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Master Class: Just Watch and Learn

Steve Heiner discusses moviemaking inspiration

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My Go-To NIKKOR Lens

Vincent Versace's favorite lens: 28-300mm zoom

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3D Focus Tracking

3D focus tracking automatically shifts the focus point to follow the movement of the subject. With the…

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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How to Film Using Autofocus, Rack Focus and Manual Focus Techniques

Focusing tips for HDSLR video shooting

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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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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51-Point Autofocus System

The 51-point AF system positions 51 points of focus within the frame to allow photographers to…

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The convenience of Using Save/load Settings—Smart!

Moose Peterson on the convenience of using Nikon's save/load settings…

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Photographing Sports Indoors and Out

Capturing the action of a sporting event is easy when you follow a few simple…

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Jim Richardson: Why Fast Lenses Make All the Difference

When You’re Constantly on the Move, Fast Glass Makes Tough Shots…

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No Limits: For Better Photos, Think Like a Photojournalist

David Handschuh on thinking like a photojournalist

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Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction (VR) is an image stabilization technology that minimizes blur caused by camera…

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Caring for your Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

Care and maintence for the Nikon 1 AW1

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Want Better Landscape Photos? First Check Your Definition of "Landscape"

Tony Sweet offers tips for better landscape…

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How to Choose Your Next Nikon 1 Lens

Go beyond your Nikon 1 camera's kit lens

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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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AF Area Modes
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AF Area Modes

Nikon’s three AF area modes—single point AF, dynamic area AF and auto area AF—are designed to handle any…

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Fast Frames: A Quick Guide to Bird Photography

Matt McRay discusses how to get birds to visit your yard so you can…

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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CX Format Image Sensor

Nikon 1 digital cameras utilize the Nikon CX-format super high speed AF CMOS imaging sensor.

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Going Solo: A Two-Wheel Photo Journey Across Asia

Photojournalist Eleanor Moseman documents vanishing cultures

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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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Getting Started: How to Hold Your D-SLR Camera

Getting sharper, more in-focus pictures can be as simple as learning how…

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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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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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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Sometimes showing just a hint of your subject can be more compelling…

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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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Take Better Portraits

Tips for taking a good portrait photo

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon in which light rays passing through a lens focus at different…

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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DX NIKKOR Lenses

Nikon Digital SLRs FX and DX sensors

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Family Photos—Capturing the Moments

Nikon School's Family Photos—Capturing the Moments is full of tips for taking fun…

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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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Pet Mode

Nikon's new Pet mode lets you capture the expressions and actions of your pet cat or dog automatically.

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HDSLR Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Your D-Movie Camera

Getting started with HDSLR video

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

An Easy to Use Accessory, Polarizing Filters Bring out the Color and Definition in…

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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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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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One Shot: City Lights

Mark Alberhasky's silhouette of people against bright Times Square signage

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Professional Video Camera Equipment for Your HDSLR

Using third-party rigs, rail systems and other accessories

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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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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Hands On

On the case: the f/5.6 solution

Here’s something I’ll bet you haven’t thought about all that much, if at all: every Nikon digital camera is capable of autofocusing when there’s an AF lens mounted that has an aperture of f/5.6 or wider. Since all AF NIKKORs have f/5.6 or wider apertures, why should this be of interest? Why would I even bring it up? Because it’s not always true; sometimes an AF NIKKOR won’t focus automatically.

Say you’re using a telephoto NIKKOR that has a maximum aperture of f/4—like the 500mm f/4D, or the 600mm f/4D, or the 200-400mm f/4G—and you happen to be using it with the 2x teleconverter TC-20E III or the 1.7x TC-17E II. Do the multiplication, and the math will tell you that you’re effectively shooting with an f/6.3 or f/8 lens, and that means only manual focus is available.

Except when you’re shooting with Nikon's newest HD-SLR cameras, the D4, D800 and D600.

The reason for the f/5.6 AF limit has to do with the transmission of light through the lens and the contrast of the image reaching the AF sensor. But now, in the three newest Nikon HD-SLRs, advanced sensor technology has resolved the issue, providing greater light detection and critical contrast.

This is big news and a big advantage for professional and advanced amateur shooters who use big glass and a teleconverter for whatever reason and subject. Could be a nature photographer in need of extra reach from a safe distance, or a fashion shooter using a 500mm lens and a 2x teleconverter to compress the scene to create a stylish effect. Imagine a wildlife photographer trying to capture an eagle in flight and having to manually focus his lens, or a sports photographer trying to capture a Philadelphia Eagle running down the sideline. With the D4, D800 and D600, AF with any lens and any tele­converter is available to them.

Granted, these examples will be very special circumstances for most of us—that is, until we find ourselves using one of the long lens and teleconverter combinations I mentioned, and we absolutely need the speed and certainty of autofocus.

The development of the technology that makes this autofocusing possible comes from Nikon's ongoing relationships with pro photographers; from asking about what they need in the real world and then going to work in the R&D lab to figure out how to make it happen.

I talk with the R&D folks, and I know that what drives them is expanding the capabilities, going beyond what might have been considered necessary a few years ago and making it possible for all photographers to get the best images under any circumstances.

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