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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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Different Types of Microphones: Audio Recording Tutorial

Using accessory microphones when shooting video

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First Look: The All-Seeing, 360° Nikon Action Cam

Corey Rich describes his experience shooting with the KeyMission 360

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Northern Exposure

Corey Rich documents a first ascent of the Arrigetch Peaks in Alaska's Brooks Range

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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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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Sandro

Commercial photographer and filmmaker Sandro is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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What is XQD and Why Should I Use it?

Benefits of the XQD media card format explained

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Shooting B-Roll Footage with a DSLR

Shoot B-Roll for your videos for added creativity

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Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

James Balog discusses the importance of challenging yourself in your photography

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Camera Tips: Using the Multi Selector Center Button Controls

Customize your DSLR to to check focus in playback and more

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Easy Panorama Mode

The Easy Panorama Mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture.

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

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Setting Up Your D4S or D4 DSLR for Networking with the WT-5

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How to Set White Balance for Video

Video white balance tips

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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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Through the Eyes of a Child

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The Versatile Appeal of the D600

See what makes the D600 an appealing camera

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Using Picture Controls to Give your Video a “Look”

Picture Controls for video

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

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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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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

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Be Prepared for All Situations

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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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Marketplace: A #1

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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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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

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Picture Controls Step-by-Step

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Jody Dole Photographs Objects that Catch His Eye

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Using Variable Neutral Density Filters to Adjust Exposure in DSLR Video

Adjusting exposure with Variable ND filters

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The Importance of Being Familiar with your Gear

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos on a Vacation

Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras shoot great video—in addition to stills—many capable of shooting in HD or Full HD formats. In addition, they also offer a variety of special effects. With a little practice, you can create great videos as a keepsake of your future travels, complete with interviews, narration, music, or still images incorporated throughout.

When shooting video on a vacation, keep these tips in mind:

  • Do your homework. If you’re going on vacation and want to make a video of your travels, research the location if you aren’t familiar with it. Once there, you can even ask the locals if there are any places off the beaten path that might make for interesting video or photographs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pass the camera around. How will anyone know you were there if you stay behind the camera the entire time? Have others in your group take pictures or shoot video of you having fun too. You can also place the camera on a tripod or sturdy surface to get into the shot (still images or video) with family and friends.

  • 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 while traveling can be devastating. 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 your vacation.

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.

Learn from photographer Ann Cutting in this video, as she explains these tips and more for capturing great video when on vacation. While the video focuses on one vacation scenario among friends, many of the tips and tricks are general enough that you can use them anytime or anywhere.

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