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Set your Speedlight to Rear Curtain Sync. This fires the flash at the end of the exposure, not the beginning, and can create interesting streaks and effects in moving subjects. Experiment with the different flash modes your camera and Speedlight offers.
Document your day like a photojournalist would. Tell the story of who you are and what you do through photographs.
Use a small flashlight to light up a scene. Put one behind or under an object at night to create an interesting glow or use it instead of a flash. Take long-exposure shots using a flash as a light source and you can create interesting glowing sections of your photos.
Ask people to write down their e-mail address on a piece of paper and take a photo of that paper along with their photos. That way you’ll always have their e-mail address on file. Send them a copy of the photo as a thank-you for their time.
If your camera can capture images in both RAW and JPEG format, do so even if you don’t work with RAW images now. These RAW files have the highest image quality possible, so you can edit them years from now and be sure you’re getting the best looking image possible.
To shoot with a very slow shutter speed in bright light, use a neutral density or circular polarizing filter. The filters screw onto the lens of the camera or attach with a holder to the front of the lens. By letting less light reach the sensor, these dark filters will let you shoot at even slower shutter speeds than normal.
You should format the memory card in your camera on a regular basis. By using the camera’s built-in “Format” function, found in the menus, you lessen the chance of having card problems in the future. Doing so is better than just deleting the images using the camera or the computer.
Be patient when photographing wild animals. Wait for the perfect moment to capture the emotion or action.
When photographing the July 4th fireworks, use a tripod and slow shutter speed. This way you can get shots that show the full burst of the fireworks in the sky.
Want a unique video of sports action? Use the slow-motion mode that many Nikon digital cameras offer. By shooting the action faster than normal and played back at normal speed, your subject’s movements are slowed down and look more deliberate.