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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I
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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on February 3, 2016

Converting your old Nikon DSLR into a full spectrum camera, one that can capture ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation in addition to regular, visual light (VL), opens up an entirely new world in photography for you. In this first part of the series, Jon Nadelberg shows us the options on converting your camera and what a full spectrum camera can do for you. He also digs into and profusely illustrates how to manipulate light and color to achieve different types of results, using various optical filters and Adobe Photoshop settings. Read more...

The In Camera Multiple Exposure Function
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The In Camera Multiple Exposure Function

Eric Bowles (ericbowles) on February 1, 2016

You are out in the field and want to photograph a beautiful coastal scene that needs the slowest possible exposure to create a soft dreamy effect. You don’t have with you the appropriate Neutral Density filter to accomplish it. What to do? The In-Camera Multiple Exposure function comes to the rescue. Here is how. Read more...

Exposure variables – Making the most out of your camera
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Exposure variables – Making the most out of your camera

Hal Becker (HBB) on January 25, 2016

What are the variables involved in determining the exposure in your camera? How are they interrelated? This is explained by Hal Backer (HBB). The firm grasp of the concept is most useful when you want to change from Program (P) Mode to other modes to have control on items such as Depth of Field, amount of Blur, Freezing a subject in motion, and maximizing the Dynamic Range the sensor in your camera is capable, while maintaining a good exposure. Read more...

Dressing for photography in the cold
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Dressing for photography in the cold

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 18, 2016

How to keep warm when taking pictures outdoors in cold weather was the subject of much research to successfully avoid it. Photography should always be joyous and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) shows us how simple is to solve this issue, once you know the variables and the requirements for each piece of garment. Read more...

Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop
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Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) on January 4, 2016

A recurrent question is how to create a copyright legend that can be used on images. Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) gives us an easy, quick and efficient way to do that in Adobe Photoshop. Read more...

FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check
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FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on December 28, 2015

We all want to be consistently rewarded with great photos, but, as airplane pilots do, it is always worth it to go down the check list for what we intend to photograph. Ernesto Santos (esantos) has even come up with a how-to acronym, to reduce our chances to forget key items to succeed. Read more...

25 Photographic Ideas to Help Chase Away the Winter Blues
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25 Photographic Ideas to Help Chase Away the Winter Blues

Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67) on December 21, 2015

The colder months of the year may hinder your motivation to photograph, more so if confined indoors in the extreme cold areas and months. Thinking about this, Daniel Stainer (spiritualized7) prepared for us some ideas to chase away the winter blues. We decided to cut them down to 25 that should keep us busy and entertained. Read more...

Location Scouting - Part One
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Location Scouting - Part One

Rick Walker (walkerr) on December 14, 2015

As you get serious about photography, you know that success can’t be left to chance. In this Part One, Rick Walker offers excellent tips to prepare you before you get to your planned destination; what you can do for increasing your odds for good photography and being in the right place at the right time. Read more...

Smoke & Bubbles Photography
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Smoke & Bubbles Photography

Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) on December 1, 2015

Is your artistic side craving for a challenging photography project? This comprehensive guide to photograph smoke and bubbles by Nikonian Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) may be what you need, especially when confined indoors during the winter. Read more...

Seven Things I Learned by Photographing 500 People
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Seven Things I Learned by Photographing 500 People

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on November 16, 2015

Whether you will be photographing a single person or group or many, you will benefit from this article where Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the seven most important things he has learned, after doing it more than a few times. Read more...

Nikon WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Camera Controller Review
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Nikon WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Camera Controller Review

Jerry Harris (J_Harris) on November 2, 2015

After using The ML-3 Infrared Wireless Remote Control on his Nikon D7200, Jerry Harris decided to switch to the WR-R10/T10 Radio Wireless Controller, despite its price. He tells us how he chose it, and why he is now very happy. Read more...

Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
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Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults

Rick Walker (walkerr) on October 27, 2015

For those of us with little time for post-processing, or wanting to speed-up our workflow, Rick Walker suggests setting up defaults, to avoid repetition of steps and to start with a better looking image than as delivered by your camera, when using Lightroom and/or Camera raw Read more...

Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction
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Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) on October 19, 2015

Infrared Photography is an opportunity to flex your creative muscles by seeing the world differently than your own bare eyes do, discovering invisible details, colors and tones of landscapes, flowers, buildings, and everything around you. Read more...

Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why
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Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on October 13, 2015

Starting with What are Neutral Density Filters, Ernesto Santos illustrates with his own images When to use them, How to use them and Why, showing us the possible wonderful results when used appropriately, reason for which they are must-have lens accessories, always in his bag. Read more...

HDR Photography That Sells
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HDR Photography That Sells

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49) on October 7, 2015

Larry Anderson has perfected the art of building luxurious homes that have been featured in numerous architectural magazines. At the request of his clients Larry is now also a master HDR photographer. He shares with us his technique using Photomatix Pro software and has chosen a few tricky images to explain how he made them, in a very concise way. Read more...

Developing A Painter’s Eye
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Developing A Painter’s Eye

Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67) on September 8, 2015

Daniel Stainer shares with us his path to date into learning how to make a picture painterly, artistic. Suggests a work method, finding the painting in things; a compositional framework to help make our images more and more compelling, increasing your joy in photography, after the craft has become second nature. Read more...

Going lighter with an FX system
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Going lighter with an FX system

Rick Walker (walkerr) on September 3, 2015

There are times when you want, need or should travel lighter, however still making wonderful quality images, not just snapshots. Rick Walker presents us his current solution on occasion of a trip to Paris with his wife. Read more...

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
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A Landscape Shooting Experience: Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on August 27, 2015

It is the turn for J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) to take us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography in this Shooting Experience - Landscape Series. From spot selection, tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read more...

Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review
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Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Location Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on August 14, 2015

Great flash photography results are produced when the light sources are off-camera. Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reviews for us another very nice solution by Profoto, portable and efficient, allowing for full TTL or manual control at the power pack or at the camera. Read more...

Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses
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Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on July 30, 2015

Tilt/Shift lenses are generally thought of for use in architectural photography, but in fact have many uses. In this overview, we discuss what you can do with one of these lenses, how they work, and why you might want one. Read more...

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