NIKON SLR SECRETS

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 You can get great shots with your Nikon straight out of the box, but your results will be even better once you start taking overthe controls and making the shooting decisions yourself with manual white balance, shutter speed, lens aperture and ISO settings.

But it doesnend there. The Shooting menu offers additional options for extending your camera s capabilities, such as Nikon s Active D-Lighting mode. And the Setup menu handles important housekeeping tasks, such asfirmware updatesand how yourfilesare named.

But itin the Custom Setting menu that things get really interesting, because ithere that you can tinker with the innermost workings of your camera a way that suits your own personal styll

There are differences ll of course. The D3000-series camerasctonX , have a Custom Setting menu, and alttheif configuration options are merged with the —Setup menu. And, not surprisingly, there are . options on the professional models, such as the D4 and D800, that arenavailable on others. Weindicate broadly which cameras have which features as we go along, but you may need to check your own cameramanual to find out for sure, and to get more detailed instructions if required.

Our aim is to show just what your Nikon D-SLR is capable of, and wewilling to bet that it s a lot more than you think!

 

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Quick tips for better results and better ways to use your camera!

Thereplenty to take on board when you re getting to grips with your camera, and learning the art of photography at the same time. As a result, iteasy to overlook features and options that could make your life easier. Some are straightforward, but others reveal capabilities you may not have known your camera possessed, from exposure options to focus points.

m Estimating the correct exposure can be tricky, especially with a high-key subject like this. With the auto-exposure bracketing function, available on the D5100 and up, the camera takes three shots at three different exposures, so that you can choose the best later.

SHIFT AE BRACKETING I I / WITH EV COMPENSATION

Lm Dark backgrounds play havoc with exposure meters. But you can apply negative EV compensation first and then use the auto-exposure bracketing feature to bracket your exposures around your ’exposure to cover all the bases.

Auto ISO isn t j for novices! It s ideal for travel photography, when youshooting in a range of different conditions On a bright day like this itautomatically choose a low ISO setting, so thereno need to worry about qualtiy.

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" DONKEEP-. SWITCHING ON AND OFF

Youwasting your time, and your camera s power-management features.

Your Nikon D-SLR will power down automatically if it hasnbeen used for a while.

RC HALF PRESSING UU THE SHUTTER

Your Nikon D-SLR starts working

the moment Ml M you half-press the shutter release, fixing the exposure and the focus, but it s only when you press it the whole way that it takes the picture. You can use this to reframe your shot without changing the settings, or eliminate shutter lag due to autofocus delay.

HD EYEPIECE DIOPTRE

Does the viewfinder information look blurred? All Nikon D-SLRs have a tiny dioptre setting dial next to the viewfinder eyepiece to allow you to adjust the focus for your own eyesight.

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