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Location Scouting - Part One
How-to's Travel Stories

Location Scouting - Part One

Rick Walker (walkerr)

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...

Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses
Lens Reviews How-to's

Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

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...

How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape
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How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Trying to capture detail in both the landscape and the stars can be difficult, but from about one hour before sunrise to approximately 30 minutes before sunrise there is a sweet spot that allows you to capture enough information in both areas to produce a stunning final image. Follow Mike Hagen as he goes through the checklist of 10 steps to perfect star photography. Read more...

How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines
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How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

If you are looking to further improve your photographs, this article by Mike Hagen offers straightforward practical tips to use the Leading Lines compositional principle that will definitively add to the ‘WOW Factor’ of your images. 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...

The Window Light: Use natural light to shoot appealing portraits
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The Window Light: Use natural light to shoot appealing portraits

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

Many photographers use costly lighting equipment to create a pleasing look of their images. In this article our Nikonians author, Jan Stimel, explores the power of the window light and how it can be creatively used. Read more...

The home studio: Inspirational objects in your own home
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The home studio: Inspirational objects in your own home

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

There are some things in our world, unseen, small, unnoticed and unique, all waiting to be explored, captured and shared. We would like to invite you to a journey to discover such things, surprisingly - in your own home. Read more...

Glowing fox: Interesting photographs in foggy weather
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Glowing fox: Interesting photographs in foggy weather

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

In this short article, our new author, Ján Štimel, will explore some methods on how you can achieve interesting, and hopefully appealing, photographs in seemingly dull weather conditions like the thick fog he experienced. Read more...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending
How-to's Software Reviews

Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49)

While at the 13th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) our van took a morning break at the hotel while the snow was not inviting outside. Larry, a very good friend of many years and Nikonians Moderator of the HDR forum, invited us to share his experience on image blending in Photoshop. Regardless of the level of expertise of those of us watching, this brief session was a revelation… Enjoy! Read more...

5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod
How-to's Accessories Reviews

5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod

Gary Worrall (glxman)

All equipment needs maintenance and servicing a tripod should be a routine after you use it around water and sand or mud. In this practical step-by-step guide you will see, how to easily disassemble and reassemble a Gitzo tripod. Read more...

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example
How-to's Software Reviews

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example

Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

There seems to be some confusion about the use of Active D-Lighting. As a reminder, Active D-Lighting (ADL) is a setting in the camera that is used for high contrast scenes. It potentially applies an exposure adjustment to reduce exposure, and applies a complex curve to brighten shadows while protecting highlights. Find out the best settings, what implications are met in photo editing software, and more! 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)

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...

How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes
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How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

It's always a challenge to overcome when you take photographs and they come out hazy. Do you remove, and spare another precious moment that might not be captured? Well, it's always worth another shot - no pun intended - but don't delete that photograph. Read how fellow Nikonian, Mike Hagen makes things crisp and clear. 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...

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

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

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...

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

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...

Time Lapse with Dennis Owens
Travel Stories

Time Lapse with Dennis Owens

User

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...

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...

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