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Understanding Focal Length

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

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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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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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Tips for Photographing Mountains

Making the most of mountains in landscape photographs

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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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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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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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What is XQD and Why Should I Use it?

Benefits of the XQD media card format explained

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Moving Pictures: Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails for Smooth Moves

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Camera Tips: Using the My Menu Feature of your Nikon DSLR

Sara Wood explains how she uses the My Menu feature on Nikon…

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3D Mode

Capture images in 3D for viewing on 3D compatible HDTVs and computers.

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Easy Panorama Mode

The Easy Panorama Mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture.

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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

Step-by-step set-up guide to using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras

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Northern Exposure

Corey Rich documents a first ascent of the Arrigetch Peaks in Alaska's Brooks Range

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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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Mothers' Days: Good Timing and Great Locations Result in Memorable Maternity Photographs

Beth Wade discusses tips for…

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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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Motion Detection

Motion Detection helps you take sharper pictures

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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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Tips and Techniques For High Flying Photos

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

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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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Exposure Compensation When Using i-TTL Gets Easier with the D4/D4s

Exposure compensation and flash compensation can be…

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Remotely taking photographs

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

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Nikon's RAW file format contains all the image information captured by the camera's sensor.

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos on a Vacation

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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

Getting started with HDSLR video

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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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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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