Nikon Launches New ‘Behind the Scenes’ Instructional Video Series

Nikon USA has just joined the Google+ community, and eager as they are to make a positive impression and not seem like they’re arriving empty-handed, the company has simultaneously debuted a new 15-part instructional video series for beginners on up who like their educational content with a side of Nikon advertising.

All joking aside, the Nikon Behind the Scenes series, as they’re calling it, looks very promising. Nikon shooters Joe McNally, Corey Rich and Tamara Lackey will all contribute videos that range in subject from lighting tutorials (McNally’s territory) to outdoor and extreme action photography (Rich’s territory) to portrait and family photography (this one goes to Lackey).

The first video in the series is embedded above, and it constitutes a very basic (but also very informative) intro to reading light and using both available light and on-camera flash to shoot a portrait. The final shots, as you might expect given that it was Joe McNally taking them, came out quite beautiful. Here’s just one example:


Each ‘segment’ has its own gimmicky name. Joe McNally’s tutorials are called ‘Light it Up,’ Corey Rich’s are called ‘High Altitude Adventure’ and Tamara Lackey’s are called ‘All in the Family.’

You can read more about each of these segments and check out a full schedule of upcoming episodes (one released every 10-20 days from yesterday through July 31st) by heading over to the Nikon Press Room. All videos will be published on Nikon USA’s YouTube channel.

  • Ibaguru

    personally – I prefer the photos without the flash – especially the ones in the corner… The flash did add something to the shot when they were nearer the window (and he bounced it on the wall behind him.)

  • tttulio

    Poor sound, left and right profile while the subject is talking.
    Are they going to do a “video” tutorial too? they should watch it.

  • Fernando Callo

    No offense but that photo with flash zoomed in and lens zoom out looks horrible. It looks like it was taken by a guy in a disco or by some amateur.

  • tttulio

    It is so sad, good intentions wasted.
    It is like trying to be cool by joining Google+.

  • Rabi Abonour

    Especially compared to the bounce flash photos, which were nice simple portraits.