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One Shot: Spin Doctor

Mark Alberhasky on why images may work in multiple ways

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Mark Alberhasky's 5 step system for taking better pictures

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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

Mark Alberhasky on using the FT-1 and NIKKOR lenses on…

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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

Three pros discuss using the AF-ON button for AF control

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One Shot: City Lights

Mark Alberhasky's silhouette of people against bright Times Square signage

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Using Teleconverters

Teleconverters let you extend your photographic reach

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Take It to the Limit: Pushing the D500 Envelope

D500 in action with Nikon's own Lindsay Silverman and Mark Soares

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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

The Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks provide an incredible hands-on learning…

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Understanding Nikon Wireless Connectivity

Learn how to connect your camera and compatible smart device wirelessly

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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

Step-by-step set-up guide to using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 1

Learn how to change the color of one area of an image while keeping the rest of the image…

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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What to do When you Need Stills while Shooting HD Video

Shoot simultaneously or save a frame options with the D4 or D4s…

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Following Your Heart for Great Images

Robin Layton discusses making great images

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 8

Master your use of Black and White Control Points to bring out the details in the shadows and…

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Nikon's RAW file format contains all the image information captured by the camera's sensor.

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Rich Clarkson: The Right Place at the Right Time to Get the Shots

Rich Clarkson, an acclaimed photojournalist, who…

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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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Group Effort: Growing Your Skills in a Camera Club

Benefits of joining a camera club

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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

Gary Braasch follows the evidence; the power of photography does the rest.

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Virtual Horizon

Electronic Virtual Horizon will help ensure level horizons in your images.

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Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon in which light rays passing through a lens focus at different…

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Wired and Wireless File Transfer

Wired or wireless options lets you transfer image files from the camera to computer when…

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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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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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

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

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Moiré & False Color

The role of the optical low pass filter in D-SLRs.

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One Shot: Spin Doctor

Transforming your images, transforming your vision

The old saying, "Bad weather is good weather for photography," was taken to the limit on a Mentor trek in northern Michigan on an October day not long ago. Sunset found trek leader Mark Alberhasky and his students on the shore of Lake Michigan as a squall came in fast and hard. Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour blew over unattended tripods and formed the clouds over the lake into dramatic, picture-perfect forms. "The most interesting light was at the interface of the water horizon and the light space below the clouds," Mark says, "and I was using the 200mm focal length of the zoom lens and just moving along that line, watching for the way the shapes arranged themselves to see where the interesting abstracts were."

It was a good technique for capturing the essence of a visually striking scene, but perhaps an equally good move came later when Mark was at his computer, studying one particularly arresting image from the day's take.

"I found the blue in the clouds to be almost too exaggerated and thus not realistic," he says. He first reduced the intensity of the color a bit, but didn't like the result. Then, another thought: "Could the blue clouds be perceived as water? I inverted the image, and suddenly there was a beautiful set of waves, with spray and foam ripped from the crests by the wind." Rotated 180 degrees, the image told a new and different story as the threatening sky became threatening waves, with a clearing sky above them.

Mark doesn't suggest that photographers always view scenes with "one-eighty spin treatments" in mind, but he does say it's a good idea to keep your eyes open for "what if?" opportunities. "A lot of photographers just see reality—the trees, the chair—but when you learn to look in terms of the shapes of elements, in terms of a collection of lines and negative spaces, you start shooting not just documentary images, but abstracts. I think a lot of images that end up in the fine-art genre of photography are those kinds of images, images in which photographers have really noticed the balance of shapes and spaces, or seen the relationship of colors or qualities of light. And when they make a picture because of those qualities, they've made a photographic image that absolutely transcends a documentary photograph."

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