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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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Tips for Photographing Mountains

Making the most of mountains in landscape photographs

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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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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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

The Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks provide an incredible hands-on learning…

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Take a New Look at an Everyday Object

Robin Layton discusses opening your eyes to looking at subjects differently

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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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Group Effort: Growing Your Skills in a Camera Club

Benefits of joining a camera club

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Exposure Compensation When Using i-TTL Gets Easier with the D4/D4s

Exposure compensation and flash compensation can be…

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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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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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ISO Control

For digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. The ISO setting is one of…

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Using Variable Neutral Density Filters to Adjust Exposure in DSLR Video

Adjusting exposure with Variable ND filters

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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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Using the Histogram to Check Exposure

Checking video exposure with the histogram

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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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Outside Shots: Go Long

Tony Sweet on revealing the invisible in images

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How to Take Pictures of Water Using Long Exposures

Getting that "silky" look when photographing moving water isn't…

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Shooting Long Exposures:

Deborah Sandidge on shooting long exposure landscapes and cityscapes

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot lunar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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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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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

Learn how to freeze the motion in an action scene or capture a blur to show…

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

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

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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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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Balancing Photo Exposures with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

Bring light to the shadows with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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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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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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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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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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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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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Night Photography

How to Capture the Magic and Mystery

But before how, let's talk about why.

Why take night photos? While they're not difficult, they can be a challenge. Photography by definition is writing with light, and at night...well, you get the picture.

When we spoke to pro shooter, Nikon School instructor and night photography enthusiast/advocate Reed Hoffmann, we asked him to share some tips for best results, but we first asked him, "Why night photography? What's the big fascination?"

"Partly for the challenge," he says, "but also because not many people do it. Everybody shoots pictures during the day; it gets dark and they stop, or they turn on their flash units." And when you're taking pictures that most people don't take, your photos might be a bit more interesting, dramatic, even mysterious attention-getting images. "Night photography is not a question of getting a picture in low light," Reed adds. "In night photography you're trying to do something special."

Reed's final comment on the "why" of night photography involves the very nature of photography itself. "We teach in our [Nikon School] programs that one thing you want to do in your photography is play to the strengths of how cameras see the world in ways that are differe