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Time to get baking or buying...as today is World Chocolate Cupcake Day...although personally, we don't mind what flavour they are.....they are always delicious.

When photographing food, light is all important...if you don't have professional soft boxes to light the scene, try working close to a source of natural light such as the kitchen window (or under a skylight)... if you want to shoot outside, try to avoid the harsh light of midday.

For more great tips on shooting food, why not check out our next Nikon School Food Photography class with the amazing Rachel Korinek:

http://school.mynikonlife.com.au/school/courses/best-lenses-for-food-photography
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When you start out in photography the histogram is often just that strange graph with lots of peaks and troughs that you see come up on your camera's LCD screen - often by accident. As time goes by, understanding the histogram can help you hone your skills - particularly when shooting manually.

So what is it? The histogram depicts the range of tones in an image from the darkest on the left of the graph (0 in digital terms) to the lightest on the right side (255 in digital terms).

A glance at the histogram will tell you if parts of your photo are over or underexposed (often referred to as clipping). A heavy concentration at the left side of the graph means the image is underexposed and you've lost detail in the shadow areas; a heavy concentration at the right means your highlights may be blown out.

The remedy? You can increase your shutter speed, close down aperture or lower your ISO to correct overexposure; the opposite settings will serve to correct an underexposure.

Don't forget, you can also review the histogram in live view to help you adjust your settings before you take a shot....
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Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. For many sufferers, talking about mental health issues can be difficult.

However, award winning photographer Adam Williams finds being creative is a vital part in helping him both deal with and express his journey with depression:

“For me, it's all about communicating emotion; powerful imagery is emotional. I have lived with levels of depression and anxiety for periods of my life and much of the emotion within my work draws its inspiration from the highs and lows of these days. This would be the reason why my work varies wildly from reality because my story is not one of recording what I see, rather using the Landscape as a blank canvas to communicate my deepest emotions."

Below are a selection of Adam’s work shot on his #Nikon #D800e. To see more of his extraordinary images visit: www.australianphotographer.com
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Spring has sprung!

Bright new leaves are sprouting, birds are singing and the fragrance of flowers fills the air. It’s a beautiful time in every corner of Australia, so share your best Springtime photograph in our latest #Nikon Assignment.

For your chance to win a brand new #D7500 simply follow the link and send us your best Spring shot! It can be taken on any kind of camera and be from anywhere in the world*.

https://mynikonlife.com.au/springtime-assignment/

* Terms and Conditions Apply
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In 1963, Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face. As the years passed he became increasingly concerned that his creation had become over commercialised so he came up with World Smile Day.

The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion...his idea was that for at least one day each year neither should we; instead we should devote one day to smiles and acts of kindness that made other people smile.

So let's share our favourite images of those we know and love smiling and share what makes us smile....the below was taken on a #D750 and certainly made us smile...

Tag your shots with #worldsmileday or share in the comments below or to our page.
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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi

Zoos play an important role in helping raise awareness of the plight of various species. They are also an excellent training ground for wildlife photography.
As today is World Animal Day we thought we’d share a little tip for those who are looking to admire and photograph animals behind glass or wire (the natural enemy of a photographer).

Using a wide aperture (the smallest f/stop of your lens ie 2.8 or 4) get your lens as close to – if not touching – the barrier and if photographing through mesh, try to line up your lens in the middle of a hole in the wiring to give you the best chance of an unobstructed centre of your shot. It may also be easier to switch to manual focusing.

This Striated Caracara was photographed at London Zoo through mesh fencing using a #Nikon #D810 and a #Nikkor AFS 70-200mm at 1/640sec, f/5 & ISO1100

Why not help celebrate the beauty of animals everywhere by tagging your shots with #worldanimalday
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The sun appears from behind a Buddhist temple in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). Taken by Instagrammer @world_shot on a #Nikon #D610 + #NIKKOR AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. #mynikonlife
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An out-of-this-world look at Mount Coonowrin and the Milky Way. Snapped by Instagram user @chippa4017 on a #Nikon #D800 + #NIKKOR AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens. #mynikonlife
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More than just colourful characters, mandrills are the world's largest monkeys. Photo by Instagrammer @art_x_photography on a #Nikon #D80 + #NIKKOR AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR. #mynikonlife

Settings: f/5.6, 1/3sec shutter, ISO100
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They say the eyes are a window to the soul. Photographed on a #Nikon #D810 + #NIKKOR AF-S 400mm f2.8E FL ED VR. #MyNikonLife
Settings: 1/1250 shutter, f3.5, ISO500.
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