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Tips for Photographing Birds

Birds make great subjects for photographs; tips for capturing them with your camera.

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Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Jody Dole on photographing jewelry

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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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Boudoir Photography: Creating the Sensual Image

Trendy boudoir photography by CherieFoto.

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A Nikon Ambassador's Photography in Cuba

Vincent Versace on photographing the culture and people of Cuba

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Balancing Photo Exposures with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

Bring light to the shadows with Nikon's Active D-Lighting

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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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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Night Photography

Reed Hoffmann's tips for great night photography

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Scene Recognition System and Advanced SRS

Nikon's SRS and Advanced SRS recognize the position, color, tones and…

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Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets

Jim Harmer’s tips for photographing at dawn and dusk

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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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Getting Started: How to Hold Your D-SLR Camera

Getting sharper, more in-focus pictures can be as simple as learning how…

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The Edge: Drum Circle

Mike Corrado on shooting concert photography using remote cameras

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Reflex Action: A Surf Photographer's Top Tips

Surf shooter Jay Watson offers tips for getting great surfing action photos

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10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

Nature photographer Rod Planck offers tips for shooting colorful fall foliage

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

How to use a graduated neutral density filter to decrease extreme light to…

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Moose Peterson: How to Photograph Winter Landscapes

Exposing so the Snow’s White and Six Other Tips for Great Winter…

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 8

Master your use of Black and White Control Points to bring out the details in the shadows and…

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For Great Nature Photos, Look Close to Home

Carol Freeman on photographing nature in your "backyard"

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One Shot: No Exit

Bill Durrence on ow a simple change can alter a photo’s feeling

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Using the Histogram to Check Exposure

Checking video exposure with the histogram

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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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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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Canyon Country Shooting

Tips for taking great photos of the Southwestern United States

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Making Pictures in the Rain

Just because it's raining doesn't mean there aren't great pictures waiting to be made.

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Setting Up Your D4S or D4 DSLR for Networking with the WT-5

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S and WT-5A for wireless…

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

Diana Robinson gets the color she wants with Picture Controls in-camera and…

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For Images with Impact, Consider the Positive Role of Negative Space

Randy Ziegler discusses negative space in…

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Using Picture Controls to Give your Video a “Look”

Picture Controls for video

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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

Highlight-weighted metering is a new metering mode that is offered in select Nikon DSLR cameras including the D810 and D750, in which the camera meters the highlights to ensure that they are properly exposed and not blown out or overexposed. Use highlight-weighted metering to meter highlights when your subject is in motion, and to meter subjects lit by spotlights or colored lighting.

Highlight-weighted metering is the go-to choice when you’re photographing a spot lit bride in her wedding dress, a dancer or singer on stage, or whenever you’re faced with uneven lighting and a background that is much darker than the subject.

To select highlight-weighted metering, press the metering button on the far left dial on the camera body, and while holding it down, rotate the main command dial until the highlight weighted metering icon is displayed.

Moving Subjects

Although spot metering targets a selected area, targeting can be difficult when your subject is in motion. Matrix metering balances exposure over the entire frame, including the background, and may consequently leave highlights overexposed, or washed out. You may also have to constantly adjust the exposure compensation when using Matrix metering. In contrast, highlight-weighted metering automatically detects and meters highlights for optimal exposure with less washout.

 

Solid Colors, Colored Lighting

Highlight-weighted metering takes the color of the light source into account to prevent overexposure, even in highlights with a strong color cast.

Matrix and spot metering tend to "wash out" highlights in subjects that are a solid color or lit by colored lighting, the former because it accepts limited washout if it ensures optimal exposure for the entire frame, the latter because it meters only brightness. Highlight-weighted metering takes the color of highlights into account so that they are always correctly exposed.

Highlight-weighted metering's first priority is to reduce washout, which may make pictures seem underexposed. Use exposure compensation to achieve the desired result.

 

Challenging Scenes

With a dark subject and bright background, if you use highlight-weighted metering, the exposure will be adjusted for the background, throwing the main subject into shadow. Highlight-weighted metering can be used for silhouettes, but matrix metering is a better choice if you want exposure optimized for the main subject.

When there is a bright light in the frame, the camera may treat the light as a highlight, leaving the main subject underexposed. Compose the shot with the light out of frame or use Matrix metering.

If desired, Active D-Lighting can be used with highlight-weighted metering to brighten shadows and reduce contrast.

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