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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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Chromatic Aberration

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

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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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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

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

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Different Types of Microphones: Audio Recording Tutorial

Using accessory microphones when shooting video

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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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

Creating a BTS video with Dixie Dixon

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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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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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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

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

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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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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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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon’s WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller System

Learn how easy it is to shoot wirelessly with the…

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

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

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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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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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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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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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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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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Careful planning or just being lucky—both can work in your favor.

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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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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Route 66 Road Trip

Tom Bol travels Route 66 with a Df D-SLR

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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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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Top Tip: If You Want to Shoot Video, Start by Thinking Video

Photographer Nick Didlick on transitioning from sill to…

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Dave Black

Sports and commercial photographer Dave Black is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Shooting B-Roll Footage with a DSLR

Shoot B-Roll for your videos for added creativity

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of Your Kid's Sports

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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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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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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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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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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Getting Started: Memory Cards and Batteries

Take care of the little things, and you'll be ready for the big things.

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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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Joe McNally and the new SB-910 AF Speedlight

Behind the Scenes of a Marketing Campaign Shoot

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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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