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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...

FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check
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FILM IT! - A Pre-flight Quick Check

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

We all want to be consistently rewarded with great photos, but, as airplane pilots do, it is always worth it to go down the check list for what we intend to photograph. Ernesto Santos (esantos) has even come up with a how-to acronym, to reduce our chances to forget key items to succeed. Read more...

Speedlight Trick #1
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Speedlight Trick #1

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane!, a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step! Read more...

FAQs - What tripod
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FAQs - What tripod

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Do you really need a tripod? The background of why a tripod often is a necessity. Checklists and info on how to proceed selecting a tripod based upon your needs. Read more...

Photographing Wildflowers
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Photographing Wildflowers

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Spring has sprung here in the U.S, but even if it’s not spring where you are yet, it will be at some point so read on and you can tuck this information away for that day. In this article I discuss how to achieve good wildflower photographs, which is not that easy to achieve. Read more...

Astrophotography – Getting started
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Astrophotography – Getting started

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

You may have seen and marveled at the images of the sky by David Goldstein (dagoldst) in the Astrophotography forum. His article helps you jump into Astrophotography: What equipment and budget is required without risking big mistakes or falling into the fangs of salesmen. Read more...

Sharp?
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Sharp?

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Just about every photographer has or would like the latest camera with the best, most expensive lenses. Who wouldn’t? Lenses so sharp you can see each separate hair on the person’s head you’re doing a portrait of. Why should we bother about sharpness? When not? Read more...

thinkTANK Modular Component System Review
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thinkTANK Modular Component System Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The quest for the perfect bag to carry our camera gear may never end, as needs, locations and gear do change over time; not to mention materials and innovative designs. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) proposes another approach to find a happy load solution: a search for a system. Read more...

A Photographer and Beginner
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A Photographer and Beginner

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

New to photography? Want to improve your skills? These are the articles you should read first. Written by experienced photographers, they take you through the basics on how to improve your photography results. Read more...

Creating a Tile Mural
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Creating a Tile Mural

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Member Karen (scenicshutterbug) wanted to create a tile mural for her outdoor kitchen space and she got help from other members in the process. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (3)
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Mastering the art of photography (3)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this third part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss "is it really art?" and the creativity required to get "artsy enough". Read more...

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