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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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Through the Eyes of a Child

Simple tips for children to learn to take better photos

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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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 Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Take better photos during the colorful fall season

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Understanding Focal Length

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

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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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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

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

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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How To Grow Your Garden Photography Skills

Taking great photographs of your own garden is easy with a few simple tips

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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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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Basic lighting tips for shooting video

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

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

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Tips for Shooting Sports

Sports shooter Bill Sallaz knows what he wants and where to stand in order to get it

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Moviemaking 101 – 6 Tips On How To Make A Video

Six helpful tips when making movies your camera

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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

David Handschuh on thinking like a photojournalist

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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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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon in which light rays passing through a lens focus at different…

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Tips For Making Tempting Food Photos

Alison Lyons offers simple tips for taking great photos of food & drink

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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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For Great Nature Photos, Look Close to Home

Carol Freeman on photographing nature in your "backyard"

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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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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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Take It to the Limit: Pushing the D500 Envelope

D500 in action with Nikon's own Lindsay Silverman and Mark Soares

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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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Ski Photography 101

Tips and tricks for getting great photos of skiers and snowboarders

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of Your Kid's Sports

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Have Fun Shooting Selfies (Self-Portrait) Photos

Tips and tricks for taking great Selfies

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Making Pictures in the Rain

Just because it's raining doesn't mean there aren't great pictures waiting to be made.

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

Understanding what all of those markings and designations on your lens really mean.

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

Blaine Harrington on travel photography in Europe

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HDSLR Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Your D-Movie Camera

Getting started with HDSLR video

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Caring for your Nikon 1 Waterproof Housing

Regular maintenence and care of the WP-N1/WP-N2/WP-N3 will ensure its…

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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Taking Pictures in Cold Weather

Weldon Lee has some tips to keep you taking pictures—even in the cold and snow.

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Imagine That

Nope, we didn't make a mistake. The photos you see here were not taken by several different photographers;…

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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

Mark Alberhasky on using the FT-1 and NIKKOR lenses on…

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What is a Lens MTF Chart & How Do I Read It?

MTF charts plot the performance and quality of a lens

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon’s WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller System

Learn how easy it is to shoot wirelessly with the…

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Getting Started: Memory Cards and Batteries

Take care of the little things, and you'll be ready for the big things.

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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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How to Create a Behind the Scenes Video for your Photography Business

Creating a BTS video with Dixie Dixon

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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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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Bill Coleman: A Long Term Photo Project

Whether shooting the Amish of Pennsylvania or the landscapes of Maine or Italy,…

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Flash Photography the Easy Way

David Tejada's easy-does-it flash tips

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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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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Compelling images show a hint of your subject

Have you ever wondered how your mind is able is create a whole from a part? For instance, if you see a small section of a bicycle wheel your mind automatically fills in the rest, and you know you're looking at a bicycle wheel. Your brain fills in the gaps intuitively. This is an important thing to remember when you're taking photos because it increases the opportunities to be creative.

Give this technique a try by finding a subject that has bold color, strong lines or details. You can start with the flag you hang on patriotic holidays. Try a few different scenarios: with the fabric folded or draped or stretched out. See how the light strikes it. Would it be better to place it by the window and let the sunlight hit it, or is more muted light the way to go?

Look at some of the objects you have around the house. Which of them would make an interesting picture? Remember the keys to good photography: subject, light and background. Try different arrangements of your subject. Watch what happens in the background (dark is often better). Try different angles to see how the light looks when it's coming from the front, the side or the back.

If you have a COOLPIX camera, you can use it in close-up mode to bring the lens almost on top of the item. If you have a Nikon D-SLR, try to find out just how close the lens(es) you have will focus. Nikon offers several lenses in the Micro NIKKOR category that are designed for close-up photography and most zoom NIKKOR lenses incorporate a really versatile close-focus feature as well. You can also zoom into your subject when shooting with the Nikon 1 digital cameras and a 1 NIKKOR zoom lens.

Now, whether you're visiting a winery, out shopping or at an antique car show, always be on the lookout for details. Do the same when you're out for a walk or on vacation. Don't just see the forest, see the trees and the leaves.

Variety is key to keeping photography interesting. Finding those interesting bits and pieces that catch your eye will add new dimension to your photos.

Remember, the point is to show just part of the object.

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