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When composing a sports picture, leave some room for the action. For instance, if a runner is going left to right, leave more room on the right side of the frame for him/her to run into. This will make a big difference on the impact of the image.
Try using a preset or custom white balance in a stadium or indoor arena. Because light often is different at indoor venues, the best way to get optimal color is to create a unique white balance, which is what the preset does. Cameras vary in how to accomplish that so check your manual.
A panorama can help you capture the breadth of a great vista. With a COOLPIX camera, try the panorama scene mode or panorama assist mode. Check your camera’s manual to see which mode your specific camera has. This will help you with overlap as you shoot your sequence of images.
Don’t let telephone poles or trees sprout out of your subject’s head. Check the background carefully. Look over your subject’s shoulder to see whether any poles, trees or even cars are in the background. Sometimes simply moving a step to the left or right a few feet can make your picture much better.
Did you know that the Nikon 1 line of cameras bodies can use many of your f/mount DSLR lenses? Using the FT-1 Mount Adapter, you can use many of your legacy lenses on a Nikon 1. This is great if you have a favorite macro lens or super telephoto.
Shooting vertically can really change the way you see. Fill the frame with what's important.
Don’t pose every picture. Candids are the best way to capture real life, and the photos will look more natural.
Photographing cats or dogs with a flash can cause green/yellow eyes, which are similar to the red-eye seen in humans. To avoid this, use some of the same techniques you use to avoid red-eye, such as bouncing a Speedlight or increasing the light in the room you’re shooting in.
Always bring out your camera when family or friends gather together. Even if it is not a big holiday celebration. You never know when the kids will do something cute that you’ll want to capture and if you’re busy searching for the camera you may miss the moment.
A great way to remember your trips or special events is by making a photo book. There are many websites that allow you to upload your images and easily design a photo book, complete with captions, as well as photo labs, and at the photo department of larger stores. It's a fun way to share your photographic experiences with friends.