D7500 My Menu Tip

The D7500 sees the additional of “Format card” as an option you can add to “My Menu”.

That’s useful & something you can only find on mid to higher end Nikons. I’d recommend doing that; it makes it easier to find & saves you time.

D7500 Real World Review

Jared Polin recently got his hands on a D7500 & carried out a pretty extensive real world review of the D7500.

He took the Nikon D7500 out to a World Team Tennis Match to see how well it handled shooting action in a lower light situation. 

He used not just PRO glass, but also some kit lenses, and the Tamron 18-400 MEGA ZOOM.

Watch his real world review here.

It’s very interesting; it covers some of the new video shooting features as well as photos. It shows the results of the shots, pre & post processing, & shows the ISOs he had to use to get some of the shots with kit lenses.

Excellent new Autumn/Fall photo guide

It’s officially Autumn now then folks. The leaves will be changing colour and it’s a truly excellent time to get out there and shoot. That in mind, something caught my eye a few days ago; Chris O’Donnel from CreativeRaw has just published an really excellent 31 page free guide to shooting Fall foliage. In promoting his new guide, Chris says:

“Welcome to the first day of Autumn (for those of you here in the northern hemisphere). The air is getting cooler here in Boston, and you know what that means…fall foliage season is upon us! It looks like you’ve downloaded my Autumn Field Guide in the past…it’s a list of my best fall foliage tips to help you navigate through this otherworldly season and harness your creative expression. I wanted you to be the first to know that I’ve completely overhauled the design and layout for a much more reader-friendly experience! As you know, the previous field guide was quickly thrown together last minute so you would have a handy PDF to take along with you on your photography adventures. It did the trick, but wasn’t very pretty to look at….so I redesigned the guide to reflect the same layout as my eBooks. Autumn is my absolute favorite season to photograph. For me, that first piece of foliage signals the beginning of an ethereal journey through nature as I watch it transform into vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. Scenes that I have become used to morph into a mosaic of colors and tones, and the cooler air and unsettled weather contribute to the creation of a dreamscape playground.”

Click here to download the guide


And Chris has his best tips on shooting Autumn leaves here.

Moved WordPress Hosting!


I moved my WordPress hosting recently to SiteGround after having many problems with PlusNet. I did a fair amount of research, as you’d expect, and eventually signed up for a 3 year deal with them, since that was the best discount. Their Support has been superb, every time you need help, just get on their Chat & someone answers your questions almost immediately.

The site’s response/performance has been great since the move. I had a lot of problems with PlusNet WordPress performance, the connection kept dropping & updating the site became almost impossible. Now my WordPress site is with SiteGround the response is wonderful, it’s very responsive & I have access to many new features.

If your considering changing your WordPress hosting partner, I’d highly recommend SiteGround! You won’t look back.

And, there’s a special discount till 30th September 2017.




D7500 Workbook and BIN files released


I’m pleased to announce the initial release of the workbook & BIN files for the D7500. These are currently in Beta release and will see updates over the next few weeks. They are available to purchase & anyone doing so now will receive the new versions by email as they are released.

Would you like to learn loads more about the D7500 & see undocumented settings? The Configuration Workbook will help there.

Are you bemused by all the settings on the D7500 when in PASM modes? Would you just like to load settings used by others for specific scenes, say Landscapes, Nature, Travel, Portraits & Weddings, Sports & Action or Point & Shoot? Well, you can – by loading a BIN file to your D7500 & following some basic instructions in the workbook.

These BIN files contain settings similar to those used by the likes of Mike Hagen, Thom Hogan, Ken Rockwell, the Nikonians and others. The settings are saved to BIN files for you to load to your DSLR and are detailed extensively in the Excel workbook.

More details & download

The Nikon D7500 Digital SLR Camera Receives EISA Award

August 17, 2017

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, the Nikon D7500, is the recipient of the EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The D7500 is equipped with the same EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, which enables superior image quality with little noise throughout its entire ISO 100–51200 range of standard sensitivities. The same superior image quality and high-speed performance available with the D500 is packed into a slim and lightweight body, making it popular with a wide range of users, from beginner to experienced, although it is a mid-level model.

Reasons the D7500 was selected as the recipient of the EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 award (summary of EISA comments)

The D7500 is an advanced DSLR camera that packs much of the innovation of the acclaimed D500 into a lightweight, robust and more affordable body. Using the same 20.9-million-pixel image sensor and processor while providing the same wide ISO range as the D500, the D7500 is a capable and versatile tool in the hands of a passionate photographer. With a burst speed of 8 frames per second and Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system it is well suited to capturing fast action. Thanks to Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, transferring images to a smart device is fast and seamless.

The EISA Award

The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is a unique association of roughly 50 photo, video, audio, and mobile electronics magazines from more than 20 countries. Since its establishment in 1982, EISA has chosen and honored the best imaging products released in Europe over the previous year in a number of categories.

Nikon release ViewNX-i Version 1.2.8

11th July 2017

Nikon have release an update to View-NXi. Version 1.2.8: Download.

Changes from Version 1.2.7 to Version 1.2.8

  • Added support for D5 “C” firmware version 1.20. Users can now:
    • View focus points for images taken using group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL)
    • Use File and Camera Information to view the color temperature for photos taken using auto white balance

About ViewNX-i:

Use ViewNX-i to copy pictures taken with your Nikon digital camera to your computer, where you can enjoy them and use them in a variety of ways. Although designed primarily as an image browser, it can be used with other software to add enjoyment to the post-shooting experience. It also supports map displays based on image location data and can be used with social media and other web services. It includes a ViewNX-Movie Editor for easy movie processing and editing. It can also be used to fine-tune JPEG and TIFF images and convert RAW photos to other formats


D7500 £100 Summer Saving at CameraWorld

The D7500 has dropped to £1199 from £1299 at CameraWorld.


Check it out!

Independence Day 2017 – Fireworks

It’s that time of year again! US Independence Day  – 4th July 2017.

Many of you will want to try & capture the night-time fireworks. Jarded Polin has two videos to help you take better FIREWORKS photos. He says “It’s honestly super easy to photograph fireworks, you can do it with almost any camera and lens combination“.

Check out the videos below:

Here are 16 Tips For Shooting Fireworks Photos:

16 tips for shooting fireworks photos










In this fireworks video from 2011 Jared takes you on site to a local fireworks show in the suburbs:

How To Shoot Fireworks Photos


If you have On1 RAW, then have a look at this:


Create Spectacular Fireworks with Brian Matiash

One of ON1 Guru Brian Matiash’s favourite things about celebrating the 4th of July is watching a spectacular fireworks show. In this video, he’ll show you how easy it is to combine the best fireworks explosions into a single photo using ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5. The result will be a memorable medley of light and colour you’ll want to share with family and friends.

Nikon release new versions of ViewNXi, Capture NX-D & Picture Control Utility 2

Nikon have released updated versions of the below software:

NB: If 2 software apps are listed above, then the download will be for both.