Nikon Americas USA

121ArticlesRemaining

4.6 Rating
Bill Frakes

Sports and action photographer and multimedia artist Bill Frakes is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his…

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.6 Rating
Easy Panorama Mode

The Easy Panorama Mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture.

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.0 Rating
Slow View

Slow View technology helps you capture an exact moment in time

NEW
Read
Viewing
Camera Tips: Using the Multi Selector Center Button Controls

Customize your DSLR to to check focus in playback and more

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.5 Rating
Nikon 1 Technology: Creative Palette

Creatively alter your images while shooting with Creative Palette

NEW
Read
Viewing
2.9 Rating
Live View Shooting Modes

Live View Shooting Mode enables you to view and compose the shot without looking through the…

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.8 Rating
Summit Series of Photography Workshops

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

Advanced

NEW
Read
Viewing
4.3 Rating
Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

Advanced

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.9 Rating
Dedicated Time Release Movie Mode and Time Lapse Using the Built-in Interval Timer

Deciding which technique to use with…

Advanced

NEW
Read
Viewing
4.5 Rating
Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

Beginner

NEW
Read
Viewing
4.4 Rating
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…

NEW
Read
Viewing
3.8 Rating
Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

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

NEW
Read
Viewing

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

Shooting video with your HDSLR camera is easy. Like still photography, Nikon HDSLR cameras offer a range of setting options from automated through full manual. Once you’ve been shooting video with your Nikon HDSLR and feel confident enough to experiment with various settings, you’ll find your creative, inner cinematographer breaking free.

In addition to using aperture and ISO creatively, you also have the option of changing the frame rate, video resolution and shutter speed for unique video looks.


Frames Per Second / FPS

Frame rate is the number of frames being recorded each second. Most videos in the USA are shot at either 24 FPS or 30 FPS. At 24 FPS, you are recording a more cinematic or filmic look. At 30 FPS, its more of a video look that you’re used to seeing when watching TV shows.


Resolution

The resolution of Full HD is 1920x1080. You can choose to record Full HD at 30 FPS or 24 FPS. The resolution of HD is 1280x720 and you can choose to record HD at 30 FPS or 24 FPS. Because HD is lower resolution, you also have the choice of recording HD 1280x720 at 60 FPS which when the footage is conformed back to 30 FPS in post-production or editing software, can give you a really “heroic” looking slow-motion effect.


Shutter Speed

It is suggested that you double the FPS to get your working shutter speed, so when shooting at 24 FPS, use at least 1/50 of a second shutter speed and when shooting at 30 FPS, use at least 1/60 of a second shutter speed.

You can use a slower shutter speed, which will show more blur in moving objects—and likewise you can use a higher shutter speed, which will freeze the action on screen.


Aperture

Use a wide aperture when you want to separate the subject from the background, or show only a small portion of the action in focus and a smaller aperture when you want both the foreground and background in focus.


ISO

You can increase the ISO however remember that the higher the ISO increases, the more noise may be visible in your video footage.

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

Welcome to the NEW
Nikon Learn & Explore

We've redesigned the site to make it easier to find
stories you care about, get tips and advice from pros,
learn new shooting techniques, discover classes and
workshops—in short, help you find new inspiration
every time you visit. (And we hope you visit often.)

Get the Learn & Explore iPhone App

Access all the photography techniques, advice and inspiration of Nikon's Learn & Explore anytime, anywhere with the free app for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.
photo of two iPhones with the Nikon L&E app on the screens

Take Today's Poll

Along with the new look of Learn & Explore, we've added polls. Make your opinion count and check back often to participate in new polls.

Attend Nikon School

Take your photographic knowledge to the next level; get a working understanding of your camera's features; learn how to create DSLR videos; discover how to edit your images using Capture NX2 software and more.

Check out a Digitutor

Learn more about the Nikon DSLR or Nikon 1 camera you own by watching an interactive product tutorial!
image of a Nikon DSLR and Digitutor screenshot illustration

Subscribe to the
L&E e-Newsletter

And get great tips and techniques to try next time you go shooting!

L&E e-newsletter examples graphic

Learn photo & video terms!

Learn & Explore features an expansive glossary of over 800 photographic terms. Visit the L&E glossary to learn about specific Nikon camera features or more general photographic or video terms and definitions. Browse the glossary by letter, number or icon.
glossary graphic