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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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One Shot: Are We There Yet?

Gary Crabbe shoots The Subway in Zion National Park

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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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Vibration Reduction

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

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Prime Lenses

What is a prime lens? Well, it's a lens that isn't a zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length which means…

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How do I take pictures at dusk and at night?

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Second Time Around

Take a closer look at some of our classic lenses updated with the latest technology.

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ISO Control

For digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. The ISO setting is one of…

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How to Take Pictures of Water Using Long Exposures

Getting that "silky" look when photographing moving water isn't…

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Bokeh for Beginners

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

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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Tips for Shooting Sports

Sports shooter Bill Sallaz knows what he wants and where to stand in order to get it

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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Photographing Commercial Assignments with a Sports Angle

Find out how quick veteran photographer John Huet needed to be…

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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A Photographic Expedition — Easter Island and Patagonia, Chile

Travel to Patagonia and Easter Island for a photographic…

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Miles of Aisles

Kevin Kubota establishes his clients' comfort level before the wedding, so that on the big day they will…

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Imagine That

Nope, we didn't make a mistake. The photos you see here were not taken by several different photographers;…

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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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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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High Dynamic Range Photography

Why and How to Shoot HDR Images

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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How to Use Aperture and ND Filters to Control the Depth-of-Field in Movies

Videographers and cinematographers use Depth-of-Field to your advantage to create more interesting shots for your videos. The same way that photographers use a shallow depth of field to separate a subject from its background, or deep depth of field to ensure everything in a scene is in focus from the foreground to the background—you can use these techniques in your videos.

The use of a shallow depth of field is a filmic or cinematic look that you’ll see in movies but not feature length videos that were shot using a traditional video camera. This is because most video camera lenses do not allow for an extremely shallow depth of field.

Using a wide f/stop, such as f/2.8, you can emphasize the importance of your subject by isolating them from the background softness or bokeh. For a deep depth of field where most or all of the scene is in focus, use a small f/stop such as f/16 or f/22.

Now, depending on the light in your scene, you may have to bump up or increase the ISO if you want to increase the depth of field and still have a decent enough shutter speed usable for a good exposure.

When shooting in bright sunlight, you may encounter the situation where you find you can not open up the aperture enough for the shallow depth of field you want for a particular shot. In this case, you’ll want a third party accessory Variable ND or (Variable Neutral Density) filter attached on the front of the lens to allow you to cut down on the amount of light entering the camera. A variable ND filter usually allows you cut the light from between two to eight f/stops, enough to let you use a wide aperture.

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

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