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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

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

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

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

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

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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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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

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Create a Visual Meme With Your Photos & Quick Wit!

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Andrew Hancock

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Taking Great Photographs at Airshows

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

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Using Fast Shutter Speeds for Action Photos

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 6

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

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Tips for Photographing Mountains

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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

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One Shot: No Exit

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CX Format Image Sensor

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Active D-Lighting

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

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Shooting a Rock Concert

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Have Fun Shooting Selfies (Self-Portrait) Photos

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Tips For Making Tempting Food Photos

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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

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Composing Photographs

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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

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3D Mode

Capture images in 3D for viewing on 3D compatible HDTVs and computers.

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Landscape and Travel Photography

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Hands On: Range Rover

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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

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7 Tips & Tricks to Taking Better Wedding Photographs

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Preservation and Protection of Wildlife Through Photography

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

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How To Grow Your Garden Photography Skills

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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

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Thomas D. Mangelsen Understands the Behavior of the Animals he Photographs

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Destination Europe: Do a Little Research, Then Go Light on the Gear

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Group Effort: Growing Your Skills in a Camera Club

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Fast Frames: A Quick Guide to Bird Photography

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Tips and Techniques For High Flying Photos

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Geotagging: Do More with your Images and Videos

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The Stories that Can be Told Through Photography

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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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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

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Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System

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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Tips for taking better photos

Autumn is a great time of year to take photographs—the leaves on trees are turning brilliant colors and falling to the ground in abstract patterns. Rake the leaves into piles and you’ve got a wonderful setting for fun family photos, of your kids jumping into the piles of leaves and tossing fistfuls of crunched up colorful leaves into the air.

 

Farm Stands & Pumpkin Farms

Visits to local farm stands or pumpkin farms are also great places to take photographs of your family enjoying the season. Take close ups of the pumpkins large and small, the oddly shaped gourds and colorful Indian corn. Look to capture the geometric shapes of bales of hay piled high and corn stalk mazes.

Always bring your camera when you go pumpkin picking—kids make great subjects as they run around the field, trying to pick up pumpkins that weigh half as much as they do or pulling a wagon full of pumpkins of various shapes and sizes. Even a treat such as a cup of warm cider or roasted corn on the cob make for great images when you’re capturing your family enjoying themselves.

You’ll want to take plenty of candid photos as well as one or two of the kids looking at the camera, smiling proudly with their chosen pumpkins. Shoot a variety of shots, from wide landscapes of the fields at the farm, to medium shots of the kids with their pumpkins to close ups of the vegetables on display. A variety of images will help tell a better story.

Your photo story doesn’t end when you leave the pumpkin farm. Do you normally carve Jack O’ Lanterns for displaying in your house or yard? Then you’ll want to take plenty of photos as your family enjoys the fun of creating their own ghoulish Jack O’ Lanterns. Take lots of photos of your kids proudly displaying their creations.

If you set out your Jack O’ Lanterns at night, using candles or flashlights to light up the insides for a festive glow, and want to take photos of them, you’ll want to put the camera on a tripod or rest it on a sturdy surface, use a slow shutter speed and no flash, to capture the glowing light coming from the Jack O’ Lantern, as well as some ambient light around them. Bracket your exposure and take lots of shots to make sure you get a great one that you love.

Fun Halloween Photos

Halloween itself is a wonderful day for pictures. It's a great opportunity for you to take photos of your kids in costume, to chronicle their growth and changing “favorite” costume. And, if they’re wearing a scary costume such as a ghoulish monster, have them make a scary face for the photo—keeping in character.

If you take your kids Trick or Treating in a group, remember to take photos of all the kids together. Don’t forget to grab a picture of the parents as well, especially if you all dress up in costume too!

At the end of the day (or evening), grab a shot of the kids with their haul of candy. For a playful photo, have them dump out their bag or basket or hold up fistfuls of candy while grinning proudly at the camera.

Do you dress up your furry friends in Halloween costumes too? Remember to take photos of them as well.

Since you may be taking some Halloween photographs in low light, at dusk or early evening, you’ll want to increase your ISO and turn on your flash. Fill flash will work well to help capture the mood at dusk. Use the Night Portrait setting if your camera has one. It basically tells the camera to fire the flash, but also use a slow shutter speed to pick up any streetlights that may be lit in the background.