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Tips and Techniques For High Flying Photos

Tom Bol discusses taking photos from hot air balloons, planes and helicopters

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What it Takes

David X. Tejada on minimalist lighting with Speedlights

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Tips for Using Auto WB for Incandescent Lighting with the D5/D500

Three settings let you keep warm or cool whites in Auto…

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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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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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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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Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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Balancing Photo Exposures with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

Bring light to the shadows with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

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Advanced Wireless Lighting

Advanced wireless lighting is the use of multiple Speedlights set up for wireless remote…

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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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Using Speedlights on Sunny Days

Ron Magill shares a tip for using flash in bright sun

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Motion Detection

Motion Detection helps you take sharper pictures

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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The Anatomy of a Powerful Image

Jerry Ghionis on creating powerful wedding imagery

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Awesome Skies: Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights or…

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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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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

When to use the D810 and D750's highlight-weighted metering

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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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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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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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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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How Can you Improve your Photography

Robin Layton discusses making images better

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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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Destination Latin America:

Blaine Harrington on photographing Latin America

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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

David Handschuh on thinking like a photojournalist

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The Inspired Image

Communication is key for Dixie Dixon in creating stunning images

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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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Cliff Mautner

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

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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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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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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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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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At the Moment

Greg Gibson trades photojournalism for documentary wedding photography

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Effects of Climate Change on Glaciers Through Time-Lapse

Jim Balog documents melting glaciers around the globe through…

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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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7 Tips & Tricks to Taking Better Wedding Photographs

Joe McNally on how to take better wedding portraits

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

Rich Clarkson, an acclaimed photojournalist, who…

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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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Zoom Lens Maximum Aperture: Fixed and Variable Apertures

Zoom lenses can have either a fixed maximum aperture or a…

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One Shot: Spin Doctor

Mark Alberhasky on why images may work in multiple ways

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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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Joe McNally

Commercial photojournalist Joe McNally is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

An Easy to Use Accessory, Polarizing Filters Bring out the Color and Definition in…

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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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How to Set White Balance for Video

Video white balance tips

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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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What is your KeyMission?

Joe McNally on the KeyMission 360 camera

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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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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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

Come to the Summit for the ultimate workshop experience in all areas of…

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Getting the "Cool" Look

My daughter, Kiara, wanted some pictures of herself with her new guitar. She was looking for some…

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How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots his Kid's Games

What can a Sports Illustrated photographer teach you about…

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Canyon Country Shooting

Tips for Photographing the Southwest

Ask any aficionado of workshops and photo treks, "Why the southwest?" and the answer comes easily: an abundance of photo opportunities. Ask Justin Black, co-founder and managing director of the Visionary Wild Workshops, and he'll quickly get down to the specifics of the area's appeal, starting with the generally good weather and the translucent quality of the light in the desert air. Then he'll mention the graphics of a wide-open landscape, much of it on public land that's easily accessible for day trips, weekend excursions and longer trips and travel. Not to mention the sense of discovery in many of these areas. "Even though people have been there," Justin says, "there's little evidence of it, so you're an explorer as well as a photographer."

So there you have it: in southwestern Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and areas of the California desert—big, graphically clean landscapes that offer everything from broad vistas to the intimate details that are revealed as, say, sunlight reflects off the walls of sandstone canyons.

But before you get to planning and packing, a few essentials to consider:

The first is safety. Carry water and a first aid kit. Wear sturdy, comfortable boots; you'll be hiking, not strolling. "Watch the weather," Justin adds. "If you're in the canyons, know that storms even 30 or 40 miles away can have consequences—like a wall of water coming down the canyon toward you. Stay alert and stay informed." And tell people where you'll be. Your cell phone might not get service, so it's good to know that others know your plan and your itinerary. You don't want to end up like that guy they made the movie about who got pinned by the boulder and had to...well, you know.

The photo essentials?

Time. Really. Allow a lot of it so you can follow the light or wait out its changes; and so you can discover those great photo locations. "Don't be in a hurry," Justin says, "and don't show up with a lot of preconceived ideas or images in mind. You'll be offered surprises and opportunities, so be open to them. Relish the exploration."

Also in the time category, expect long days...and take advantage of them. You can make pictures from pre-dawn to after dusk, and while some places aren't picture-friendly in midday light, you can use those hours to photograph in the canyons, working in the shadows or in areas of reflected light. If the light's harsh on the canyon wall, turn around to see what the light is bouncing into or onto; that bounced light can be diffuse, warm and welcoming.

With all that light bouncing around, what about exposure? "There are exceptions, but I find that Matrix metering does remarkably well," Justin says. "And I always check the histogram."

Sunlight also means sun glare and flare. "I'll almost always use a lens shade," Justin says, "and when the camera's on a tripod, I'll often use an MC-36 cable release and stand in front of the camera. If I can see my shadow falling on the lens, I know there won't be any flare."

Because of the range of tones in many southwest scenes, we wondered if HDR photography might be a good idea from time to time. "Not bad," Justin says, "but I've been astonished by the dynamic range of the D800E. There are some images I've made with that camera that in the past I would have had to use a graduated neutral density  filter or a two-exposure layer or HDR, but what you can do in a single frame with that camera is amazing."    

Finally, all the photos you see here were taken (by Justin or fellow pro shooter and Visionary Wild workshop instructor Jack Dykinga) with cameras firmly mounted on tripods. Whether you consider a tripod essential gear is your call; we're just saying...