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What is your KeyMission?

Jerry Ghionis on the KeyMission 360 camera

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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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Jerry Ghionis

Wedding and portrait photographer Jerry Ghionis is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his 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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Boudoir Photography: Creating the Sensual Image

Trendy boudoir photography by CherieFoto.

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10 Tips on How To Leverage Social Media in Your Photography Business

Dixie Dixon on leveraging social media for your…

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Video Composition Rules: Establishing, Medium and Close-up Shots

Composition tips for video

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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

Three pros discuss using the AF-ON button for AF control

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The Anatomy of a Powerful Image

Jerry Ghionis on creating powerful wedding imagery

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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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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Joey Terrill

Commercial photographer Joey Terrill is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Shooting with Remote Cameras

Andrew Hancock discusses the art of shooting sports with remote cameras

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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

Gary Braasch follows the evidence; the power of photography does the rest.

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How to Record Audio: Tutorial on Audio Basics

Recording audio for HDSLR video

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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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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

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

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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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One Shot: Catch the Wind

Deborah Sandidge on easy D500 multiple exposures

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Action Photography: Shooting in Extreme Locations

Photographer Beth Wald doesn't just shoot from the sidelines; she's in…

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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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What is Your KeyMission?

Elijah Wood on the KeyMission 360

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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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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

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

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How to Read Your Camera Manual

Your camera manual, it's not a novel, so don't try reading it cover to cover.

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A Nikon Ambassador's Photography in Cuba

Vincent Versace on photographing the culture and people of Cuba

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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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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One Shot: No Exit

Bill Durrence on ow a simple change can alter a photo’s feeling

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Outdoor Pursuit

Bill Hatcher photographs the impossible—well, let's say the extremely difficult.

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Lessons from a Travel Photographer

Attention to details has helped make Rosanne Pennella the successful travel…

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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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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Careful planning or just being lucky—both can work in your favor.

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Photo Tips from Across America

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

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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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Photographing it All

With experience as a newspaper photographer and close to 20 years with Sports Illustrated, George…

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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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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

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

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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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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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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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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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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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Tips for Environmental Photographers

Nikon Ambassador James Balog offers tips for environmental shooters

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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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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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Brian Skerry

Photojournalist Brian Skerry is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Destination Asia: A Showcase for the Storytelling Power of Travel Images

Travel shooter Blaine Harrington offers tips for…

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Lynsey Addario

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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Fast Frames: A Quick Guide to Bird Photography

Matt McRay discusses how to get birds to visit your yard so you can…

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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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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Dixie Dixon

Commercial and fashion photographer Dixie Dixon is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How do I take pictures at dusk and at night?

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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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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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Time Travels

Steve Heiner shares the art of time-lapse videos.

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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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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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How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots his Kid's Games

What can a Sports Illustrated photographer teach you about…

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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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Understanding ISO Sensitivity

Photography is built on the three pillars of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and…

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For Great Nature Photos, Look Close to Home

Carol Freeman on photographing nature in your "backyard"

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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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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Shooting Long Exposures:

Deborah Sandidge on shooting long exposure landscapes and cityscapes

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

Diana Robinson gets the color she wants with Picture Controls in-camera and…

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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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The Importance of Composition When Shooting Nature

Pat O'Hara had to go far from home to really appreciate the…

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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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At the Moment

Greg Gibson trades photojournalism for documentary wedding photography

“I went from the White House to the white gowns” is how Greg Gibson refers to his move in 2002 from a 20-year career as a photojournalist, during which he twice shared the Pulitzer Prize, to documentary wedding photography.

As he made the transition, he made adjustments in approach, style and content to account for the differences between photojournalism and weddings in the photojournalistic style.

The photojournalist, he knew, is always looking for the grabber image. If the reader’s attention isn’t instantly caught, the page is turned. But a wedding isn’t a news story. People linger over wedding photos, and they return to them again and again.

Greg also realized that while there’s a “catch the moment” aspect to wedding photography, there’s also a fashion and beauty side, a “bride as model” consideration, and he was able to balance those elements in order to present the complete aspects of wedding photography.

He also had to adjust his ideas about composition. “As a photojournalist, I was taught to shoot tight, to get big, bold images that fill the frame,” he says. “There was very little negative space, very little white space. A lot of the photos I take for weddings are actually pretty much environmental portraits, and I had to learn how to put people in a really big space.”

Greg photographs in and around Washington, DC, and often his clients want specific locations as backgrounds. “They’re Washingtonians, and that’s important to their relationship,” he says. “Sometimes their choices are based on what they saw in photos from my portfolio or website, and that can be difficult because I don’t want to do the same picture. I need to make their photo different for them. I tell people that being a wedding photographer is sometimes like being in Groundhog Day. You’re basically living the same Saturday over and over again. But that’s the challenge, handling the similarities: anticipation, buildup, the bride in the white dress, the ceremony, the party.”

What goes a long way toward meeting the challenge is choosing a place that makes the couple comfortable, and that often means a place away from the rest of the wedding party. “I want it to be just the two of them,” Greg says. “I don’t want people hanging around. Sometimes they want the wedding party along for some photos, but I tell them, ‘That’s okay, but when I’m photographing the two of you, I want the wedding party to stay in the cars.’ The thing is, I can take them out to the Jefferson Memorial, in front of a thousand people they’ve never seen, and I can get the response I need. I can get them to be comfortable and relaxed because they don’t have to worry about the people around them; they’ll never see those people again. But if I put that same couple in the same place and the best man or the bride’s sister or the groom’s buddies are there, they become inhibited because those people are not only likely to give them a lot of kidding, they are also going to see the photos. It’s easier for them to relax among strangers.”

A comfortable place; a minimum of distractions; sometimes, with the right couple, an invitation to be adventurous; and the suggestion to discuss important things to get real feelings going between them. “And then it’s up to me to pull it all together.”

Online Exclusive: Tips from Greg Gibson

"Where you place the highlights is the secret sauce of photography. Your eye is attracted to the brightest part of an image, and how you place the highlight is how you guide the viewer through the image. For the photo of the bride and groom on the stairway, I wanted to underexpose slightly, half a stop or so, but have very crisp light on them so your eye goes right to the kiss. Then I toned the edges of the photo in post production to further draw people's attention into the image."

"As a photojournalist, I was taught to shoot concise, to tell the story within the confines of one frame. Today I still try to include as many elements as possible to covey information about what's going on."

"When I photograph people with buildings or monuments in the scene, I often try to place them some distance away from the buildings. Then I can use a long lens and lens compression to pull everything together, make my subjects pop and shoot the building slightly out of focus so you get the feeling of what it is without having to be beat over the head with it."

"Working [with the couple] in one or two locations maximizes the opportunities [but] often they want four or five locations, and I have to talk them out of it. They think, we'll go to the Capitol and bang off a couple of pictures, and the Jefferson and bang off a couple, and the Lincoln, and then down by the river. It doesn't work like that. Those results are not what I'm showing them in my portfolio or at my website. Those pictures take an investment in time—time to get them in the location and comfortable with one another, time to get them in the moment and then time to dial it in and nail it."