, 2016.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

---------------------------------------------

16th-ANPAT_Eric_Bowles_300.jpg

The 16th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) will take participants to the USA West Coast for the Spring edition.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), with ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles (ericbowles), in this target-rich region for splendid photography opportunities. Palacios tells us the location was chosen by popular demand and early bookings will assist with making key deposits on ideal accommodations. 


The inclusive dates are Saturday April 16, 2016 to Saturday April 23, 2016.
The ANPAT has become the traditional Nikonians field event of the year, where we all become students and teachers to live our Nikonians motto: Share, Learn, and Inspire.
This is a great way to hone your skills as a photographer, make true friends and have a great time.

Check the original announcement posting for updates on member questions and travel discussions.

---------------------------------------------

Sri Lanka Les9.jpg

The 2016 Sri Lanka photo adventure trip has reached the minimum number of signups.  Join Les Picker on his photo tour of this enchanting land (March 12-23, 2016).

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet describes:
"Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, famous tea and flavorful food describe Sri Lanka."

We couldn't agree more.
Les' trip dives deep into the local culture and wildlife for a journey you (and your spouse) will remember for the rest of your life.

One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. Most evenings we will have an optional image review and critique.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

---------------------------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpg

Later in the year (July 17-24, 2016), Mike Hagen hosts his popular Summer Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Mike's partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:47 PM

FedeoDecember 22, 2015

Snow just in time for Yosemite workshop

Academy-Logo-SQ-Winter-Yosemite_120.jpgAfter years of not having snow (at the right times) in Yosemite, it looks like this year might be a different story.
Michael Mariant's Yosemite in Winter is shaping up to be a wonderful workshop with snow piling up in the Sierras.
Join him and our intrepid group of Nikonians for this workshop scheduled February 18 - 21, 2016.

Yosemite-Winter_300.jpgThis workshop will focus on the numerous locations in the Yosemite Valley that are complemented by the snow season as well as timed for one of the few rare scenes in Yosemite that happens only once a year for about 10 days in only the perfect conditions: the backlit illumination of Horsetail Fall by the setting sun, called 'The Firefall' as immortalized by the original 1973 Galen Rowell photo.

All three sunset opportunities of the workshop will be devoted to capturing this elusive visual phenomenon.

This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location.

---------------------------------------------------

SriLanka_300_arch.jpgOur Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photography workshop is all set to go forward. Les is an expert in Sri Lankan photography and has traveled to this beautiful island nation many times.

He likens the trip to an experience that rivals Africa, but at a fraction of the cost. Our 12-day Sri Lanka photo adventure runs March 12-23, 2016.

Join us for a 12-day (11-night) exploration of the unparalleled photographic possibilities in this island nation. Located off the southernmost coast of India, Sri Lanka is replete with some of the oldest Buddhist and Hindu temples in the world (many still in use), some of the friendliest and most photogenic people on Earth, and wildlife that rivals Africa?s best locations.

In this photography tour we will intimately explore Sri Lanka?s landscape, from vaunted mountains to its pristine seashore, from its tidy and colorful tea plantations to its lush forests.

---------------------------------------------------------------------

Hulbert-architectural_300.jpgIf you are looking for something a bit more domestic, then consider joining Rick Hulbert on one of his critically acclaimed Urban and Street Photography workshops. We currently have two cities planned; Seattle, WA in March 2016 and Chicago, IL in September 2016. Learn architectural photography from one of the best in the industry.

Urban environments comprise the most diverse, target-rich places to photograph . . . anywhere. Most photos contain a ?subject? within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places can be both subjects and/or settings. Think about all the images you have made or will make in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects . . . like people and their activities.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:31 PM

THE NIKONIAN # 60 is now available

TheNikonian60.pngFreely available to all Silver members and higher, the latest issue of our eZine, THE NIKONIAN, is available.

This latest edition of THE NIKONIAN features:


  • Images from the 15th Anniversary ANPAT in the Fall

  • How to do the Basics of Panoramic and Mosaic Image Shooting

  • Meet Nikonians. An interview with Kathy Cavalaro (Cavy2), by Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

  • Latest from the NikoniansPress/RockyNook, Nikon and more

You can also read THE NIKONIAN on your iPad, iPhone, Android device. More info here.

Posted by bgs at 3:46 PM

FedeoDecember 15, 2015

Workshop seats getting rare at Nikonians Academy

Academy-Logo_Galap_SQ_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us his Galapagos 2016 photo adventure is down to the final two cabins.

That's right, he's almost sold out and the trip doesn't even leave until September 2016.

Sign up quickly to reserve a cabin for you and your spouse.
Mike works hard to make the experience top notch with excellent shooting itineraries, food, and tour amenities.

hagen_galapagos_2015_325.jpgFor those of you wanting to photograph giant tortoise, marine iguanas and the blue footed booby, this is your chance! The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador.

Your expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to the best attractions and the small group size means that everyone can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

This is the perfect trip to participate in a safe, yet intrepid photographic adventure. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it!

Check Mike Hagen's Galapagos article starting on page 21 in the number 58 edition our eZine: THE NIKONIAN.

------------------------------------------------------

Urban_Street_300.jpgProfessional photographer and retired architect and Rick Hulbert keeps on building great workshops. His Urban and Street Photography workshops have been described as probably the best workshops on the subject in the entire USA.

Rick knows how to teach in a way that is engaging, humorous, and extremely helpful. He calls his teaching style, "Photography for Smarties." Check out his classes in Seattle and Chicago.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

------------------------------------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgMike Hagen leads photography adventure trips to Iceland every summer. Last year's adventure sold out early, so don't wait much longer to sign up for his July 2016 trip.

He and his workshop leading partner Tim Vollmer have optimized their adventure to photograph the very best of Iceland's landscapes and wildlife over the span of one week. Mike and Tim would love to have you travel with them in 2016 for a photo trip you'll never forget.

The schedule includes photographing geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. It also features a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:23 PM

FedeoDecember 8, 2015

Nikonians Academy Spotlight: Urban Seattle and Iceland in Summer

Academy-SQ-Iceland-Bird_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen puts this week's Spotlight on two workshops with totally different approaches.
The first places the emphasis on urban environments and the second takes our members on an incredible journey to the land of Fire and Ice.

Rick Hulbert is preparing for his first workshop of the New Year, when he leads attendees through diverse, target-rich places to gather images of Seattle. His four-day Urban and Street Photography workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people will begin on March 17, 2016.

Urban_Street_300.jpgThis workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

---------------------------------------------

hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgLater in the year (July 17-24, 2016), Mike Hagen hosts his popular Summer Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Mike's partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:41 PM

Congrats October Contest Winners

Oct-Contest-2015-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the October contests. 
Congratulations to our winners! 
  

Our member driven competitions are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo competitions the workings of our contests are transparent.

Our contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members and all registered members are allowed to vote in the polls.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.
Each photo title includes links to the winning images along with a look at the competition in each category. 

Contest-October-2015_495_blg.jpg

1. Wildlife -  "Wildlife in Action" theme winner Christine Gallagher  (CRHGallagher) from  Calgary, Canada with her image titled Salmon run in the Chilko Valley.

2.  Landscape - "Dramatic sky with motion blur" theme winner Darryl Hodson  (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Dreamy Cannon Beach.

3.  Macro -   ?Money Matters? theme winner David Wilcox  (dkeithw)  from Pennsylvania, USA with his image titled REAL predator.

4. Sports"A Sequence of shots" theme winner James Keenan  (Lomcevak) from California, USA with three surfing sequence images.

5. Travel ? "Public Performance" theme Jeff Atchley  (Graceland) from Tennessee, USA with his image titled Blues Harmonica.

6. Online Assignment ? "Fall Colors" theme winner Bill McEwen  (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Salmon River.

Interested in submitting your photos? 

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.
The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:32 PM

FedeoDecember 1, 2015

Sri Lanka and Galapagos adventures going fast

Academy_SQ_Sri-Lanka_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tell us the 2016 Sri Lanka photo adventure trip has reached the minimum number of signups so it is now definitely a go for 2016. Join Les Picker on his photo tour of this enchanting land (March 12-23, 2016).

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet describes:
"Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, famous tea and flavorful food describe Sri Lanka."

We couldn't agree more.
Les' trip dives deep into the local culture and wildlife for a journey you (and your spouse) will remember for the rest of your life.

Sri Lanka Les5.jpgOne of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. Most evenings we will have an optional image review and critique.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

----------------------------------------------------


eZine-Mike_Galapagos_300.jpgMike Hagen's trip to the Galapagos (September 17-25, 2016) is almost sold out. We have just a few spots available for next year and will be posting our 2017 trip soon.

This is a great trip for you and your spouse (or you and your favorite shooting buddy) to attend. Mike works hard to make the experience top notch with excellent shooting itineraries, food, and tour amenities.

Check Mike Hagen's Galapagos article starting on page 21 in the number 58 edition our eZine: THE NIKONIAN. 

For those of you wanting to photograph giant tortoise, marine iguanas and the blue footed booby, this is your chance! The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador.

Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

This is the perfect trip to participate in a safe, yet intrepid photographic adventure. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it!

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:47 PM

Mastering the Nikon D750 arrives

D750BookAndCamera_SQ_120.jpgThe long-awaited NikoniansPress book, Mastering the Nikon D750, is now in stock at Amazon.com in the USA, and will be available soon in the UK and Europe. The book examines the Nikon D750 in an easy-to-understand way, providing knowledge based on real-life use of the camera.

Unlike many books that focus on general photography with a certain type of camera, the NikoniansPress books focus on how to use each camera function - with suggested settings - so that the reader becomes intimately familiar with the inner workings of the D750 and can call on that knowledge for different styles of photography.

The author, our own Darrell Young (Digital Darrell), comments on the camera:
D750BookAndCamera_300.jpg"The Nikon D750 is truly a special camera. It has most of the features found in the pro-level Nikon D810 and F4S, in a much lighter, easier to carry body. The tilting screen, high resolution 24MP full-frame (FX) sensor, and superior autofocus system make the camera easy to use and quite satisfying. For enthusiasts and pros alike, the D750 is an excellent choice for outstanding still photography and video."

Mastering the Nikon D750 is available in both printed and Kindle formats at this link.

It is also available as a bundle of three eBook formats (PDF, ePub, and Mobi), at this link. (Use the coupon code "DYOUNG" for 35% off the normal price of the eBook bundle.)

All books in Darrell Young's NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook Mastering series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:08 PM

FedeoNovember 24, 2015

Nikonians Academy 2016 Highlights

Academy-SQ-Hulbert_125.jpgPreparing for the new year, Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has compiled his personal thoughts on some highlighted workshops.

Two will take members to exotic locations while two in the United States will use architectural and street methods as a focus for improving your skills in photography.

As a bonus, Mike includes links to sites showing examples of the images you will have an opportunity to capture (with your own artistic interpretations).

-------------------------------------------

Sri Lanka
Picker-175.jpgIf there is one location on Earth that is still a photographic ?sleeper? it would have to be Sri Lanka. This lovely island off the southern coast of India is so scenically rich and varied it is hard to believe that it is not more popular than it is with photographers.

Where else can one find antiquities stretching back to Buddha?s visit, replete with temple ruins that still amaze? Or a coastline with blue-green waters that supports a huge population of blue whales and colorful fishermen? Now add in wild elephants and the densest population of leopards on the planet and you have a photographer?s Valhalla, right? Now for the best part; nowhere else will you find friendlier people who love to be photographed!

Join Les Picker on his bi-annual photo tour of Sri Lanka March 12-23, 2016.

-------------------------------------------

Urban and Street Photography Workshops
Hulbert_175.jpgRick has brought back his very popular Urban and Street Photography workshops for 2016.

Rick aspires to teach participants how to create photographs in urban, target-rich locations. Although our classes are set in beautiful Seattle and Chicago, Rick shows how to translate skills so you can create beautiful urban photography anywhere in the world.

Seattle, WA - March 17-20, 2016
Chicago, IL - September 15-18, 2016

Check out some of Rick's architectural photography here.

-------------------------------------------

Tanzania Wildlife Photo Safari
Mike-Hagen-175.jpgMike Hagen leads his 10th safari to Tanzania November 4th-15th, 2016 and he would love to have you along. His photography trips to Tanzania are completely focused on maximizing the time we spend in the outdoors in the pursuit of stunning images.

Mike works with one the best guide companies in the country and has optimized the trip for the best experience possible. Join him to photograph leopards, lions, cheetah, the great migration, elephants, and everything else under the African sun.

This is definitely a bucket list opportunity you don't want to miss.

Check out the African wildlife photos he's been posting to Instagram here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:53 PM

FedeoNovember 10, 2015

Nikonians Academy Director pens new book

Hagen-Autofocus-Book-2015-SQ_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen's new book titled The Nikon Autofocus System, Mastering Focus for Sharp Images Every Time is now available for purchase.

Created in conjunction with Rocky Nook and NikoniansPress, this book is aimed at photographers who want to improve their autofocus skills with Nikon DSLR cameras.

With today's advanced camera technology, achieving focus on a photographic subject seems like it should be a straightforward task. But many photographers know that it can be deceptively difficult, especially when shooting moving subjects or in challenging situations. Now, there is a complete guide available for Nikon shooters that will help them get tack-sharp photos every time.

Hagen-Autofocus-Book-2015_250.jpg

In The Nikon Autofocus System, photographer Mike Hagen, author of the bestselling The Nikon Creative Lighting System, takes his deep knowledge of Nikon technology and concentrates on its focus features. 

In this book, which covers all current Nikon DSLR models, Hagen fully explains how Nikon autofocus works, including detailed discussions of all the autofocus modules, drive systems, and camera buttons and menus. 

He also devotes an entire chapter to explore how focus works with Nikon?s lenses.

Armed with this general knowledge, Hagen then dives deep and offers camera setups, settings, and best practices for specific field techniques that address the photographic genres that are notoriously challenging for focus: action and sports (indoor and outdoor), wildlife (including birds in flight), and macro photography. 

He also covers genres such as portrait, landscape, underwater, low-light, and street photography. 

Mike-Hagen_175.jpg

Hagen not only advises on the best ways to set up the camera and focus systems, he gives helpful tips and tricks throughout the book.

 

The Nikon Autofocus System also covers:

? Live view autofocus methods and settings

? Achieving great focus in video

? AF tracking

? AF shooting styles, such as back-button AF and shutter-release AF

? HDR, panoramas, and other techniques for shooting with a tripod

? An entire chapter on additional terms and techniques, such as hyperfocal distance, calibrating lenses, focus and flash photography, and more

Ebook versions are available for purchase right now and paperback versions will be in stores during the first few weeks of November, 2015.

Links:

The Nikon Autofocus System eBook at Rocky Nook

 Paperback

? The Nikon Autofocus System at Rocky Nook

? The Nikon Autofocus System at Amazon

? The Nikon Autofocus System ? Autographed Copies

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:23 PM

FedeoNovember 4, 2015

Congratulations - September Contest Winners

Sept-Contest-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the September contests. 
Congratulations to our winners! Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. 
Unlike most other photo competitions the workings of our contests are transparent. 
Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.
Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

SEPTEMBER-2015-Legend_499.jpg

1. Wildlife ? "Show Offs" Theme winner Don Rich (dwr857), from Winston Salem, North Carolina USA with his image titled Adult Tri Color Posing.

2. Landscape ? "Details" Theme winner Henning Bossen (henbo), from Tistrup, Denmark with his image titled Val di Funes ? Italy.

3. Macro ? "Sweet Things" Theme winner Gregg Heckler (gheck58) from Aliso Viejo, California, USA with his image titled Cookies N Honey.

4. Sports ? "Speed" Theme winner David Malaro (dmalaro), from Revere, Massachusetts with his image titled Running to win.

5. Travel ? "Off the Main Drag" Theme winner Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd), from  Akron, Ohio, USA with his image titled Decisions, Decisions.

6. Online Assignment ?"Specular Highlights" Theme winner Tom Ferguson (tekneektom), from Land O Lakes, Wisconsin, USA with his image titled Flowers with Water Highlights.


Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.



Posted by flashdeadline at 1:38 AM

FedeoOctober 20, 2015

Academy Spotlight: USA West Coast and Africa

16-ANPAT-Spring-2016-Academy-SQ.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has been fine-tuning the 2016 curriculum and he's sent us two suggestions for our Academy Spotlight.
One is for the Spring version of the Annual Nikonians group event of the year and the other takes a very small group of members all the way to Africa.

16th Spring ANPAT
The 16th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in the Spring is now booking and the destination will take participants to the northern California and southern Oregon coast. This is a unique location known for massive redwood trees, sea stacks, scenic fishing villages and wonderful coastal scenes. It will be the first time Nikonians have organized a group visit to these areas.

16-ANPAT-Spring-2016_250.jpgThe inclusive dates are Saturday April 16, 2016 to Saturday April 23, 2016.

The ANPAT has become the traditional Nikonians field event of the year, where we all become students and teachers to live our Nikonians motto: Share, Learn, and Inspire.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), with ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles (ericbowles), in this target-rich region for splendid photography opportunities. Palacios tells us the location was chosen by popular demand and early bookings will assist with making key deposits on ideal accommodations.

For your comfort, participants will be driving in 15-seat passenger vans, occupied by a maximum of 8 Nikonians each, leaving plenty of space for camera bags and tripods in their daily runs. Members will be staying two hotels, right on the beach, to minimize long haul driving.

This is a great way to hone your skills as a photographer, make true friends and have a great time.

Check the original announcement posting for updates on member questions and travel discussions.
Any questions? - We also have a 16th ANPAT in the Spring FAQ post available.

------------------------------------------------------------------

Africa 2016
Africa.jpgMike Hagen will be taking 11 members to one of his favorite photography locations next month.
The 2015 Africa photo adventure is sold out with only a waiting list available, but he's already set the groundwork for his African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2016.

Mike tells us the emphasis is on top level accommodations, professional assistance and ample maneuvering room:
"We'll be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and at private luxury tent camps throughout Northern Tanzania. All with private Land cruisers, professional wildlife guides, catered meals and excellent accommodations. Yes, it is a long ways off, but start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! We are limiting the size to 12 participants and this number includes your Tour Leader.

One of the best aspects of this trip is that we are only allowing three photographers per vehicle. This means that each person will have an entire row to themselves with one seat for their camera gear and the other seat for themselves. There will be plenty of room to move around and everyone will have perfect access to all photo opportunities."

Don't miss this opportunity to photograph some of Earth's most amazing animals in the heart of Tanzania

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:06 PM

Attention Nikon D750 users

Mastering-the-Nikon-D750_SQ_100.jpgMastering the Nikon D750 by Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is now available in eBook form.
It will be available in printed form in a couple of weeks.

Darrell tells us this camera has all the right features to make it a joy to own:
Darrell-Young-outdoors.jpg?The Nikon D750 is basically a miniature D810. The operating system within the D750 has nearly every function and feature found in the D810, plus a number of functions not available in the more expensive camera.
It has the perfect balance of still image size and quality, camera body affordability and robust build, along with 1080p video second to none.
Your new D750 is a powerful HD-SLR camera that you can use for years to come. For enthusiast and pro use, the camera delivers.
Thank you in advance to those who order the eBook or printed versions. I hope you enjoy the book and that it opens up your camera's features even more fully to you."

Following are links to acquire the books, immediately for the eBook version, or as a preorder for the printed version.

Mastering-the-Nikon-D750_250.jpgeBook Version Bundle
The ebook versions are available now in a bundle (PDF, ePub, and Mobi), with all three formats included in one price is available at 40% off the normal price, for Nikonians, by using the coupon code "YOUNGD750" at checkout. This is the link to the ebook version bundle.

Printed Version
The printed book will be available at Amazon in a couple of weeks. It is being printed now. This is the link for placing a preorder for the printed version or to acquire the Kindle version (which should be available within a few days).

All books in Darrell Young's NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook Mastering series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:38 PM

FedeoOctober 13, 2015

Academy sets viewfinders on Sri Lanka, Yosemite

Academy_SQ_Sri-Lanka_125.jpgNikonians Academy Instructors are preparing for photo adventures in Maine and California, USA.

Both destinations feature track records as Nikonians community favorites and both are led by instructors who have the distinct advantage of being intimately familiar with the terrain.

Les Picker leaves for his sold-out Acadia National Park workshop this week (October 15). We are looking forward to seeing the incredible photographs from this workshop to one of the east coast's photographic jewels.

-------------------------------------------------

Les Picker's next trip is scheduled for February 2016. His photo workshop to exotic Sri Lanka is the perfect blend of wildlife and culture.
This is a 12-day (11-night) exploration of the unparalleled photographic possibilities on an island nation located off the southernmost coast of India.
SriLanka_300.jpgSri Lanka is replete with some of the oldest Buddhist and Hindu temples in the world (many still in use), some of the friendliest and most photogenic people on Earth, and wildlife that rivals Africa's best locations; all at a fraction of the cost.
One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds. We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife.
Don't miss it.

-------------------------------------------------

Yosemite-Winter_300.jpgMichael Mariant's Yosemite in Winter workshop scheduled for February 2016 is set to be an incredible adventure in this land of granite spires and stunning landscapes.
Few photographers know Yellowstone better than Michael Mariant. Since he knows the place so well, he's able to get photographers into the right place at the right time for unique images they'll be proud of.
This workshop will focus on the numerous locations in the Yosemite Valley that are complemented by the snow season as well as timed for one of the few rare scenes in Yosemite that happens only once a year for about 10 days in only the perfect conditions: the backlit illumination of Horsetail Fall by the setting sun, called "The Firefall" as immortalized by the original 1973 Galen Rowell photo.
All three sunset opportunities of the workshop will devoted to capturing this elusive visual phenomenon.

-------------------------------------------------

hagen_galapagos_2015_325.jpgMike Hagen just returned from a wonderful photo adventure to the Galapagos Islands.
Mike tells us:
"Wildlife photography this year was the best I've ever seen it in the Galapagos. We had hawks and owls posing for us just feet from our lenses, land iguanas in beautiful light, and sea turtles around every corner. We snorkeled with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants, reef sharks, and manta rays just about every day. I can't wait to go back again next year."

Mike says that the travelers from this year's trip were from all around the world including Australia, Canada and the USA:
"We had such a great time together. Everyone had a blast photographing, supporting each other, learning photography, and enjoying the adventure."

Mike's 2016 international photo workshops are posted on the Nikonians Academy schedule and ready for signups.

? Iceland - July 17-24, 2016
? Galapagos Islands - September 17-25, 2016
? Czech Republic - October 9-16, 2016
? Tanzania - November 4-15, 2016

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:52 PM

FedeoOctober 6, 2015

Newest version of Nikonians Uploader available

Uploader_110.jpgOur members can now download the newest version of our Mac-based image uploader. 

The Nikonians Uploader is an application allowing you to easily upload images to the Nikonians galleries directly from your Mac by simple drag and drop functionality.
Uploader_300-.jpg

The new Nikonians Uploader v1.2.0 works on Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) and later up to and including Yosemite (10.10).

The new version adds:

- Optimization of images to shorten transfer time with real-time 100% preview

- Reworked metadata editor to allow data persistence. It is possible to upload new images before previous batch was finished and all your edited changes are preserved. The same applies also to closing the application and starting again.

- Bugfixes

Silver members and higher can download it for free from Nikonians directly, whereas others can buy the uploader through Apple.

If you are not on Silver membership (or higher), the Uploader for Mac is available through at the  Apples iTunes App Store for $9.99 US Dollars.

Windows users can use the Upload functionality of Nikonians Annotate Expert software for similar features. It covers the same functionality as the Nikonians Uploader. Annotate Expert can be downloaded here: https://www.nikonians.org/annotate

Check for details in our Nikonians Uploader Wiki.


Posted by flashdeadline at 10:31 PM

Congratulations August photo contest winners

aug-contest-legend-SQ-110-2015.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the August contests. Congratulations to our winners! 
Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent. 
Your fellow members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

August_2015_Legend_495.jpg

1. ? Wildlife "Friendship In The Wild" theme winner Michael Kawerninski (qanik) from British Columbia, CA with his entry titled Rams near Spences Bridge BC.

2. ? Landscape "Geometry in Nature theme winner  Keith Manning (kamf0t0), from New York, USA. With his entry titled Na Pali Geometry.

3. ? Macro "Nostalgic Items" theme winner Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon), from California, USA with his entry titled 1940 Caddy.

4. ? Sports "Wipe Out" theme winner Stephen Hindley (tembo), from Dubai, AE, with his image titled Landing Short.

5. ? Travel "Harbours and Marinas" theme winner Gary Paige (jazzdoc), from New York, USA with his image titled Siglufjordur fishing village.

6. ? Assignment "Trekking on the Beach" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7), from Oregon, USA with his image titled Backlight ? Reboot.


Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:52 PM

FedeoSeptember 29, 2015

Think Tank Photo adds leather shoulder bags

TTP-SQ-Leather_110.jpg

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released leather versions of their most popular shoulder bag line and added a new size to their mirrorless bag line.


The new shoulder bag line includes the Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7 Leather, and Retrospective 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged bags maintain the Retrospective?s casual, form-fitting design.

A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security.

The leather bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective Leather 5 holds an 8? tablet; the Retrospective Leather 7 holds a 10? tablet or 11? laptop; and, the Retrospective Leather 30 holds a 10? tablet or 11? laptop.

TTphoto-lthr-Mrrless_450.jpg

The new Mirrorless Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8'' tablet, and additional accessories.             

The Mirrorless Mover collection is made with only premium-quality materials and the outstanding craftsmanship that Think Tank is known for. It also features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a magnetic closure.

Check the Think Tank Photo backpacks site using this link for your Nikonians member exclusive special offer. 

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:33 PM

FedeoSeptember 15, 2015

2016 Academy Spotlight: Czech Republic and Sri Lanka

Academy-SQ-Sri_lanka_leopard_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has added travel workshops to Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic/Prague for the coming year.
The 12-day (11-night) Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photo adventure covers March 12-23, 2016 and is limited to 12 participants. 
This will be your opportunity to photograph wildlife and culture in an exotic and safe location, led by Lester Picker. 
Each morning you will embark on an adventure taking you from fog-shrouded tea plantations to cascading waterfalls, en route to photographing mountain sunsets.
Sri-Lanka-leopard_300.jpg

You will visit the country's most picturesque temples and historical structures for architectural photos and opportunities to interact with Sri Lanka's wonderful people.

One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

----------------------------------------

Prague_Czech_2016_300.jpgThe Czech Republic and Prague trip will be led by Mike Hagen and is scheduled for October 9-16, 2016. It is designed to coincide with fall colors that will provide a stunning backdrop to the castles, mountains, and forests of Bohemia.

You will have the opportunity to explore a large variety of photographic themes, including landscape, countryside, castles and chateaus, colonnades, rural houses and forest animals.

Add four-star hotel accommodations and a scheduled boat ride and you have the makings of a photo adventure in the best Nikonians Academy style.

This 8-day photo adventure to the best of Bohemia will cover historic sites as well as modern marvels such as one of the youngest of national parks in the Czech Republic.

------------------------------------------

Looking to enhance your photo library?

Passionate-Photog.jpgCheck out The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.
Steve has led workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.
He is the author of four critically acclaimed photography books with works in major museum collections around the world.
Steve Simon's book, The Passionate Photographer is a top-seller and continues to garner awards from the photography industry.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:09 PM

FedeoSeptember 8, 2015

Nikonians Academy spotlight on Spring 2016

Academy-Logo-SQ-16-ANPAT.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is preparing for his 2015 Galapagos photo adventure in a few days. 

On the way out the door he stopped to double check the curriculum for the coming months and left us with a few reminders to pass on.

The spotlight this week is on the Spring 2016 Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (16th Spring ANPAT). 
16th-ANPAT_Eric_Bowles_300.jpg
It will run from April 16 to April 23, 2016 in the Pacific Coast, Northern California and Southern Oregon.
   

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), with ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles (ericbowles), in this target-rich region for splendid photography opportunities. 

This unique location is known for massive redwood trees, sea stacks, scenic fishing villages and wonderful coastal scenes, and it will be the first time a Nikonians ANPAT has visited these areas.

The ANPAT has become our traditional field event of the year, where we all become students and teachers to live our Nikonians motto: Share, Learn, Inspire. This is a great way to hone your skills as a photographer, make true friends and have a great time.

Keep up on the planning stages (and ask any questions you may have) by following the Announcement and Discussion.


More from the curriculum

If you hurry, we still have seats available for three workshops led by Michael Mariant:

●  The Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley trip explores landscapes and astrophotography in some of California's most beautiful environments.

EasternSierra_01_284px.jpg

Capture the vibrancy of the Eastern Sierra (September 24-27, 2015) during shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape photography. 

This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location, building on the previous locations techniques and lessons to culminate in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to name just a few.

 

Zen_250.jpg

●  The Zen of Thinking  (beginning October 2, 2015) is an advanced photography workshop designed to get you out of your comfort zone (only one seat remaining). This two-day course is limited to five students to ensure an intimate environment, fostering the best learning opportunities possible at Yosemite National Park.

The course curriculum includes lecture presentations, one-on-one instruction and critiques, on-site visual approach demos and analysis, and evaluative assessments of each photographer?s strengths, weakness, gear mindset, and areas for growth and development.

 

Yosemite-BW_300.jpg

●  Black and White Infrared Photography is designed to help photographers learn how to shoot and process compelling IR imagery.

Learn infrared black and white photography in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

This three-day course (November 6-8, 2015) is an intensive study of the complete digital and analog technique and process of the black & white infrared photography medium. You will be examining the technical visual aspects of the infrared spectrum, photographic principles in the field, post-production techniques and the proper steps to ?create? a dynamic infrared (IR) photograph.

 

Looking ahead:

The 2016 schedule for international travel has been posted.

Check the Nikonians Academy ?By City Area? pages for information on journeys spanning the globe to Sri LankaIcelandGalapagosPrague and Tanzania.

 

Here's a quick capsule description on the adventures just listed:

SriLanka_Leopard_350.jpg

●  Sri Lanka - Limited to 12 participants, this is a 12-day (11-night) exploration of what some have called ?the most beautiful island in Asia.? Your leader will be Lester Picker. Dates: March 12-23, 2016.

●  Iceland - Led by Mike Hagen, this trip runs from July 17-24, 2016. Hagen?s partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants

●  Galapagos - This photo trip of a lifetime takes you on a custom expedition yacht to one of Earth's most treasured locations. 

The boat has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers and the Nikonians group will take 10-15 of those positions. Trip Dates: September 17-25, 2016

Prague-Academy_300.jpg

●  Prague - Mike Hagen calls this "The Best of Bohemia in 8-Days."

Mike will again partner with Tim Vollmer and the pair will guide you through a huge variety of photography themes. Trip dates are October 9 - 16, 2016.   

●  Tanzania - You will be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and at private luxury tent camps throughout Northern Tanzania. 

Your leader, Mike Hagen, has extensive experience in this region. Trip dates are November 4 - 15, 2016.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:36 PM

Congratulations July Contest Winners

Contests_75px.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the July contests. Congratulations to our winners! Two of the outstanding images submitted in July feature canine involvement.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.  

Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition in that category.

July-2015-Legend_450.jpg

1. July Landscape "Shoot the Moon" theme winner Dayn Cederstrom (DaynLarz), from Missouri, USA, with his image titled Moonrise Between the Twin Mittens.

2. July Macro "Parts of a single flower" theme winner Richard Dubiel (Dubes), from Ontario, Canada with his image titled Lotus Flower.

3. July Sports "Four Legged Champions" theme winner Bob Chadwick (Bob Chadwick), from Georgia, USA with his image titled Woofstock.

4. July Travel "Street Life" theme winner Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd), from Ohio, USA with his image titled A Hard Road - Highway 101, Oregon.

5. July "Bokeh" Assignment winner Gregg Heckler (gheck58), from California, USA with his image titled Yee Haw!

Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.    

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:36 PM

FedeoSeptember 2, 2015

Seat shortages at the Nikonians Academy

Academy-SOLD-OUT-SQ_110.jpgLooking at the curriculum in the coming months, Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the operative words found most often are "Sold Out."

The sold out workshops include photo adventures to Acadia National Park in Maine, 15th ANPAT Fall in The Badlands, Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes, and Galapagos 2015.

If you hurry, we still have seats available for three workshops led by Michael Mariant:

 The Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley trip explores landscapes and astrophotography in some of California's most beautiful environments.

EasternSierra_01_284px.jpg

Capture the vibrancy of the Eastern Sierra (September 24-27, 2015) during shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape photography. 

This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location, building on the previous locations techniques and lessons to culminate in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to name just a few.

 

Zen_250.jpg

 The Zen of Thinking  (beginning October 2, 2015) is an advanced photography workshop designed to get you out of your comfort zone (only one seat remaining). This two-day course is limited to five students to ensure an intimate environment, fostering the best learning opportunities possible at Yosemite National Park.

The course curriculum includes lecture presentations, one-on-one instruction and critiques, on-site visual approach demos and analysis, and evaluative assessments of each photographer?s strengths, weakness, gear mindset, and areas for growth and development.

 

Yosemite-BW_300.jpg

 Black and White Infrared Photography is designed to help photographers learn how to shoot and process compelling IR imagery.

Learn infrared black and white photography in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

This three-day course (November 6-8, 2015) is an intensive study of the complete digital and analog technique and process of the black & white infrared photography medium. You will be examining the technical visual aspects of the infrared spectrum, photographic principles in the field, post-production techniques and the proper steps to ?create? a dynamic infrared (IR) photograph.

 

Looking ahead:

The 2016 schedule for international travel has been posted.

Check the Nikonians Academy ?By City Area? pages for information on journeys spanning the globe to Sri Lanka, Iceland, Galapagos, Prague and Tanzania.

 

Here?s a quick capsule description on the adventures just listed:

SriLanka_Leopard_350.jpg

 Sri Lanka - Limited to 12 participants, this is a 12-day (11-night) exploration of what some have called ?the most beautiful island in Asia.? Your leader will be Lester Picker. Dates: March 12-23, 2016.

 Iceland ? Led by Mike Hagen, this trip runs from July 17-24, 2016. Hagen?s partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants

 Galapagos ? This photo trip of a lifetime takes you on a custom expedition yacht to one of Earth's most treasured locations. 

The boat has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers and the Nikonians group will take 10-15 of those positions. Trip Dates: September 17-25, 2016

Prague-Academy_300.jpg

 Prague ? Mike Hagen calls this ?The Best of Bohemia in 8-Days.? 

Mike will again partner with Tim Vollmer and the pair will guide you through a huge variety of photography themes. Trip dates are October 9 ? 16, 2016.   

 Tanzania ? You will be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and at private luxury tent camps throughout Northern Tanzania. 

Your leader, Mike Hagen, has extensive experience in this region. Trip dates are November 4 ? 15, 2016.

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:02 AM

FedeoAugust 25, 2015

Academy adds Czech Republic photo adventure

Academy-Prague_Czech_SQ_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has just added a new travel workshop to the Czech Republic and Prague. The trip is scheduled for October 9?16, 2016 and is designed to coincide with fall colors that will provide a stunning backdrop to the castles, mountains, and forests of Bohemia.

Prague-Academy_300.jpgYou will have the opportunity to explore a large variety of photographic themes, including landscape, countryside, castles and chateaus, colonnades, rural houses and forest animals.

Add four-star hotel accommodations and a scheduled boat ride and you have the makings of a photo adventure in the best Nikonians Academy style.

This 8-day photo adventure to the best of Bohemia will cover historic sites as well as modern marvels such as one of the youngest of national parks in the Czech Republic.

Coming soon ----

Michael Mariant's autumn workshops to the Eastern Sierra and to Yosemite have just a few seats remaining.

sierra-owens-Tel_250.jpg► His annual Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley trip explores landscapes and astrophotography in some of California's most beautiful environments.

Capture the vibrancy of the Eastern Sierra (September 24-27, 2015) during shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape photography. This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location, building on the previous locations techniques and lessons to culminate in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to name just a few.

Michael Mariant?s two Yosemite workshops are perfect for photographers who are working on their creative skillset.

Zen_250.jpgThe Zen of Thinking (beginning October 2, 2015) is an advanced photography workshop designed to get you out of your comfort zone (only one seat remaining). This two-day course is limited to five students to ensure an intimate environment, fostering the best learning opportunities possible at Yosemite National Park.

The course curriculum includes lecture presentations, one-on-one instruction and critiques, on-site visual approach demos and analysis, and evaluative assessments of each photographer?s strengths, weakness, gear mindset, and areas for growth and development.

Yosemite-BW_300.jpgBlack and White Infrared Photography is designed to help photographers learn how to shoot and process compelling IR imagery.

Learn infrared black and white photography in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

This three-day course (November 6-8, 2015) is an intensive study of the complete digital and analog technique and process of the black & white infrared photography medium. You will be examining the technical visual aspects of the infrared spectrum, photographic principles in the field, post-production techniques and the proper steps to ?create? a dynamic infrared (IR) photograph.

Looking to enhance your ph