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Camera Support Tips for Shooting Steady Video

Five tips for steadying the camera when shooting video

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 4

Discover how to quickly sharpen the eyes of a portrait subject.

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 2

Master the technique of brightening up a photo with D-Lighting.

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 360 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 360…

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 170 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 170…

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

Depth-of-field for video

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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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Introduction to ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed & Other Advanced Settings for HDSLR Video

Advanced settings for HDSLR video

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KeyMission 360 Workflow Options

Best workflow options for KeyMission 360

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Video Composition Rules: Establishing, Medium and Close-up Shots

Composition tips for video

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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

Tell better stories using the myriad of fun and artistic features built into Nikon…

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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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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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Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

Using the Moon Scene Mode and 83x zoom of the COOLPIX P900

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

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Macro Lenses

Reproduce objects up to life size using a Nikon Micro-NIKKOR Lens

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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

Come to the Summit for the ultimate workshop experience in all areas of…

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Lindsey Byrnes on Rock & Roll Photography

Video interview of pro shooter Lindsey Byrnes on photography and getting…

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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Time Travels

Steve Heiner shares the art of time-lapse videos.

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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Initial Pairing of the KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge 360/170 App on an iOS Device

Connecting an iPhone or iPad to…

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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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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras shoot great video—in addition to stills—many capable of shooting in HD or Full HD. In addition, they also offer a variety of special effects built-in. With a little practice, you can create great videos of your child’s next birthday celebration, complete with interviews, narration, music, or still images incorporated throughout for a wonderful memory of the event.

When shooting video of a child’s birthday party, keep these tips in mind:

  • Have fun. Look for unique angles such as carefully climbing high above your subjects, or getting the camera low to the ground for a change in viewpoint. Take both video and stills when you do this for more variety. Its even ok if you need to ask your subjects to repeat a task so you can capture it in more than one way.

  • Try the variety of special effects that most Nikon COOLPIX cameras offer—such as slow-motion, selective color, or miniature effect—for a truly unique look.

  • Stabilize the camera whenever possible. If your camera has VR (Vibration Reduction), turn the feature on. You can use a monopod or tripod when panning or zooming into the frame. If you don’t have a monopod or tripod, brace yourself against a sturdy object such as a fence or wall to keep camera shake to a minimum.

  • Make sure there is enough light for the situation you’re in. You might have to increase the ISO; open the curtains to let more light into a room or even turn on lamps to increase the level of illumination indoors. Remember that a camera’s flash will not illuminate your scene when shooting video.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your subjects a question, or prompt them to tell a story or share their thoughts about the event you’re capturing on video. You can always choose to leave in your own voice making the request or edit it out of the final video.

  • Lastly, Make sure your batteries are fresh (if your camera uses disposable batteries) and fully charged (if your camera uses rechargeable ones); We’ve all run out of power at one inopportune time or another but doing so during special events can be devastating. Have extra media cards on hand too. You don’t want to face the decision of having to delete images or video clips to make room for new ones in the middle of shooting.

By using only the best images and video clips, you’ll be able to tell a better story, one that your fiends and family will want to see again and again.

Learn from photographer Ann Cutting in this video, as she explains these tips and more for capturing great video of your child’s birthday celebration. While the video focuses on a young girl’s birthday party, many of the tips and tricks are general enough that you can use them anytime.

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