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Use the Continuous Shooting Mode for Wildlife

Ron Magill on the continuous shooting mode

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 360 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 360…

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 170 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 170…

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Moviemaking 101 – 6 Tips On How To Make A Video

Six helpful tips when making movies your camera

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

Depth-of-field for video

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The Importance of Quality Audio Capture

Simple tips for photographers shooting HD video with Nikon D-SLRs.

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Basic lighting tips for shooting video

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Top Tips for Shooting Stop-Motion Animation Video

Stop Motion video tips

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What is Your KeyMission?

Elijah Wood on the KeyMission 360

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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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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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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Online Exclusive: Slow Motion

Add variety to your videos with slow motion footage

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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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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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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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Using Variable Neutral Density Filters to Adjust Exposure in DSLR Video

Adjusting exposure with Variable ND filters

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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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Awesome Skies: Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights or…

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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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New Tricks

Time to get moving with Lindsay Silverman

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Initial Pairing Instructions for the KeyMission 360 and an Android-Powered Device

Connecting an Android-powered phone or…

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

Using the Moon Scene Mode and 83x zoom of the COOLPIX P900

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Initial Pairing of the KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge 360/170 App on an iOS Device

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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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Geotagging: Do More with your Images and Videos

GPS, Geolocation and Geotagging

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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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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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Vibration Reduction

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

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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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