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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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10 Tips for Better Camera Panning

Dave Black's tips for camera panning

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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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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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Mentor Trekking in Costa Rica with Bill Durrence

A Mentor Series instructor leads a group of photo trekkers through the…

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Assignment: Road Trip

Bob Krist pursues persons of interest

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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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Photographing the Night Sky

Astrophotography: tips for making great images of the stars, moon and night sky time-lapse

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

Sports Shooter Academy gives you the opportunity to work with pros in a hands-on…

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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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Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System

Revolutionary camera system designed for today’s picture taker.

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Setting White Balance

How do I set my camera’s white balance for different lighting situations?

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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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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

Ron Magill field tests the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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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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Getting Creative with White Balance

Try getting creative with your camera's white balance for some interesting results.

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Dave Black

Sports and commercial photographer Dave Black is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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Boudoir Photography: Creating the Sensual Image

Trendy boudoir photography by CherieFoto.

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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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Cliff Mautner: King of Hearts

Cliff Mautner's unique style has made him a successful and in-demand wedding photographer.

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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Shooting Wirelessly with the Nikon WR-R10 and WR-T10 Wireless Remotes

Learn how easy it is to use the WR-R10/WR-T10 for…

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Tips from a Model Turned Professional Photographer

See how photographer Nancy Brown turned a 20-year modeling career in…

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Bill Coleman: A Long Term Photo Project

Whether shooting the Amish of Pennsylvania or the landscapes of Maine or Italy,…

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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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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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How to Read Your Camera Manual

Your camera manual, it's not a novel, so don't try reading it cover to cover.

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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 Focal Length

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

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How to Choose Your Next DSLR Lens

What to look for when choosing your next lens for your DSLR

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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Careful planning or just being lucky—both can work in your favor.

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A Pro's Tips for the Best Children's Photos

Tamara Lackey on taking great pictures of kids

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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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Capturing Moments in a Wedding Day

Cliff Mautner discusses capturing wedding day moments

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Caring for your Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

Care and maintence for the Nikon 1 AW1

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Caring for your Nikon 1 Waterproof Housing

Regular maintenence and care of the WP-N1/WP-N2/WP-N3 will ensure its…

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Shooting a Rock Concert

Whether you're taking photos at a major rock concert or at your child's school performance, these…

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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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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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7 Tips & Tricks to Taking Better Wedding Photographs

Joe McNally on how to take better wedding portraits

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon’s WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller System

Learn how easy it is to shoot wirelessly with the…

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Brian Skerry: Below the Surface

An underwater photojournalist's stunning images

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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

Three pros discuss using the AF-ON button for AF control

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Mark Alberhasky's 5 step system for taking better pictures

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Understanding Nikon Wireless Connectivity

Learn how to connect your camera and compatible smart device wirelessly

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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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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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Tips For Making Tempting Food Photos

Alison Lyons offers simple tips for taking great photos of food & drink

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

Wireless lighting allows you to create dramatic lighting scenarios that enhance your images. Although it may seem daunting, using Speedlights off-camera is easier than you think. With Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, you can easily set up a Speedlight or two (or more) and control their output right from your Nikon D-SLR.

Corporate photographer David Tejada is a location shooter; traveling to where his subjects are found—on construction sites, inside factories and executive offices. David brings a minimal amount of gear with him on location. By using a minimal amount of equipment, placed correctly, the viewer is given the perception that the lighting situations in the photographs that David produces are more complex.

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You might think the only way to turn day into night is by blocking out the sun. David will show you how you can control your exposure to make it look like nighttime. Add in a couple of deliberately placed Speedlights to give the subject the look of being lit by a lamppost or bare bulib over an adjacent doorway—and gel the Speedlights for added drama. Because David was positioned in bright daylight, he made sure to use the lens hood on the lens. Concerned that the built-in pop-up flash's signal would not reach the remote Speedlights because of the lens hood, David placed an SB-700 on the camera's hot shoe which acted as the Master.

Watch the video, to learn how to turn a busy mid-day city street into an image that looks as if it were shot in the middle of the night.

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