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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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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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Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System

Revolutionary camera system designed for today’s picture taker.

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Online Exclusive: Slow Motion

Add variety to your videos with slow motion footage

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How to Record Audio: Tutorial on Audio Basics

Recording audio for HDSLR 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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Using Variable Neutral Density Filters to Adjust Exposure in DSLR Video

Adjusting exposure with Variable ND filters

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Setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5 for Networking: HTTP Mode or FTP Server

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5…

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Video Composition Rules: Establishing, Medium and Close-up Shots

Composition tips for video

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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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What is XQD and Why Should I Use it?

Benefits of the XQD media card format explained

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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VR Image Stabilization

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

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Dedicated Time Release Movie Mode and Time Lapse Using the Built-in Interval Timer

Deciding which technique to use with…

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Different Types of Microphones: Audio Recording Tutorial

Using accessory microphones when shooting video

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Using Your Nikon Camera's Built-in Wi-Fi

Step-by-step set-up guide to using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras

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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 Wirelessly with Nikon Digital Cameras and Wi-Fi Adapters

Enjoy wireless transfer of images with Wi-Fi compatible…

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Slow View

Slow View technology helps you capture an exact moment in time

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Shooting B-Roll Footage with a DSLR

Shoot B-Roll for your videos for added creativity

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

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S and WT-5A for wireless…

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

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Marketplace: Step by Step

Taking it easy with the D3200

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Camera Support Tips for Shooting Steady Video

Great movies start with great shooting. Moviemaking differs from still photography in this manner, in that with stills, you can pick a fast shutter speed to help you keep the image sharp while shooting; but with movies, shaky shots will be more than detrimental to your story, they will detract from the message you’re trying to get across. Your movies will benefit from these five easy tips for shooting steady video with your Nikon HDSLR (or COOLPIX or Nikon 1 camera for that matter).

  1. Basic camera support and handling—holding the camera securely is the best way to ensure your movie footage will be sharp and easy to view. The correct stance for holding the camera while standing is with your feet slightly apart, and your elbows drawn into your body. We like to cradle the camera in the left hand with the right hand on the grip.

  2. Using the taut neck strap trick—with the camera’s strap around your neck, hold the camera in front of you, with the strap taut. Doing so keeps you from making jarring movements and helps to stabilize video. While holding the camera this way, you can pivot or even walk while steadily shooting video footage.

  3. Lean your body on a nearby structure—when shooting video and you have the ability to lean on a fence, wall or other structure for support, do so. Leaning on such a structure will give you the stability you need to capture great video.

  4. Use a tripod—a tripod is one of the best ways to secure your HDSLR while shooting video. Use a good tripod that is designed for use with the weight of the camera that you own, and a fluid head (often sold separately from the tripod) to ensure smooth pans and tilts.

  5. Use a monopod—a monopod is another good option for steadying your camera while shooting video. You can stay in one position or spin or move the monopod to introduce movement into your shot. Because the monopod is resting on the ground, the movements will be smooth, which makes for easy viewing.

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

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