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Nikon HD-SLR Video Tips

Video series of tips on shooting video with your HD-SLR camera

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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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Portrait & Lighting Workshop

Nikon School hands-on workshop on portraits and lighting

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Better Sports Photography

Which settings should you use depending upon which sport you're photographing

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Using Shadows and Light in Your Photographs

Cliff Maunter on using shadows and light

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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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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Walkabout

Take a photo walk with Nikon pro Lindsay Silverman.

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Lindsey Byrnes on Rock & Roll Photography

Video interview of pro shooter Lindsey Byrnes on photography and getting…

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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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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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Knowing a Sport Before Shooting

Dave Black on knowing a sport's timing before going to shoot it

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New Tricks

Time to get moving with Lindsay Silverman

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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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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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

Learn how to freeze the motion in an action scene or capture a blur to show…

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Take Better Portraits

Tips for taking a good portrait photo

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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The Stories that Can be Told Through Photography

Commercial photographer Arthur Meyerson likes his photos to say the most…

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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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Lighting for Video with AE-Lock Tutorial

Just as you need to light your scene or subjects for still photographs, you need to consider how to light your subjects when shooting video.

Some of the things to consider are:

1. Where is the light source coming from?

2. Where is your subject in relation to the light source?

3. How is the light hitting your subject?

4. Where are you (the camera) in relation to your subject and the light source?

5. If you’re shooing indoors, are there any lighting fixtures that you can utilize such as lamps or overhead lighting?

Depending upon the type of lighting you’re looking for, you may need to move the camera position or your subject, or add additional lighting or light modifiers such as reflectors to better light a scene.


When to use AE-Lock

When you’re shooting outdoors, and your subject is in the shade but the background beyond is in bright sunlight, you can utilize the AE-Lock feature on your camera to help you get a good exposure for your subject(s).

As in our video, say you want to photograph subjects against bright sunlight, but your subjects are in the shade or shadows.

Using center-weighted or spot metering, center your subject in the frame or walk in close to your subjects to fill the frame. With Live View activated, press and hold the AE-Lock button, then re-frame and begin recording your scene. This locks in the exposure as long as you hold the AE-L button while recording.

Your Nikon HDSLR’s AE-L/AF-L button can control both Auto Exposure Lock (AE-L) and Auto Focus Lock (AF-L). You can control exactly how this button operates by changing its custom setting. Options are AE/AF lock, AE lock only, AE lock (Hold), AF lock only and AF-ON. The ‘AE lock (Hold)’ option is great for shooting video because once you’ve pressed the AE-L lock button with this activated, the exposure will remained locked even after you release the AE-L button. Pressing once more will unlock the exposure.

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

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