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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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Pet Mode

Nikon's new Pet mode lets you capture the expressions and actions of your pet cat or dog automatically.

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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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Route 66 Road Trip

Tom Bol travels Route 66 with a Df D-SLR

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Using the Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode

When to use the D810 and D750's highlight-weighted metering

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How to Capture the “Wow” Factor

Photographer Evan Williams on shooting stunning photographs

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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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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

Ron Magill field tests the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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5 Easy Composition Guidelines

Follow 5 easy tips for better photo compositions

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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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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Exposure Bracketing: The Creative Insurance Policy

Get creative with your photography by using this age-old technique.

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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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Taking Great Portraits with COOLPIX Cameras

See how COOLPIX technologies let you take great portraits

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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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The Anatomy of a Powerful Image

Jerry Ghionis on creating powerful wedding imagery

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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Take It to the Limit: Pushing the D500 Envelope

D500 in action with Nikon's own Lindsay Silverman and Mark Soares

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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Capturing Moments in a Wedding Day

Cliff Mautner discusses capturing wedding day moments

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How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots his Kid's Games

What can a Sports Illustrated photographer teach you about…

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'Shooting the Curl' Gets a Whole New Meaning

Welcome to the surf as Clark Little sees it.

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You Can Successfully Shoot in Bright Sunlight

Cliff Mautner on photography in the midday sun

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

Randy Ziegler discusses negative space in…

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One Shot: See a Puddle, Make a Picture...or Two

Randy Ziegler on the importance of patience while out shooting

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Exposure Choices for Moody Images

Moose Peterson explains how exposure can add to the mood of an image

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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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Better Sports Photography

Which settings should you use depending upon which sport you're photographing

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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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Joe McNally

Commercial photojournalist Joe McNally is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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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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Video Composition Rules: Establishing, Medium and Close-up Shots

Composition tips for video

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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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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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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Macro Photography Tips: Photographing Insects and Other Small Creatures

A few quick tips on macro photography

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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You’re the Guest: How to Capture Unique Photos at a Wedding

Abby Liga discusses getting great photos when you're a…

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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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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Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Learn more about the helpful resources available from Nikon

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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Corey Rich

Adventure photographer Corey Rich is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography and multimedia work.

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5 Quick Tips to Better 360° Videos

Tips to help you take better 360 degree videos with the KeyMission 360 action camera

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What it Takes

David X. Tejada on minimalist lighting with Speedlights

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Simple tips for children to learn to take better photos

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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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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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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the basis of every…

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Bill Coleman: A Long Term Photo Project

Whether shooting the Amish of Pennsylvania or the landscapes of Maine or Italy,…

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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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Halloween & Autumn Harvest Photography

Take better photos during the colorful fall season

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Have Fun Shooting Selfies (Self-Portrait) Photos

Tips and tricks for taking great Selfies

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12 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

A dozen easy tips for taking better vacation pictures

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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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Strategy Sessions

Doug Gordon on wedding photography

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Bokeh for Beginners

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

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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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Smart Portrait System

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System incorporates into COOLPIX cameras a series of automatic functions, including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, Improved Face-Priority AF, Face Priority AE, Smile Mode, Blink Warning, Skin Softening and D-Lighting.

Red-eye Fix. All COOLPIX cameras offer advanced red-eye reduction capability. When set, the in-camera Red-Eye Fix automatically analyzes the captured image for the presence of red-eye and corrects it before saving the image to memory, so you may never see red eyes again.

Face-Priority AF. Available in all COOLPIX models, Face-Priority AF automatically detects a person’s face at typical portrait-taking distances, then activates the camera's autofocus to focus upon the face area. When the camera's Portrait Mode is selected, Face-Priority is automatically activated. A special digital detection program will scan for facial details and then control autofocus operation based on the location of the detected face in the scene. Even if the subject moves, or if you recompose the picture, Face-Priority AF will respond to keep the point of focus on the subject’s face. (When there are two or three people in the scene, Face-priority AF will operate using closest subject priority.) The technology of Face-Priority AF is based on the detection of facial characteristics and general scene arrangement; the technology can also detect when the camera is held for vertical or horizontal composition. The only requirement is that the person be facing the camera.

Smile Mode, Blink Warning. Smile Mode automatically fires the shutter when the selected subject smiles; in this mode, the camera will essentially wait to fire until it detects a smile. Blink Warning displays a warning message when it detects that the subject has blinked as the photo was taken, allowing you to immediately retake the shot—without waiting to check the photo. In both cases, the camera's computer accesses a database of facial characteristics to determine the presence of these reactions. Blink Proof is a new addition to Smile Mode options. When it's selected, the camera will detect the face of a portrait subject and automatically take two sequential shots when the subject smiles, then save the image in which the subject’s eyes are open.

D-Lighting. When set, D-Lighting rescues underexposed images or shots taken with excessive backlight by adding light and detail where necessary while leaving correctly-exposed areas untouched. As a result, images are significantly improved in a much more natural-looking manner. After D-Lighting is applied to an image, the modified image is saved to the memory card, leaving the original image untouched.

Skin Softening. Skin Softening leverages built-in face-detection technology to ensure smooth skin tone on the face of your subjects, and can be applied in a choice of three adjustment levels to optimize results to your liking.

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