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3 Principles to Improve Your Foregrounds
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3 Principles to Improve Your Foregrounds

Russ Barker (LeCCy)

One of the most effective techniques for adding that “WOW!” factor to your landscape photographs is to include an interesting foreground which complements your composition and helps the viewer to see what your subject is. If you plan and design your photograph carefully, the foreground can lead the viewer’s eye through the image, ending at the subject. 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...

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...

Annotate! by Nikonians - The user guide
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Annotate! by Nikonians - The user guide

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

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Annotate! by Nikonians is a free software enabling you to annotate, find, share and keyword your images through an intuitive interface. Read more...

Enlarging Digital Images for Publication
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Enlarging Digital Images for Publication

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Is it possible to take the output from a six-megapixel digital SLR camera and enlarge it until it meets the file-size and quality standards of publishers for digital image submission? This question is being discussed all over the Internet. A large number of people are using cameras in the six-megapixel range, and would like to sell their images to stock agencies, or submit them to magazines for publication. Read more...

Nikon F100 Custom Settings Pocket Guide
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Nikon F100 Custom Settings Pocket Guide

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Nikon F100 camera comes out of the box with initial factory settings for 22 functions. These can be easily changed by yourself to your personal preferences by following the instructions below. 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...

FAQs - Why a Monopod?
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FAQs - Why a Monopod?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

As much as we would like to take our tripods everywhere, it is not always possible. Stands at stadiums, game fields or courts, rinks, race tracks and theaters, are off limits for tripods. So what monopod should you consider? J. Ramón Palacios guides you through the process of choosing, teaches you the technique and provides sample photographs shot with a monopod. 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...

FAQs - What Bag?
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FAQs - What Bag?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The quest for the perfect bag is much more complicated than it may seem at first, simply because there is no perfect bag for all occasions. Nikonian ladies will understand this very well, as they need to carry all sort of necessities every day, but for different occasions. 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...

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...

Using high speed crop mode on your Nikon pro body
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Using high speed crop mode on your Nikon pro body

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Many sports and wildlife shooters prefer to use this mode, both for the extra apparent reach, and the increased motor drive speed it allows. Have you ever used the High-Speed Crop Mode on your D2x? Many that I've spoken to haven't, simply because they have not taken the time to figure out how to enable it on the D2x. Why not get your D2x and let's look at how it's done. 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...

Understanding White Balance
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Understanding White Balance

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

For many of us who’ve recently switched to digital photography there are new things to learn. One of the more confusing new tidbits of knowledge is just how White Balance works. When we used film we would select a daylight balanced film type for general photography outdoors or with flash, or a tungsten balanced type for indoor lighting. If the lighting was too cool, we might add a warming filter. Read more...

Non-CPU lenses on your Nikon DSLR
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Non-CPU lenses on your Nikon DSLR

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Lenses are some of the most desirable and expensive parts of our Nikon photography addictions. All of us have our eye on at least one or two more Nikkors. Wisely, Nikon has not changed their F-Mount lens attachment bayonet for a very long time. That means probably your Nikon DSLR can mount, not only the newest AF-S Nikkors and aftermarket lenses, but also most of the older Manual Focus (MF) lenses from just a few years ago. Read more...

Introduction to sports photography
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Introduction to sports photography

Steve Johnson (reuben)

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...

Using Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS)
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Using Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS)

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

How to use Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) to get the most out of your Nikon camera in commander mode with one or more flash units. Read more...

Adobe Digital Workflow Series (free)
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Adobe Digital Workflow Series (free)

George M (NikonGeorge)

A 72 part series with hints, tips and tutorials on using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to manage your photography workflow by George Mann. Read more...

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