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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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Personal Project: The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds

Mike Corrado's personal project photographing birds

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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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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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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 1

Learn how to change the color of one area of an image while keeping the rest of the image…

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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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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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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

Gary Braasch follows the evidence; the power of photography does the rest.

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Fast Frames: A Quick Guide to Bird Photography

Matt McRay discusses how to get birds to visit your yard so you can…

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Create and Publish Your Own Photo Book

A photo book is a great way to share your images with the world.

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Tips and Techniques For High Flying Photos

Tom Bol discusses taking photos from hot air balloons, planes and helicopters

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High Dynamic Range Photography

Why and How to Shoot HDR Images

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The Importance of Composition When Shooting Nature

Pat O'Hara had to go far from home to really appreciate the…

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The DX and FX Formats

Understand the differences between the formats to determine which is the one for you.

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Built-in World Maps

Track where you've been shooting; locate Points of Interest.

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One Shot: Crop Factor

Carol Freeman field tests the new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon in which light rays passing through a lens focus at different…

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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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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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The Stories that Can be Told Through Photography

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

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Techniques: Flower Power

Focus Stacking for Close-Up Depth and Detail

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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 the Night Sky

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

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Awesome Skies: Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights or…

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The Power and Beauty of Bears and Other Animals

When the animal in the viewfinder is a bear, this photographer knows…

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Building Your Creative Team

Dixie Dixon on building a creative support team

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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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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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Caring for your Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

Care and maintence for the Nikon 1 AW1

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Caring for your Nikon 1 Waterproof Housing

Regular maintenence and care of the WP-N1/WP-N2/WP-N3 will ensure its…

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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

Ron Magill field tests the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot solar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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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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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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