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Getting Started: How to Hold Your D-SLR Camera

Getting sharper, more in-focus pictures can be as simple as learning how…

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Camera Support Tips for Shooting Steady Video

Five tips for steadying the camera when shooting video

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Have Fun Shooting Selfies (Self-Portrait) Photos

Tips and tricks for taking great Selfies

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Caring for your Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

Care and maintence for the Nikon 1 AW1

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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Basic lighting tips for shooting video

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Initial Pairing of the KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge 360/170 App on an iOS Device

Connecting an iPhone or iPad to…

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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Understanding Nikon Wireless Connectivity

Learn how to connect your camera and compatible smart device wirelessly

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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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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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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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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

See how one of the foremost nature, outdoor and natural history…

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Action Control

Swing camera in the air to control settings.

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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 the Curl' Gets a Whole New Meaning

Welcome to the surf as Clark Little sees it.

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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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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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What is your KeyMission?

Joe McNally on the KeyMission 360 camera

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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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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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Taking Great Photographs at Airshows

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

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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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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Personal Project: The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds

Mike Corrado's personal project photographing birds

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Setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5 for Networking: HTTP Mode or FTP Server

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5…

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How to Capture the “Wow” Factor

Photographer Evan Williams on shooting stunning photographs

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Miles of Aisles

Kevin Kubota establishes his clients' comfort level before the wedding, so that on the big day they will…

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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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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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Video Tutorial Series: Getting Started with your Nikon D3300 DSLR

Series of six videos to help you set-up and shoot and…

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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

Options for viewing and recording when shooting video

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Professional Video Camera Equipment for Your HDSLR

Using third-party rigs, rail systems and other accessories

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1 NIKKOR Technology: Retractable Lens Barrel

Retractable lens barrel technology offers ultra-compact lens design.

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Lighting Cars for Studio Shots

Blair Bunting on photographing cars in the studio

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Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System

Revolutionary camera system designed for today’s picture taker.

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HDSLR Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Your D-Movie Camera

Getting started with HDSLR video

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 360 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 360…

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 170 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 170…

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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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Wired and Wireless File Transfer

Wired or wireless options lets you transfer image files from the camera to computer when…

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First Look: The All-Seeing, 360° Nikon Action Cam

Corey Rich describes his experience shooting with the KeyMission 360

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Setting up the COOLPIX S800c

The COOLPIX S800c offers wireless connectivity, learn how to set it up easily

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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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Smart Portrait System

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System incorporates into COOLPIX cameras a series of automatic functions,…

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Setting Up Your D4S or D4 DSLR for Networking with the WT-5

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S and WT-5A for wireless…

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In the Tradition

Legacy Nikon underwater cameras

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Getting Started: How to Change a D-SLR Lens

Learn the steps to changing your camera's lens.

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Getting Started: How to Hold Your D-SLR Camera

This sounds a bit silly, doesn't it? How to hold your D-SLR camera? It's pretty obvious: You pick it up with the lens pointing away from you, put your eye to the viewfinder and press the shutter button. Couldn't be simpler, right? Well, yes and no. Doing the above will certainly get a picture, but the way you hold your camera can help ensure you get a good picture.

What one thing ruins more pictures than anything else? The blur that results from an out-of-focus image. Holding the camera correctly can help prevent that blur.

Blur is caused by the movement of either the subject or the camera. Subject movement is something we really can't control, although adjusting the shutter speed can give us some control over how subject movement is captured. Camera movement, however, is something we can control. Short of using a tripod or a VR, image-stabilized NIKKOR lens, holding the camera properly is the best way to avoid a blurry picture.

You need to hold the camera as steady as possible. Hold the camera's handgrip in your right hand and cradle the camera body or lens with your left.  Keep your elbows propped lightly against your torso for support and place one foot half a pace ahead of the other to keep your upper body stable. This is a steadier position than holding the camera away from your face.

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