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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

Three pros discuss using the AF-ON button for AF control

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Lighting Cars for Studio Shots

Blair Bunting on photographing cars in the studio

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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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Using Shadows for Dimension in Photographs

Joe McNally explains how shadows add dimension

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You Can Successfully Shoot in Bright Sunlight

Cliff Mautner on photography in the midday sun

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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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What it Takes

David X. Tejada on minimalist lighting with Speedlights

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 2

Master the technique of brightening up a photo with D-Lighting.

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Landscape and Travel Photography

Ideal for those who want to take their travel & landscape photography to the next level

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Tips for Using Auto WB for Incandescent Lighting with the D5/D500

Three settings let you keep warm or cool whites in Auto…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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ISO Control

For digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. The ISO setting is one of…

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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Photographing the Night Sky

Astrophotography: tips for making great images of the stars, moon and night sky time-lapse

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Cliff Mautner: King of Hearts

Cliff Mautner's unique style has made him a successful and in-demand wedding photographer.

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Sometimes showing just a hint of your subject can be more compelling…

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How Can you Improve your Photography

Robin Layton discusses making images better

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Using Variable Neutral Density Filters to Adjust Exposure in DSLR Video

Adjusting exposure with Variable ND filters

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Action and People Photography

For those who want to take better people and action photos

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Getting Creative with White Balance

Try getting creative with your camera's white balance for some interesting results.

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One Shot: On the Beach

Deborah Sandidge on shooting crashing ocean waves

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One Shot: City Lights

Mark Alberhasky's silhouette of people against bright Times Square signage

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image. It can be set to operate automatically or manually, and it's also possible to bracket pictures to get one with Active D-Lighting and one without.

The image on the left shows the balanced lighting achieved when Advanced D-Lighting is turned on. The image on the right was taken with D-Lighting turned off. Notice the dark areas in the foreground of the image.

Active D-Lighting's image optimization, which takes place in the camera at the moment the photo it taken, applies digital processing only to the necessary portion(s) of the image. Even when shooting a subject with a wide dynamic range, Active D-Lighting is able to reproduce a realistic image that retains natural contrast.

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