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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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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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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

Ideal class for those who want to go beyond point & shoot photography

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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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Cliff Mautner: King of Hearts

Cliff Mautner's unique style has made him a successful and in-demand wedding photographer.

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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 5

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

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Cherie Steinberg: Capturing the Wedding Vibe

For Cherie Steinberg being a wedding photographer means wearing more than…

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

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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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