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Understanding Focal Length

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

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Moving Pictures: The Learning Curve

Steve Heiner on starting at stills and going to video

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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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One Shot: The Forest and the Tree

Photographing the same subject different ways

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5 Quick Tips to Better 360° Videos

Tips to help you take better 360 degree videos with the KeyMission 360 action camera

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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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What is your KeyMission?

Alan Thornton on wildland firefighting and the KeyMission 360

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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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How To Grow Your Garden Photography Skills

Taking great photographs of your own garden is easy with a few simple tips

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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

Tips for taking great photos of your young graduate on their big day

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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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Different Types of Microphones: Audio Recording Tutorial

Using accessory microphones when shooting video

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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 Choose Your Next DSLR Lens

What to look for when choosing your next lens for your DSLR

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Have Fun Shooting Selfies (Self-Portrait) Photos

Tips and tricks for taking great Selfies

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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Basic lighting tips for shooting video

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Use Long Lenses or Come Back Too Short

Moose Peterson on the benefits of long glass

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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Take better photos during the colorful fall season

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

Understanding what all of those markings and designations on your lens really mean.

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12 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

A dozen easy tips for taking better vacation pictures

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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The Big Picture: Getting the Most From the KeyMission 360

Ami Vitale on setting the scene for a 360° video

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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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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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

Mark Alberhasky on using the FT-1 and NIKKOR lenses on…

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

Harbors, bays, oceans and rivers all have one thing in common—interesting and…

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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Tips for Shooting Sports

Sports shooter Bill Sallaz knows what he wants and where to stand in order to get it

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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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Imagine That

Nope, we didn't make a mistake. The photos you see here were not taken by several different photographers;…

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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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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

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

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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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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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How to Create a Behind the Scenes Video for your Photography Business

Creating a BTS video with Dixie Dixon

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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

David Handschuh on thinking like a photojournalist

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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A Pro's Tips for the Best Children's Photos

Tamara Lackey on taking great pictures of kids

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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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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

Joe McNally uses the technique of repeating flash to capture the grace of balletic…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

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

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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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The Importance of Quality Audio Capture

Simple tips for photographers shooting HD video with Nikon D-SLRs.

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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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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Flash Points: The Control of Light

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

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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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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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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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Taking Great Photographs at Airshows

Learn the "tricks of the trade" from Moose Peterson.

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Photographing the US National Parks

Chris Nicholson on photographing in the US National Parks

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Shooting with Remote Cameras

Andrew Hancock discusses the art of shooting sports with remote cameras

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Remotely taking photographs

Flexible wired & wireless remote shooting options expand your photo taking capabilities

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Making Pictures in the Rain

Just because it's raining doesn't mean there aren't great pictures waiting to be made.

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Joel Sartore

Conservation photographer Joel Sartore is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Taking Close-up Photos

How to take close-up photos of flowers and small objects.


The quickest way is to choose the close-up program from your camera's vari-programs/scene modes menu. The camera will set a relatively small aperture—about f/5.6 for enough depth-of-field to create a striking close-up photograph.

Lens choice is vital to the capturing a sharp, frame-filling close-up. If you're using a NIKKOR zoom with close-up capability, zoom out to the telephoto end of the focal length range and compose your image. Be aware of the closest focusing distance of the lens you're using; if you're closer to your subject than that limit allows, you won't be able to get a sharp picture. For the ultimate in close focusing capability, consider a Micro-NIKKOR lens. Available in focal lengths of 60mm, 105mm and 200mm, they are designed specifically for close-up photography—check them out here.

If you're using a NIKKOR image stabilization lens (it will have a VR, for vibration reduction, designation), activate the VR to ensure the sharpest possible image. If you've got a tripod, use it—and be sure VR is turned off.

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