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



Nikon Announce the D7500; successor to the D7200

This week, Nikon has announced their latest DX-format enthusiast DSLR, the D7500 This is the successor to the D7200. So, what do Nikon say about it:


The search for the perfect image can take you anywhere. Go there with the powerful, nimble, and fully connected D7500. Catch the beauty you find with flagship DX image quality inherited from Nikon’s D500.


Here. Or there. In darkness or light. Put the shot of a lifetime within your reach. 20.9 MP DX-format sensor. EXPEED 5. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor:

The fast EXPEED 5 processing engine ensures remarkable image quality across the ISO range. Fine noise is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISO values retain their quality. The Hi 5 setting lets you shoot at an incredible ISO 1640000 (equivalent) and make the most out of available light.

Excel in low light. With ISO 100-51200 extendable up to ISO 1640000 (equivalent), the D7500 isn’t afraid of the dark:

The fast EXPEED 5 processing engine ensures remarkable image quality across the ISO range. Fine noise is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISO values retain their quality. The Hi 5 setting lets you shoot at an incredible ISO 1640000 (equivalent) and make the most out of available light.

Capture precise exposures and dynamic compositions. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system:

The camera’s 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system combine to ensure you’ll get the shot—even when the scene involves smaller or fast-moving subjects. For high-contrast scenes, the new highlight-weighted metering will prioritise the brightest elements in the frame, and help you avoid images with blown-out highlights.

Whatever you shoot, the 51-point AF system will track your subject, lock onto it, and keep it in focus. Even if the only light is the moonlight:

The AF system boasts 15 central cross-type sensors, and is accurate all the way down to an impressive -3 EV. You can capture sharply defined shots at night without using additional lighting. Group Area AF mode delivers enhanced subject detection and tracking when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background.

Go cinematic. 4K/UHD video footage. Elevate your movies to the next level. Record in ultra-high-definition detail at up to 30 frames per second:

Shoot stunning 4K/UHD 30p footage, or record Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates up to 50p/60p. The camera offers clean HDMI out: you can even output uncompressed HDMI to an external device and the in-camera SD memory card simultaneously. You can optimise video for smart devices by recording in MP4 and AAC formats. And Nikon’s Electronic Vibration Reduction dramatically reduces the effects of camera shake when shooting Full HD movies handheld.

Capture the changes. Time-Lapse Movie. Transform street scenes and sunrises into dramatic high-speed sequences with the built-in interval timer and 4K/UHD-quality time-lapse function:

Easily generate 4K/UHD and Full HD time-lapse movies in-camera. The exposure smoothing function will reduce unwanted flicker effects when shooting with an auto exposure mode such as aperture-priority.

Find the ultimate shot even if it’s hidden inside a blur of motion. Capture 50 NEF (RAW) or 100 JPEG images in one high-speed burst:

Never miss the moment that defines the event. Shoot up to approx. 8 fps for approx. 50 frames in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW. Or capture up to 100 frames in Large JPEG Fine during one high-speed burst. Full AF/AE tracking during continuous shooting ensures there’s no sacrificing precision for speed.

Adventurous images are everywhere. Tap the slimline tilting touchscreen monitor to focus and shoot from high viewpoints and intriguing angles:

The 8 cm (3.2 in) tilting monitor lets you operate AF and shutter-release functions via touch controls when you shoot in Live View. And the well-placed command dial and multi-selector make it easy to change settings as you shoot.

The ultimate image, captured with no distractions. With an optical pentaprism viewfinder that offers approximately 100 % frame coverage—it’s possible.

The viewfinder’s optical system delivers an incredibly clear view through the lens. Sunlight, glare, and external movements are blocked out: what you see is what you get. And if you’re using a telephoto lens, the viewfinder enables you to adopt a shooting position that gives a more stable hold.

Keep your camera connected to your smart device with SnapBridge. Sync photos as you shoot. Use your smart device to shoot remotely:

Nikon’s SnapBridge lets you keep the D7500 constantly connected to your smart device via Bluetooth® low energy technology¹. Sync photos to your device as you shoot, without having to reconnect each time. Transfer movies manually whenever you want via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi®². SnapBridge connectivity also lets you use your smart device to shoot remotely.

Here’s the press release:

London, UK, 12th April 2017: Nikon announces the D7500, designed to expand the creative possibilities for photographers as they pursue their passion in photography. Powerful, nimble, and fully connected, the D7500 offers the same image quality as the D500—Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, and a performance that overcomes the most challenging conditions.

Packing powerful image technology in a travel-ready body, the D7500 is ideal for photographers who are always searching for the best possible images. As with the D500, the D7500’s 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range that extends to an incredible ISO 1,640,000 equivalent. Nikon’s EXPEED 5 processor is on board, offering faster, cleaner image processing. And the greatly increased pixel count of the 180K-pixel RGB sensor enables improved metering accuracy. Video shooters can record 4K/UHD movies, and Nikon’s in-camera Electronic Vibration Reduction counters the effects of unwanted camera movement. Ergonomic improvements include the new tilting monitor that offers touchscreen operation, and a deep grip for a stable, exceptionally comfortable hold. And this is the first Nikon DSLR to boast a built-in flash that supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting.

Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, Says: “The D7500 delivers the same superb image quality as the D500 but in a smaller, more lightweight body with easier handling. For amateur photographers who are looking to up their game and deliver best-in-class imagery, but perhaps don’t need so many of the professional features that the D500 offers, the D7500 is the perfect D-SLR. The camera comes equipped with SnapBridge which lets shooters share their incredible images wherever they are, and the chance to shoot at up to 8 fps with full AF/AE tracking allows the speed and precision to never miss a shot.”


  1. Nikon’s D7500 site
  2. Amateur Photographer
  3. AP’s First Look at the D7500

Feature Summary:

  1. 20.9 MP sensor
  2. 100-51,200 Native ISO
  3. 51 point AF with 15 cross-type sensors
  4. 8 fps burst in continuous AF for 50 RAW or 100 JPG
  5. Auto Picture Control; generates a specific tone curve for ananalysed scene
  6. 4K movies at 30P and 60P
  7. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for image transfers and remote control
  8. 4K time-lapse movie mode
  9. 3.2-inch tilting touch screen display
  10. new group-area AF mode
  11. 180K RGB metering system
  12. weather-sealed body
  13. 950 shots per charge (per CIPA)

Nikon Software Updates

In case you missed this, in December 2016, Nikon made the following software announcements. Well worth updating if you haven’t already!


Nikon Releases Software Updates with D5600 Support

Nikon Releases Software Updates with D5600 Support
From Nikon:

Capture NX-D 1.4.3

Changes from Version 1.4.2 to 1.4.3

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Added a Size of Text and Icon option to Preferences > View.
  • Preferences > Open With Application now offers the following Conversion Format options for images opened using the selected application: JPEG, TIFF (8 Bit), and TIFF (16 Bit).
  • The print dialog now offers Use thumbnail data (draft mode) and Specify color profile options.
  • The Print information item in the print dialog now offers User Comment and Lens options.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Adjustments saved using the Register Updated Adjustments option in the Adjustments section of the Edit panel would not be correctly applied if the saved adjustments were selected after Capture NX-D was restarted.
    • NEF (RAW) images saved to NAS could not be edited.
    • The colors in images opened in Capture NX-D would differ from those of images opened in other applications such as Capture NX 2 or View NX 2.

Download: Capture NX-D 1.4.3

ViewNX-i 1.2.4

Changes from Version 1.2.3 to 1.2.4

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Print > Advanced Print Information Settings now offers a Lens option.
  • The colors of the Map pins have been changed to make them easier to see.
  • The Convert Files and Contact Sheet options, formerly accessed via Export in the output bar, have been given their own icons.
  • The KeyMission 360/170 Utility can now be launched from the output bar.
  • Photos and movies shot with the KeyMission 360 are now identified with different icons.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in the Folder Naming option not being applied when sub-folders were created in the destination folder for the Convert Files option.

Download: ViewNX-i 1.2.4

Picture Control Utility 2.2.2

Changes from Version 2.2.1 to 2.2.2

  • Added support for the D5600.

Download: Picture Control Utility 2.2.2

Camera Control Pro 2.24.0

Changes from Version 2.23.1 to 2.24.0

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Added support for Custom Setting d3: Limit release mode selection on D5 cameras.
  • The lens type (G, E, D, etc.) for lenses mounted on an FT1 is no longer included in the lens name when a Nikon 1 V3 camera is connected.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in type E lenses mounted on Nikon digital SLR cameras being listed as type G.

Download: Camera Control Pro 2.24.0

General Photography News June 2016

EverythingD7000 General News Update

Hi All,

Thought I’d release an update on recent general photography news that has caught my eye. A lot of free stuff here! J

D7200 Firmware Updated

On 26th April 2016 Nikon released an update for the D7200 firmware C bank, upgrading to 1.01. This is a bug fix for 4 known issues on the D7200 & is therefore really a mandatory upgrade. Download & more info.

NIK Collection Free!

On March 24th 2016 Google made their NIK Collection of Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plug-ins free. This superb class leading filter set also runs standalone. The collection includes;

  • Analog Efex Pro; Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
  • Silver Efex Pro; Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
  • HDR Efex Pro; From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
  • Dfine; Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.
  • Color Efex Pro; A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Viveza; Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
  • Sharpener Pro; Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.

More info & download.

Capture NX-D Updated

Nikon have updated their free image processing software. Capture NX-D is updated to v1.41 & contains a few new features & bug-fixes. Download & more info.

Free Photoshop Course

CreativeLive are currently running a free live PhotoShop CC bootcamp for 4 weeks. The course is free while live & runs 6th June – 1st July.

LEE Apps

LEE filters have updated their free IOS/Android “Stopper” App. It’s free & available to download from the App Store or Google Play.  A video demonstrating the Stopper App is available via our You Tube Channel.

LEE Filters System Match

LEE have also added an innovative online feature to their website called ‘System Match’.  With over 500 lenses photographers can quickly find the LEE System that’s best suited to their camera lens.  Please take a look at the System Match on their website, a demonstration video is also available via our You Tube Channel. If your contemplating buying a filter set then LEE are the Rolls-Royce of filters and this new features matches all yours lenses to one of their filter systems.


Interested in texture-composites in Photoshop? PhotoMorphis have an excellent free tutorial including source photos and premium textures. Give it a go, you’ll enjoy it!

Free Printing Guide

Just starting in printing? John Paul Caponigro has a free quick-start guide here.

ON1 Effects 10 Standard Free

ON1 Effects has now been updated to v10 and the base component Is free. Free includes a select number of stackable filters, presets, borders, and textures from ON1 Effects 10 to help create your style Download & more info.

ISO Invariance

I’m seeing a fair bit on ISO Invariance in the “news”. It seems to be a current hot topic. Jim Harmer introduces it a recent email & here on his site. Jack from AlmaPhoto discusses it too. Seems the D7000 and D7200 are pretty ISO-invariant, while the D7100 is “somewhat” ISO-invariant. I’m going to experiment here & see what I get.

Glynn Dewis Tip Sheets

Glynn has been releasing some excellent free PhotoShop tip sheets in recent weeks:

Tip Sheet #1: How to Remove Unwanted Shadows (Frequency Separation)

Tip Sheet #2: Creating Realistic Sun-flare

Tip Sheet #3: Mastering Tricky Selections & Cut Outs

Tip Sheet #4: How to Add Fake Smoke/ Mist to your Pictures

Nikon UK/Ireland Cashback

Nikon are currently offering up to £150 cashback on a variety of lenses until 29th June 2016. More info.


Thanks for reading. Hope you found that useful? Any thoughts on this? Please post below…




Nikon release new Lens Control Distortion Data

On 26th May 2015 Nikon released an update to their Lens Control Distortion Data; v2.009.

This is a firmware update that provide data on how lenses distort images and how the DSLR should modify images to control that distortion.

This update adds data for new lenses.

It’s applicable to the D7200, D7100 and the D7000 so I would strongly recommend updating ASAP. You should firstly ensure your DSLR is at the latest A and B firmware levels before updating the L (Lens data) firmware.

More details and download.


Adobe Lightroom and the D7200

Thought I’d just add some clarification around Lightroom and the D7200;

  1. Lightroom 5 will not be updated by Adobe to support D7200 RAW files at any point in the future.
  2. If you have LR5 and don’t want to upgrade to LR6 (CC) then you can convert your D7200 RAW files to Adobe DNG format using Adobe’s free DNG converter.
  3. LR6 (CC) supports D7200 RAW files. This was added to ACR9 on April 21st 2015.

D7200 News

D7200 BIN Files/Configuration Workbook Released

I’m pleased to announce the release of the files for the D7200. The 5 BIN files, configuration workbook, and movies PDF are now complete; however the files are still going through some final Beta/validation testing and therefore may be subject to update in the coming weeks. Anyone purchasing the D7200 package now will receive all updates as and when they are published, including the movies BIN file when that is released.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank two guys whose help has been invaluable in the development of these files; Frank Fanning from Australia and David Loo from Canada. I’d also like to thank the others that preferred to remain anonymous. Thanks guys for all your help.

D7200 Review

DPReview have just released their latest indepth review of the D7200. Read it here.