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If you are photographing out of the window of a plane be sure to keep from touching the window, walls, armrests or other parts of the plane. The vibrations caused by the engines are transmitted through the fuselage and can make your photos blurry. Instead, sit up in the seat and hold the camera as still as you can, close to the window.
Spend some time shooting textures; for example the look of cut grass, leaves on a tree against a deep blue sky, or pebbles on a beach. Your photographs don’t always have to have a person in them to be striking. Repeating patterns, both man-made and natural, are compelling and beautiful.
When photographing a landscape scene, include a point of interest. An item that stands out, like a tree or a cliff edge, will give the viewer's eye somewhere to rest. It will also provide a sense of scale.
Try photographing flowers early in the morning when dew is on the petals. If there’s no dew, make your own. Take a small sprayer and fill it with glycerin and water and spray the flowers for those natural looking dewdrops. You can also use just water.
Bring your camera when you go to your local Memorial Day Parade. You can make great pictures of your children as they get ready, as well as while they’re marching on the parade route.
Do you have a Nikon D-SLR or Nikon 1 camera and are unsure of all the features and settings. Check out our Digitutors. You can find them on most of the camera’s product pages on our website or in the Learn & Explore section of the site, under the tab called Product Tutorials. The Digitutors will show you where to find various menus, options and settings.
Carry more than one memory card with you when you go out to shoot pictures. More than just running out of space, the extra card(s) serves as insurance in case of a card malfunction. It can happen to anyone, at any time, so be ready.
When shooting groups of five or more people, make sure you stagger them. Put tall folks in the back and the shortest ones in front. It may seem simple, but blocking out just one face can ruin a group portrait. Always tell them, “If you don’t have a clear view of me, the camera can’t see you.”
Don’t forget to bring your camera to holiday barbeques so you can capture all of the fun. Take pictures of the food being grilled, games being played, as well as groupings of friends and family.
Sometimes the sky is nondescript and just plain. Try reducing the amount of sky in the frame, by getting up higher and looking down more. Or getting down low and make your subject large in the frame with just a bit of sky above it. This will emphasize your subject and de-emphasize the boring sky.