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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

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

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How to Choose Your Next Nikon 1 Lens

Go beyond your Nikon 1 camera's kit lens

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

Exposing so the Snow’s White and Six Other Tips for Great Winter…

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Jim Richardson: Why Fast Lenses Make All the Difference

When You’re Constantly on the Move, Fast Glass Makes Tough Shots…

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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 D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Mark Alberhasky's 5 step system for taking better pictures

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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How to Photograph Lightning

Storm chaser Jim Reed offers valuable tips for making photos of lighning while staying safe.

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Scene Auto Selector

A COOLPIX feature that recognizes the type of scene or setting and automatically selects the…

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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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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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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How to Take Pictures of Water Using Long Exposures

Getting that "silky" look when photographing moving water isn't…

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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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High Dynamic Range Photography

Why and How to Shoot HDR Images

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Using Teleconverters

Teleconverters let you extend your photographic reach

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Using legacy NIKKOR lenses with the Nikon Df

How to set the Df to accept legacy Non-Ai or Ai lenses

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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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How to Use Aperture and ND Filters to Control the Depth-of-Field in Movies

Depth-of-field for video

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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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Hands On

Lindsay Silverman discusses autofocusing when using teleconverters

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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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One Shot: See a Puddle, Make a Picture...or Two

Randy Ziegler on the importance of patience while out shooting

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Photographing Dogs: Capturing Action

Tips for taking better photos of your dog in action.

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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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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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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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Family Photos—Capturing the Moments

Nikon School's Family Photos—Capturing the Moments is full of tips for taking fun…

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Route 66 Road Trip

Tom Bol travels Route 66 with a Df D-SLR

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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Prime Lenses

What is a prime lens? Well, it's a lens that isn't a zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length which means…

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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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Understanding ISO Sensitivity

Photography is built on the three pillars of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and…

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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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In the Tradition

Legacy Nikon underwater cameras

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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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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

Ideal class for those who want to go beyond point & shoot photography

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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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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

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

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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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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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One Shot: Purple Haze

Turning an ordinary photo into something special in-camera

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How Do I Take Photos at Dusk and at Night?
Controlling aperture and shutter speed are the keys. Aperture is the size of the lens opening; you want large apertures to let in as much light as possible. Shutter speed will control how long the shutter stays open; the longer it's open, the more light will reach the sensor. Also, setting higher ISO speeds will increase the "light gathering" ability of the camera's sensor. The Nikon D90 and D5000 have a night portrait mode that will set the camera and fire the flash for photos of people at night.)

If you're using a VR (vibration reduction) lens, activate the VR. But if you're using a tripod—which is a great idea for night shots, as it will stabilize the camera during long exposures—be sure VR is turned off. Shutter speeds that are likely to yield the best results: 1/15, 1/8, 1/4 second or longer—and you'll need VR or a tripod for those.

For more advanced night shots, a tripod is necessary. Long exposure times—one, ten, even 30 seconds—combined with small apertures (for great depth-of-field) will produce dramatic light-trails and reveal details.

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