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Landscape Photography on a budget - use the gear you already own.
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Landscape Photography on a budget - use the gear you already own.

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

Landscapes are one of the most popular genres in photography. We are surrounded by beautiful scenes, and wanting to capture them with our camera is only natural. But with literally thousands of landscape images taken every hour, how do we make our images stand out? Many photographers look to expensive gear for the answer. A bigger, better, stronger camera body equipped with a wider, faster, expensive lens is seen as the answer to taking ‘better’ landscape images. But is expensive gear really the answer? Wayne Lorimer looks at what it takes to make a great landscape image without relying on the most expensive equipment. With a DSLR and a kit lens, you’ve already got what you need to create stunning landscape images. Read more...

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

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

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)

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)

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)

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 in depth
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Understanding Nikon Picture Controls in depth

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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...

Bookshelf 17: The Basics bare minimum bookshelf
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Bookshelf 17: The Basics bare minimum bookshelf

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

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Here you find various recommended photography books to make up the basics bare minimum bookshelf. Read more...

Color management basics: Additive and subtractive colors
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Color management basics: Additive and subtractive colors

Hal Becker (HBB)

I prepared these charts as an aid to a few people I am tutoring in basic color management concepts. This is not meant to be a rigorous treatment of color theory or management, simply an introduction for those interested. Read more...

What’s the Best ISO Setting? Native, Pushed or Auto?
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What’s the Best ISO Setting? Native, Pushed or Auto?

Hendric Schneider (Hendric)

The ability to dial in ISO sensitivities in the five- to six-figure range in 1/3-stop increments is pretty heady stuff. With the exception of some of the highest ISO ratings, the image quality of the resulting imagery remains surprisingly decent and is equal to or better than the image quality of the fastest film stocks, which speed-wise were nowhere near the ISO sensitivity levels we can squeeze out of our (H)DSLRs. Read more...

On Handholding Technique
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On Handholding Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered how come some of your images look "soft" or blurred. Although at times it is an overestimation of the depth of field, quite often it is simply due to improper handholding technique. Your shuter speed is slower that you can hold steady. So you need to work on that. A little DSLR is used for the illustrations. Read more...

Understanding DOF and Aperture & Shutter Speed Relationships
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Understanding DOF and Aperture & Shutter Speed Relationships

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Depth-of-field (DOF) is one of those things that can confuse a lot of new camera users. Yet, it is very important! Choosing the right combination of apertures and shutter speeds is initially hard to comprehend. This article is written to help you understand those relationships to help you control your image's look, while maintaining correct exposure. Read more...

Perspective from two lenses: 35mm and 85mm
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Perspective from two lenses: 35mm and 85mm

Al Smith (sitney)

At one thread, a member asking the question as to "which lens to get next?" was offered many opinions. One possible answer to this recurrent question was a lens pairing with lenses a bit wider and narrower than a 50mm lens. The 35mm and 85mm combination came up as a good pair to start with. This article compares how these two lenses render the same object. Read more...

FAQs - What Lens
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FAQs - What Lens

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

I remember one sunny afternoon -about fifty years ago- in downtown Mexico City, glued to the window of Foto Rudiger, looking in awe at hundreds of lenses in display. Why are there so many lenses? I asked my father. His answer: "Because lenses are designed for specific purposes, subjects, situations and needs, including budgets." Read more...

On Tripod Technique
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On Tripod Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Whether you already own - or by now have decided to own- a good tripod, they don't work alone. Tripods benefit from all the help you can give them, even the very best; more so if there is some wind. What are the proven tripod technique practices? Read more...

In Search of the Perfect Camera
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In Search of the Perfect Camera

Holger Wahl (Holger)

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The search for the “perfect camera” is as old as photography itself. When you ask anyone what their opinion is on this topic, you will get as many answers as there are photographers. Your best answer will come from your own head, after you resolve the same issues you would personally be facing when choosing a golf club, cricket bat or tennis racquet.How do plan to use it? What is your ultimate goal? And (most important) How much money can I spend? Read more...

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