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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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Macro Lenses

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

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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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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

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

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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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Lindsey Byrnes on Rock & Roll Photography

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

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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 Your Kid's Sports

A great benefit of Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras is that in addition to stills, they also shoot great video—with many models offering HD or Full HD capabilities. Add in the variety of features such as slow- or fast-motion and other special effects built-in to the cameras and you’ve got a powerful movie-making tool in your storytelling arsenal.

With simple editing, your video footage, still images, music or narration will turn into a wonderful multimedia story that your fiends and family will want to see again and again. Remember, the more you practice, the better filmmaker you’ll become.

Learn from photographer Ann Cutting in this video, as she explains these tips and more for capturing great video of your kids playing sports. In the video Ann is shooting video and stills of a kid’s baseball game—but most of the tips and tricks are general enough to work for any sports that your kids might participate in.

When shooting video of your kid’s games, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Shoot a variety of angles. Just like the Hollywood filmmakers who shoot wide (establishing shots), medium shots and close-ups, try capturing different views of your subjects. Its even ok if you need to ask your subjects to repeat a task so you can capture it in more than one way.

  • In addition to capturing all of the action, get stills and video of the players’ reactions as well as the field and sports equipment so you can tell a complete story of the day’s events.

  • 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.

  • Be careful to stay on the sidelines unless you’ve already gotten the ok from the coaches or umpires/referees to enter onto the field/court during actual game play.

  • 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); and bring extra media cards 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.

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