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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 360 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 360…

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Which Media Card Do I Use With the KeyMission 170 Action Camera

Media card format and speed class type for KeyMission 170…

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How to Use Aperture and ND Filters to Control the Depth-of-Field in Movies

Depth-of-field for video

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Using an HDMI Recorder and External Monitor with Your HDSLR

Options for viewing and recording when shooting video

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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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KeyMission 360 Workflow Options

Best workflow options for KeyMission 360

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

Advanced settings for HDSLR video

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

Composition tips for video

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Quick and Easy Photography Tips and Tricks

Nikon's Lindsay Silverman offers photo tips

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D-Movie Mode

Nikon advances D-Movie functionality with groundbreaking technologies.

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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 10

Discover the time-saver of batch processing a group of your images.

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Shooting B-Roll Footage with a DSLR

Shoot B-Roll for your videos for added creativity

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Macro Lenses

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

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Shooting Wirelessly with Nikon’s WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller System

Learn how easy it is to shoot wirelessly with the…

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KeyMission 360 Unboxing, Set Up, Shooting and Sharing Workflow Guide

Watch Corey Rich set up a KeyMission 360, shoot with…

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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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Marketplace: Step by Step

Taking it easy with the D3200

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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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Live Image Control

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

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Initial Pairing Instructions for the KeyMission 360 and an Android-Powered Device

Connecting an Android-powered phone or…

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Initial Pairing of the KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge 360/170 App on an iOS Device

Connecting an iPhone or iPad to…

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Time Travels

Steve Heiner shares the art of time-lapse videos.

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Andrew Hancock

Sports photographer Andrew Hancock is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Setting up the COOLPIX S800c

The COOLPIX S800c offers wireless connectivity, learn how to set it up easily

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Setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5 for Networking: HTTP Mode or FTP Server

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S/D4 and WT-5…

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Camera Tips: Using the Multi Selector Center Button Controls

Customize your DSLR to to check focus in playback and more

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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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20 Tips for Great Graduation Day Photos

Tips for taking great photos of your young graduate on their big day

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Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

Sports Shooter Academy gives you the opportunity to work with pros in a hands-on…

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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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Caring for your Nikon 1 Waterproof Housing

Regular maintenence and care of the WP-N1/WP-N2/WP-N3 will ensure its…

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Using Picture Controls to Give your Video a “Look”

Picture Controls for video

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Wired and Wireless File Transfer

Wired or wireless options lets you transfer image files from the camera to computer when…

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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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The DX and FX Formats

Understand the differences between the formats to determine which is the one for you.

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Speedlight Tutorial: Day to Night Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to create the illusion of a night scene

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Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights wirelessly for pleasing portrait illumination

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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

David Tejada uses Speedlights to add a late afternoon look to a scene

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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

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

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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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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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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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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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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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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Learn how to get great fireworks shots this summer.

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Awesome Skies: Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights or…

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Be Smart in Business

Bambi Cantrell with a photography business tip

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The Importance of Being Familiar with your Gear

Cliff Mautner on getting comfortable using your gear

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Writing with Light as Exposures

Bill Frakes on exposure

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What is your KeyMission?

Marine Biologist Dr. Greg Skomal on the KeyMission 360

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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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How to Un-Pair and Re-Pair Bluetooth on the KeyMission 360 and Your iPhone

Bluetooth un-pair and re-pair directions for…

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Converting Motion Snapshots for Viewing on a Computer

Simple how-to guide to converting Motion Snapshot files on a Mac or…

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How to Shoot a Silhouette

Photographing a subject in silhouette

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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 7

Learn how to straighten a tilted image.

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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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Capture NX 2: Lesson 5

Learn how to quickly adjust the brightness and vividness in an image.

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How to Create a Behind the Scenes Video for your Photography Business

Behind the Scenes (BTS) videos are a popular item that many commercial clients as well as others desire as part of a professional photo shoot. Nearly every commercial client I shoot for these days asks for a BTS video for them to use on their website in addition to the still imagery I create for them. The reason is that these BTS videos are such an effective marketing tool.

These videos drive traffic to your website, engage potential clients and give them peace of mind when hiring you, and greatly increases word of mouth advertising.

Since I’m primarily a still photographer, I’ll hire a cinematographer to film my shoots as well as edit it afterward. If you don’t have the budget to hire a cinematographer and/or editor, you can check with local colleges to see if there are students looking to build their reels, or you can have an assistant do the filming. You may even find a wedding videographer open to collaborating in exchange for using your images on their website or promos.

To create a great BTS video, certain elements should be included:

  1. Still Images: Include the final images from your shoot in the actual video because this shows the end result and showcases your work. I usually have the editor put the images in at the end of the video.

  2. Interesting Footage: The more footage the better. Include all aspects of the shoot including hair and makeup, wardrobe, gear, you at work, interacting with the models or subject. Its great to have a variety of clips from wide to close-up and make sure your editor chooses clips that have the most emotion. The worst thing you can do is show a video of your shoot that looks boring. The footage should communicate the story and showcase you as an artist. Also, the more footage that’s shot, the more you have to work with when editing the final video.

  3. Music: Make sure to use licensed background music. There are sites that sell royalty free music at affordable prices. The song you choose is important because it sets the tone of your video.

  4. Time-lapse: Time-lapse is great tool and many of the Nikon cameras will do time-lapses right in the camera. Put a camera on a tripod before you start setting up the shoot and allow the camera to capture a time-lapse of the process. You can put the footage to music and make a great promo video out of just that. It also makes for interesting footage for your editor to add into the final video.

  5. Graphics: Be sure and include your logo somewhere in the video. In some videos, I’ll give the editor a list of credits as well.  

  6. Voiceover/Audio: Recording audio isn’t going to make or break your video but it does add an extra dimension if you want to talk about your vision or interview your client on set.

Editing the video

Once everything is filmed, your cinematographer will be able to start on the edit. I always supply them with the final retouched images and the music before they start the editing process. And I’ll let them know how long the final video should be as well. The shorter the better—usually from one to four minutes in length is ideal. Be sure and tell your editor to choose clips that best express your personality.

You can also choose to edit the video yourself.


Promote your video and brand

Post your video on your website as well as the social media platforms you use. Adding keywords to the video with your website, name and the team involved will help it show up on search engines.

Ultimately your BTS video will serve as a way to showcase your brand in an interesting and interactive way, which will help attract new clients and take your brand and business to the next level.

Dixie Dixon is a Nikon Ambassador.

Learn more about Dixie on her ambassador page.

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