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Minimizing Distracting Backgrounds Using Composition

Lucas Gilman shares a tip for clean backgrounds

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Tips for Photographing Birds

Birds make great subjects for photographs; tips for capturing them with your camera.

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Reflex Action: A Surf Photographer's Top Tips

Surf shooter Jay Watson offers tips for getting great surfing action photos

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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Careful planning or just being lucky—both can work in your favor.

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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Do a Test Run for Important Portrait Shoots

Dave Black discusses setting up shoots in advance

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

Learn how to freeze the motion in an action scene or capture a blur to show…

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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For Images with Impact, Consider the Positive Role of Negative Space

Randy Ziegler discusses negative space in…

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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Take It to the Limit: Pushing the D500 Envelope

D500 in action with Nikon's own Lindsay Silverman and Mark Soares

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One Shot: The Forest and the Tree

Photographing the same subject different ways

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Boudoir Photography: Creating the Sensual Image

Trendy boudoir photography by CherieFoto.

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Simple tips for children to learn to take better photos

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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon’s WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller System

Learn how easy it is to shoot wirelessly with the…

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Personal Project: The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds

Mike Corrado's personal project photographing birds

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Introduction to ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed & Other Advanced Settings for HDSLR Video

Advanced settings for HDSLR video

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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Panoramas

Simple Steps to Big Pictures

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Take a New Look at an Everyday Object

Robin Layton discusses opening your eyes to looking at subjects differently

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Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos on a Vacation

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of Your Kid's Sports

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Joe McNally: Shooting a Portrait with Speedlights

Joe McNally sets up a portrait on location using Speedlights

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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Photographing it All

With experience as a newspaper photographer and close to 20 years with Sports Illustrated, George…

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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots his Kid's Games

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3D Focus Tracking

An invaluable feature for sports, action and wildlife photography, 3D focus tracking, available in select Nikon D-SLRs, automatically shifts the focus point to follow the movement of the subject. With the shutter release pressed halfway, you'll see in the viewfinder the lens continuously maintain focus as the subject moves.

However, maintaining focus doesn't guarantee a sharp image, as there is a short time lag between the release of the shutter and the capture of the picture. To solve this problem, the focus tracking system is a predictive system that uses special algorithms to forecast the position of the subject at the moment the image is captured. The prediction is based on a measurement of the subject's movement and speed.

Simple predictive tracking is very effective for pictures of a subject moving at constant speed toward the camera, but to provide maximum focusing performance for a subject that abruptly changes direction at high speed, or a subject with low contrast, moving randomly, the AF system must accumulate subject location data using multiple focus areas. The AF modules built into selected Nikon D-SLRs have as many as 51 focus areas that can detect vertical, horizontal and diagonal movement of the subject.

To realize high-precision AF for high-speed continuous shooting of a fast-moving subject, the processing speed of the AF cycle is vital. To provide that speed, a Nikon proprietary technology called overlap servo prepares for the focus detection of the next shot while the lens-driving operation for the current shot is in process.

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