How to Dress Up Dogs for Creative Pet Photos: Tips and Tricks

When in doubt put a dog or cat in human clothing for a unique pet photo
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(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by photographer Steve Meltzer. You can see his work on his website and Facebook page. Read another Digital Photo story of his on how to stop people from blinking in photos here.) Mr. Checkers wouldn’t keep off of the bride’s lap. Time and time again I’d pick him up and stand him by the model’s... Read more

100 Handy Photography Tips for Beginners

Free 30-minute tutorial gives you all the basics to go out and shoot
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The weekend’s almost here, so here are some great suggestions to help you go out and improve your photo skills. In the video at the bottom of this post, photographer Mike Smith shares 100 handy photo tips for beginners (or for any photographer who wants to brush up on photography fundamentals). “When I first started out, it was back in the... Read more

How to Photograph Stars: An Easy 9-Step Tutorial

Learn how to shoot astrophotography through this simple step-by-step process
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With the warmer weather upon, there’s no better time to ditch the jacket, grab your camera and tripod, and head out to shoot some amazing star photography. Astrophotography, as it’s also known, can be intimidating to new photographers, which is why we’ve turned to Seattle-based photography instructor Tobias Gelston for his step-by-step... Read more

What Is White Balance on Your Camera?

Learn the basics of how to select the right white balance setting for your photos
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(Editor’s Note: This story is by photographer Patrick McNair. You can find out more about him on his website.) Amongst all the settings on your camera you’ll find one for White Balance, usually contracted to WB. This might be a button on the camera body or a menu option or both. But what does it do exactly and how does changing White Balance... Read more

Master Flash Photography with 5 Easy Tips

Flash master Joe McNally explains how to best illuminate your subject
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(Editor’s Note: This flash photography how-to from professional photographer Joe McNally is part of a monthly series on Digital Photo where top pros from Nikon USA’s Ambassadors program share their simple tips, tricks, and advice on how to be a better photographer.) Flash is a bedevilment for beginners, and it can remain a mystery for even... Read more

Can You Stop People from Blinking in Photos?

Tips for taking group shots without having anyone’s eyes closed (mostly)
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by photographer Steve Meltzer. You can see his work on his website and Facebook page. Recently, after a big wedding shoot, I had an awful surprise when I reviewed my images on my computer screen. Many of my really good family group shots were ruined by what I call “a pesky blinker.” You know them.... Read more

5 Tips for Purr-fect Cat Photos

Cats can be fickle creatures. Here's how to capture better photos of your furry friends
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Last week, we shared photographer Andrius Burba’s delightful pet photography series “Underlook,” where he captures adorable images of cats and dogs from below. Digital Photo readers seemed to enjoy it with some requesting advice on how to photograph their own pets in cute ways. So, in the below video, Denver-based professional photographer... Read more

6 Photo Tips for Better Family Portraits

Pro photographer Audrey Woulard tells you how to get families to look their best
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(Editor’s Note: This family portrait photography how-to from professional photographer Audrey Woulard is part of a new monthly series on Digital Photo where top pros from Nikon USA’s Ambassadors program share their simple tips, tricks, and advice on how to be a better photographer.) Spring is here, the weather is warming up and that means... Read more

7 Ways to Pose Men for Portraits

Posing men for portraits can be hard. Here's how to make it easy on you and your model.
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Posing men for portraits can be harder than it looks. Whether it’s a professional male model or just a male friend who agreed to be your subject, there’s something about shooting portraits of men that can be challenging for beginner photographers. Maybe it’s because most of the fashion and celebrity photos we are inundated with feature... Read more

How to Take Amazing 360 Degree Photos

Follow these tips to capture 360-degree panoramic images
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Editor’s Note: The author is General Manager of the THETA Business Division for the RICOH Company. The above image is by @tetsu_photo2. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, you may occasionally come across a unique image with the distinct features of 360-degree panoramic photography. With the ability to transform the mundane into compelling... Read more