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Close-Up Photography with Nikon Owner’s Technical Editor Simon Stafford

The Secrets to Success with:
Close-Up Photography

An Online Webinar
Presented by Simon Stafford

Thursday, 22nd April 2021
7:00 – 9:00 pm BST (GMT +1)

Continuing his highly successful series of photographic seminars and workshops presented in association with Nikon Owner Magazine and Grays of Westminster, Simon has prepared this online webinar to help you master the techniques for successful close-up photography, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience.

He will explain the basic principles of close-up photography within the context of achieving a reproduction ratio up to 1:1 (life-size), provide an in-depth description of the key considerations, including magnification of the subject, working distance of a lens, the effect of diffraction, managing depth-of-field, and choosing and using lenses and lens accessories, together with a discussion as to when, why and how they should be applied.

Simon will describe techniques for achieving critically sharp focus, the benefits of Live View and how best to support your camera/lens combination. He will explain why controlling the appearance of the background is vitally important and offer advice concerning composition. He will also consider other essential aspects, including working with available light, plus the application of both supplementary continuous light sources and flash for lighting indoors and outdoors.

Simon will share his extensive knowledge of the Nikon camera system, together with plenty of general hints and tips accrued during his more than 40 years of photographic experience, to enable you to achieve high-quality, professional-looking close-up photographs consistently.

Agenda:

  • Understanding reproduction ratios and subject magnification
  • Appreciate the influence of working distance and diffraction
  • Choosing and using lenses for close focusing
  • Using lens accessories for close focusing
  • Filters for close-up photography
  • Selecting camera/lens support systems
  • Focusing techniques for close-up photography
  • Understanding and using depth-of-field
  • The importance of backgrounds
  • Working with and controlling available light
  • Using continuous supplementary lighting
  • Nikon flash equipment and its application for close-up photography

You will receive a full set of presentation notes, plus a video recording of the webinar to use for future personal reference; please note that copyright to all this material remains with Simon Stafford.

Registration

The cost of this online workshop will be £145 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Digital or Standard Nikon Owner subscriber or £45 if you are a Gold, Platinum or Diamond subscriber.

To register, please email your full name, postcode, Subscription number (if known) as well as your daytime mobile and landline to Katrin Ruckert: katrin@nikonownermagazine.com.

Only a very limited number of places are available on this webinar, so please book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join or re-join Nikon Owner when we contact you to acknowledge your booking registration.

Please note that it is essential that you reply by email rather than by telephone.

Please note that it is essential that you reply by email rather than by telephone.

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred).

Speakers or headphones (audio out) to listen to the audio stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone these will be built in).

Even without sharing your video/audio stream you will still be able to type questions using a chat feature.

You will need to download and install an application on your computer or laptop, or an app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees well before the event.

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place(s).

 

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How to Digitise Film Using Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Owner ‘How To’ Series of Webinars
With Michael Eleftheriades

How to Digitise Film Using Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Wednesday, 14th April 2021

Online Webinar

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm BST (GMT +1)
Duration: 3 hours

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar.

Nikon Owner London Group coordinator Michael Eleftheriades is pleased to invite you to a repeat of this popular new course.

Do you have large numbers of slides and negatives that you would like to digitise?

Were you always put off by the cost and the time it takes to scan them using a conventional scanner?

Do you already own a Nikon DSLR or Mirrorless camera and a macro lens?

Would you be interested in post-processing them quickly and efficiently?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this is the seminar for you! The aim of this event is to show you how you can digitise your slides, and black & white or colour negatives using your own digital camera more quickly, more efficiently and with quality similar to a high-end scanner.

The ‘How To’ series of events aims to tackle those very important but usually neglected subjects for photographers in a fun and interactive way. Taking place in a classroom format using state-of-the-art web meeting software, attendees are encouraged to take an active part and to ask questions about their issues and any problems.

Attendees will receive a copy of the presentation as a PDF, containing useful notes, diagrams and charts of everything shown during the seminar.

In addition, attendees will receive an online link to the video recording of the presentation so they can watch in their own time.

The webinar will include the following:

  • What makes a good scan
  • What is tonality and dynamic range
  • Resolution & Image Size explained
  • Nikon Optical Scanner comparison
  • Removing dust and lint from the film
  • Using the Nikon ES-1 and ES-2 film digitising adapters
  • Making your own digitising rig
  • Nikon Repro-copy stands vs. using a tripod
  • Using the Essential Film Holder
  • Light panel recommendations
  • Post-processing slides, b&w negatives and colour negatives in Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
  • Recommended 3rd Party Plug-ins

Limited places are available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration

The cost of the session will be £195 with a special price of £135 if you are a current Nikon Owner standard or special electronic subscriber or £75 if you are a Nikon Owner Platinum, Gold or Diamond subscriber.

To book, please email your full name, your user-name / subscription number (if known), postcode, daytime mobile and landline to Katrin Ruckert at katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

Only a very limited number of places are available on this webinar, so please book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join or re-join Nikon Owner when we contact you to acknowledge your booking registration.

Please note that it is essential that you reply by email rather than by telephone.

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred).

Speakers or headphones to listen to the sound stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone, these will be built-in).

Even without sharing your video/audio stream you will still be able to type questions using the chat feature.

You will need to download and install the Zoom application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees before the event.

About Michael Eleftheriades

A Nikon Owner subscriber since 2002, Michael is an architect and photographer who fuses his particular passion for architecture, virtual reality, computer graphics and photography in the creation of large-scale panoramic imagery. He has exhibited his photographs at three exhibitions in London and lectured on panoramic creation to wide acclaim in the UK, Europe and the United States. When not photographing, Michael directs the efforts of Media Synthesis, a media development and consultancy company established in 1993, and is responsible for virtual reality tours and interactive exhibits at many of the UK’s leading museums, including the Maritime and Natural History Museums. Michael has recently created the virtual tour for Grays of Westminster and has been the Nikon Owner London Group coordinator since 2007.

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place(s).

Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop are trademarks of their respective owners, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

 

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Greenland Through the Eyes of Joe Shutter

Nikon Owner Evening Webinar:

Greenland Through the Eyes of Joe Shutter

Friday, 9th April 2021

Start time: 7.00 pm BST (GMT+1)
Duration: 2 hours

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar.
Please see the Registration section for a link to the online sign-up.


Nikon Owner
London Group coordinator Michael Eleftheriades is pleased to invite you to the next Nikon Owner Evening webinar, ‘Greenland Through the Eyes of Joe Shutter’ on Friday, 9th April 2021. This event follows Joe’s acclaimed talk on Iceland on the 22nd of January 2021.

Sail through the world’s largest fjords in one of the most untouched and unspoilt but incredibly fragile landscapes of the planet. Joe’s presentation follows the backbone of a sailing expedition in Scoresbysund, northeast Greenland, and is punctuated by a myriad of natural wonders and arctic wildlife. Joe will be sharing his favourite shots from the trips he has led in this area.

It promises to be a very exciting evening, so please book your places early!

About Joe Shutter

Joe is a born-and-raised Londoner. One glorious day some time ago, Joe traded in the hustle and bustle of London life (wonderful though it was) for a life of multi-directional wind & rain, long blue light, midnight sun, mountains, volcanos, glaciers, canyons and fjords. His website can be viewed at: www.joeshutter.com

Attendees’ Comments on Joe’s Previous Talk

“Thank you for another great session. Joe is a really interesting and tremendously enthusiastic individual whose passion and talent just bursts out. Some lovely images and he obviously went to a lot of effort to arrange the presentation. Really appreciated.” IM

“Thank you for organising another special evening – Joe is certainly passionate about his photography and his enthusiasm for Iceland – I think many who joined the meeting will be thinking of joining him on a trip when we are allowed to do so!” JS

“What a great NO meeting last night – I so enjoyed Joe’s presentation – I liked his openness of sharing his photography philosophy and his very refreshing ‘break all the rules’ approach and such fantastic images.” PB

“Thank you for arranging this evening’s presentation which was excellent. A very personable young photographer who came across really well and gave a very informed insight into Iceland.” RJ

“What a superb choice! Joe brought Iceland to life with his tour and coverage detail. The images were marvellous and his explanation of his approach illuminating.” IH

“Thanks for arranging another stimulating webinar. Joe certainly is living the dream! Inspirational speaker and man too I imagine.” PA

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred).

Speakers or headphones to listen to the sound stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone, these will be built-in).

Even without sharing your video/audio stream you will still be able to type questions using the chat feature.

You will need to download and install the Zoom application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees before the event.

Registration

The cost of the event will be £12 per person, payable in advance, for current Nikon Owner subscribers and £72 for non-Nikon Owner subscribers.

To reserve your place, please click here

If you encounter any difficulties, wish to take out or renew a subscription or have any other questions, please email Katrin Ruckert at katrin@nikonownermagazine.com In order to receive the discount available for current Nikon Owner subscribers, you are able to subscribe or resubscribe to Nikon Owner.

Michael Eleftheriades looks forward to seeing you on Friday, April 9th!

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place(s).

 

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NIKON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF THE FLAGSHIP Z 9 FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA

London, United Kingdom, 10th March 2021: Nikon is pleased to announce the development of the first flagship camera for the Nikon Z mount: The Nikon Z 9. The full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera is scheduled for release in 2021, and represents a significant leap in technology and performance.

*The appearance of the camera may differ from the photo shown above.

The Z 9 brings together Nikon’s groundbreaking technologies to deliver the best still and video performance in Nikon history. It utilises a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor, and new image-processing engine. In response to growing needs of professionals, advanced enthusiasts and cinematographers, the Z 9 also includes support for 8K video recording as well as various other video specifications that fulfill diverse needs and workflows.

The Z 9 offers users an unprecedented experience in terms of outstanding performance and operability, and exceeds that of previous digital-SLR and mirrorless cameras.
* Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

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NIKON RELEASES NEW SOFTWARE FOR SEAMLESS VIEWING AND EDITING OF IMAGES AND VIDEOS

London, United Kingdom, 4th March 2021: Nikon is pleased to announce the release of NX Studio (version.1.0) – new software that enables the seamless viewing, processing and editing of still images and video. Nikon digital camera users can download the software, free of charge, from today.

The intuitive software integrates the functions of Nikon’s current image viewing software, ViewNX-i*, and its image-processing and editing software, Capture NX-D*, allowing users to view, process and edit images in a single application.

NX Studio inherits a wide range of existing functions from ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D, including detailed editing functions such as Picture Control and White Balance settings, and Exposure Compensation for RAW data. In addition, it includes Colour Control Points that allow users to adjust colours within a specified area, and a Retouch Brush feature for advanced correction. Its intuitive menu structure is organised by workflow, which  improves the overall response speed for each function and provides a smoother editing process for both stills and video.

The software will enable users to transfer images to Nikon’s image sharing and storage service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, and will be continually updated to ensure compatibility with new camera models. The software can be downloaded from Nikon’s Download Centre at no charge.

Primary NX Studio features

  1. Software enables the viewing, processing and editing of still images and video in one place
  2. A user friendly menu, categorised by workflow – making it simple to use and easy to understand
  3. A variety of display options, such as filmstrip with both horizontal and vertical preview options, in addition to an easy-to-read shooting information display
  4. Inherited XMP/IPTC information editing and preset management functions from ViewNX-i and detailed editing functions from Capture NX-D, including Colour Control Points
  5. Compatibility with other software, such as Nikon Transfer 2 and Camera Control Pro 2, supporting a smooth post-shooting workflow

 

*Support for the current View NX-i and Capture NX-D software applications, including updates to the latest OS and the addition of new functions, are not planned in the future. Customers currently using View NX-i and Capture NX-D software applications are advised to update to NX Studio.

 

Nikon School UK will be hosting a course, ‘Digital Darkroom – NX-Studio’ on 30th March.
More details can be found at: https://nikonschool.co.uk/course/7961/digital-darkroom-introduction-to-nx-studio/11398

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