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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...

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...

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...

Time Lapse with Dennis Owens
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Time Lapse with Dennis Owens

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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...

Vision Quest Cards
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Vision Quest Cards

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A few Sundays ago, both mother nature and I were under the weather. It had been raining straight for weeks. Autumn had reared the ugly side of its head and brought cold temps. All the leaves had dropped, ushering in what we in Vermont refer to as "stick season," when all of the hills are drab brown. Needless to say, I was having a tough time finding anything I felt excited about shooting. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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