Got a few minutes to spare? Then There are some things you can do to improve your photography without even leaving your living room…
Pick a number Your Nikon will number its files in one of two ways: it can reset to zero each time you insert a memory card, or it can pick up where it left off. It’s best to choose the second option, otherwise you could end up with different photos sharing identical file names on your PC – never a good idea! Look for the File Number Sequence option in the Setup menu.
Make a date Setting the correct time and date on your camera is a bit of a chore, but you only have to do it once, and it
does matter. The date isn’t visible in your photos, but it is embedded in the digital data, so if it isn’t correct, your PC won’t be able to sort your photos chronologically, and they’ll be harder to track down.
Stake your claim Nikon’s more advanced D-SLRs (the D7000 and above) can add your copyright information to every photo you take (see the Setup menu). It won’t stop your photos being stolen, but it will help magazines and websites to track you down as the photographer so that they can pay you for your pictures!
sRGB vs Adobe RGB Like all digital cameras, Nikon D-SLRs shoot images in RGB colour, but this comes in two types (Shooting Menu>Color Space): sRGB is universal and will display without correction on any device, monitor or printer, while Adobe RGB is generally better (but not essential) for commercial printing. If you shoot RAW, you can choose later.
Set JPEG and RA W Why shoot both JPEG and RAW? Because you’ll be able to share the JPEG version straight away, and you’ll still have the RAW file to work on later if you want to process it. The JPEG (which, remember, is processed in-camera) will also give you a starting point: it gives you something to aim for, and improve on, when you come to process the RAW file.
Make some sp ace If you are running out of space when there are still lots of pictures you want to take, and you don’t want to delete any, don’t change the picture size from Large (L) to Medium (M) or Small (S). Instead, reduce the quality from Fine to Normal. Your shots will still have the highest possible resolution and you might not even notice the drop in quality.
See double Many advanced Nikon D-SLRs have two memory card slots. These aren’t just to provide extra storage capacity – that’s probably their least important function. They can also be used for backup (keeping a duplicate set of images for safety) and for separating out JPEG and RAW files. Some cameras even let you use two different types of card.
For printing at home, selecting sRGB is usually the best option