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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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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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Pet Mode

Nikon's new Pet mode lets you capture the expressions and actions of your pet cat or dog automatically.

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How to Record Audio: Tutorial on Audio Basics

Recording audio for HDSLR video

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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

How to use a graduated neutral density filter to decrease extreme light to…

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3D Focus Tracking

3D focus tracking automatically shifts the focus point to follow the movement of the subject. With the…

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In a New York Minute: Images of a Long Weekend

Lindsay Silverman spends a weekend shooting with only one D-SLR and lens…

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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Different Types of Microphones: Audio Recording Tutorial

Using accessory microphones when shooting video

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One Shot: The Forest and the Tree

Photographing the same subject different ways

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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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3D Color Matrix Metering II

This system of evaluating light determines the best possible exposure for a particular…

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

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

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

An Easy to Use Accessory, Polarizing Filters Bring out the Color and Definition in…

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Balancing Photo Exposures with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

Bring light to the shadows with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

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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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10 Tips for Better Camera Panning

Dave Black's tips for camera panning

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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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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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Learning to shoot one aperture at a time

Nikon Ambassador Blair Bunting on understanding your lenses

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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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Flash Points: The Control of Light

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

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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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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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