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Photo Editing with Nikon's Capture NX 2

Learn to use editing features of Capture NX 2 software to get the most from your…

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Nikon Capture NX-D Software

Overview of Nikon's software for image processing and editing

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Creatively Photographing Objects Up Close

The idea that less is more can be applied to the subject matter in your photos.

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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What to do When you Need Stills while Shooting HD Video

Shoot simultaneously or save a frame options with the D4 or D4s…

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Following Your Heart for Great Images

Robin Layton discusses making great images

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Nikon's RAW file format contains all the image information captured by the camera's sensor.

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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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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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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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Group Effort: Growing Your Skills in a Camera Club

Benefits of joining a camera club

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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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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

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

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Motion Detection

Motion Detection helps you take sharper pictures

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Virtual Horizon

Electronic Virtual Horizon will help ensure level horizons in your images.

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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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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Wired and Wireless File Transfer

Wired or wireless options lets you transfer image files from the camera to computer when…

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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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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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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Photographing the Night Sky

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

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

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

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Moiré & False Color

The role of the optical low pass filter in D-SLRs.

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Matthew Jordan Smith

Celebrity and fashion photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his…

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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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One Shot: Crop Factor

Carol Freeman field tests the new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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Tips for Photographing Birds

Birds make great subjects for photographs; tips for capturing them with your camera.

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High Dynamic Range Photography

Why and How to Shoot HDR Images

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Scene Auto Selector

A COOLPIX feature that recognizes the type of scene or setting and automatically selects the…

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The Versatile Appeal of the D600

See what makes the D600 an appealing camera

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Building Your Creative Team

Dixie Dixon on building a creative support team

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

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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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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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One Shot: Spin Doctor

Transforming your images, transforming your vision

The old saying, "Bad weather is good weather for photography," was taken to the limit on a Mentor trek in northern Michigan on an October day not long ago. Sunset found trek leader Mark Alberhasky and his students on the shore of Lake Michigan as a squall came in fast and hard. Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour blew over unattended tripods and formed the clouds over the lake into dramatic, picture-perfect forms. "The most interesting light was at the interface of the water horizon and the light space below the clouds," Mark says, "and I was using the 200mm focal length of the zoom lens and just moving along that line, watching for the way the shapes arranged themselves to see where the interesting abstracts were."

It was a good technique for capturing the essence of a visually striking scene, but perhaps an equally good move came later when Mark was at his computer, studying one particularly arresting image from the day's take.

"I found the blue in the clouds to be almost too exaggerated and thus not realistic," he says. He first reduced the intensity of the color a bit, but didn't like the result. Then, another thought: "Could the blue clouds be perceived as water? I inverted the image, and suddenly there was a beautiful set of waves, with spray and foam ripped from the crests by the wind." Rotated 180 degrees, the image told a new and different story as the threatening sky became threatening waves, with a clearing sky above them.

Mark doesn't suggest that photographers always view scenes with "one-eighty spin treatments" in mind, but he does say it's a good idea to keep your eyes open for "what if?" opportunities. "A lot of photographers just see reality—the trees, the chair—but when you learn to look in terms of the shapes of elements, in terms of a collection of lines and negative spaces, you start shooting not just documentary images, but abstracts. I think a lot of images that end up in the fine-art genre of photography are those kinds of images, images in which photographers have really noticed the balance of shapes and spaces, or seen the relationship of colors or qualities of light. And when they make a picture because of those qualities, they've made a photographic image that absolutely transcends a documentary photograph."

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