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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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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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Extend Your Reach with Nikon 1 Cameras and the FT-1 Mount Adapter

Extend your reach with your favorite NIKKOR lenses on a…

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Using Teleconverters

Teleconverters let you extend your photographic reach

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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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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot lunar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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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 Close-up Photos

How do I take close-up photos of flowers and small objects?

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When You Explore All Angles, Better Pictures Happen

Tom Bol explains how changing perspective can make a better image.

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

Understanding what all of those markings and designations on your lens really mean.

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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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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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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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Macro Lenses

Reproduce objects up to life size using a Nikon Micro-NIKKOR Lens

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How to Choose Your Next D-SLR Lens

What to look for when choosing your next lens for your D-SLR

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Underwater Photography

Tips for getting started shooting underwater with David Doubilet

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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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The Sum of the Parts

Making Movies with the D5000

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Shooting a Rock Concert

Whether you're taking photos at a major rock concert or at your child's school performance, these…

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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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VR Image Stabilization

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

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Bright Idea: Adding Star Power

Creating a starburst in your photographs

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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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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Marketplace: A #1

Shooting with the COOLPIX A

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Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction (VR) is an image stabilization technology that minimizes blur caused by camera…

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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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Wherever the Adventure…

Underwater photos & movies with the COOLPIX AW110

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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Learn the techniques needed to shoot solar eclipses from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your D-SLR?

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

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Hands On

Lindsay Silverman discusses autofocusing when using teleconverters

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Bokeh for Beginners

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

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

B. Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the…

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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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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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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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How to Photograph Lightning

Storm chaser Jim Reed offers valuable tips for making photos of lighning while staying safe.

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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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The Power and Beauty of Bears and Other Animals

When the animal in the viewfinder is a bear, this photographer knows…

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Mentor Trekking in Costa Rica with Bill Durrence

A Mentor Series instructor leads a group of photo trekkers through the…

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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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Cherie Steinberg: Capturing the Wedding Vibe

For Cherie Steinberg being a wedding photographer means wearing more than…

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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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Flash of Inspiration

Bob Krist shoots with the COOLPIX P7100 and Speedlights

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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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CX Format Image Sensor

Nikon 1 digital cameras utilize the Nikon CX-format super high speed AF CMOS imaging sensor.

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Nikon Celebrates the 80th Anniversary of NIKKOR

NIKKOR Lenses: 80 Years at the Heart of Your Images

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Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

Call for entries opens September 15, 2014

The Nikon Photo Contest nurtures an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images. Call for entries is open from September 15 through December 15, 2014.