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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

Exposing so the Snow’s White and Six Other Tips for Great Winter…

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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

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

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The Versatile Appeal of the D600

See what makes the D600 an appealing camera

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Hands On: Range Rover

Lindsay Silverman on the many moods of HDR

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the challenge.

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

Harbors, bays, oceans and rivers all have one thing in common—interesting and…

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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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Mothers' Days: Good Timing and Great Locations Result in Memorable Maternity Photographs

Beth Wade discusses tips for…

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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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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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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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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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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

Tips for taking great photos of your young graduate on their big day

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 10

Discover the time-saver of batch processing a group of your images.

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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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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Ron Magill

Zoologist and wildlife photographer Ron Magill is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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How to Photograph Lightning

Storm chaser Jim Reed offers valuable tips for making photos of lighning while staying safe.

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Critical Focus: Getting the Most From Your D800

Michael Clark on getting the most out of your D800 HD-SLR

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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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For Images with Impact, Consider the Positive Role of Negative Space

Randy Ziegler discusses negative space in…

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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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Tips for Using Auto WB for Incandescent Lighting with the D5/D500

Three settings let you keep warm or cool whites in Auto…

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James Balog

Conservation photographer James Balog is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 5

Learn how to quickly adjust the brightness and vividness in an image.

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Getting Started: How to Change a D-SLR Lens

Learn the steps to changing your camera's lens.

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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Awesome Skies: Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights or…

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 9

Find out how to brighten up the dark edges of an image caused by vignetting.

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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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Jody Dole Photographs Objects that Catch His Eye

See how commercial shooter Jody Dole uses anything and everything to…

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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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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 7

Learn how to straighten a tilted image.

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 2

Master the technique of brightening up a photo with D-Lighting.

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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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A Pro's Tips for the Best Children's Photos

Tamara Lackey on taking great pictures of kids

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One Shot: After Image

The story of Jack Dykinga's photo, made at the Salto Grande waterfall in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, begins with Jack's observation that the lenga tree at the gorge's edge was leaning in the direction of the water's flow. He decided to compose the photo to emphasize that fact and placed the tree off center in the frame. Then he chose a slow shutter speed to accentuate the power of the rushing water, creating a sense of movement in the image and guiding the viewer's eye along the perceived path of that movement.

And there was one more thing he could do: "Shape and motion drive this image," Jack says, "and making it a horizontal panorama reinforces those ideas." To produce the panorama, he shifted the PC (perspective control) lens on his tripod-mounted camera, first left, then center, then right on the horizontal plane, creating three overlapping pictures that would later be stitched in Adobe Photoshop to provide a single image. He also used the PC lens' tilt function to insure sharp focus near-to-far.

But as you can see from this version of the image, the story isn't over.

The reason for the conversion to black & white was to emphasize the design of the image and test the strength of its composition without the distraction of color. "I think in color," Jack says, "but increasingly I'm finding my better, well-composed, well-designed images will work either way, color or black & white."    

Both versions of the image are featured in Jack's new book, Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition, and, as all the photographs in the book, they epitomize his belief that "the more thought that goes into making the photograph, and the more that you define the particular moment in time, the better the image is going to be."

The specs: D3X, PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED, 2 seconds, f/16, ISO 100, manual exposure, Matrix metering; black-and-white conversion and fine-tuning of the black & white image done with Nik Silver Efex Pro software.

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