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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Using Fill-Light Adds to the Expressiveness of Portraits

A tip from Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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You Can Successfully Shoot in Bright Sunlight

Cliff Mautner on photography in the midday sun

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Using Shadows for Dimension in Photographs

Joe McNally explains how shadows add dimension

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Benefits of Using Fast Lenses in Low Light

A tip from Nikon Ambassador Lucas Gilman

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 2

Master the technique of brightening up a photo with D-Lighting.

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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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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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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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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Elements of Photography

Ideal class for those who want to take great D-SLR photos

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Extreme Adventure

Adventure photographer Corey Rich goes to great lengths—and great heights— to get the shot.

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Quick and Easy Photography Tips and Tricks

Nikon's Lindsay Silverman offers photo tips

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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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A Pro's Tips for the Best Children's Photos

Tamara Lackey on taking great pictures of kids

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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

Come to the Summit for the ultimate workshop experience in all areas of…

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Joe McNally: Shooting a Portrait with Speedlights

Joe McNally sets up a portrait on location using Speedlights

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

Getting started with HDSLR video

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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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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

Options for viewing and recording when shooting 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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Video Composition Rules: Establishing, Medium and Close-up Shots

Composition tips for 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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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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Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

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

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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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