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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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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Macro Lenses

Reproduce objects up to life size using a Nikon Micro-NIKKOR Lens

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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 Photograph Lightning

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

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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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Photographing the Night Sky

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

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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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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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Bokeh for Beginners

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

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Techniques: Flower Power

Focus Stacking for Close-Up Depth and Detail

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

Nothing personifies the American West like the cowboy. The image—of a weather-worn man, in jeans, cowboy boots and hat, riding his horse on the open plains, swinging a lasso, herding cattle, or enjoying an evening cookout by an open fire—is woven through the last 150 years of U.S. history. Fortunately for photographers, the cowboy is alive and well, working on ranches around the country. There are working ranches where cowboys tend to their herds of cattle, and "dude" ranches that specialize in teaching horseback riding to anyone with the curiosity to learn, and offer "city folk" the opportunity to get their hands dirty helping out. If you ever have the opportunity to visit a ranch, do so, and bring your camera, as you'll be able to make great photographs, reminiscent of a bygone era.

When shooting action shots of cowboys, horses or cattle on the move, and especially the action of a rodeo, you'll want to use a high shutter speed, at least 1/500 of a second, to capture the action. Use the shutter priority mode to set the shutter speed, and the camera will choose the corresponding aperture for the correct exposure.

Family trips to a dude ranch make for wonderful photographic memories. Pictures of the kids in western attire, complete with cowboy hats make for great shots. Add in farm animals and you've got the makings of fun images—what's better than children and animals together!