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