Picture Controls are preset profiles that are designed to optimize things like contrast, clarity, brightness and saturation for different scenes. With all of these available on Nikon current DSLRs and mirrorless Z system cameras, find out how to enhance your image or video.
Stack focus, which is also often referred to as focus stacking, is a technique that produces close-up images of depth and detail beyond that seen in conventional close-ups.
Uncover the secrets of food styling photography with Eunice Martin Lim. Discover the tips and tricks that make simple dishes look scrumptious, along with the best kit for the job. Read on to learn more about this delectable art form.
Aspiring to turn your passion for photography into a source of income? Consider photojournalism and freelancing. Acclaimed photographer, Miguel Candela dishes out a few tips and tricks to help you embark on this exciting journey – read on to learn more.
Challenge yourself with abstract photography. Unlike traditional photography, abstraction is free from boundaries; there is no right or wrong, and the only thing you need is creativity. Always wanted to try your hand at abstract photography but have no idea how to start? Read on for some tips and tricks.
Want to show off your proud collection? Then a flat lay could be your new best friend. Here, we will cover the basics of flat lay photography, so you can start setting up scroll-stopping photos, and make sure that your flat lay photos never fall flat again. Read on to learn more.
To what extent can you manipulate light? A piece of glass lets your lens see the world with a whole new perspective, and lets you capture truly unique images. Read on to learn more about refraction photography.
Have you ever heard of backlight photography? Join us in exploring how you can use this simple technique to give your photographs a creative edge. Read on to learn more.
Get the perfect shot with exposure bracketing. Learn how to capture multiple exposures to ensure your subject and background are properly reproduced. Perfect for situations that are too bright or dark, exposure bracketing ensures you can balance and capture the shot you’re looking for. Click here to read on.
Discover the splendor of architecture photography. From modern cityscapes to landmarks, learn how to take advantage of a static subject. Seek out interesting perspectives to transform bricks and mortar into works of photographic art. Read on to discover how to unveil the hidden beauty of architecture photography.
From leading lines to horizontal lines, learn how to take control of your shooting environment and turn a simple image into a stunning composition. There are several ways to use lines to your advantage in order to create a photograph with depth and dynamism. Read on the discover the secrets of using lines in photography.
Boost your photo collection with mystery, intrigue and emotion by mastering the art of silhouette photography with our helpful tips and tricks.
Photographing fog and mist is often a challenge. With a constantly shifting state, fog is often difficult to capture, however once mastered, you’ll be able to photograph some truly unique and interesting compositions. Read on to learn a few tips on how to best prepare for this erratic style of photography.
From towering skyscrapers to architecturally ingenious bridges, cityscapes can be a photographer’s playground. Read on to learn how to make the most of your urban surroundings.
Fisheye lenses have the power to unlock incredible creative potential. Discover some tips and tricks on how to expand your photography horizons.
Great street photography captures the true essence of a city. Snapping as they wander in an urban landscape is second nature for seasoned photographers, but for beginners it can be a daunting prospect. We’ve written a few tips and tricks so you can feel comfortable and enjoy this rewarding and exhilarating form of photography.
Welcome to the wet and wild world of surf photography. As an incredibly photogenic sport, surfing is the perfect way to capture amazing shots full of action, colour and texture. Learn to take full advantage of the surf with these helpful tips and tricks.
Learn about the different kinds of balance in photography and how to use them to your advantage. From using colour, light and shadows, to utilising subject placement and symmetry to create eye-pleasing compositions that will draw in your viewers. Read on to learn more about balance through a series of easy techniques and tools.
Learn to create incredibly dramatic portraits with a technique known as low key photography. With the clever use of light and shadows, you too can create moody and dramatic shots full of character. Read on to learn how.
A quick beginner’s guide to making the most of insect photography. Recent estimates suggest there are 200 million insects for every human on the planet, so you should have no shortage of opportunities to put our tips to the test. Read on to learn more.
Capturing landscapes or cityscapes during blue hour can help give your shots an ethereal mood. Read on and find out how soft light can help bring out deep saturated colours and great detail in your images.
Lightning happens in the blink of an eye, so capturing it is a very rewarding experience for a photographer. Learn how you can photograph this terrifying natural phenomena while keeping yourself safe.
Other than revealing the future, a crystal ball can also be used to create compelling images that intrigue and wow your viewers. Learn how you can get started with crystal ball photography in this article.
From capturing fast-moving waves to silky motion of the water, the sea is a great subject to convey a sense of drama. Read on and discover the different ways you can photograph the sea.
Get creative with your photography by experimenting with light painting. Discover the fun possibilities with this article.
Husain Alfraid captures the most natural state of wildlife, with his enthusiasm for photography and awe of nature. He shares with us his skills of capturing animals in the wild safely and efficiently.
Igor Titov recounts his journey into photography from a simple hobby to full time career, as he dissects the method of wide-angle photography.
Hsiao-Tsa Chung recounts his inspiring journey into professional photography and deconstructs the vivid technique of HDR imaging.
Behind the many awards and accolades is a steadfast and passionate artist, armed with his camera and ready to conquer the world. Here, Nikon School instructor Alex Chen discusses his personal photography favourites, the classes he teaches at Nikon School, and tips and tricks on getting that perfect shot.
A seasoned, award-winning wedding photographer with almost 2 decades of photography experience under his belt, Cole believes that there is inspiration around every corner. Heading the lifestyle and outdoor portraits class at Nikon School, he tells us why wedding photography and sharing his skills are so important to him.
Garick Bay is no stranger to taking risks, as evidenced when he left behind his full-time job to pursue his twin passions, photography and rock climbing. The Nikon School instructor who currently helms the action and sports photography class shares some insights into his work and the joys of being a storyteller.
With both wedding shoots and personal works, Alex aims to simply reflect his own experiences in the photographer he captures. He believes documenting an experience, a journey or an event, he believes this is the only way to be brought back into it, to truly feel it all over again.
Anurag Jetley gives a master class in time-lapse videos and photography. Battling through the harsh weathers that exist in the Himalayas.
Preparation is key for action sports photography and preempting the action before it happens can lead to some spectacular shots. Join Nikon School instructor Ying Ching Heng for some tried and tested action sports photography techniques.
Bring static structures to life by applying useful tips and techniques to architecture photography, taught by Nikon School instructor Ading Attamimi.
A good portrait can bring out real emotions and help convey your message. Join Nikon School instructor Bryan Foong as he shares helpful tips on how to compose the perfect portrait.
Get creative with silhouettes and long exposure photography. Learn from Nikon School instructor, Mindy Tan as she shares her valuable insights and tips on both photography techniques.
A stunning portrait is made of layers of intricacies. Vichaya Pop reveals the depths and lengths he goes through to achieve something striking.
Take a closer look at the the stars of our universe with Pongpon Rinthaisong as he shows you photos of the Milky Way and star trails which human eyes can't render.
Follow Matjaž Tančič as he explains how he makes use of 3D photography to give his audience an undeniable element of surprise when viewing his masterpieces.
Follow Christoffer Relander as he takes on his photography passion focusing on the substantial beauty of nature with experimental techniques.
Follow George Tapan, our Nikon School Instructor from the Philippines as he teaches you how to put away the serious mentality of traditional photography and have fun with forced perspective photography.
Street photography is an artistic piece of work, photos that capture candid and spontaneous moments of life, moments that tell a story of the culture and people of the place.. Follow George Tapan to learn the secret art of Street Photography..
Landscape photography documents the outdoor experiences and magnificent views the world has to offer. Let us follow Elliot Lee to find out what defines a good landscape photograph..
"...We take pictures of food for all sort of reason. It is to make it so good that you would want it too. It is to make it so good that you will feel hungry just looking at it..."
Singapore’s unique blend of human and natural environments coexisting in harmony makes it a playground for aspiring nature photographers. This month, Dr. Ray Chua dives into the finer points of nature photography in Singapore with the Nikon School, and here are some of some of his thoughts on getting started.
Photography is about capturing what we see from different perspectives. But sometimes, it is the things that we cannot see and often miss that result in the most interesting images. Welcome to the world of macrophotography, where we get up-close and personal with the tiniest subjects.
For me, travelling abroad is a chance to capture some gorgeous unique landscapes from faraway lands. It’s a way to dive into the world around me, and re-connect with nature.
Living in a world so rich in colour, we tend to take for granted the beauty we see around us. Black and white photography is enchanting, while mysterious, because it helps us look at our world a little differently through graded shades of light and dark.
People, and negatives, get ‘burned’ when that happens. I learnt this the hard way. In my younger and foolish days, I shot against the sun once. And I found (somewhat a few weeks later) a huge orange and black mark appearing in my pictures. I never shot against the sun ever since. I was never the same man again.
Photos freeze special moments in time, and make them eternal. Children grow up so quickly that every opportunity to photograph them becomes precious. My baby niece kindled my desire to capture every single moment of her smile and innocence, and from then on I was hooked.
When you take a photo, you tell a story about your subject. Much like writing a good one, you’ll also need to plan and start crafting the story you want to tell before you shoot. Capturing things from a different perspective adds layers to your characters, while great composition acts very much like an unexpected plot twist that grabs the viewer’s attention. They will then sit up, and can’t help but want more.
Sometimes, we forget to see our surroundings with new perspectives. When you are not looking through the camera lens or down at your camera screen, cast your gaze on the place you are walking through, and take in the energy and details contained within that place. We have also summed up four beautiful venues in Singapore for photography enthusiasts to explore in your next city adventure.
Whether you’re a photojournalist with a wealth of experience, or a traveller capturing snapshots of your dream holiday, taking pictures has a poignant underlying meaning - people love taking pictures to capture the beautiful moments that decorate our lives.
Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. If you’re like me and lean more towards the latter, you’ll think a well-shot photo of Singapore’s local dish, the Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice cake strips), belongs in the new National Gallery too. Here are my tips for food photos so awesome, diets be dammed!
Matjaz Tancic brings his images back to life with striking 3D imagery. After mastering 2D, he takes on the challenge of creating dimensional fashion photography with intimate detailing. An uphill battle when the rule of 3D photography changes with each shot.
Alex Soh shares his love for shooting winter landscape. "I remember shooting in Takayama, Japan – the day before was just a regular day with lots of sunshine, but when night fell, it started to snow. I woke up in the morning to discover the whole city had turned completely white in just one night!"
I once read that a camera is a great excuse to delve into a place deeper than we otherwise would. I like this description. Searching for an interesting photograph forces us to look at our surroundings differently, to explore a place further, to look beyond the obvious and hunt for something unique and special.
Macro photography is one of the most interesting types of photography, as it lets you show detail that is otherwise not easily seen by the naked eye.
Illuminating the dark adds an element of uncertainty, a touch of the experimental. It demands creativity, is short on predictability. It's an adventure, and it's fun.
Certain environments lend themselves as better photographic subjects than others. The waterfront is one such environment, whether it's the vast oceans, calm bays, lazy rivers or busy harbors. So the next time you find yourself and your camera on the waterfront—at a marina, pier or shoreline, follow a few simple tips to get great photographs.
As a professional photographer who specializes in kids, Summer Lyn has an arsenal of tested, proven, no-doubt-about-it successful techniques, strategies, plans and approaches for getting the best images of her clients' children.
So you've got this dream: a photo book of your own. You're not alone. At one time or another, every photographer, from enthusiast to pro, has had it.
Sometimes the coolest subjects are literally right in our own backyards. Got a garden? Then great images are mere steps away.
When Moose Peterson starts talking about photographing winter landscapes, you tend to pay attention. In fact, if you're like us, you take notes. As a renowned nature and wildlife photographer, Moose brings experience and expertise to the subject. He also brings an appreciation of the beauty of the winter world and a realization of its challenges.
A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes through the Earth’s dark shadow, which can only happen during a full moon. There are two or more lunar eclipses a year.
Whereas lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye, solar eclipses are not. You must take the necessary precautions to keep from harming your eyesight. In fact, you also need to use a “solar filter” to keep from harming your camera’s imaging sensor as well as for correct exposure.
In the thrilling days of yesteryear...that is, before digital...a special effect like multiple exposure was truly special—as in special effort, special knowledge and, often, a special amount of time devoted to it. Nothing wrong with that—it was part of the craft and the creativity of photography - and when done well it was a special achievement.
Almost all of us have times when we need, or want, to shoot a sporting event. Perhaps your child is in a soccer program, a friend's kid is on a school softball team, a nephew in high school competes in track, or you're taking your camera to a professional event. Regardless of the sport, you can do several things to make the best pictures possible.
There are a variety of techniques that can be used to create dynamic photographs of the night sky, including capturing the stars as pinpoints of light, as star trails and by creating time-lapse movies of the stars as they move across the sky during the course of an evening.
The Nikon Picture Control system features a variety of Picture Control options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait* and Landscape*. Using them allows you to adjust for a variety of parameters. Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait and Landscape allow for adjustments to sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue (coloration). Monochrome allows for adjustments to sharpening, contrast, brightness, filter effects and toning.
Actually, setting your camera's white balance is the easy part. What's a little trickier is understanding why you should make a particular setting.
Mike Corrado is a senior product manager at Nikon, but more important for our purposes, he's a skilled, inventive photographer with a passion for performance photography. Here's Mike's A-list of show-stopping shooting tips.
Photographing Star Trails is a unique way to capture the night sky in a photograph. A star trail occurs when you photograph the stars over a long period of time, from minutes to hours. We spoke with two photographers—Deborah Sandidge and Harold Davis—to find out their techniques and tips for great star trail images.
Want more control of color in your photos? Actually, you've already got it. It's in your camera. Nikon D-SLR, COOLPIX and Nikon 1 digital cameras offer the option of customizing color to suit your taste and style.
Not long ago we were talking with Mark Alberhasky, who spends a great deal of his time leading workshops, photo safaris and Nikon co-sponsored Mentor Series treks. 'So,' we asked, 'what do you find that the people on your treks need to know in order to take better pictures?'
Advanced wireless lighting is the use of multiple Speedlights set up for wireless remote operation. The technology of Nikon's Creative Lighting system makes multiple flash photography as easy and intuitive as flash photography with one Speedlight.
Using a few simple tips, you can increase the quality of the audio captured when shooting HD Video with your Nikon D-SLR. High quality audio not only adds to the professional feel of your D-movie but to your viewer’s enjoyment as well.
There’s never a right or wrong in photography. It’s more of a perspective and everybody has an opinion. The Reverse Ring Macro is a very old technique, an “oldie” but “goodie”, and Imran Ahmad will be sharing his personal experience in this article.
Avid photographers would know that the perfect picture is an elusive one. Any number of issues, ranging from technical limitations or ambient factors could affect the quality of your photographs. It is the know-how and best practices to work around such kinks that separates the professional from the trigger-happy, budding photographer.