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Using the Histogram to Check Exposure

Checking video exposure with the histogram

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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DSLR Video 2-Day Workshop

DSLR photographers interested in multimedia and videographers transitioning to DSLR.

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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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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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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of Your Kid's Sports

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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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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Wired and Wireless File Transfer

Wired or wireless options lets you transfer image files from the camera to computer when…

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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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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

The Nikon D7100 is a top-of-the-line performer

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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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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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

Shooting video with your Nikon HDSLR camera is easy, once you set a few basic settings.

  1. Set your camera to PROGRAM, allowing the camera to set the exposure.

  2. Go into the MOVIE SETTINGS and choose the quality/frames per second. Most videos are shot at 1920x1080/30p. This is Full HD, recording at 30 frames per second. If you want to give your movie a more cinematic or filmic look, choose 24p for 24 frames per second. HD is 1280x720. The higher the image quality, the larger the file.

  3. Set the ISO to AUTO to allow your D-movie camera to make changes to the ISO as necessary.

  4. Set the Focus Mode. Depending upon the subject you are shooting, you may want to set a specific Focus Mode. For general video shooting, AF-S will suffice. AF-S is good to use for subjects that are not moving, AF-F is ideal for moving subjects. The other choice is MF or Manual Focus, which you may want to try as you get more experience shooting video with your HD-SLR.

  5. Set the AF Area Mode. Choices are: Face Priority, in which the camera will focus on faces; Wide, Normal and Subject Tracking, which is good for moving subjects. Normal should work for most subjects.

  6. Turn on Live View.

  7. Press the Record button and you’re shooting video.

Remember to check your HDSLR camera’s User’s Manual for instructions on its particular menu navigation and dial layout.

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