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Photographing Birds-in-Flight and other quick moving subjects
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Photographing Birds-in-Flight and other quick moving subjects

David Summers (dm1dave) on February 17, 2014

The Nikonians Wildlife Photography forum has a vast number of superb images of Birds in Flight (BIF) and you will surely be tempted to try it out. It is a fun challenge to get an image with the subject completely in focus, frozen in the air, and yet with an excellent background. Learn lens recommendations and field-proven settings. Read more...

Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die
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Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on February 3, 2014

During November’s Nikonians Academy African Photo Safari to Tanzania, Mike Hagen witnessed a fight of the predators and found his new favorite Tanzanian bird, the Tawny Eagle. Read this inspiring story to find out why. Read more...

Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background
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Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on October 21, 2013

It's a bird, it's a plane! Ok, they're just birds, not superman. But with Autofocus Tracking techniques like this, you'll feel like you've conquered a lot in getting those epic shots. Photographing small birds, fast in flight, is one of the most difficult things to photograph. Learn how you can overcome this challenge, and practice practice! Read more...

Taking Close-up Pictures on a Budget
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Taking Close-up Pictures on a Budget

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on March 11, 2013

Everyone wants to see the finer details in life. Sometimes, it's not visible by the naked eye, but that's why we have Macro/Micro Lenses! What's the difference between the two? How do you know what a "true" macro lens can do? Ratios, focus, and more are discussed in this article by DigitalDarrell. Let's have a closer look! Read more...

Time Lapse with Dennis Owens
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Time Lapse with Dennis Owens

Agnes Valko (avalko) on January 14, 2013

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Something that has been an interesting topic and one that I'd like to give a try is, creating Time Lapse videos. And who better to talk to, then Nikonian, Dennis Owens (DennisOwens). He takes great pride in his work, and has a creative edge like none other. His Time Lapse (TL) Videos are something else, and remarkable, to say the least. So, who is Dennis, and how did all this all come together? Let's take a look, at an exclusive interview and find out more :) Read more...

Vision Quest Cards
Travel Stories

Vision Quest Cards

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on January 7, 2013

A few Sundays ago the both I and mother nature were under the weather. It had been raining straight for weeks. Autumn had reared the ugly side of its head and brought cold temps. All the leaves had dropped, ushering in what we in Vermont refer to as "stick season," when all of the hills are drab brown. Needless to say, I was having a tough time finding anything I felt excited about shooting. Read more...

Personal Projects
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Personal Projects

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on December 31, 2012

Doesn't matter if you've just began with photography, or if you are more serious, defining a project in your mind before even picking up the camera will help you focus on what to shoot. In this article, Josh Larkin talks about how to choose and plan your own personal project and even lists five of the most common project themes. Read more...

Self Portraits
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Self Portraits

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on December 17, 2012

For years I've had a standard response to the question "Can I take your photo." It's essentially, "Nope, I'm a photographer so I like to stay on the side of the lens that I like better!" And while I do still try my best to stay out of other people's photographs, I've recently come to appreciate the self portrait. The thing of it is, making self portraits is a great exercise in creativity that offers us, as photographers, lots of learning opportunities. Read more...

Street Portraits - Approaching & Photographing Strangers
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Street Portraits - Approaching & Photographing Strangers

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on December 10, 2012

First off, I'm not blessed with some high-degree of confidence that allows me to walk up to anybody, anytime, anywhere and ask them if I can take their picture. Chances are, neither are you. But it hasn't stopped me from taking some wonderful street portraits, and it shouldn't stop you either. Read more...

Tips for Shooting Live Music
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Tips for Shooting Live Music

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on December 3, 2012

There are a couple of standard rules of engagement that you should follow when shooting musicians. How to get good shots even without flash? Which lens to choose? What settings to use? Josh Larkin answers all these questions. Read more...

Traveling Tips - Washington, USA
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Traveling Tips - Washington, USA

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on November 30, 2012

First off, I'm not a travel photographer. I don't have the resources to travel to exotic places for extended periods of time just to make photos. Second off, when I do wind up visiting some place new, it's typically for a visit with family or a non-photography, work-related event. Either way, time is often limited when I travel. That was the case last week when my wife and I flew 2,699 miles across the U.S. to Washington to visit with family. Read more...

Floral and other macro subjects on black
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Floral and other macro subjects on black

Bill Staples (bills) on July 26, 2011

I’ve received several comments (thanks!) on some of my floral macro photos posted on my site and some questions on how to do it, so I thought I’d post some details for anyone who wants to give it a try. Read more...

Waterfalls
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Waterfalls

Andreas Voigt (spacer) on June 24, 2011

The question comes up frequently in the forums. How to get that "milky" look of water in rivers, streams and waterfalls? It seems to hold a certain magic. Others may want to freeze the water to a certain extent, as if suspended in mid air. The answer to how to do it is of course in the shutter speed. But how slow or how fast? Read more...

How to photograph fireworks
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How to photograph fireworks

Lyle Stavast (newlyle) on March 29, 2011

When the summer sets in, the heat wave usually comes accompanied by joyous celebrations all around the world, many enhanced by fireworks displays. How to set everything up? This article provides tips on aperture, shutter speed, framing and focus. Read more...

Wildlife Tips & Tricks
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Wildlife Tips & Tricks

Philippe Clement (Photophil) on March 11, 2011

Nikonians Wildlife Series of Tips & Tricks by Nikonians Moderator of the Wildlife Forum, Philippe Clément (Photophil), features 10 valuable advices for shooting wildlife scenes. Read more...

Nikonos V Review - Underwater photography
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Nikonos V Review - Underwater photography

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on September 10, 2010

Underwater photography is as fascinating or more than land or aerial photography. The 'painting with light' concept is by far more evident underwater than above the surface. Besides, to enter into a submerged new world, hidden, increases emotions with that of discovery. Although it may look at first as something very complicated, I will attempt here to convey it is not that difficult and very exciting. Read more...

Close-up & Macro Photography
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Close-up & Macro Photography

Chuon-Szen Ong (SzennyBoy) on August 27, 2010

The objective of this article is to give fellow Nikonians a basic understanding of close-up and macro photography, by highlighting general issues such as equipment used, typical problems one might encounter, things to watch out for and some general guidelines. It will focus on the basics, adding some detailed technical information in the hope you will find it useful. Read more...

Infrared Photography
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Infrared Photography

Romulo Lubachesky (Romulo Lubachesky) on June 23, 2010

Infrared photography has the power of showing us a different world. We can travel through the unknown with each image, an unpredictable and astonishing universe that marvels our eyes with unique textures and colors. Read more...

Panoramas - Finding the Entrance Pupil of a Lens
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Panoramas - Finding the Entrance Pupil of a Lens

Bill Claff (bclaff) on June 10, 2007

A panorama is a wide or expansive view. In still photography a panoramic image is one that is wider -sometimes much wider- than normal. Without a specialized camera, panoramas are formed by creating a mosaic of two or more images in a process called stitching. Although images are generally stitched horizontally they can also be stitched vertically or in both directions. Read more...

Photography in Sports
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Photography in Sports

Steve Johnson (reuben) on July 6, 2006

Successful sports photography can be achieved with basic point and shoot cameras, but the most reliable results will consistently come from single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Single lens reflex cameras generally cost more, but provide you with more control over the settings, allowing you to be more effective in shooting sports. Read more...

Importing Photo Gear to Europe
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Importing Photo Gear to Europe

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on July 26, 2002

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Even if equipment in the USA may look way cheaper at a first glance, beware of the charges you got to pay at the customs and the additional costs arising out of paying with an international money order! You often have to add some 25% to the price before the goods are here. Typically, goods at online auctions are some 15-35% cheaper than in stores. Read more...

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