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Got a few min­utes to spare? Then There are some things you can do to im­prove your pho­tog­ra­phy with­out even leav­ing your liv­ing room…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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