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Release your inner artist: Break the
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Release your inner artist: Break the "P" barrier

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on April 30, 2015

Your new camera has plenty of bells and whistles and by now you already know it can take good pictures in full automatic mode. If that is all you need, continue on and be happy. But, if you’re looking to engage your creative mind by stepping out of the full-auto realm, this article will help you navigate the maze of confusing numbers and camera modes and priorities. Read more...

Thousand shades of grey: The beauty of the black and white image
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Thousand shades of grey: The beauty of the black and white image

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on March 4, 2014

The process of how to convert your color images to beautiful black & white imagery is a fascinating journey to the roots of photography, its history and technique. Improve the look of your photographs and get inspired by this easy how-to. Read more...

Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?
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Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 13, 2014

Although a generally accepted composition rule, we are seldom -if ever- explained why. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) revisits the concept and its origin. It may surprise you… Read more...

Bokeh Revisited - The quality of out of focus
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Bokeh Revisited - The quality of out of focus

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on December 16, 2013

Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), explains to us the history and technical aspects of boke, a technique used to render background blurs, which can be seen mostly in portraiture or close-ups. Look at his examples and tips and remind yourself, what makes bokeh beautiful. Read more...

Understanding Nikon Picture Controls
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Understanding Nikon Picture Controls

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on June 3, 2013

Nikon Picture Controls lets you control how your image appears in several ways. Each control has a specific effect on the image’s appearance. If you’ve ever shot film, you know that there are distinct looks to each film type. No two films produce color that looks the same. Read more...

Understanding Your Camera's Histogram
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Understanding Your Camera's Histogram

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on May 22, 2013

Want to make better pictures, but are having a hard time finding the right techniques? Well, using your Camera's Histogram Screens, might just do one of the many tricks out there! It'll guarantee you a much higher percentage of well-exposed images. Find out how! Read more...

What Image Format is Best for My Photography?
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What Image Format is Best for My Photography?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on March 18, 2013

One of the most asked questions by new users of Nikon DSLR cameras is "Which image format should I use?" Three most common formats are JPEG, TIFF, or NEF (RAW). By the end of this read, you'll know which you want to use! Read more...

Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?
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Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on February 25, 2013

There comes a time, when we ask ourselves, what has more value, or is of more importance – the camera itself, or the lenses? Both of which, you prize equally and nurture as if it were a baby; making sure not a scratch to that precious framework or accidental fall occurs. Darrell Young, an experienced photographer, tells us his point of view. Read more...

FOV Tables: Field-of-view of lenses by focal length
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FOV Tables: Field-of-view of lenses by focal length

Bill Claff (bclaff) on January 9, 2013

The values for Field of View (FOV) come up frequently enough at the forums that Bill Claff thought a list might be helpful for quick reference. With his handy tables you will never feel confused again. Read more...

A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - with Tables and Calculator
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A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - with Tables and Calculator

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on September 11, 2012

You may have wondered "How do pros make those wonderful landscapes where everything seems to be in focus?" Well, it is not merely by closing down the aperture of superb wide angle lenses. They maximize DOF (depth of field), the region of acceptable sharpness, by focusing at the hyperfocal distance. A simple function of lens focal length, aperture and the diameter of the Circle of Confusion. Read more...