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Alien Landscapes by David Clapp

Nikon Owner Evening Webinar:

Alien Landscapes
By David Clapp

Friday, 19th March 2021

Start time: 7.00 pm GMT
Duration: 2 hours

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

Nikon Owner London Group coordinator Michael Eleftheriades is pleased to invite you to the next Nikon Owner evening webinar, ‘Alien Landscapes’ by David Clapp, on Friday, March 19th 2021. David gave popular webinars on Images with Impact in May 2020, Astrophotography in August 2020, and Architectural Photography in November 2020. The Alien Landscapes talk was previously given to wide acclaim to Nikon Owner London Group members in September 2016.

In this newly revised talk, David will take us on his ambitious journey through the American desert in search of the unseen and the spectacular. Concentrating on otherworldly landscapes and night photography, David’s animated and thought provoking talk will uncover a trip of air punching highs and crushing lows, from sunburn, to nights of teeth chattering sleeplessness. An animated and inspiring evening not to be missed.

About David Clapp

David is a landscape and travel photographer from England.

His objective is simply to have as much fun using the camera as it is a vehicle for adventure. Miserable years of his life were spent as a creative person locked in a non-creative working world, so he engineered an escape over seven years and it worked out well.

Almost in a different life, David learned to be creative through playing the guitar and sequencing electronic music, which he translates into his images to this day. Although that may seem a little difficult to understand, it’s as near to the truth as he can put it.

David has a fascination for technology. He reads endless manuals, but unbelievable as it is, he has never finished a fiction book. His website can be viewed here: www.davidclapp.co.uk

Attendees’ Comments on David’s Previous Talks

“I thought last night’s NO was simply amazing! Thank you so much for finding someone who was truly inspirational!” PB

“Many thanks for arranging the very enjoyable David Clapp presentation. He’s a highly entertaining speaker as well as an accomplished photographer.” JT

“I thought David’s talk last night was excellent. I particularly liked the slightly less structured feel to the evening and him just explaining his photos and how he created them.” MW

“Thank you so much for organising such an amazing, interesting and varied talk by such an incredible photographer. Also, perfect for lockdown times, I felt well-travelled afterwards! We saw so many wonderful images. Inspiring.” MLB

“What struck me most was the information he imparted about his approach to his photography which he delivered with great candour. His images are so interesting and his intuitive philosophy good to understand, which encourages us all to get on and break the mould.” IH

“Just to say thank you for organising today’s Webinar, I found it most interesting, entertaining and easy to participate, I must admit that I had not seen any of David’s work before and found it inspiring, he had a very relaxed way about the subject of which he is obviously passionate about, but explained things well in an easy to understand format.” TA

“It was my first Zoom webinar, and I thought the format worked well and certainly allowed me to participate in an event that would have been impossible in person. The presentation contained lots of practical and helpful tips supported by inspirational photographs. I now feel far more able and inspired to have a go myself. An excellent evening and three hours very well spent.” SB

 

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 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 on 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, March 19th!

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 71

CONTENTS – ISSUE 71 2021

TRIP, THE LIGHTS FANTASTIC
By Steve Neal
Steve Neal managed to cross two goals off his bucket list by visiting the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway and photographing the aurora borealis in all of its glory

NIKON D780 REVIEW – JACK OF ALL, MASTER OF MANY
By Simon Stafford
Technical editor Simon Stafford puts the new Nikon D780 through its paces and his review of this welcome addition to Nikon’s wide range of DSLRs explains why it is something to applaud.

A CURIOUS CREATURE
By Heather Angel
Heather Angel photographs the curious antics of a female chalcid wasp as it feeds on nectar from a yarrow, while picking up pollen on its antennae, head and legs.

GRAHAM EATON’S LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE: AN ELEMENTAL WORLD OF BEAUTY
By Gillian Greenwood
Gillian Greenwood introduces us to Graham Eaton’s very latest photographic portfolio, a series of stunning compositions that convey the interaction of living landscape and environmental portraiture.

NIKKOR Z 50mm F/1.8S & NIKKOR Z 20mm F/1.8S
By Simon Stafford
Our technical editor turns his attention to these two prime lenses produced for the Nikon mirrorless system.

GRAYS OF WESTMINSTER’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY
By Gillian Greenwood
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of Grays of Westminster and company biographer, Gillian Greenwood, describes this significant milestone of the multi-award winning company.

RETRO NEO WONDERS – THE 28TI & 35TI
By Becky Danese
The Nikon 28TI Quartz Date joined the Nikon 35TI Quartz Date as another of Nikon’s supreme-class compact cameras, offering a combination of quality, performance and superb features. Becky Danese examines these two excellent cameras in detail.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – ARABIAN NIGHTS
By Andrew Main Wilson
In this issue, world traveller and photographer Andrew Main Wilson captures a magnificent image of one of the largest mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the UAE.

THE TONY HURST GALLERY
Words by Gray Levett
With a meticulous eye for detail, master-photographer Tony Hurst creates a unique shot of a boxful of rare 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor lenses, while Gray Levett tells us the story behind the inception of this lens.

THE MUSICAL BOX OF MICHAEL PUTLAND: IMAGES FROM HIS ARCHIVE
By Gray Levett
Photographer Michael Putland enjoyed a long association with The Rolling Stones; our cover photo shows Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood in all their iconic glory.

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Focus Stacking with Nikon Owner’s Technical Editor Simon Stafford

The Secrets to Success with:
Focus Stacking

An Online Webinar
Presented by Simon Stafford

Tuesday, 13th 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 technique of focus stacking for both small and large scale subjects, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience.

Simon will provide a comprehensive description of the focus stacking technique. He will explain how to determine when focus stacking is appropriate, discuss the basic principles of focus stacking and explain why avoiding the effect of lens diffraction is important. He will also look at how to determine the optimum camera and lens settings, plus select exposure settings for focus stacking. He will explore how any Nikon DSLR camera can be used for focus stacking and explain how dedicated software can be used with a tethered camera to record a focus stack sequence.

Simon will take an in-depth look at using the Focus Shift Shooting feature available with Nikon cameras, including the D850, D780, Z 6, Z 6II, Z 7 and Z 7II; he will offer advice on its key settings and explain how to apply this feature to best effect in both the studio and the field. He will show, using practical demonstrations, how to combine a sequence of focus stacked exposures into a finished composite image with both Adobe Photoshop and Helicon Focus software and discuss the relative merits of these two options.

Simon will share his extensive knowledge and plenty of general hints and tips accrued during his more than 40 years of photographic experience to enable you to apply the focus stacking technique with confidence to achieve high-quality, professional-looking photographs consistently.

Agenda:

  • Basic principles of focus stacking
  • How to determine when focus stacking is appropriate
  • Understanding the effect of diffraction
  • How to use any Nikon DSLR for focus stacking
  • Using dedicated software for focus stacking with a tethered camera
  • How to use the Focus Shift Shooting feature of Nikon DSLR and Z-Series cameras
  • Focusing techniques for recording the stacking sequence
  • Choosing the optimum camera and lens settings
  • Selecting exposure settings
  • An overview of using Adobe Photoshop and Helicon Focus to create a focus stacked image

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 on behalf of Gillian Greenwood: 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.

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 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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Nightscaping online webinar with Ollie Taylor

Nikon Owner Evening Webinar
& Digital Tuition Pack

‘Nightscaping’
By Ollie Taylor

Wednesday, 24th March 2021

Start time: 7.30 pm GMT
Duration: 90 minutes

Please see Registration section on how to sign up.

When the evening light finally drops so that even a Nikon camera struggles to cope, it’s time to go indoors and settle down to the post processing. And miss a whole world of moonlight, star trails and the Milky Way…

Nikon Owner South-East Group coordinator Paul Stillman is delighted to invite you to his next Nikon Owner Evening Webinar, ‘Nightscaping’ by Ollie Taylor, taking place on Wednesday, 24th March. ‘Nightscaping’, as Ollie Taylor will tell you, is different to ‘Astrophotography’. Remarkable results can be obtained with just a camera and lens, a tripod and cable release. Add an intervalometer and a star tracker later perhaps.

If you have ever tried this form of photography and become entangled in the technicalities, Paul Stillman has secured a rather special arrangement for you. Ollie has produced an extensive collection of tutorials with fieldwork videos, postproduction demonstrations and all the technical details explained. And after his presentation you will be provided with access to these digital files as part of the package, to allow you to practice, check results and steadily improve.

About Ollie Taylor

In 2010 Ollie was a landscape photographer. He went on a month long trip to Iceland and by the time he returned he was hooked on ‘nightscaping’, landscape astrophotography. He is now a full-time freelance professional, running trips and courses as well as publishing in many magazines and journals both here and abroad.

As part of his tuition he has prepared two comprehensive, digital Astrophotography Courses, for ‘Beginners’ and ‘Intermediate’. These include exposure and blending techniques, the moon and star trails right through to photographing the Milky Way. The second package covers exposure stacking, star tracking, panoramas and much more. These two courses are on sale for a combined price of £140.

The cost of this event will be £25 which, thanks to Ollie Taylor’s generosity, includes both of these tuition packs, downloaded and kept for future use. This is a remarkable opportunity, and if you have ever looked up into the night sky and wondered about the photographic potential, one not to be missed.

For more information on Ollie Taylor please visit his website: www.ollietaylorphotography.com.

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 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.

Please note: this event will not be recorded.

Registration:

The cost of the event will be £25 per person, payable in advance, for current Nikon Owner subscribers and £85 for non-Nikon Owner subscribers.

To reserve your place, please click here

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, please email Katrin Ruckert on katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

Paul Stillman looks forward to seeing you on March 24th!

*All photos by Ollie Taylor

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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The Secrets to Success with Photographic Lens Filters with Simon Stafford

The Secrets to Success with:
Photographic Lens Filters

An Online Webinar
Presented by Simon Stafford

Tuesday, 27th 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 photography using lens filters, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience.

He will explain the basic principles of using lens filters for both colour and black & white photography and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of screw-in and slot-in style filter systems as well as the practicality of using protector / UV type filters. Simon will provide an in-depth description of key filters, including a polariser, neutral density and graduated neutral density filters, together with a discussion as to when, why and how they should be applied. He will describe the use of contrast control filters, both physical and in-camera electronic, for black & white photography together with a range of specialist filters for portrait, landscape and close-up photography, and explain how some common materials can be adapted to create a variety of unique filtration effects.

Simon will share his extensive knowledge and plenty of general hints and tips accrued during his more than 40 years of photographic experience to enable you to select and apply filters with confidence to achieve high-quality, professional-looking photographs consistently.

Agenda

  • A discussion about why physical lens filters are necessary
  • How do the various lens filter types work
  • Learn about the advantages / disadvantages of different filter systems
  • Hints and tips on using UV / protector filters
  • Understand the benefits of a polarising filter
  • Making the most of neutral density filters
  • Applying graduated and reverse-graduated neutral density filters
  • Effects of physical & in-camera electronic contrast control filters
  • Learn about specialist filters for portrait and landscape photography
  • The pros and cons of close-up filters
  • Adapting materials to create you own unique filter effects

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 on behalf of Gillian Greenwood: 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 (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 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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