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Do a Test Run for Important Portrait Shoots

Dave Black discusses setting up shoots in advance

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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks

The Mentor Series Worldwide Photo Treks provide an incredible hands-on learning…

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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

Tips for taking great photos of your young graduate on their big day

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VR Image Stabilization

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

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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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Creative Lighting

For those who want to learn about creative lighting

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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect

Tips for shooting lights as soft globes of color

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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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Landscape and Travel Photography

Ideal for those who want to take their travel & landscape photography to the next level

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Video Tutorial Series: Getting Started with your Nikon D3300 DSLR

Series of six videos to help you set-up and shoot and…

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One Shot: On the Beach

Deborah Sandidge on shooting crashing ocean waves

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Canyon Country Shooting

Tips for taking great photos of the Southwestern United States

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Picture Controls Step-by-Step

Utilize Picture Controls in-camera or during post-processing to change the look of your…

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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

Getting started with HDSLR 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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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

Options for viewing and recording when shooting 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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Shooting Long Exposures:

Deborah Sandidge on shooting long exposure landscapes and cityscapes

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

Composition tips for video

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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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Photographing the Night Sky

Astrophotography: tips for making great images of the stars, moon and night sky time-lapse

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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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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

Mark Alberhasky on using the FT-1 and NIKKOR lenses on…

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The DX and FX Formats

Understand the differences between the formats to determine which is the one for you.

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Want Better Landscape Photos? First Check Your Definition of "Landscape"

Tony Sweet offers tips for better landscape…

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Getting Creative with Photos and Video

Tell better stories using the myriad of fun and artistic features built into Nikon…

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Action and People Photography

For those who want to take better people and action photos

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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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