Nate Billings
Photography Photographer

Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did not consider photography as a career until he was offered a summer internship at The Oklahoman in 2000 while working as the photo editor at Oklahoma State University's student newspaper, The Daily O'Collegian. He stayed on at The Oklahoman when offered a job in the fall, saying he would keep working in photojournalism as long as he was having fun. And, he still is. Billings graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., and earned his bachelor's degree from OSU and his master's in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.


  • Shooting Fireworks (with a camera)

    Nate Billings | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.  1. Use a Tripod. Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.




Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Aug. 26 2015 01:50:45 PM CST Ready for football to start. Pic by Nate Billings from scrimmage at Casady last week. #okpreps http://t.co/ofimlN0LwG
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sun, Aug. 23 2015 11:30:37 PM CST More pics by Nate Billings from scene of Mark Costello's stabbing: http://t.co/xl8ovsnbF2 http://t.co/uXXTHecb8K
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 15 2015 08:00:52 AM CST RT @nytimesphoto: Meet the man who invented the first digital camera http://t.co/ksd8asCTa4 http://t.co/vsrdR2KPXX
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 08 2015 05:52:41 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: QB Rudolph Mason talks to the media #okstate http://t.co/IguT38j2aS
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 08 2015 05:32:22 PM CST RT @bterryphoto: A few faces from @OU_Football media day. #sooners http://t.co/lwAPmYbFzh
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 08 2015 05:20:22 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: #OKstate Mike Gundy speaks to the media http://t.co/SWQnnHqsD1
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 08 2015 03:15:38 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: QB Mason Rudolph signs autographs at #OKstate fan day. http://t.co/HpBuYgpYGv
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 08 2015 03:15:35 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: #OKstate Kirk Tucker signs an impressive Pistol Pete doll at fan day http://t.co/mEqHwvIMsx
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 16 2015 09:32:28 PM CST Day 2 of the @potus visit to Oklahoma #POTUS #POTUSinOK PHOTOS: http://t.co/OQNxAfkDtPhttp://t.co/u53lcLqXzA
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 16 2015 12:15:05 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma @potus #POTUS #POTOUSinOK http://
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 16 2015 09:44:04 AM CST Obama supporters gather for his arrival in El Reno, Oklahoma. http://t.co/RDZO6p02ts
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 15 2015 10:11:54 PM CST A presidential gallery: PHOTOS: http://t.co/PUsedelkRx #POTUS #POTUSinOK http://t.co/VsyxG2b57b
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 15 2015 08:49:28 PM CST RT @bterryphoto: President Obama arrives at Tinker Air Force Base IN Midwest City. POTUS #POTUSinOK http://t.co/MG5FcHQs1z
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jul. 11 2015 10:11:03 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: One of my Instagram photos from the @NewsOK instameet @okczoo. #instameetokczoo PHOTOS: http://t.co/8hbGK3fG0w http://t.c
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jul. 11 2015 08:21:08 PM CST RT @bterryphoto: Wild ride for Josh Jeter last night at #IFYR2015 @IFYRShawnee http://t.co/Vxa9JcXgvt
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jul. 11 2015 11:50:27 AM CST RT @bterryphoto: Photos from a great story by @julianakeeping http://t.co/gaL8kBRlrY A dancer's final goal after a cancer diagnosis. http:
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 09 2015 10:49:42 PM CST Lots of photos by @sarahcphipps and @JackieDobs at today's morning #ifyr2015 session. Photos: http://t.co/pYNDlxQeuw http://t.co/IF0ldLDh6K
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 09 2015 06:29:02 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: Thursday morning mud at @IFYRShawnee. #iyfr2015 #rodeo Photos: http://t.co/uOYL5zBXNJ http://t.co/e3mXDLCfcp
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 08 2015 06:06:43 PM CST Muddy morning at @IFYRShawnee. More pics: http://t.co/0QdJ2oUlkg #IFYR1015 http://t.co/nfEoAVvXnK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 08 2015 08:05:02 AM CST RT @sarahcphipps: See photos from the Tuesday night session of @IFYRShawnee in the mud. Photos: http://t.co/VzCRyoj860 #rodeo #ifyr2015 htt

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