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In a New York Minute: Images of a Long Weekend

Lindsay Silverman spends a weekend shooting with only one D-SLR and lens…

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Dave Black

Sports and commercial photographer Dave Black is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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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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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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Understanding Nikon Wireless Connectivity

Learn how to connect your camera and compatible smart device wirelessly

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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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Setting up the COOLPIX S800c

The COOLPIX S800c offers wireless connectivity, learn how to set it up easily

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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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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

Step-by-step set-up guide to using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras

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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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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

How to use a graduated neutral density filter to decrease extreme light to…

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Route 66 Road Trip

Tom Bol travels Route 66 with a Df D-SLR

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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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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

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

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When Center Composition can Elevate a Portrait

Tamara Lackey on portrait composition

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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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Caring for your Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

Care and maintence for the Nikon 1 AW1

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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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Joe McNally: Shooting a Portrait with Speedlights

Joe McNally sets up a portrait on location using Speedlights

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Online Exclusive: Time Lapse Photography Adds Interest to your D-Movies

Speed up time with interval shooting.

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Ski Photography 101

Tips and tricks for getting great photos of skiers and snowboarders

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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Remotely taking photographs

Flexible wired & wireless remote shooting options expand your photo taking capabilities

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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Ron Magill

Zoologist and wildlife photographer Ron Magill 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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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

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

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Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

James Balog discusses the importance of challenging yourself in your photography

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One Shot: Are We There Yet?

Gary Crabbe shoots The Subway in Zion National Park

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The Versatile Appeal of the D600

See what makes the D600 an appealing camera

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Moving Pictures: The Learning Curve

Steve Heiner on starting at stills and going to video

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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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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

Tell better stories using the myriad of fun and artistic features built into Nikon…

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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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Take a New Look at an Everyday Object

Robin Layton discusses opening your eyes to looking at subjects differently

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Assignment: Road Trip

Bob Krist pursues persons of interest

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Better Sports Photography

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

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In the Moment

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

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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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Vincent Versace

Fine art, commercial and nature photographer Vincent Versace is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his…

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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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Bambi Cantrell

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

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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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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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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

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

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos on a Vacation

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Andrew Hancock

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

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One Shot: City Lights

Shooting a silhouette against the lights of Times Square

Mark Alberhasky and his wife, Cindy, are returning to their hotel from the PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan when Mark's eye is caught by the splashes of bright color and the freeform design on electronic billboards in Times Square. With the folks at the top of the red steps above the TKTS booth nicely silhouetted by the dazzling light show, it's a picture asking to be taken.

Just one problem. "I wasn't following the Jay Maisel rule," Mark says, "so we rush into the hotel, go up to the room, I grab my camera and tell Cindy I'll be back in a few minutes to get ready for dinner. Then I head downstairs."

He gets into position and zooms the lens to fill the frame with color and design. "But I'm shooting from across the street," Mark says, "and you just don't stop to think about how many double-decker buses there are crossing Times Square."

The display keeps cycling through its changes, and every time the specific graphic Mark wants comes up, a double-decker rolls by to block the shot.

Time passes. Fifteen floors up in the hotel, Cindy comes to realize that in photographer speak, "I'll be back in a few minutes" means "I'll be gone for as long as it takes to get the picture."

On the street, Mark digs in. He's dealt with desert sandstorms, roving lions and once pretty much went nose to nose with a cheetah in the Masai Mara game reserve, and he's not about to be bested by the double-deckers of Times Square.

"As the graphic is changing I'm shooting test shots with the camera set for manual," Mark says. "An autoexposure mode will try to balance everything out, and that's not what I want. This photo is all about impact and stark contrast—the deep black silhouettes against the vibrancy of the billboard."

Twenty minutes later he gets the shot he wants. "It's about seven o'clock on an October evening," he says, "and the darkness makes all that brilliant light all the more brilliant and dramatic." 

The specs: Nikon 1 V1, 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens, 1/400 second, f/6.3, ISO 400, manual exposure, Matrix metering.

The Jay Maisel rule: Always carry a camera. It's tough to shoot a picture without one.

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