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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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Action Control

Swing camera in the air to control settings.

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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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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

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

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

Beth Wade discusses tips for…

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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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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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Partner Up for Better Pictures

Learn how you can benefit from taking photos with a friend

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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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Lighting Cars for Studio Shots

Blair Bunting on photographing cars in the studio

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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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Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System

Revolutionary camera system designed for today’s picture taker.

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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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How to Film Using Autofocus, Rack Focus and Manual Focus Techniques

Focusing tips for HDSLR video shooting

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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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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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