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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...

Reflections
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Reflections

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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

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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...

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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)

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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

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"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

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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

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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...

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