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One Shot: City Lights

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

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Using Teleconverters

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Take It to the Limit: Pushing the D500 Envelope

D500 in action with Nikon's own Lindsay Silverman and Mark Soares

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

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How to Read Your Camera Manual

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Want Better Landscape Photos? First Check Your Definition of "Landscape"

Tony Sweet offers tips for better landscape…

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Yes, I Pan: Pursuing the Bigger Picture

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Shooting B-Roll Footage with a DSLR

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Performance Art: Joe McNally's Mirror Magic Act

Joe McNally, dancers and a mirrored set in the desert

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Dave Black

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Understanding Nikon Wireless Connectivity

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

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D-Movie Mode

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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

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Prime Lenses

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

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

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Effects of Climate Change on Glaciers Through Time-Lapse

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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

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Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

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One Shot: Are We There Yet?

Gary Crabbe shoots The Subway in Zion National Park

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Moving Pictures: The Learning Curve

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How to Create a Behind the Scenes Video for your Photography Business

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The Versatile Appeal of the D600

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

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Robin Layton

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Take a New Look at an Everyday Object

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Building Your Creative Team

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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

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The Importance of Quality Audio Capture

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'Shooting the Curl' Gets a Whole New Meaning

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

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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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Photographing it All

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

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Top Tip: If You Want to Shoot Video, Start by Thinking Video

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Preserve and Protect: Got a Backup Plan for Your Photos?

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Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

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Better Sports Photography

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In the Moment

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Photographing Commercial Assignments with a Sports Angle

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Vincent Versace

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

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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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Bambi Cantrell

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

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Speaking For Themselves: The Veterans Portrait Project

The power of portraits

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What is your KeyMission?

Surf photographer Leroy Bellet on the KeyMission 360

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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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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos on a Vacation

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Andrew Hancock

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

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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

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Lynsey Addario

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

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Stop Sign: Defining a Photojournalist's Role

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A Nikon Ambassador's Photography in Cuba

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

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Geotagging: Do More with your Images and Videos

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Deanne Fitzmaurice

Photojournalist and filmmaker Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her…

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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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