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How to photograph fireworks
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How to photograph fireworks

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When the summer sets in, the heat wave usually comes accompanied by joyous celebrations all around the world, many enhanced by fireworks displays. How to set everything up? This article provides tips on aperture, shutter speed, framing and focus. Read more...

10 Essential Tips & Tricks for Wildlife Photography
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10 Essential Tips & Tricks for Wildlife Photography

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Nikonians Wildlife Series of Tips & Tricks by Nikonians Moderator of the Wildlife Forum, Philippe Clément (Photophil), features 10 valuable advices for shooting wildlife scenes. Read more...

On Handholding Technique
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On Handholding Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered how come some of your images look "soft" or blurred. Although at times it is an overestimation of the depth of field, quite often it is simply due to improper handholding technique. Your shuter speed is slower that you can hold steady. So you need to work on that. A little DSLR is used for the illustrations. Read more...

Beginner's Guide to Close-up & Macro Photography
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Beginner's Guide to Close-up & Macro Photography

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The objective of this article is to give fellow Nikonians a basic understanding of close-up and macro photography, by highlighting general issues such as equipment used, typical problems one might encounter, things to watch out for and some general guidelines. It will focus on the basics, adding some detailed technical information in the hope you will find it useful. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to make your own Photo Book
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How to make your own Photo Book

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel)

When I was still shooting print film, I used to take my rolls to the local camera store and have them developed and printed. At home I would flip through all the images, take out all the bad shots and keep the average and the good ones. My wife would then put all those images in a photo book, together with some decorative items and descriptive taglines. Read more...

Which Compact Flash Cards for Digital Cameras?
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Which Compact Flash Cards for Digital Cameras?

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The vast majority of Nikon digital cameras use the CompactFlash cards to store images. The CompactFlash card is about the size of a book of matches and fits into the slot of the camera. 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...

Taking the Digital Plunge
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Taking the Digital Plunge

Tom Bone (flashdeadline)

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You’ve finally decided to go digital but what’s the right camera for you? The answers are in your ultimate needs, your familiarity with photography and computers— and your wallet. 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...

Photographer's Guide to Resolution and Print Size
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Photographer's Guide to Resolution and Print Size

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You are now the proud owner of both a film scanner or a digital camera and an inkjet printer. But may have wondered what is the best resolution -or pixel density- of a digitized image to allow for the production of a good print in a given size. Read more...

Which image format - JPEG, TIFF, or RAW?
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Which image format - JPEG, TIFF, or RAW?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

I just bought a new digital camera! I see that my new digital delight can take images in several different formats. There’s JPEG mode, TIFF mode, or even a mode called RAW. Is one better than the other? What differences will I see in the final images between the three formats? Which will it be, JPEG, TIFF, or RAW? Read more...

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