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AF Area Modes
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AF Area Modes

Nikon’s three AF area modes—single point AF, dynamic area AF and auto area AF—are designed to handle any…

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Better Sports Photography

Which settings should you use depending upon which sport you're photographing

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51-Point Autofocus System

The 51-point AF system positions 51 points of focus within the frame to allow photographers to…

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HDSLR Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Your D-Movie Camera

Getting started with HDSLR video

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How to Film Using Autofocus, Rack Focus and Manual Focus Techniques

Focusing tips for HDSLR video shooting

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Tips For Making Tempting Food Photos

Alison Lyons offers simple tips for taking great photos of food & drink

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Scene Recognition System and Advanced SRS

Nikon's SRS and Advanced SRS recognize the position, color, tones and…

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 8

Master your use of Black and White Control Points to bring out the details in the shadows and…

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Photographing Sports Indoors and Out

Capturing the action of a sporting event is easy when you follow a few simple…

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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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Understanding Maximum Aperture

Learn how aperture affects the end-result image.

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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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10 Tips for Better Camera Panning

Dave Black's tips for camera panning

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Bambi Cantrell

Wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the challenge.

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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

When to use the D810 and D750's highlight-weighted metering

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Think About Your Subject Before You Begin Shooting

Find out why thinking about your photos can be as important as taking…

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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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Brian Skerry: Below the Surface

An underwater photojournalist's stunning images

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

Diana Robinson gets the color she wants with Picture Controls in-camera and…

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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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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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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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Shooting with Remote Cameras

Andrew Hancock discusses the art of shooting sports with remote cameras

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Shooting a Rock Concert

Whether you're taking photos at a major rock concert or at your child's school performance, these…

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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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The Stories that Can be Told Through Photography

Commercial photographer Arthur Meyerson likes his photos to say the most…

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Outdoor Pursuit

Bill Hatcher photographs the impossible—well, let's say the extremely difficult.

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Reaction Time

John Solano says that for him, photographing weddings is a lot like photographing sports.

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Action Photography: Shooting in Extreme Locations

Photographer Beth Wald doesn't just shoot from the sidelines; she's in…

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Pete Turner: Master of Color Photography

Pete Turner is a master of color, but he's also a master of content and mystery.

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Bill Coleman: A Long Term Photo Project

Whether shooting the Amish of Pennsylvania or the landscapes of Maine or Italy,…

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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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At the Moment

Greg Gibson trades photojournalism for documentary wedding photography

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Destination Asia: A Showcase for the Storytelling Power of Travel Images

Travel shooter Blaine Harrington offers tips for…

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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How to Capture the “Wow” Factor

Photographer Evan Williams on shooting stunning photographs

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Destination Europe: Do a Little Research, Then Go Light on the Gear

Blaine Harrington on travel photography in Europe

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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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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A Nikon Ambassador's Photography in Cuba

Vincent Versace on photographing the culture and people of Cuba

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Want Better Landscape Photos? First Check Your Definition of "Landscape"

Tony Sweet offers tips for better landscape…

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A Photographic Expedition — Easter Island and Patagonia, Chile

Travel to Patagonia and Easter Island for a photographic…

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AF Area Modes

Nikon’s three AF Area Modes—Single Point AF, Dynamic Area AF and Auto Area AF—are designed to handle any shooting situation.

With good light control and a static subject, Single Point AF ensures that the most important element in the composition, such as the eyes in a portrait, will be sharply focused.

With Dynamic Area AF—and depending on which D-SLR you are using—you can select from several focusing options—9, 11, 21, 39 or all 51-points AF. Select a Single AF point and the areas surrounding it serve as backup—a significant advantage when shooting moving subjects. Select the 9-point option when you want to focus on erratically moving subjects with greater accuracy. When dealing with insufficient contrast for fast focus detection, choosing 21 or 51 points makes detection easier. The 51-point option also allows for 3D Focus Tracking, which uses color information from the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor to automatically follow moving subjects across the AF points.

Auto Area AF uses color information and special face recognition algorithms to automatically focus on an individual’s face, which is extremely helpful when there’s simply no time to select a focus point, or when using Live View in hand-held mode at high or low angles.

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