Make the most of this time

Stream every class for free

Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.

Get into the creator’s mindset and learn how to easily shoot video with Nikon cameras

Learn the secrets to taking portraits that will be cherished for a lifetime

Learn how to make a picture, not just take one

Take control of your photography. Nikon School instructor and professional photographer Reed Hoffmann will help you go beyond your camera’s Auto mode and master the fundamentals of photography
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Nikon School | Online
Whatever your skill level or camera brand, Nikon School classes can help you expand your photography and video skills.

Stream every class for free at Nikon

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The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos

So, you want to create jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, black and white photography- but you’re not sure how to go about it. Anyone with a camera can be creative and produce a monochrome image.

“eyes are a window on the soul ” by Cedric Angel
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However, if you wish to have your B&W photography excel, be it portraits, landscapes, still life, or any other subject matter- there are 5 cornerstone attributes that you should attempt to infuse into your black and white pictures.

Photo by Eric Forey
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In this article, we will cover:
Basic Black & White Photography Concepts
What is Black & White Photography
When and How to Take Better Black & White Photographs
Developing Ideas for Black & White Photograph

“Pebble Bag Building” by Salman Shaikh
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Advanced Black & White Photography Techniques:

Photo by Rosanna Rosy
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Examples of the Advanced Photography Techniques in Use:
Landscape Photography
Street Photography
Architectural Photography
Abstract Photography

“Saint Basil’s Cathedral” by Michael Ryvkin
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Black and White Photography Tips: The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos
more at gurushots

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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?

How to evaluate the advantages of full-frame versus smaller sensors when choosing a camera
Text & Photography by Josh Miller

Does camera sensor size really matter anymore? As photographers, we have never had so many great camera options that will produce amazing images. There are very capable cameras sporting everything from Micro Four Thirds sensors to APS-C, full-frame and all the way up to massive medium-format sensors. …

… Having shot with everything from Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras to Fujifilm and Sony APS-C to Nikon full-frame DSLRs, and most recently with Nikon Z mirrorless, I can honestly say all three sensor formats will meet the needs of nearly all photographers. Having been a Nikon shooter for more than 20 years, I’m most familiar with that system, but over the last few years, I have owned or used all the other systems extensively in an effort to reduce my weight and also see where the future lies. In my experience with current cameras in these various formats, any camera with at least 20-megapixel resolution will make great prints up to 20×30-inches or larger, assuming you are shooting at reasonable ISOs with quality lenses and good technique. …

… So how do you decide? With all the sensor formats being so good, I wouldn’t actually make sensor size my No. 1 determining factor when choosing to invest in a system. I would decide how good is good enough in terms of image quality and then look more broadly at the lenses and accessories being offered with the system. …
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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?
by Josh Miller

more at Outdoor Photographer

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National Park Photography Expeditions

If you’re truly interested in landscape art photography, if you want to capture and create images that are at the next level, want to learn postproduction skills that render personal, interpretive work, then National Park Photography Expeditions (NPPE) is the workshop for you. Here you will learn the What, Why, and the all-important How of advancing a personal vision, extending your emotional range through composition, and how to use postproduction tools to bring your vision to life in a personal way.

We are landscape art photography teacher(s), and our role is to nurture your creative itch— that deep internal whisper that says I have something to say that is beyond taking a pretty picture. It’s that feeling that drives you to express yourself in ways that are meaningful, significant, and to create landscape images that are a ‘Vision beyond Documentation.’

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Create, Learn, and Grow with Us
National Park Photography Expeditions
via outdoor photographer

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101 Amazing Photos To Take Before Your Die

Widen your photographic horizons and learn to shoot spectacular awe-inspiring imagery…

Inspirational guides for capturing the perfect shot

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101 Amazing Photos To Take Before Your Die – December 2019
via my favourite magazines

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Creating exceptional Brenizer panorama images

Atlanta-based photographer David Grano-De-Oro explains how Zeiss lenses help him create his stunning Brenizer images, sometimes referred to as ‘bokeh panorama’. In this in-depth interview with the Lenspire team, he also talks about the personal challenges of outdoor photography, his role as a photographic educator and how his autism has become his strength when creating compositions.

The author
David Grano-De-Oro
“Get out of your own way and embark on an adventure.”
David Grano-De-Oro began his love of photography during his last year at Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He started shooting photos to further his development in fine art painting. And it’s that root in fine art painting that directly influences his techniques in photography today. What’s more, he uses his autism to laser-focus on his work – an ability his wife, Kristen Grano-De-Oro, refers to as his superpower.
As self-confessed oddball, David boasts a more complex ethnic background than most – with Chinese, Jamaican and Dominican ancestry.
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Creating exceptional Brenizer panorama images
more at zeiss

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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife

Learn how to capture mood in your landscape and wildlife photos
by Russ Burden

Depending on where you live, clouds may dominate your skies for 250-plus days of the year. This is more the norm around coastal areas and is governed by the seasons. I’m lucky to live in Colorado where I have just the opposite: 250 to 300-plus days of sunshine. But from a photographer’s standpoint, the word “lucky” can be deceiving. If my pursuit is wildlife, I’m ecstatic if I’m bestowed crisp bright mornings or afternoons of sun bathing my subject in warm golden light. But from a landscape photographer’s viewpoint, things are different. Where’s the drama in the light? Where’s the mood? Where’s the color? Since cloudy or severe, clear blue sky days are more the norm, I welcome days of fog, mood, haunting skies and drama with open arms. The rarity of these conditions is what allows landscape photographs to stand apart from those that are made under “ordinary” conditions. It’s with this in mind I devote this week’s and next week’s Tips of the Week to photos that resonate with mood.

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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife
more at outdoor photographer

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