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November 22, 2023

Creating a video?

video-storytelling-projects-cover-110.jpgAre you thinking about creating a video? Maybe a new youtube or vimeo venture?
Team member Obregon has reviewed four books on this topic and this is interesting, short reading.

The four books are:
- Introduction to Documentary, 3d Ed. by Bill Nichols
- Sound Design for Film by Tim Harrison
- Video Storytelling Projects by "RC" Concepcion
- Film Editing: Emotion Performance and Story by Julie Lambden

Introduction to Documentary
"At the risk of revealing my own insecurities, the most valuable lesson I learned from this book is that my own videos fit into the traditional definition of documentary."


Read review Introduction to Documentary
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Sound Design for Film
"Although I'm pretty competent with shaping the visual portion of motion pictures (film or video) in order to create a mood, I'm a little last certain when it comes to the audio portion. I can record accurate audio that sounds more or less like what you would hear if you were standing next to me. I have a hard time shaping the sound either at the time of recording or in post processing so that it sounds like anything but exactly what I heard. (It's not always easy to do that, and I probably use more audio equipment for sound than the average person.)"

Read review Sound Design for Film
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Video Storytelling Projects
"There are books that teach how to use tools like cameras and software and other books that show how to structure the video. This book is a good combination of the two for elementary videography."


Read review Video Storytelling Projects
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Film Editing: Emotion Performance and Story
"Someone asked today how to get started in film making. I was startled. There are so many crafts and skills involved. I found the question hard to answer, but I knew that it was important to understand editing. Lambden is certainly a good starting point on a long journey."


Read review Film Editing: Emotion Performance and Story
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Posted by bgs at 1:20 PM

December 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 in both printed form and Kindle (and in printed and eBook bundle on 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

May 15, 2016

Book Review: The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography

The author Cyrill Harnischmacher's book "The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography" has been reviewed.

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Posted by bgs at 5:12 PM

April 27, 2016

Get published with your best Nikon D500 image

We are working on getting the best images together for the upcoming NikoniansPress Rocky Nook book "Mastering your Nikon D500" by Digital Darrell.

If you have an excellent D500 shot, this is a good chance to get more visibility still.

Posted by bgs at 11:11 AM

December 1, 2015

Mastering the Nikon D750 arrives

D750BookAndCamera_SQ_120.jpgThe long-awaited NikoniansPress book, Mastering the Nikon D750, is now in stock at 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

October 20, 2015

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

November 20, 2013

Pre-orders available for new Nikon D610 book

Mastering the Nikon D610 by Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is now available for preorder.
Darrell has already invited members to submit images taken with the new camera to be included in the book and the first set of images have started to trickle in.

Nikon-D610-Cover_250.jpgMastering the Nikon D610 is written to help you learn all the details of the camera’s relatively complex yet flexible menu structure, external controls, and best configurations for various styles of photography.

Digital Darrell’s books are well known for making highly technical camera setup easy to understand and accomplish. His writing style is like a friend dropping by to help you with your new camera. Mastering the Nikon D610 has a release date of February 14, 2014.

Coming on the heels of its predecessor (Nikon D600) the Nikon D610 has a new shutter assembly with 6 fps speed, better white balance, and a new Qc (quiet continuous 3 fps) release mode.

If you’ve been wanting to move up to FX and have the lenses to support it, the Nikon D610 is a natural step up from the DX world for those who desire full-frame image quality. And, image quality is one of the strong points of the D610, with a sensor that bests the Nikon D3X, Nikon’s most expensive camera. It has a magnesium-alloy and polycarbonate build that is both strong and light, making it the perfect carry camera for those who enthusiastically enjoy DSLRs.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:14 AM

August 21, 2013

Mastering the Nikon D7100 features images by Nikonians

D7100_THU_120.jpgCongratulations to the Nikonians community members who will soon have their images featured in a new photography book. Mastering the Nikon D7100 by DarrellYoung (DigitalDarrell) will be released next month for worldwide sales.

Darrell says choosing the images was a tough process:
"There were so many excellent images to choose from that the editorial team had a hard time choosing the finalists. We feel the images chosen show what a skilled Nikonian can do with a Nikon D7100 in his or her hands. It has been my privilege to write this new book for my Nikonian friends and I truly appreciate your support of NikoniansPress and my books. Thank you very much for your wonderful submissions!”

The images headed for the press are shown here, with numbers helping identify the chapter and submitting member listed below.


Chapter 1 – Dave Shaner (dave_17531) — Amur Tiger Cub
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 300mm, 1/500s at f/5.6, ISO 400
I took this photo through the observation glass at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the four female cubs born at the zoo and she is about 10 weeks old. I would have liked to have gotten lower to have a more head-on look, but there were many children in front of me. It was a partly cloudy day and the cub was practicing her stalking moves, when the sun suddenly popped out and I captured the moment. She immediately ran back to her siblings.

Chapter 2 – Mike Wewerka (mtwewerka) — Smithsonian Institute
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 22mm, 1/15s at f/10, ISO 400
I took this image of the Smithsonian Institute on a whim. I was leaving DC for the day when I looked up and saw some great cloud coverage that I thought would be a great backdrop for a shot. I walked to the corner of the Institute building and found a good composition. I had no tripod so I had to shoot handheld. The light was good, but I wanted a slight grain in the image, so I set the camera to ISO 400 and the aperture to f/10 for good depth of field. The kit lens, with its VR, performed surprisingly well.

Chapter 3 – Tony Hernandez (FutureLook) — Thief on Guard
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 300mm, 1/320s at f/5.6, ISO 3200
The White Throated Monkey is famous for stealing anything available. This one was following my every move, intrigued by the fruit I purchased from local vendors. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture his vigilant posture, trying to outsmart me. This picture was taken at high ISO since it was very early in the morning.

Chapter 4 – Scott Ashley (scottashley) — Canyon Glow
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 40mm, 1/30s at f/16, ISO 200
One of America's most scenically rich spots is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. I captured this image on a freezing cold April morning shortly after sunrise as the sun's rays illuminated and reflected off some of the hundreds of delicately eroded spires in the park as viewed from the rim of the canyon, making it look like the canyon was glowing from within. I loved the way the D7100 captured the color and exquisite detail so perfectly.

Chapter 5 – Phil Downes (photphil) — American Eagle
Nikon D7100 with a 300mm f/4 lens, 1/1600s at f/9, -0.3EV compensation, ISO 800
This eagle was perched above Nequasset Stream along the coast of Maine, watching intently for alewives swimming upstream before entering a fish ladder. The fish ladder in the town of Woolwich allows migrating alewives to reach Nequasset Pond to spawn in the spring. I wanted to capture the eagle's intensity as it hunted for a fish.

Chapter 6 – Stephen W. Burnes (in4apenny) — Lowry Avenue Bridge
Nikon D7100 with a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Dill VC lens at 25mm, 15s at f/11, ISO 100
I enjoy taking photos late at night until maybe 4:00 am. Minneapolis was quiet and peaceful when I hopped on my motorcycle with my camera bag. The bridge, which spans the Mississippi river, offers a view of Minneapolis from the North. When I approached the bridge I thought the blue was stunning, especially when I could contrast it with the river running underneath, much like a jeweler’s box can amplify the beauty of a piece of jewelry.

Chapter 7 – Harold Feiertag (Knouff) — An American Bullfrog Born in Canada
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 280mm, 1/600s at f/10, ISO 160
I took this picture in the Serpentine Wildlife Area, better known as the Serpentine Fen. This frog spotted me as I walked toward its watery neighborhood and disappeared into the marsh. I had my camera ready, anticipating where the frog would break the surface. It appeared directly in front of me, clearly wanting get a closer look at the human intruder (me). Dedicated to my dear bride and best friend, the late Clarissa Faye Feiertag.

Chapter 8 – Brent Melton (Brent Melton) — Charli Jo
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, 1/160s at f/8, ISO 200
This image was shot at our family Memorial Weekend cookout. She was on the patio with her father and sticking pretty close to him, while playing shy. Charli Jo is a very animated child with lots of personality and loves the camera.

Chapter 9 – Al Scherwinski (cockers) — Spring Snack
Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 500P f/4 lens on a tripod, 1/400s at f/7.1, -1EV compensation, ISO 800
This image of the Red Squirrel was taken at my cabin in Northern Wisconsin after owning the D7100 for only about three weeks. We had such a long demanding winter and stubborn snow cover that I was very surprised to see this little squirrel eating something green, thereby prompting me to title this image Spring Snack.

Chapter 10 – Richard Gravlin (rb4good) — Red-bellied Woodpecker
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens, 1/1250s at f/6.3, ISO 400
This was taken one morning while out looking for migrating warblers. I had heard him on several mornings, but it wasn't until the third morning out that I finally located him. The male bird had made such a nice nest hole but didn't have a female to share it with and was constantly calling for a mate. The leaves covered up the only view of the hole a few days after this shot. I used manual exposure with the 1.3x digital crop mode. This camera is a delight to use.

Chapter 11 – Janice Van Dyke (janicev) — Sumptuous Tulip
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G lens, 1/125s at f/5.5, ISO 360
I took this picture in April. I often drive many miles to special places to take pictures, only to find some of my favorites are taken close to home. This picture came from my brother and sister-in-law's amazing flower garden. I love how this camera captures the sumptuous colors.

Chapter 12 – Dennis Miller (dhmiller) — Elmer the Juvenile Yellow-headed Caracara
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, 1/160s at f/5.6, ISO 200
After a very successful trip in December 2012, during which we photographed over three dozen species of birds, my wife and I went back to Costa Rica in June 2013. This time we went to the remote Osa Peninsula, looking for something a bit more off the beaten track. While shooting, we spotted this juvenile yellow-headed caracara, a raptor in the falcon family. Typically not a fast aerial hunter, this caracara was sitting on the fencepost of a ranch, hoping to scavenge some food from a nearby cow pen.

Chapter 13 – Tammi Young Pass (DigitalTammi) — Bright Future
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens at 38mm, 1/80s at f/7.1, ISO 100
I took this picture as the assistant photographer at the wedding of Hannah Young and Ian Burr. Hannah is the daughter of this book’s author and fellow Nikonian, Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell). This was the first wedding in which I’ve been an official photographer and the first commercial shoot with my new Nikon D7100. Not having an AA filter makes this HD-SLR one of the sharpest I’ve ever used. I love the camera and will use it in my family portrait business.

rear-cover_350.jpg The rear cover bird image is courtesy of Al Scherwinski (cockers).

Mastering the Nikon D7100 will be released in both printed and ebook formats. The camera is proving to be simply spectacular in its capability, and Darrell hopes the book will help many Nikonians have a better grasp on their complex imaging tool.

The book covers the camera in complete detail, with full-color graphics, sample images, and illustrations. What makes NikoniansPress books unique is that they are presented from the viewpoint of a fellow Nikonian with many years of experience using Nikon cameras. Darrell offers detailed suggestions on camera configuration—based on real world experience and various imaging styles.

Previous NikoniansPress books in the Mastering the Nikon DSLR series have been quite successful, primarily due to your interest and support. The Nikon D7100 book is now available for preorder.

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 2:08 AM

February 19, 2013

Mastering the Nikon D600 Chapter Images Selected

Baby-Dog_THU.jpgNikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell), reports his newest book, Mastering the Nikon D600 is on schedule for release next month.
The final step in the process was selecting Nikon D600 photos submitted by Nikonians members to be used as full page Chapter Opening Images.

Darrell has been in touch with those selected members and posted his gratitude to everyone in the original post who offered to be of assistance:

"Thank each of you very much for making a submission. I wish the book had more chapters so that we could add a lot more images. However, it only has 13 chapters (about 560 pages). All of your submissions were excellent and appealing."

Below are thumbnail versions of the 13 Chapter Opening Images to be used in the book.
The yellow numbers do not appear in the final version. They are a guide for the credits listing below the images (and also indicate which chapters they help illustrate).


1 - Isabell and Her New Toys - Jesse Martinez (jesse101) / USA, California

2 - Bountiful Harvest - Marcel Carey (mcpianoca) / Canada, Quebec

3 - Rendezvous - Philip Rice (pjr) / Canada, Ontario

4 - Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley - Eric Bowles (ericbowles) / USA, Georgia

5 - Twenty-seven Cents Per Gallon - Jim Hammond (hamjam) / USA, California

6 - Spirit of Texas in Semi Finals - Donald Heldoorn (TakeTwo) / USA,California

7 - Nature's Beauty - Jackie Donaldson (bhpr) / USA, Maryland

8 - Baby Big Bear - Anthony Do (gudnuf4u) / USA, California

9 - Mandarin Duck on Golden Pond - Mike Goodman (mrginhop) / USA, New Hampshire

10 - Taking Prey - Rocky Fletcher (rf10956) / USA, Iowa

11 - Iguana Invasion - Susan Braunhut (wife of dhmiller) / USA, Massachusetts

12 - Bald River Falls - Brenda Young (DigitalBrenda) / USA, Tennessee

13 - Lyndia's Beautiful Smile - Jesse Martinez (jesse101) / USA/Colorado

You may notice one member takes the distinction of leading the first and last chapter, and two members submitted shots taken by their wives. Counting those two ladies and the submission from Jackie Donaldson, we have three images credited to women, ten by men.

D600_Young_250.jpgMastering the Nikon D600 by Darrell Young will be available in March 2013 in printed form and the eBook formats will follow about two weeks later. The current pre-order price at Amazon is $21.07 (USD) saving you $18.88 off the list price ($39.95).

The author promises:
"My new book will make your zoom lens longer, your wide angle wider, your macro even closer up, and your megapixels multiply."

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.

Darrell's previous books produced through Rocky Nook’s partnership with NikoniansPress include Mastering the Nikon D800, Mastering the Nikon D7000, Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S, Mastering the D700 (co-authored by James Johnson), Mastering the Nikon D90, Mastering the Nikon D5000, and Mastering the Nikon D3000.

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:46 AM

September 22, 2011

Nikonians magazine now on iPad

Now photographers and Nikonians members can enjoy the electronic magazine THE NIKONIAN on their Apple iPads. You can find the app in the iTunes store. The app makes it possible to browse and download all issues of the ezine available since 2003.

Posted by bgs at 1:34 PM

July 8, 2011

Mastering The Nikon D7000 book now shipping

Rocky_Nook_Nikonians-Press_125.jpgJust in time for summer reading, Mastering the Nikon D7000 by Darrell Young is printed and now on its way to book retailers. Advance copies have already been received by the author and members of the publication team.

D7000-Cover_200.jpgProfusely illustrated with step-by-step setting adjustments, easy to follow menus screens, and detailed explanations for the proper use of every button, dial, switch, and menu option, this latest book by Darrell Young in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series is (in a simple word) huge.

The author has already explained his enthusiasm for the Nikon D7000 in a recent News Blog. He likes to describe the camera to his friends as "a great value for its robust capability—yet medium price."

Mastering the Nikon D7000 has 496 pages, including table of contents and index.
That's nearly 100 more pages than Darrell's previous best seller, Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S.

In a recent interview, the author tells us the Nikon D7000 presented a unique challenge in terms of page count (and he's got an extra 100 pages in reserve available online):

"A book only has finite space before it becomes too big and bulky to be used in a portable way. Subsequently, in addition to the printed book there are free additional downloadable Darrell-Young_200.jpgsections available to readers, at a private website address.

Most users of the D7000 will have at least some experience with other DSLRs. However, some new users have little experience with DSLR cameras and are unsure about how to change a lens, format a memory card, and charge the battery.

I added special material for these new users in downloadable documents, so as not to make the book bigger than it needed to be for more advanced users. In addition there is downloadable material on basic photography, such as understanding the aperture, shutter speed, and principles like depth of field. All said, in addition to the book’s 496 pages, there are nearly 100 more pages available by download."

If you prefer reading in the new digital reading, O’Reilly Media has already released the eBook versions of the book and soon the Kindle version will be available on The print version will be in mass distribution by mid-month. If you have been thinking about preordering the book, now’s the time.

Bundle and Save
This is an excellent time to take advantage of the preorders. Amazon currently has a preorder rate of $20.31 USD (saving you $14.64) and all books in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook 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. That's an impressive combined total of $52.14 savings on a book selling for less than $21 at the (limited time available) preorder rate.

Looking for more by the author?
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) has also been published in the following NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series of books: Mastering the Nikon D5000, Mastering the Nikon D90, Mastering the Nikon D300, Mastering the D700, (co-authored by James Johnson) and Mastering the Nikon D3000.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:06 PM

April 24, 2011

Nikonians images to be featured in new book

D7000_110.jpgA hearty thanks to our members who responded to the NikoniansPress publishing team request for images taken with the Nikon D7000.
The requests were made in preparation for the newest book in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series of "Mastering" books:
Mastering the Nikon D7000, by Darrell Young. The images will be used to serve as chapter separating samples of the photos that can be taken with the camera.

Darrell (better known in the community as Digital Darrell) wanted to share the spotlight in all his books, thus starting a tradition of using images by our members as much as possible.

He explained:
"I want and all of us, as parts of a community, to receive recognition for our work as unique community. What other Nikon community has its own ProPhotoShop, podcasts, seminars, field trips, magazine, books, forums, and other resources? is a unique educational center in the Nikon world. I'm proud to be doing my part to support Nikonians worldwide. I am also very thankful to those talented photographers who are willing to allow their work to be published in our NikoniansPress books."


Following an extensive review of submitted images the following members were asked to send their high resolution copies and everyone responded in less than 24 hours after the request were made. They are listed by name, username, image title and geographic location:

▪ Mikael Lorin (mikeon)
Determined boy

▪ José A. S. Diniz (jadiniz)
2011's First Sunset

▪ Paul Ekman (pdekman)
Winter Bluebird
Iowa, USA

▪ Richard Sandor (rbsandor)
Bison in Winter
Colorado, USA

▪ Connor Holmes (ConnorH)
Iris under overcast
New South Wales, Australia

▪ Marcel Carey (mcpianoca)
Yamaha C-3 HDR
Quebec, Canada

▪ John Gamble (jgamble)
Willet on the wing
Florida, USA

▪ Greg Jones (gregor1)
Glass on Black
New Jersey, USA

▪ Jim Hammond (hamjam)
Bridge Over Waterfall Yosemite NP
California, USA

▪ Dean Andersen (DeanAZ)
Hanging Out
Arizona, USA

▪ Michael R. Goodman (mrginhop)
SnowCross Racer
New Hampshire, USA

▪ William Paul (Biker Bill)
Peacock Feathers
Massachusetts. USA

Nikonians member Betty LaRue (B LaRue) took a unique position in the book, providing a chapter opening image of a Robin and a small logo enhancing image for the back cover.

Mastering the Nikon D7000 has 12 chapters. We have 13 submitters, 12 in vertical and one in horizontal. The 12 verticals will be used as chapter separators. The one horizontal image by José A. S. Diniz (jadiniz) will be used as an example image in the HDR section.

Final pre-press on this, the largest "Mastering" book Darrell has written (at over 490 pages) will be completed soon, and it should start shipping in late Spring-Early Summer.

Rocky Nook will be sending each image donating Nikonian member a free copy of the book as a token of appreciation from the entire publication team.

This is an excellent time to take advantage of preorders. Amazon currently has a preorder rate of $20.94 USD (saving you $14.01).

All books in the Rocky Nook/NikoniansPress 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.

Note: images from our members shown above are in random order and are not representative of the cropping used in final layout.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:10 PM

October 29, 2010

Fresh off the presses: The ultimate guide to your Nikon D300/D300S

RN-NikoniansPressLogo_100.jpg The newest book in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series, Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S by Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is now printed and shipping has started.


Members of the NikoniansPress Team have received the first set of the new books and that means the entire first printing is simultaneously on the way to book retailers worldwide.

This book is the result of a unique challenge faced by Darrell when the Nikon D300S was first introduced last summer. His previous Nikon D300 book was already a popular reference, but the D300S added new features that screamed for an update.

The easy solution would be to grab all the previous material and just add bits and pieces to make room for the D300S additions, but Darrell had the benefit of carefully reviewing reader comments from his previous books and decided to address those concerns by completely re-designing and adjusting his newest work to satisfy as many reader's wishes as possible.

D300-Books_2_275.jpgThe total re-write, re-edit project and re-design has produced a book twice as large, without adding to the final cost to consumers. Now, anyone who has purchased a Nikon D300 or the newer D300S will benefit from a book that was literally written "from scratch."
The book also features chapter opening images from members of the Nikonians community (detailed in our recent free eZine download for eZine #47)

Our contributing members were:
▪ Apples - Neale Dyster (Digitwized)
▪ Red-Tailed Hawk - Doug Sipes (Dsipes)
▪ F-22 Raptor - Norman Paratore Tavi--Rock-Climber-200.jpg(carlysgranddad)
▪ Bikes Catch Air - Ken Rutt (raxafarian)
▪ Dawn on El Capitan - Russ Glindmeier (russg)
▪ Free Climber - Octavian Radu Topai (Tavi) (◄shown here)
▪ Maine Coon Cat - Cindie Fearnall (Gipsi)
▪ Sol Duc Valley Stream - Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67)
▪ Father and Son - LaDonna France Huizinga (Cookies35)
▪ Hello Cutie - Stephen J. Weston (stevezz1)
▪ Bald Eagle Fishing - David Summers (dm1dave)
▪ Contemplation - Richerd Reynolds (slartybartfast)

More than 400 pages, step-by-step illustrations and detailed explanations through 12 chapters cover White Balance, the Histogram, the Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus system, and how the Live View and D-Movie modes work. Camera accessories such as Speedlight flash and GPS units are also considered.

All books in the Rocky Nook/NikoniansPress 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.

Bargain Alert--
As of Tuesday morning (November 2) was still showing the book at the pre-order price ($23.07 USD). That's an $11.88 USD savings from the list price.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:03 PM

October 3, 2010

Nikonians Rewards Bonus Alert -- Save BIG on photo books

Rewards-Alert_100.jpgYour publishing partners, NikoniansPress and Rocky Nook have arranged for a special Nikonians Rewards discount on a wide variety of imaging-related books. We're already looking forward to the release of "Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S" by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) and this special discount adds to your savings.

The new NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book goes beyond detailing the additional features of the D300S and simply adding to Darrell's previously published "Mastering the Nikon D300."

It has been completely re-written and re-edited to further improve and expand upon the pertaining information for the D300.

All books in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook 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.

The book is expected to be available by the end of this month.

BONUS: Your Nikonians Rewards Savings Special
By special agreement with our partner Rocky Nook, this and many more Rocky Nook books, including titles from the NikoniansPress series, will have a 40% discount over list price for all Silver, Gold or Platinum members from October 1st to December 31st, 2010.

Please check your Loyal Membership Rewards page to obtain your discount code.

The link provided will take you to the ordering pages for all the Rocky Nook books available at this 40% discount.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:58 PM

May 21, 2010

Nikonians Image Doctor Jason Odell launches new eBook

Guide_Digital_Landscapes_75.jpgJason Odell (DrJay32), well-known partner of Rick Walker (walkerr) in the popular Nikonians Image Doctors podcast series, has released his newest eBook: The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes.

According to the press release announcing the new publication:
The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes is divided into three sections, which discuss equipment, field techniques, and digital post-processing. "I wanted to create a reference guide to incorporate the skills I've learned in digital photography," said Dr. Odell. "Too many of the classic photography books claim to be updated for digital only to be completely devoid of any discussion of modern digital methods.


The book will help you learn:
• What you need to put together a landscape photography kit for any budget, including cameras, lenses and accessories
• How to choose and scout your locations
• Fundamentals of exposure, composition, and lighting
• Which filters are required in digital photography, and how to use them
• How to set up your camera to take the best shots, including HDR and Panoramas
• Digital post-processing techniques, including HDR, panorama stitching, and digital black & white conversion
• Example images with descriptions of the techniques used to produce them, including composition, camera settings, and post-processing effects

The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes is available immediately from Luminescence of Nature Press.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:00 AM

April 27, 2010

Mastering the Nikon D3000 book is printed, shipping soon

Mastering-The-NikonD3000_Cover_95.jpg Are you confused by the multitude of shooting features available in your Nikon D3000? Do you want to truly master this sleek little Nikon's amazing bag of photographic imaging tricks? Your answers are neatly compiled in the latest book from NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook -- Mastering the D3000 by Darrell Young.



The book has finished the printing phase and will be shipping next month. This is the ideal time to take advantage of pre-order pricing.  


Our editing and publication team has already received their copy and we have a shot showing the book has also included our special NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook arrangement to include a Gold Membership Discount Voucher near the back. All six books in the 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.


This same special arrangement has been available for Nikonians members purchasing the previous books in the series. The previous five books in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook partnership are:


Mastering the D5000 by Darrell Young
Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young
The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 flashes by Mike Hagen.
Mastering the D700 by Darrell Young and James Johnson.
Mastering the Nikon D90 by Darrell Young


MasteringTheNikonD3000_350px.jpgMastering the Nikon D3000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The small, easy-to-carry D3000 is powerful in its ability to offer guided automatic camera operation with full manual capabilities when desired. Readers will be able to develop as photographers with the D3000--progressing from camera controlled automatic operation to user-managed manual control. However, this level of functionality requires some camera complexity. 


Darrell cuts through the camera's complexity with full explanations of every button, dial, switch, and menu on the camera with a friendly and advisory tone, like an old friend stopping by to discuss a favorite topic of mutual interest. He goes beyond just describing how the camera works by providing personal recommendations on how and when to use each function.


Darrell understands that many owners of the D3000 may be just entering into the world of DSLR cameras and he takes time to guide them through some of the basics of photography. He covers how shutter speed and aperture works, depth-of-field, lens focal lengths, white balance, autofocus, image exposure, and the all-important digital histogram.



Posted by flashdeadline at 6:01 AM

December 17, 2009

Mastering the Nikon D5000 book is printed and shipping

MasterD5000Book_125.jpgThe Christmas Holiday season will surely include many new owners of the Nikon D5000, and for those of you who have placed your pre-orders on the latest book from NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook -- Mastering the D5000 by Darrell Young, we have great news. The book has finished the printing phase and is now shipping.

Gold-Voucher_300.jpgOur editing and publication team has already received their copy and we have a shot showing the book has also included our special NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook arrangement to include a Gold Membership Discount Voucher near the back. All five books in the 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.

This same special arrangement has been available for Nikonians members purchasing the previous books in the series.

The previous four books in the NikoniansPress/ Rocky Nook partnership are:
Mastering the Nikon D300, by Darrell Young
The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 flashes, by Mike Hagen.
Mastering the D700, by Darrell Young and James Johnson.
Mastering the Nikon D90, by Darrell Young

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:36 PM

July 6, 2009

Mastering The Nikon D5000 available for pre-order

Mastering the Nikon D5000, our fifth in a series of books in the joint venture between NikoniansPress and publisher Rocky Nook is now available for pre-order.

The publisher's notes on this new book tell us:
"Mastering the Nikon D5000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for of the owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The smaller, more lightweight Nikon D5000 mixes generous portions of user-controlled manual photography features with the latest technological innovations, allowing fully automatic point and shoot simplicity…

Darrell understands that many owners of the D5000 may be just entering the world of DSLRs, and he takes the time to guide these new owners through the basics, while giving more experienced photographers the option of a refresher course.”

Our members are already enjoying their copies of
Mastering the Nikon D300, by Darrell Young
The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 flashes, by Mike Hagen.
Mastering the D700, by Darrell Young and James Johnson.
And, the newest entry in the series, Mastering the Nikon D90, by Darrell Young, will soon be published (with special pre-order pricing now available).

All five books include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save you $37.50 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:22 AM

March 23, 2009

NikoniansPress Mastering the Nikon D700 Book

d700_cover_sm.jpgHere’s a sweet deal for Nikonians interested in sharpening their skills with the Nikon D700. The NikoniansPress book that will help you master this camera is being prepared for shipment and the current pre-order price at is currently only $26.37 USD.

Mastering the Nikon D700, by Darrell Young and James Johnson is the third in a series of books in the joint venture between NikoniansPress and publisher Rocky Nook.

Our members are already enjoying their copies of Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young and The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 flashes by Mike Hagen.

All three books include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save you $37.50.

According to a preview copy of the publisher’s notes made available to our staff from Rocky Nook, the D700 book "Is the end-product of a unique collaboration between the author of our previous and highly successful Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young and copy editor James Johnson. Following publication, Rocky Nook has received sterling reviews for its depth of content, breadth of coverage, and warmth of delivery."

Mastering the Nikon D700 features full page Chapter Opening images taken with the camera by fellow Nikonians and as the project went off to press we’re told the images chosen for the book include those provided by Nikonians Sylvain Duford (Sduford), Josh Harris (DrRoebuck), Mark Rainer (mrainer), Tom Trujillo (tjtrujillo), Michael Alan Bielat (MichaelAlan) and Charles Penner (rolledmymazda).

Posted by jrp at 6:09 AM

January 8, 2009

Save 20% on the Photographer's Guide to Nikon Capture NX2

Nikonians on a Silver, Gold or Platinum membership save 20% when they are buying Jason Odell's ultimate guide to Nikon Capture NX2. The guide is an eBook and you find the voucher code to this and other items in your user menu.

Posted by bgs at 3:13 PM

December 8, 2008

Save on a Nikonians Gold Membership

If you buy any of the Nikonians Press books (right now the Mastering the D300 is out) you save $37.50 (€37.50 in Europe) on a Nikonians Gold Membership. Just use the voucher contained in the book.

Posted by bgs at 11:06 AM

November 22, 2008

Save 50% on a Nikonians Gold Membership

if you buy our Mastering the Nikon D300 book, you save 50% on a Nikonians Gold Membership. Yup, it's that easy - Just use the voucher in the book.

Posted by bgs at 6:19 PM

July 18, 2007

New Nikon School DVDs for DSLR Owners

The Nikon School has published two DVD offerings aimed at educating newly-minted Digital SLR owners in maximizing the use of their cameras. Preview trailers can be viewed online.

Both DVDs feature award-winning travel photgrapher Bob Krist, as he leads viewers in simple and easy-to-understand steps on how to get the most out of their equipment and make better photos. The first DVD, "Fast, Fun & Easy: Great Digital Pictures," is aimed at new Nikon D40 and D40X owners and will get them up and running with their cameras in 35 minutes. The second DVD, "Understanding Digital Photography," is aimed at providing guidance for any digital SLR owner interested in moving beyond automatic settings. Nikon D40, D40X, D80 and D200 owners will particulary benefit, since those models are used throughout the film.

Posted by covey22 at 6:44 PM

November 6, 2006

The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX

Our very own Jason ODell has published his first eBook, The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX. The tutorial system is workflow-based, which takes a very practical approach from setting up your camera to the final print. Easy to read and packed with intimate knowledge of Nikon's RAW editor, the eBook is a must-get for any Nikonian!

Posted by covey22 at 11:17 PM

April 6, 2006

Thom Hogan D200 Guide Now On Preorder

Thom Hogan's much awaited guide to the Nikon D200 is now on a pre-order basis, with his website indicating shipping at the end of April.

Posted by covey22 at 3:56 PM

November 30, 2005

O'Reilly Publishes PS Elements 4 Primer

Sebastopol, CA The quality and features in today's digital cameras are inspiring consumers to become more creative with their photography and photo editing. Trying to achieve the envisioned result can be a frustrating experience, especially when the software and manual are not up to the task. Photoshop Elements 4 - the most popular image editing application for Windows-based PCs - will multiply your options, and using "Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" (McClelland, O'Reilly, $34.95 US) will turn the learning curve into a speedway. Digital photographers - amateur and experienced alike - will easily and quickly learn to edit and produce shots with extraordinary results.

This step-by-step guide by Adobe Photoshop guru Deke McClelland offers twelve lessons on real-world tasks, accompanied by more than 600 full-color photographs, plus two hours of video tutorials on DVD - making this a great text package for students, amateur digital photographers, and even experienced users. Using this hands-on combo is like having a personal trainer to walk you through every step. Users can read about a specific technique, see how it's done first-hand in the video, and try the technique with the exercises included. Writing in a straightforward, conversational style, McClelland shows readers how to use Photoshop Elements 4 to:

*Share, organize, and edit photos
*Crop and size photos, correct red-eye, adjust skin tones, remove scars, wrinkles and other blemishes
*Create dynamic slideshows
*Use new Magic Selection brush and Magic Extractor command to lift images and place into other photos
*Create photo-montages and multimedia projects
*Restore old photos
*Create panoramic photos
*Prepare images to post on the Web
*Create online galleries
*Archive photos

Designed for beginning and intermediate users, each of the lessons includes tips and techniques that even the most experienced users will appreciate. Each lesson has three to seven step-by-step exercises, and all sample files required to do the exercises are included on the DVD.

Prolific author, lecturer, and expert Deke McClelland is well-known in the world of computer graphics and design. He serves as host on the interactive "Best of Photoshop" CD that ships with the program, and he has written more than eighty titles (including "Photoshop Bible" and "Photoshop for Dummies"), with three million copies in print. In addition to being an Adobe Certified Expert, he is a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team, a contributing editor for Macworld and Photoshop User, and a 2002 inductee into the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' Photoshop Hall of Fame.

Peter Bauer, author of Photoshop CS2 for Dummies, applauds this multimedia guide, saying, "Whether you're brand new to Elements, or are transitioning from an earlier version, here's your key to learning Elements 4. Page for page, dollar for dollar, I can't think of a better way to learn Elements than 'one-on-one' with Deke McClelland."

"Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" is designed to function as an integrated training environment for the tool McClelland calls "the most phenomenal bargain in the history of digital imaging - a consumer-level program for folks with professional-quality aspirations."

Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

November 29, 2005

IDG's Macworld Introduces ''The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide''

SAN FRANCISCO (BUSINESS WIRE) Nov. 28, 2005 IDG's Macworld, the premier Macintosh magazine and Web site, introduced a new method of delivery for its award-winning content with the announcement of "The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide." This electronic-only book (e-book) will guide readers through every step of the photography process from buying the right camera to capturing the perfect shot to organizing, editing, and printing photos. The e-book is available online now for $12.95 at

At more than 100 pages in length, Macworld's first e-book takes advantage of the magazine's leadership in helping Mac users understand one of the most popular topics in the computer market today.

"For more than a year our readers have been asking for more information about digital photography," said Jason Snell, Macworld's Editorial Director. "We've answered those requests with numerous feature stories, reviews, and even a dedicated Digital Photo column in the magazine every month. It only made sense to take everything we've learned about digital photography and make it available in one place."

The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide was edited by Macworld Senior Editor Kelly Turner, who compiled the best of Macworld's digital photography coverage over the past few years and turned to an all-star group of Macworld contributors to update, enhance, and expand the information into a timely, up-to-date compendium. Among the book's contributors are noted authors Bruce Fraser, Jim Heid, Christopher Breen, Derrick Story, Dan Frakes, Rob Griffiths, Ben Willmore, and Joe Kissell.

"By taking advantage of the medium of electronic books, we can deliver high-quality content that's up-to-date, at a reasonable price, to as many people as possible," Snell said. "This medium lets Macworld combine its expertise as a magazine publisher with the advantages of the Internet to present our excellent editorial content in a focused way." In the future, Macworld plans on releasing several other e-books on various topics of interest to the technology community.

Macworld e-books are provided as standard PDF format downloads which can be read using the Preview application built into Mac OS X, as well as with the free Adobe Reader application. People who would prefer a print version of the book can order one for an additional fee through a third-party print-on-demand service.

About Mac Publishing LLC

Mac Publishing, LLC publishes the world's leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. Every month the award-winning Macworld magazine reaches 1.2 million Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts while the Mac Publishing Web presence garners an average of over 1.6 million unique visitors. The Mac Publishing sites include:,,,, and

Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing, LLC is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research, and event company.

More information on Mac Publishing, LLC and IDG can be found on the Internet at and

Posted by covey22 at 10:10 PM

November 28, 2005

O'Reilly Focuses On Digital Asset Management


Sebastopol, CA Every time you shoot, scan, or store a photograph, you are involved with DAM or digital asset management, which includes every part of the process that follows the taking of the picture through final output and permanent storage. However, most photographers, whether amateurs capturing a vacation, or professionals earning a living, don't really know the best way to systematically and efficiently manage workflow for their photography.

A professional photographer for twenty years, author Peter Krogh explains the whole DAM system in "The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers" (O'Reilly, US $34.95). He cuts the often overwhelming task of managing digital photos down to manageable size with a solid plan, practical advice, and a workable system for filing, finding, protecting, and re-using photographs.

Having contributed to the development and testing of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Bridge, and the DNG Raw format, Krogh is uniquely suited to guide you through their use. He designed the book "for anyone who is serious about his or her photographs," promising that, "once you understand the concepts that are described here, working with your digital photographs will be simpler, more straightforward, and more secure than you can probably imagine now." Adobe Systems Senior Creative Director Russell Preston Brown agrees, saying, "When I want to look good in front of a demanding crowd of photographers, I never hesitate to steal from this book. Peter Krogh definitely knows what he's talking about."

"The DAM Book," produced in full color, will show you how to:
*Transition to new, more efficient ways of archiving images *Understand the best methods for filing and storing information, so you can easily and quickly find what you need
*Apply metadata and choose useful keywords
*Set up a system that will evolve and grow with your needs and technological innovations
*Configure the hardware needed for a stable digital archive
*Protect yourself against the accidental loss of your images and enable full recovery should a drive failure occur
*Leverage AdobePhotoshop CS2 with Adobe Bridge navigational software to improve your workflow
*Integrate Bridge, Camera Raw, and Digital Asset Management software
*Use cataloguing software to organize your images
*Keep track of multiple versions of your images and find the best one quickly
*Migrate your existing archive into your new DAM system
*Import your film images into your digital archive

Part of O'Reilly's Digital Studio series, "The DAM Book" will cut down on the time you spend searching your hard drive and file cabinet for a particular image. With the DAM system, you'll be able to assign and track the data content on your photos. And, if you're a professional, the DAM system will assure that your images bear your copyright and contact information, so there will be no more photos circulating in the marketplace unprotected. Professional or dedicated amateurs alike, will wonder how they survived without it.

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Posted by covey22 at 7:12 PM