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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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Motion Detection

Motion Detection helps you take sharper pictures

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Creative Lighting

For those who want to learn about creative lighting

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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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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Basic lighting tips for shooting video

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

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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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Advanced Wireless Lighting

Advanced wireless lighting is the use of multiple Speedlights set up for wireless remote…

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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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Understanding Auto ISO

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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

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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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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

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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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Joe McNally: Shooting a Portrait with Speedlights

Joe McNally sets up a portrait on location using Speedlights

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

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Nikon HD-SLR Video Tips

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Extend Your Reach with Nikon 1 Cameras and the FT-1 Mount Adapter

Extend your reach with your favorite NIKKOR lenses on a…

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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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Setting White Balance

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Scene Recognition System and Advanced SRS

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

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Understanding ISO Sensitivity

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

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ISO Control

For digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. The ISO setting is one of…

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

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How to Use Aperture and ND Filters to Control the Depth-of-Field in Movies

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Top Tips for Shooting Stop-Motion Animation Video

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Photographing the Night Sky

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

Looking to get the best photographs of your family and friends this holiday season? Well, the key to success is simply to relax and let it happen. "Take it easy" doesn't just refer to the automatic operations of your camera; it also has to do with your method of operation.

First, realize you have huge advantages when your family is your subject: you've got access and familiarity. And if your family is used to seeing you prowling around holiday gatherings with your camera, you're way ahead of the game. They're likely to ignore you—and that's exactly what you want in order to capture photos of the folks just being themselves.

You'll get the best pictures when people are doing what they're into doing: dinner preparations, gift wrapping, chatting, table setting. It's not just the Thanksgiving dinner that's photogenic; it's also the team spirit that went into its preparation. During the holidays, it's not just the giving of the gifts, but their wrapping the night before; and, of course the decorating, too.

There are so many wonderful holiday events that your family may be participating in and which make for great pictures. From holiday pageants to caroling in your neighborhood, you’re sure to capture the season in photographic memories.

Two of the most important factors in taking great family photos are timing and location. You know where the family's favorite places are: kitchen, family room, living room, back yard. Be there. And even if you're not planning on a picture, try to keep the camera at hand; you never know when a great moment's going to happen. "Hold it, I'll get the camera" is a sure sign you missed the shot.

While you shouldn't be the director of photographic events, there's nothing wrong with having a subtle plan—like this one, told to us by a writer friend.

"A few blocks away from the house where my family gathers for Thanksgiving there's a beautiful park. So what I did was put my camera and a football I'd brought along on the coffee table in the living room. It took a few minutes for them to be noticed, and then eight or ten of us were out the door and down to the park for about a half hour of no-rules football...and lots of pictures. It worked because I knew them—knew what they'd do when they saw the football. We had a great time playing, and we passed the camera around and got some really nice shots."

So, it's about timing, and location—and it's about the gear. The best news is that cameras today are slick-handling wonders that are made to capture precious moments with precision and automatic ease.

Bring some techniques and ideas, too. For instance, when you're shooting kids, don't just stand there—get down to their level for the best images. And once and a while hand the camera over to them, and let them show you what they see.

So, what's a good camera choice? Well, the first thing to consider is the category: is it going to be a COOLPIX point and shoot compact, a Nikon 1 interchangeable lens camera or a DSLR.

You may find that during the holidays a compact COOLPIX digital camera will be more convenient, and these cameras are packed with features that will make your holiday picture taking a whole lot easier. Scene Modes make it easy to get well-lit, sharp images in a variety of situations. They include Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Night Portrait, Food and Night Landscape—all perfect for holiday photos.

The Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses are the ideal camera for the picture taker who wants the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and the form factor of a compact camera. New features such as Motion Snapshot make capturing moments fun, and along with still images and Full HD video capture, let you tell the complete story of your celebration. The ultra compact Nikon 1 cameras are small enough to take with you everywhere.

DSLRs are incredibly versatile, offering point-and-shoot ease along with the ability to use interchangeable lenses. In difficult low-light conditions, the high ISO sensitivity of many DSLR models turns those situations into stunning photographs—and when flash is necessary, DSLRs provide powerful, fully automatic performance from either the built-in flash (many models features one) or accessory Speedlights.

Without doubt, a key factor in selecting a DSLR is the incredible range of available lenses, and your choice of lens is going to be the key factor in your holiday photos. If you’re using a NIKKOR VR lens (Vibration Reduction) that's even better, as it means the lens offers image stabilization to banish blur for clearer, sharper pictures.

Happy holidays and happy shooting!