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Cowboy and Cars, Badlands

Some kinds of photography require more specialized techniques and equipment than others. Whether you want to shoot fireworks, colorful species underwater, or terrain from a low-flying aircraft, knowing your subject and preparing for the challenges it presents is critical. In this gallery, see how technique and imagination can be combined to create striking images.

Cars pass a cowboy on horseback and a rock formation in this time exposure photograph.

Photo Tip: When shooting at night, long exposures that let cars pass all the way through the frame will give you rivers of white and red lights.

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Photograph by Annie Griffiths, National Geographic

Using Special Techniques

Get tips for photographing with special techniques in this how-to gallery from National Geographic.

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