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Getting Creative with White Balance

Try getting creative with your camera's white balance for some interesting results.

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

The Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks provide an incredible hands-on learning…

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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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Preserve and Protect: Got a Backup Plan for Your Photos?

Don't lose those precious photos. Make sure you've got a backup…

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Photo Tips from Across America

Nikon training specialist, Kristine Bosworth, covers the country and sends photography…

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Yes, I Pan: Pursuing the Bigger Picture

Tony Sweet on creating panoramas

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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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How to Capture the “Wow” Factor

Photographer Evan Williams on shooting stunning photographs

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Sometimes showing just a hint of your subject can be more compelling…

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Take better photos during the colorful fall season

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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Create a Visual Meme With Your Photos & Quick Wit!

Learn how to create a Meme with your own digital photographs that you…

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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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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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Jody Dole Photographs Objects that Catch His Eye

See how commercial shooter Jody Dole uses anything and everything to…

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Video Tutorial Series: Getting Started with your Nikon D3300 DSLR

Series of six videos to help you set-up and shoot and…

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Taking Close-up Photos

How do I take close-up photos of flowers and small objects?

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Vincent Versace

Fine art, commercial and nature photographer Vincent Versace is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his…

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

Step-by-step set-up guide to using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras

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What it Takes

David X. Tejada on minimalist lighting with Speedlights

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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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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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GPS

Embed GPS data in your images and track where you've been.

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Photographing the US National Parks

Chris Nicholson on photographing in the US National Parks

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Think About Your Subject Before You Begin Shooting

Find out why thinking about your photos can be as important as taking…

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Built-in World Maps

Track where you've been shooting; locate Points of Interest.

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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

Tips for taking great photos of your young graduate on their big day

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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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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power
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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power

Creating a starburst in your photographs

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Want Better Landscape Photos? First Check Your Definition of "Landscape"

Tony Sweet offers tips for better landscape…

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Smart Portrait System

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System incorporates into COOLPIX cameras a series of automatic functions,…

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Joel Sartore

Conservation photographer Joel Sartore is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

Ideal class for those who want to go beyond point & shoot photography

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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

Ron Magill field tests the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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Strategy Sessions

Doug Gordon on wedding photography

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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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Comfort Zone

Ryan Brenizer on photographing weddings with prime NIKKORs

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At the Moment

Greg Gibson trades photojournalism for documentary wedding photography

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Tips for Photographing Birds

Birds make great subjects for photographs; tips for capturing them with your camera.

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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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Mothers' Days: Good Timing and Great Locations Result in Memorable Maternity Photographs

Beth Wade discusses tips for…

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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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Creatively Photographing Objects Up Close

Don't show everything. That's a good rule of thumb to remember when you're taking pictures. When you see something you want to photograph, ask yourself this question: "What is my subject?" Once you've answered that question you can begin to experiment with the best way to capture the image.

An important thing to remember when composing your photo is to use your feet. Don't get nailed down, move around; try different positions, different camera angles and focal lengths. Compose your image so that you eliminate distractions and bring the focus to your subject.

In this first photo it's hard to tell what the photographer wanted to capture. Was it the buildings, the deer, the parking lot, the cars?  There are too many extraneous details. By framing the photo to exclude some things and choosing a shallow depth of field that blurred the background, the photographer has captured a lovely image of the deer. The composition is much more appealing, and the viewer immediately knows what the subject is.

The same thing applies to the second set of images. There's just too much information in the first image, and the viewer doesn't know where they're supposed to look. Careful framing has eliminated the distracting elements in the second image and made the bucket the subject of the photo.

You want your photos to have an impact. Framing your photos thoughtfully and eliminating distracting elements will make for more powerful and pleasing images.

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