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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How do I take pictures at dusk and at night?

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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Landscape and Travel Photography

Ideal for those who want to take their travel & landscape photography to the next level

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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Take better photos during the colorful fall season

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Photographing the Night Sky

Astrophotography: tips for making great images of the stars, moon and night sky time-lapse

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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

Learn how to freeze the motion in an action scene or capture a blur to show…

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Second Time Around

Take a closer look at some of our classic lenses updated with the latest technology.

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot lunar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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How to Choose Your Next Nikon 1 Lens

Go beyond your Nikon 1 camera's kit lens

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

Exposing so the Snow’s White and Six Other Tips for Great Winter…

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Jim Richardson: Why Fast Lenses Make All the Difference

When You’re Constantly on the Move, Fast Glass Makes Tough Shots…

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

B. Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the…

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Mark Alberhasky's 5 step system for taking better pictures

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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How to Photograph Lightning

Storm chaser Jim Reed offers valuable tips for making photos of lighning while staying safe.

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Shooting Long Exposures:

Deborah Sandidge on shooting long exposure landscapes and cityscapes

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

Harbors, bays, oceans and rivers all have one thing in common—interesting and…

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Remotely taking photographs

Flexible wired & wireless remote shooting options expand your photo taking capabilities

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Mentor Trekking in Costa Rica with Bill Durrence

A Mentor Series instructor leads a group of photo trekkers through the…

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Scene Auto Selector

A COOLPIX feature that recognizes the type of scene or setting and automatically selects the…

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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Destination Europe: Do a Little Research, Then Go Light on the Gear

Blaine Harrington on travel photography in Europe

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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How to Take Pictures of Water Using Long Exposures

Getting that "silky" look when photographing moving water isn't…

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Introduction to ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed & Other Advanced Settings for HDSLR Video

Advanced settings for HDSLR video

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High Dynamic Range Photography

Why and How to Shoot HDR Images

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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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Using Teleconverters

Teleconverters let you extend your photographic reach

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Using legacy NIKKOR lenses with the Nikon Df

How to set the Df to accept legacy Non-Ai or Ai lenses

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Photographing Sports Indoors and Out

Capturing the action of a sporting event is easy when you follow a few simple…

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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How to Use Aperture and ND Filters to Control the Depth-of-Field in Movies

Depth-of-field for video

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For Images with Impact, Consider the Positive Role of Negative Space

Randy Ziegler discusses negative space in…

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Photographing Dogs: Capturing Action

Tips for taking better photos of your dog in action.

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Hands On

Lindsay Silverman discusses autofocusing when using teleconverters

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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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One Shot: See a Puddle, Make a Picture...or Two

Randy Ziegler on the importance of patience while out shooting

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

Diana Robinson gets the color she wants with Picture Controls in-camera and…

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Family Photos—Capturing the Moments

Nikon School's Family Photos—Capturing the Moments is full of tips for taking fun…

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Route 66 Road Trip

Tom Bol travels Route 66 with a Df D-SLR

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Prime Lenses

What is a prime lens? Well, it's a lens that isn't a zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length which means…

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Shooting a Rock Concert

Whether you're taking photos at a major rock concert or at your child's school performance, these…

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My Go-To NIKKOR Lens

Vincent Versace's favorite lens: 28-300mm zoom

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Exposure Compensation When Using i-TTL Gets Easier with the D4/D4s

Exposure compensation and flash compensation can be…

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ISO Control

For digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. The ISO setting is one of…

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One Shot: Crop Factor

Carol Freeman field tests the new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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Extra-low Dispersion Glass

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass is the result of an alternative glass manufacturing technology…

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How Do I Take Photos at Dusk and at Night?
Controlling aperture and shutter speed are the keys. Aperture is the size of the lens opening; you want large apertures to let in as much light as possible. Shutter speed will control how long the shutter stays open; the longer it's open, the more light will reach the sensor. Also, setting higher ISO speeds will increase the "light gathering" ability of the camera's sensor. The Nikon D90 and D5000 have a night portrait mode that will set the camera and fire the flash for photos of people at night.)

If you're using a VR (vibration reduction) lens, activate the VR. But if you're using a tripod—which is a great idea for night shots, as it will stabilize the camera during long exposures—be sure VR is turned off. Shutter speeds that are likely to yield the best results: 1/15, 1/8, 1/4 second or longer—and you'll need VR or a tripod for those.

For more advanced night shots, a tripod is necessary. Long exposure times—one, ten, even 30 seconds—combined with small apertures (for great depth-of-field) will produce dramatic light-trails and reveal details.

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