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New Tricks

Time to get moving with Lindsay Silverman

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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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Getting Creative with White Balance

Try getting creative with your camera's white balance for some interesting results.

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Introduction to ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed & Other Advanced Settings for HDSLR Video

Advanced settings for HDSLR video

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

Getting started with HDSLR video

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

Options for viewing and recording when shooting video

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Shooting Abstract Photos that Make the Viewer Guess

Sometimes showing just a hint of your subject can be more compelling…

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

Composition tips for video

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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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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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power
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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power

Creating a starburst in your photographs

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Introduction to Three-Point Lighting & Other Video Lighting Techniques

There are literally hundreds of lighting styles and types of lighting equipment that you can use when shooting video with your Nikon HDSLR. Some of the gear you use for still photography may even work well in lighting your scenes for video.

Reflectors, LED light panels (including small ones that can be placed on the camera’s accessory shoe or hot shoe), Tungsten or other types of constant light units and their modifiers (umbrellas, barn doors, diffusers, gels) are all useful lighting gear that you can utilize to light your subjects and entire scenes in your video shoots.


Three-Point Lighting

One of the basic video lighting techniques that works well for still or video is three-point lighting, which is comprised of a main light, fill-light and accent light. The main light is where most of the illumination on your subject comes from. The fill light, which is set at half the power of the main light, fills in the shadows so they’re not so harsh. Lastly, the accent light, which is sometimes called a hair light (when lighting people), is used to kick in a little bit of accent lighting on the subject. In our video, we’ve gelled the accent light to add a more interesting look to the subject.

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