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Taking Close-up Photos

How do I take close-up photos of flowers and small objects?

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Sometimes showing just a hint of your subject can be more compelling…

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Creatively Photographing Objects Up Close

The idea that less is more can be applied to the subject matter in your photos.

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Basic Underwater Photography Tips

5 tips to taking better photos under the sea

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How To Grow Your Garden Photography Skills

Taking great photographs of your own garden is easy with a few simple tips

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

Harbors, bays, oceans and rivers all have one thing in common—interesting and…

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Making Pictures in the Rain

Just because it's raining doesn't mean there aren't great pictures waiting to be made.

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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Tips For Making Tempting Food Photos

Alison Lyons offers simple tips for taking great photos of food & drink

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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How to Capture the “Wow” Factor

Photographer Evan Williams on shooting stunning photographs

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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First Frame: Under Control

Todd Bretl on shooting underwater macro photography

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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

How to use a graduated neutral density filter to decrease extreme light to…

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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COOLPIX: Top Choice for Vacation Camera

Nikon's compact digital cameras are packed with features that let you make great…

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Photographing an RIT Big Shot

Light painting technique used on a grand scale

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Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

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Photographing the Night Sky

Astrophotography: tips for making great images of the stars, moon and night sky time-lapse

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

Understanding what all of those markings and designations on your lens really mean.

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Master Class: Just Watch and Learn

Steve Heiner discusses moviemaking inspiration

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Getting Started: Memory Cards and Batteries

Take care of the little things, and you'll be ready for the big things.

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10 Tips for Better Camera Panning

Dave Black's tips for camera panning

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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Joe McNally and the new SB-910 AF Speedlight

Behind the Scenes of a Marketing Campaign Shoot

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Tips for Photographing Birds

Birds make great subjects for photographs; tips for capturing them with your camera.

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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

Joe McNally uses the technique of repeating flash to capture the grace of balletic…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Shooting with Remote Cameras

Andrew Hancock discusses the art of shooting sports with remote cameras

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Want Images with Impact? Let Contrast Work for You.

Graphic power isn't always in the details.

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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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Panoramas

Simple Steps to Big Pictures

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Photographing Sports Indoors and Out

Capturing the action of a sporting event is easy when you follow a few simple…

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Nikon Cinema: Using DSLRs for Cutting Edge Effects, 3D Capture & Augmented Reality

The Nikon Cinema website is a celebration of all things HD-SLR filmmaking.

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