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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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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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3D Color Matrix Metering II

This system of evaluating light determines the best possible exposure for a particular…

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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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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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Taking Great Photographs at Airshows

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

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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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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

When to use the D810 and D750's highlight-weighted metering

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

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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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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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power
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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power

Creating a starburst in your photographs

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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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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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How to Take Pictures of Water Using Long Exposures

Getting that "silky" look when photographing moving water isn't…

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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

Exposing so the Snow’s White and Six Other Tips for Great Winter…

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Balancing Photo Exposures with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

Bring light to the shadows with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

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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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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot solar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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The Sum of the Parts

Making Movies with the D5000

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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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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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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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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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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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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

The Nikon D7100 is a top-of-the-line performer

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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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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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Advanced Wireless Lighting

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

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Shooting Long Exposures:

Deborah Sandidge on shooting long exposure landscapes and cityscapes

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The convenience of Using Save/load Settings—Smart!

Moose Peterson on the convenience of using Nikon's save/load settings…

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Moving Pictures: Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails for Smooth Moves

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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot lunar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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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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Walkabout

Take a photo walk with Nikon pro Lindsay Silverman.

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

B. Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the…

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

An Easy to Use Accessory, Polarizing Filters Bring out the Color and Definition in…

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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

Nikon’s new D4 and D4s D-SLRs are unique in that they are the first Nikon D-SLR to separate flash exposure compensation from the camera’s exposure compensation when using the camera with compatible Nikon Speedlights in i-TTL.

Previously, when in i-TTL and shooting in an automated mode like aperture priority, and you decided to use exposure compensation on the camera (which affects the ambient light), the change you made using the camera’s exposure compensation feature would also change the flash exposure on the Speedlight.

In effect, the two would be coupled together, if you wanted a different amount of flash compensation from that of the camera’s exposure compensation setting you would have had to calculate the two together and than change the Speedlight’s flash compensation accordingly.

For example, say you wanted to drop the exposure in the camera by one f/stop using the exposure compensation dial. The Speedlight would automatically drop the flash exposure by one f/stop too. You’d have to then add back +1 f/stop to the flash compensation to keep the flash exposure the same as before, but now your background exposure is lower by one f/stop relative to the flash exposure.

Yes it is an extra step, but if you shoot all the time in i-TTL, you would have gotten into the habit of making the necessary changes—and then you had to remember to reset both the camera and Speedlight once you were done shooting.

Confusing! Nikon thought so too.

The D4/D4s are the first Nikon D-SLRs to separate or uncouple the exposure compensation from the flash compensation when using i-TTL in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Program modes with a Speedlight (wired, using a Nikon SC-29 cord, wirelessly using the SU-800 Wireless Commander or another Speedlight in the Commander role, or on the camera’s hot shoe. It will not work when using a generic PC cord or slave). With the D4/D4s, after making an adjustment through the custom settings, you set the camera’s exposure compensation for the camera exposure and it won’t affect the Speedlight’s flash exposure. Should you also need to alter the flash exposure, you can do so separately. We think this should make the whole process that much easier to remember and result in some amazing images where the flash and background exposures can be quickly and easily set.

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