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Always be prepared to photograph people. Have your camera ready and think about how you might shoot a portrait of people around you. That pre-visualizing is a good exercise, and if you see someone particularly interesting, go ahead and ask whether you can take their picture. The worst that can happen is they’ll say “no.”
Be patient and let the sports action come to you. If you run around and chase the action, you will most likely find yourself in spot “A” when the action is in spot “B” and vice versa. Find a spot where the action will most likely be and the background is good.
Use a polarizing filter to lessen or eliminate reflections from glass. This works really well on windows of stores or cars. But the trade-off is that your exposure will be a bit longer, as the light is cut down by almost two stops.
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You can shoot great close-ups with a COOLPIX camera’s macro mode. The macro mode often lets you focus within inches of the subject; and is designated by a button with a drawing of a flower next to it.
On photo sharing sites like Flickr you can often view the details of a photograph and take a look at the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings. While this won’t teach you how to create a photo from scratch it will show you what technical choices photographers made to capture their images.
If your COOLPIX camera or NIKKOR lens has image stabilization (Nikon calls it Vibration Reduction), know when to use it and when to turn it off. If you don’t know how your stabilization system works, turn it off when you’re shooting with a tripod. If it doesn’t sense that the camera is solidly mounted, it can add movement while trying to reduce blur.
Always use your lens hood (if you have one) or buy a lens hood (if you don’t). The lens hood isn’t just good for preventing flare. It can keep you from losing the contrast of your images as well as protect your front lens element from raindrops too.
When shooting a portrait of an athlete, use fill flash (or flash turned on even in daylight) to light up the shadow areas under a hat or helmet. This will balance the light from the entire scene and light up the face. On a compact camera, the setting to choose is "Flash On."
Look around you when you’re shooting at sunset. The objects that look boring during the day magically come to life when the rays of the sun hit them. Buildings, cars and anything reflective take on a special quality at sunset.