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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...

Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography
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Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Sometimes I cannot get outside in a location that will allow me to take interesting photographs or the weather just won’t allow it. But, I still want to use my camera to take photographs so I’ll try setting up a still life of some sort. At one point, I read about light box photography and saw some beautiful flower images that a photographer, who teaches the technique, had taken. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

This is the first in an eight part series that looks at studio photography. I’m going to look at Concept, Working With People, Planning, Composition, Lighting, Shooting and Post-processing. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

How's your approach changing over time?
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How's your approach changing over time?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My finger was bouncing around on the keyboard, on an online photography forum the other evening and someone asked this question, “Can mental quickness in responding to a changing photographic scenario be learned or improved?” Read more...

Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)
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Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this second part we discuss passion and joy, the motivation of why we should bother about mastering photography. This is a part of the "mastering the art of photography" series, where we discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (1)
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Mastering the art of photography (1)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this new series of articles on "mastering the art of photography", I want to discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Using the AF back button on your camera
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Using the AF back button on your camera

Michael Hurder (MKHurder)

Have you ever been caught in one AF mode when you want the other? You try to switch from AF-S to AF-C so you can capture those birds in flight, but by the time you switch the flock has gone past or found a new perch. Read more...

Street Photography in Cuba
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Street Photography in Cuba

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Why did I find myself in Cuba on a Street Photography Workshop? -- A non-streetphotographer tells her story while working her Nikon Z7 and D500 in this target-rich area. Read more...

Understanding your Digital Camera's Histogram
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Understanding your Digital Camera's Histogram

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Digital photography offers certain benefits for thinking photographers that are only realized with a basic understanding of a metering feature called the "histogram." Using the histogram in your camera's image viewing LCD will guarantee you a much higher percentage of well exposed images. It is well worth working to understand the histogram, and is not overly complicated. Read more...

Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography
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Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

There are several different ways to do macro photography. In addition to the typical ways you may be familiar with, such as using macro lenses or extension tubes, you can also use microscope objectives which allow you to do extreme macrophotography on subjects in ways that normal macro photography cannot. 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)

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...

Important DOF preview info for your Nikon Z
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Important DOF preview info for your Nikon Z

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Darrell Young is busy writing Mastering the Nikon Z7 & Z6 books for the NikoniansPress/RockyNook series. Here he shares with us a good tip on how to use the depth of field (DOF) preview. Read more...

Are you new to Nikonians?
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Are you new to Nikonians?

Are you new to Nikonians? Our community is large and can feel a bit overwhelming to new visitors & members, so here are the basics to get you going. Enjoy :-) Read more...

5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod
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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...

Urban & Street Photography for ‘Smarties’
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Urban & Street Photography for ‘Smarties’

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert)

Internationally recognized, award winning, and published architect, urban designer, and teacher of photography, Rick Hulbert outlines in this article six photographic challenges to consider to better see and perceive the urban environment around you, leading to improving your photographic skills to make great images. Read more...

Astrophotography – The Tracking Telescope Mount
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Astrophotography – The Tracking Telescope Mount

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

After his inviting article on getting started in astrophotography, David Goldstein (dagoldst) now goes deeper into Deep Sky Object imaging, gifting us with what he has learned about equipment and software. Read more...

Beginner's guide to waterfall photography
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Beginner's guide to waterfall photography

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The question comes up frequently in the forums. How do I achieve that "milky" look of water in rivers, streams and waterfalls? Read more...

Introduction to Infrared Photography
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Introduction to Infrared Photography

Romulo Lubachesky (Romulo Lubachesky)

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 - How to find the entrance pupil of a lens
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Panoramas - How to find the entrance pupil of a lens

Bill Claff (bclaff)

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...

FAQ - What Camera to Buy?
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FAQ - What Camera to Buy?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This is one of the most common questions we see at most photography forums, both by beginners and amateurs - Yet, there is no site that offers a thorough easy-to-follow complete guide to go through the maze. Quite frequently sound advice but imposed, not explained. Read more...

How to set up Nikon SnapBridge
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How to set up Nikon SnapBridge

Michael Hurder (MKHurder)

SnapBridge: Will it ever work? Gold member Mike (MKHurder) gives you some good tips on how to get going using Nikon’s SnapBridge software for tethered shooting and camera control. Read more...

Reflections
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Reflections

User

In my quest to better my own lighting techniques by going back and working through lessons in various books and on websites, I've looked at apparent light size and the inverse square law. Both of these topics and exercises gave me a better handle on the three aspects of light as it relates to a subject: the lit portion, the shadow portion and the transition areas that fall in between. Read more...

Using non-CPU lenses on your pro Nikon camera
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Using non-CPU lenses on your pro Nikon camera

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

When you’ve spent a lot of time with a certain camera or lens, you sort of develop a relationship with it. You become familiar with its sharpness, field-of-view, and contrast, and know when to use it for taking the best images. But, over time, technology changes, and camera bodies have become more intelligent. Since your old favorite lenses can’t electronically communicate with the new bodies, they might have been sadly relegated to the bag in the back of the closet. Read more...

Learn about the Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) sensor module
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Learn about the Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) sensor module

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Back in the good old days of manual focusing cameras you had to turn the lens ring until the subject looked sharp. If you weren’t fast enough, well, there was always the next frame. Nowadays, our cameras are getting smarter and smarter. So many things can be well accomplished by camera automation, including autofocus, that it is now easier than ever to get professional results. Read more...

The Gary Fong WhaleTail Flash Diffuser Review
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The Gary Fong WhaleTail Flash Diffuser Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Complex lighting situations requiring light balancing were already largely solved with the Gary Fong Lightsphere System II. So it was quite a surprise when Gary told us he was launching a newer product. What for? was our first question. Read more...

Better Black and White Images in Lightroom
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Better Black and White Images in Lightroom

User

A guide to producing better black and white images in Lightroom. If you're going black and white with any photograph, the end result can be made stronger by doing things yourself and not just letting your software decide how to create the tones and contrast that ultimately make for a powerful black and white image. Read more...

Apparently, size does matter...
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Apparently, size does matter...

User

Despite what you may have heard, size matters. Of course, I'm talking about the size of your light source here, which is what you were thinking, right? Portrait photographers often use large modifiers -- think 50" softboxes, 43" umbrellas, etc. -- to soften the light hitting the subject. And that's what we want most of the time (film noir shooters excluded), nice soft light that transitions slowly from highlights to shadows. Read more...

Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)
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Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)

User

My first experiences with flash photography involved the on-board flash, me fumbling around with camera settings, and a subject that wound up looking like he, she or it had been nuked. I quickly learned that the pop-up flash is really only good for a few things: mug shots and drivers licenses. Read more...

Making Hay When the Sun Doesn't Shine
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Making Hay When the Sun Doesn't Shine

User

"Too bad it's such a bad day for taking pictures." I'd just gotten my tripod set up and the camera locked in when she rode by on her bicycle. "Well, I suppose that depends on what you're taking pictures of," I replied. Read more...

How to create and use a dust-off reference photo
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How to create and use a dust-off reference photo

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Dust bunnies are a fact of life, under the bed, and on your camera's CMOS or CCD imaging sensor. Users of Nikon Capture and Nikon's new digital SLR cameras have an exciting new way to deal with the problem. We'll use the Nikon D2x as a reference point in this article, but the information applies to almost all of Nikon's digital SLR cameras, with a few differences in the menu selections and filenames. Read more...

The DX AF sensor width and position test
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The DX AF sensor width and position test

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

A lot of discussion about the actual width of Nikon D2x autofocus (AF) sensors is flying around the Internet. There is not a lot of documentation from Nikon about the standard width of the 11 AF cross sensors. The article below is written using the D2x camera as an example, and talks about the 11 sensors in that line, but this information, except for sensor count, applies also to virtually all the Nikon digital cameras. So, if you have a D2H, D200, D100, D70, D50, or even an F6... read on. Read more...

Frequently Asked Questions on what film to use
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Frequently Asked Questions on what film to use

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Once again, this is one of the most common questions we see at photography forums. Both by beginners and even advanced amateurs. It is not easy to keep up with all the film offerings, even now. Yet, infrequently there is a site that offers a thorough, easy-to-follow, complete guide to select among the more than 115 possible choices we fortunately still have for 35 mm photography. This is our contribution in that direction in the hope it proves itself useful to fellow Nikonians. Read more...

NIKON D2X - Using the Shooting and Custom Banks
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NIKON D2X - Using the Shooting and Custom Banks

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The Nikon D2x is a chameleon! It’s at least four cameras in one, and can change on the fly. Using the Shooting & Custom Banks, your D2x can change from the most professional of pro cameras to a snapshooter camera, all with just a few button presses. Read more...

NIKON D2X - Using the White Balance Controls
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NIKON D2X - Using the White Balance Controls

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Back in the good old days, we’d buy a roll of tungsten balanced film to shoot under the orange-colored light of indoor bulbs. Or, we’d buy a fluorescent filter to correct for the greenish light of a florescent bulb. If it was an overcast day, or we were shooting in the shade, we might add an A2 Nikon filter to warm things up a bit. Read more...

Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test
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Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Nikon flash system is a wonderful tool. Notwithstanding, new users seem disconcerted with the names, descriptions and instructions to use it, not to mention how to use it well. Most feel a visual demonstration is imperative, so here it is - the shot of two teddy bears, one light, one dark. Read more...

Get To Know Your Gear
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Get To Know Your Gear

User

Josh Larkin says: "We all know that telling a photographer that their camera takes really good pictures is like telling a great baker that their oven makes amazing cakes." Newer camera models might make it somehow easier to take good photos, but it is still about your will to learn the equipment to find its strengths and weaknesses. Read more...

Lightsphere Flash Diffusers
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Lightsphere Flash Diffusers

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

We are often faced with complex lighting situations when we want to balance the light coming in from several sources into a scene and our subjects. Weddings and social events at noon time in large rooms, or churches, with large windows can become a nightmare with its mix of harsh light and strong shadows. After using for long a white card with a rubber, various solutions came to market and I have successively used most of them. Read more...

Get Your Flash off Camera for Better Photos
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Get Your Flash off Camera for Better Photos

User

If you've had your photo taken for your driver's license recently, or a mug shot, you've probably noticed the result wasn't the most flattering image you've seen of yourself. Why is that? Read more...

FAQs: What every photographer needs to know
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FAQs: What every photographer needs to know

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What camera to buy? What film to use? What tripod or lens to choose? These questions haunt many photographers. Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramón Palacios, put together articles guiding you through the choice of equipment and listed them in this overview. Read more...

Working with Markins ballheads (video)
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Working with Markins ballheads (video)

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

In this video professional photographer and teacher Mike Hagen explains to the ambitious photographer how to best use a Markins ball head. Read more...

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

Holger Wahl (Holger)

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...

Creating multiple exposures with your Nikon DSLR
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Creating multiple exposures with your Nikon DSLR

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

If you are a D2X user and would like to do some special effects, but don't like doing a lot of post processing with your computer, this is an article for you. By learning to use the Multiple Exposure features of the Nikon D2X (D2H, D2Hs and F6) you can make excellent special effects IN CAMERA... no post processing required! Read more...

Pocket Card for Nikon N80/Nikon F80
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Pocket Card for Nikon N80/Nikon F80

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Nikon didn't provide the N80/F80 user with a Pocket Card for its Custom Settings, but Nikonian: BJ Nicholls does, here. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (some 210KByte in size) including the complete Pocket Card plus a Lens Cap Decal for the most useful CS. Read more...

How to photograph your kids
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How to photograph your kids

Rob Cruse (anitasm)

Hey - what's the point of an article on photographing your kids? Anybody can do that. Just pick up the camera and snap away - right? Well, that is certainly true if you are looking for 'snaps', but with a little more thought your snaps can become more than a record of a moment; they can start to capture the feelings, expressions and character of your children. Read more...

How does a digital camera work?
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How does a digital camera work?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The operation of a digital camera, from the standpoint of the user, is virtually the same as the operation of a 35mm camera. Most digital cameras imitate their older film cousins very well, so a new digital user has little to fear in the operation of the camera. If you are used to a point-and-shoot, or even an SLR (single lens reflex) 35mm camera, then you will be able to find a digital camera to meet your experience level. Read more...

What Filter System?
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What Filter System?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

There are two basic filter types or systems to choose from, the screw-in and the slide-in types. The first are circular integrated filters with a mounting ring that screws into the front thread of a lens, and with a thread on the other end to screw other filter(s) or attach a hood. The second consists of a threaded adapter to screw into the front of a lens and a filter holder with one or several slots, where square or quadrangular optical resin filters slide-in. Read more...

Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters
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Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered what are these filters for and what is the difference between the two. Both "diffusion" and "softening" filters are used towards the same objective: to reduce blemishes and wrinkles in portraiture. Make people look better. The soft filter is just a more elaborated diffusion lens. Read more...

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

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The human eye interprets images in the following order: movement, colour, shape, content. If you wish to create images that sell products, change social behaviour, win election campaigns or merely persuade people to invest their evenings in watching a particular TV show, then you need to construct the image with these in mind. Read more...

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