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Get a tight shot of your subject that fills the frame with key action. This amplifies the drama and emotion.
To photograph shiny objects, make a light tent around the object using diffused/sheer fabric; placing your Speedlights outside of the light tent. Shadows and reflections will be reduced.
Use a Micro-NIKKOR lens when photographing small objects such as jewelry. Macro photography can let you take pictures of objects up to life size (depending upon which lens you’re using.)
Like the look of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography but not sure you’d be able to pull off the technique? A number of Nikon cameras have a built-in HDR mode where the camera does the hard work for you. Check your manual to see if your specific camera offers this feature.
Add drama to an image by shooting when the shadows are long and deep. Try to photograph just a person or object’s shadow for a unique image.
Take a moment to look at the photo framed in the viewfinder or LCD before you snap it. Make sure you can see over the tops of your subject’s heads, and all the way to their feet if you’re taking a full-length portrait. It is easy to cut off part of a person if you’re in a rush to snap a picture.
If you want to influence color using white balance—even setting a "custom" Kelvin temperature (a feature available on select Nikon DSLRs)—you can preview the results by making the setting in Live View.
Photograph pets at their eye level—then try photographing them from way up high or down low for a really unique image.
When you want to tell a story with your photographs, take multiple pictures—close-ups, wide-angle views, different perspectives. A photo essay can include as few as three photos or as many as it takes to fully document a subject, and will often tell a better story than just one image.
Try the various special effects modes or Picture Controls that can be found in most Nikon digital cameras.