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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

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Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

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James Balog

Conservation photographer James Balog is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

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Corey Rich

Adventure photographer Corey Rich is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography and multimedia work.

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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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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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Competitive Edge

Andrew Hancock on sports photography

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When You Explore All Angles, Better Pictures Happen

Tom Bol explains how changing perspective can make a better image.

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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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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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Backgrounds in Wildlife Photography

Ron Magill shares a tip for photographing wildlife

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Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

James Balog discusses the importance of challenging yourself in your photography

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Bambi Cantrell

Wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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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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Portrait & Lighting Workshop

Nikon School hands-on workshop on portraits and lighting

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Treating Everyone on Set with Respect

Blair Bunting on respecting everyone on set

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Moose Peterson

Wildlife and aviation photographer Moose Peterson is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Shooting in Inclement Weather

Corey Rich discusses shooting in bad weather

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Ami Vitale

Photographer and multimedia journalist Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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Jerry Ghionis

Wedding and portrait photographer Jerry Ghionis is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Tamara Lackey

Lifestyle portrait photographer Tamara Lackey is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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What Do You Look for in a Wedding Photographer?

Tips on what to look for when choosing a wedding photographer

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Cliff Mautner

Wedding and portrait photographer Cliff Mautner is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Tips from a Model Turned Professional Photographer

See how photographer Nancy Brown turned a 20-year modeling career in…

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Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

Sports Shooter Academy gives you the opportunity to work with pros in a hands-on…

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Cliff Mautner: King of Hearts

Cliff Mautner's unique style has made him a successful and in-demand wedding photographer.

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Robin Layton

Fine art/portrait photographer Robin Layton is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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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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Using Shadows for Dimension in Photographs

Joe McNally explains how shadows add dimension

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Using Shadows and Light in Your Photographs

Cliff Maunter on using shadows and light

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Basic Underwater Photography Tips

5 tips to taking better photos under the sea

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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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Creatively Photographing Objects Up Close

The idea that less is more can be applied to the subject matter in your photos.

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Lindsey Byrnes on Rock & Roll Photography

Video interview of pro shooter Lindsey Byrnes on photography and getting…

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Virtual Horizon

Electronic Virtual Horizon will help ensure level horizons in your images.

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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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Quick and Easy Photography Tips and Tricks

Nikon's Lindsay Silverman offers photo tips

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Sandro

Commercial photographer and filmmaker Sandro is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Blair Bunting

Commercial photographer Blair Bunting is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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What to do When you Need Stills while Shooting HD Video

Shoot simultaneously or save a frame options with the D4 or D4s…

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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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Elements of Photography

Ideal class for those who want to take great D-SLR photos

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Photographing Commercial Assignments with a Sports Angle

Find out how quick veteran photographer John Huet needed to be…

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Understanding Focal Length

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

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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

See how one of the foremost nature, outdoor and natural history…

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Reaction Time

John Solano says that for him, photographing weddings is a lot like photographing sports.

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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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The Power and Beauty of Bears and Other Animals

When the animal in the viewfinder is a bear, this photographer knows…

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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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Hands On

Lindsay Silverman discusses autofocusing when using teleconverters

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Bill Frakes

Sports and action photographer and multimedia artist Bill Frakes is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his…

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Simple tips for children to learn to take better photos

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Bokeh for Beginners

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

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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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The Anatomy of a Powerful Image

Jerry Ghionis on creating powerful wedding imagery

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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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In the Moment

Commerical photographer John Huet love to make it up as he goes along.

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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

Joe McNally uses the technique of repeating flash to capture the grace of balletic…

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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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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

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Miles of Aisles

Kevin Kubota establishes his clients' comfort level before the wedding, so that on the big day they will…

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Thomas D. Mangelsen Understands the Behavior of the Animals he Photographs

Photography is about much more than taking…

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Capturing the Essence of an Athlete in Photographs

Although many photographers look for the perfect moment, what Dave…

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Comfort Zone

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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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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

David Handschuh on thinking like a photojournalist

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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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Moiré & False Color

The role of the optical low pass filter in D-SLRs.

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Better Sports Photography

Which settings should you use depending upon which sport you're photographing

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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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Rich Clarkson: The Right Place at the Right Time to Get the Shots

Rich Clarkson, an acclaimed photojournalist, who…

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

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GPS

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

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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 Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

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

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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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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

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Andrew Hancock

Sports photographer Andrew Hancock is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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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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One Shot: The Forest and the Tree

Photographing the same subject different ways

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Tips for Photographing Mountains

People have always been fascinated by imagery of mountains. Artists have been drawn to them (pun intended) over the centuries, and photographers like Ansel Adams focused on their jagged peaks from the early days of photography. Mountains are even included in the words to "America the Beautiful." So how can we make the most of these "purple mountain majesties" in our photos today?

The first and most important rule is to make sure that the horizon line in your photograph is straight. If you're hand holding your camera, take care when looking through the viewfinder (or on the LCD if you're composing that way) to make sure that the horizon is straight, not slanted. Sometimes you can fix a crooked horizon line with software, after you've taken the photograph, but doing so may also mean you'll have to crop out part of your picture. If you are using a tripod, that's even easier. Many tripods have a built-in bubble level that will show you whether or not the camera is straight.

Some Nikon cameras incorporate our Virtual Horizon feature which quickly and accurately displays a graphic on the LCD to show the camera's position relative to the actual horizon. This is an invaluable photographic tool when shooting landscapes and architecture. No more guessing if the horizon in your scene is level.

You don't have to be particularly close to a mountain to make a nice photo. In fact, you'll often be many, many miles away. The only truly limiting factor then is how clear the air is. If there's haze, pollution or fog, the mountains may be too obscured to see clearly.

As long as you can see the mountains, though, you can photograph them. Mist, rain, haze and snow can enhance an image, where the weather becomes an important subject along with the towering peaks. Sunlight can break through an overcast sky, showing a small portion of the mountains behind the clouds, making a unique photographic opportunity. And, when the sky is filled with haze, you can sometimes make photographs of the mountain range that resembles layers of peaks and valleys repeating in the distance.


Mountains as Backdrop

Photographing mountains from down in the valley will allow you to include near objects as framing elements. For example, a tree with overhanging branches can frame the distant mountain peaks, will make the photograph more interesting. Other foreground subjects can be flowers, a road leading towards the distant mountains, herds of grazing wildlife; even an old barn, cowboy, or boats on a lake.

When photographing this scene, you're using the mountains as a backdrop for something else. That helps gives some context to the main subject (which is in the foreground). Whatever it is, though, the mountains add not just another interesting visual element, but some sense of location and scale as well.

As long as you can see the mountains you can photograph them. Mist, rain, haze and snow can enhance an image, where the weather becomes an important subject along with the towering peaks.

Reflections

If there's water in the foreground, and if it is still (not moving), you can include the mountain's reflection in the water into your picture. If you come upon a lake and the water is choppy, you won't be able to capture the reflection clearly, so try again the following day. If you can, head out shortly after sunrise (or even get up early and photograph the sunrise), when there is no wind, and the water's surface will be flat.

Normally photographers try to avoid placing the horizon line in the center of the frame, but this is an instance where you can go ahead and break that rule. By placing the horizon line in the center of the frame, the photo becomes symmetric (bisecting the frame into two equal parts). Experiment with your composition and move the horizon line. Try composing the photo so only the reflection is in the frame; or compose a picture with only a small amount of surrounding land in the frame.

Taking photos at "first light," (sunrise) or at sunset will give your images more vibrant colors. The light in early morning will be cooler (blues and/or violets), whereas the light at the end of the day often will be warmer (reds and/or yellows).

If you are lucky enough to have a mountain range close to where you live, you could even try taking pictures of them at different times of the day, or even different times of the year, to capture the changing seasons. Include foliage or a body of water and its reflection in the images. And, photographing the rising or setting sun in your photograph will give you a different look than if you have the rising or setting sun at your back.

You can also affect the color of your images by experimenting with the white balance settings on your camera. While cameras often are set at "Auto" white balance, if you choose Incandescent or Fluorescent, the colors will look cooler, while Cloudy and Shady will make them warmer.

From the Top

Don't just photograph a mountain or mountain range from down in the valley. If there's a ski lift or gondola that takes tourists to the top of the mountain, you might want to ride to the top and photograph the mountain from the peak, looking down, for a different view.

However you photograph them, mountains almost always make a great subject or background for your images.

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