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.


Have you tried any ON1 software?

On1 RAW 2017

Recently I’ve been playing lots with On1 software. Their new On1 RAW is quite a revelation. It’s a fascinating tool & has me hooked. I’ve been doing all my recent edits using it. Several new recent releases have hugely improved the functionality. It’s a bit like Lightroom, but with layers added. It’s all non-destructive. You can import Lightroom catalogs. It’s become my new “Goto” app for everything since it’s an Organizer, Editor, RAW processor and Effects tool. The results really are great. This is what On1 say about it:

What is ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5?

This NEW all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects app is just what you’ve been waiting for. ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 features our new super fast and state-of-the-art raw processing engine and image-processing pipeline, ON1 Photo RAW. It also includes the best new and must have ON1 editing features and tools for opening, viewing, and editing photos in an instant. This next generation of ON1 Photo works where you need it, as a standalone app, a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom®, or a host app for other editing apps.

I’d highly encourage you to check it out (click the image below):


On1 Effects 10.5

Also, don’t forget that On1’s Effects 10.5 Full version is FREE! You can achieve some great results with this free tool. If you’re just starting with your photo editing, or your looking for something that is quick but with superb results, then give it a try! Why not – it’s free after all! Here’s what On1 say:

Adding style to your photos is part of what defines you as a photographer. Effects 10.5 Free includes a select number of stackable filters, presets, borders, and textures from ON1 Effects 10.5 to help create your style. Whether you’re adding a finishing touch from Lightroom® or if Photoshop® is just too complicated, ON1 Effects 10.5 Free is the perfect choice for you.

Download it for free1 (Click the image below):


On1 Free Lightroom Presets

On1 have a literally hundreds of Lightroom presets that are also free! They cover Landscapes, Winter Wonderlands, Grain & Film presets, Kids and more. They have two of their own Signature Collections (containing 89 presets), & collections from the likes of Trey Ratcliff, Nicolesy & Matt Kloskowski, all wonderful photographers contributing some of their favourite presets.

Download for free! (click the image below):

Do you have a D7500?

With the launch of the D7500, I’m looking to create BIN files and update the workbook for the DSLR. I’m looking to work with a handful of experienced DSLR owners who have upgraded to the D7500. One person will create the BIN files, while 3-4 people will Beta test them.

I’m looking for one person with a D7500, that I can work with, to help them create the BIN files for me. Creating the BIN files will take time, and will need DSLR experience/knowledge. I’m prepared to pay them to create the BIN files. When I did this for the D7200, I agreed 50% of the first 20 sales, which amounted to about £80-£100. I paid that in 2 instalments, via PayPal, after 10 & then 20 purchases. The process was iterative, with lots of versions of the .xlsx being emailed between us & updates/corrections. The chap that created the D7200 files for me lives in Canada, so it doesn’t matter where you live!

I will update the .xlsx, which is a huge task, trawling through the manual identifying every minor change in settings.

In addition, I will need 4- 5 Beta testers. They will receive the BIN files and .xlsx for nothing & will be asked to load the BIN files, check lots of settings & take photos with them all & email to me. Numerous versions of BIN files will be issued over a couple of months. At times we will collectively need to make decisions on values for new settings.

Whether your the person creating the BIN files, or one of the Beta testers, you’ll end up learning a HUGE amount about the D7500. It’s an ideal “forced learning” curve, that will put you in a significantly enhanced position for taking great photos & making quick camera adjustments. It’s time consuming, but it’s fun!

Let me know if you get a D7500 & are interested in this process.



FreeNAS Home Directories

I guess many of us use a NAS for storage & some of us will have chosen FreeNAS. I went through the recent malarkey of downgrading from Corral to version 11. Anyway I’ve never got home directories working properly on FreeNAS and it’s bugged me; till now! In the last few days I sorted it & now each user only sees their own “home drive”.

The FreeNAS documentation around home directories is sketchy and leaves many questions unanswered. If you read it and try to set home directories, you’ll end up probably in a bit of a mess and unsure what you actually need to do to get it working properly. So, this is what I did to get it working fully.


In FreeNAS, you need a “root dataset” to store the home directories. I created a dataset called “Homes”. This can be set as a Windows or UNIX Share Type when you create it. You then need an SMB share for Homes, default permissions are fine, you need to select Use as a home share and ensure Browsable to network clients is unticked.

I then created a dataset for each user on my network. So for my Windows account martin, I created a dataset called martin within the Homes dataset. I did this for all my users.  I set the share type as Windows, but I don’t think that matters here. You don’t need to create SMB shares here for each user. If you match your usernames identically in FreeNAS to your Windows usernames then everything works fine.

I then added a Group called Family.

I then created users in FreeNAS that matched their Windows usernames; and gave each account the same password as it has in Windows. I then set the home directory for each user to point to the dataset that I created for that user within the Homes dataset. e.g. /mnt/VOL1/Homes/martin 

I set the Primary Group for each user to be Family.

I changed the Permissions on each dataset to Permission Type Windows, set the Owner (user) to be the specific user, and the Owner (Group) to be Family.

I then stopped/started the SMB service to tidy up & ensure all changes reflected.

Now when my users browse to \\FreeNAS, they automatically see a share with their name & have full permissions to this dataset. No one else see’s this share or has access to it.

I hope this helps anyone else that has stumbled through FreeNAS with home directories!

Best of luck with yours!


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Nikon UK Spring 2017 Cashback; up to £130 on selected cameras & lenses




Cashback is available for the following:

  • DSLR:
    • D3400
    • D5600
    • KeyMission 360
  • Zoom lenses:
    • AF-S VR Zoom NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IF-ED
    • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED
    • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f2.8E FL ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f4.5 – 5.6G ED VR
  • Travel:
    • AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR II
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f3.5-6.3G ED VR
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f4G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Macro:
    • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f2.8G
    • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
    • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f3.5 G ED VR
    • AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR 105mm f2.8 G IF ED
    • AF Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D