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

Rich Clarkson, an acclaimed photojournalist, who…

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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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Group Effort: Growing Your Skills in a Camera Club

Benefits of joining a camera club

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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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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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Getting Creative with White Balance

Try getting creative with your camera's white balance for some interesting results.

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Using the Histogram to Check Exposure

Checking video exposure with the histogram

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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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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

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

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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Picture Controls Step-by-Step

Utilize Picture Controls in-camera or during post-processing to change the look of your…

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

The Nikon D7100 is a top-of-the-line performer

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Techniques: Flower Power

Focus Stacking for Close-Up Depth and Detail

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Easy Panorama Mode

The Easy Panorama Mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture.

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3D Color Matrix Metering II

This system of evaluating light determines the best possible exposure for a particular…

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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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