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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Second Time Around

Take a closer look at some of our classic lenses updated with the latest technology.

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 3

Find out how to remove specks of dust on an image, with naturally looking results.

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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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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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Do a Test Run for Important Portrait Shoots

Dave Black discusses setting up shoots in advance

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Camera Tips: Using the My Menu Feature of your Nikon DSLR

Sara Wood explains how she uses the My Menu feature on Nikon…

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Portrait & Lighting Workshop

Nikon School hands-on workshop on portraits and lighting

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VR Image Stabilization

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

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Tamara Lackey

Lifestyle portrait photographer Tamara Lackey is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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Getting the "Cool" Look

My daughter, Kiara, wanted some pictures of herself with her new guitar. She was looking for some…

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Simple tips for children to learn to take better photos

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Scene Auto Selector

A COOLPIX feature that recognizes the type of scene or setting and automatically selects the…

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Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

James Balog discusses the importance of challenging yourself in your photography

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Tips for Shooting Sports

Sports shooter Bill Sallaz knows what he wants and where to stand in order to get it

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Using Picture Controls to Give your Video a “Look”

Picture Controls for video

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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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Miles of Aisles

Kevin Kubota establishes his clients' comfort level before the wedding, so that on the big day they will…

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Pete Turner: Master of Color Photography

Pete Turner is a master of color, but he's also a master of content and mystery.

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Nikon Capture NX-D Software

Overview of Nikon's software for image processing and editing

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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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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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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Family Photos—Capturing the Moments

Nikon School's Family Photos—Capturing the Moments is full of tips for taking fun…

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Effects of Climate Change on Glaciers Through Time-Lapse

Jim Balog documents melting glaciers around the globe through…

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Flash Photography the Easy Way

David Tejada's easy-does-it flash tips

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Joey Terrill

Commercial photographer Joey Terrill is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Cliff Mautner

Wedding and portrait photographer Cliff Mautner is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Taking Better Photographs of the American West

When you get a chance to visit the open prairies, and photograph ranchers…

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Cliff Mautner: King of Hearts

Cliff Mautner's unique style has made him a successful and in-demand wedding photographer.

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10 Tips on How To Leverage Social Media in Your Photography Business

Dixie Dixon on leveraging social media for your…

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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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How to Choose Your Next Nikon 1 Lens

Go beyond your Nikon 1 camera's kit lens

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How do I take pictures at dusk and at night?

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Robin Layton

Fine art/portrait photographer Robin Layton is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about her photography.

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Joel Sartore

Conservation photographer Joel Sartore is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

Three pros discuss using the AF-ON button for AF control

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Lessons from a Travel Photographer

Attention to details has helped make Rosanne Pennella the successful travel…

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

The Nikon D7100 is a top-of-the-line performer

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When Center Composition can Elevate a Portrait

Tamara Lackey on portrait composition

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Top Tip: If You Want to Shoot Video, Start by Thinking Video

Photographer Nick Didlick on transitioning from sill to…

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Mark Alberhasky's 5 step system for taking better pictures

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

Harbors, bays, oceans and rivers all have one thing in common—interesting and…

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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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Zoom Lens Maximum Aperture: Fixed and Variable Apertures

Zoom lenses can have either a fixed maximum aperture or a…

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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

Smart Portrait System and Glamour Retouch make it easy

Nikon COOLPIX cameras make taking great pictures almost foolproof. And it is even easier to capture great portraits—and enhance them in the camera—without the need to use photo-editing software on a computer.


Smart Portrait System

The Smart Portrait System [check your camera’s manual to see exactly what your model camera can do] incorporates a variety of features that will help you take great portrait photos of your subjects. The cameras can detect faces in your shot, making sure they’re sharp, fix red-eye in-camera, smooth their skin, snap the shot when your subjects smile, and even let you know if they blinked.

You can find the Smart Portrait mode in the shooting mode. Enter Shooting Mode > Smart Portrait

Smart Portrait System Options:

  • Blink Proof: When using this feature, the camera detects that a human subject may have closed their eyes immediately after it recognizes the face. When this happens, the "Did someone blink?" screen will be displayed on the monitor to check the picture taken.

  • Smile Timer: When the camera detects a smiling face, it will automatically snap an image, without the need for you to press the shutter-release button.

  • Skin Softening: Smoothen the skin tones of your portrait subject for a more flattering image.

Glamour Retouch

If you think the Smart Portrait System is cool, wait till you check out Glamour Retouch [again, check your camera’s manual to see exactly what features your model camera has]. No more worries about leaving the house without make-up—simply add a little mascara or a lot, choose one of four shades of eye shadow, add one of four colors of lipstick or just add a little red color to your subject’s cheeks. Tell your friends not to worry about letting you take photos of them even if they stayed out too late the night before because you can hide their eye bags and whiten the whites of their eyes.

You can find the Glamour Retouch in the Playback menu.

Glamour Retouch Options:

  • Glamour Retouch: Mascara – allows you to choose one of five selectable types—natural, volume, long, upper and bottom (natural), and upper and bottom (volume)—to enhance your portrait subject.

  • Glamour Retouch: Lipstick – allows you to select one of four colors—red, pink, beige and orange—to enhance your portrait subject.

  • Glamour Retouch: Eye Shadow – allows you to select one of four colors—purple, pink, brown and green—to enhance your portrait subject.

  • Glamour Retouch: Brighten Face – Powder – which makes your portrait subject's skin tone brighter.

  • Glamour Retouch: Glare Reduction – which reduces glare visible on a portrait subject's face.

  • Glamour Retouch: Small Face – allows you to make your portrait subject’s face look smaller.

  • Glamour Retouch: Hide Eye Bags – which makes dark circles under eyes look less conspicuous.

  • Glamour Retouch: Redden Cheeks – allows you to redden a portrait subject’s cheeks using one of four selectable colors: red, pink (bluish), pink (yellowish) and orange.

  • Glamour Retouch: Whiten Teeth – which allows you to whiten the teeth of your portrait subject.

  • Glamour Retouch: Whiten Eyes – which makes the white part of a portrait subject's eyes whiter.

  • Glamour Retouch: Brighten Faces – which lets you brighten the skin tone of your subject’s face.

  • Glamour Retouch: Big Eyes – which lets you make your subject’s eyes look bigger.

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