Shoot­ing set­tings

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8 Keep your cam­era awake

If you’re walk­ing around tak­ing shots, it’s a nui­sance to find your Nikon has gone to sleep right at the mo­ment you want to grab a photo, but you can change the power-off de­lay times. On some Nikon D-SLRs like the D300s, the Auto Off func­tions are split into dif­fer­ent menus; on oth­ers (e.g. D3300) they’re grouped to­gether in the Setup menu.

9 Shed some light

Nikons with LCDs on the top plate also have a sprung switch around the shut­ter re­lease to ac­ti­vate a back­light which makes this panel eas­ier to see in the dark. You can also set this up to switch on the Info dis­play on the rear of the cam­era at the same time.

10 Stay with the pro­gram

Need a spe­cific aper­ture or shut­ter speed in or­der to achieve a par­tic­u­lar cre­ative ef­fect? You don’t have to switch from pro­gram mode to aper­ture- or shut­ter-pri­or­ity mode. Just turn the rear com­mand dial to shift the pro­gram to get the spe­cific shut­ter speed or aper­ture you want dis­played on the screen. The cam­era will keep the ex­po­sure in bal­ance all the time.

11 Cus­tomise white bal­ance

You don’t have to use flash or stu­dio lights in­doors; do­mes­tic light­ing is fine, but the ‘colour’ of the light will vary ac­cord­ing to the bulbs used, and this will give images a colour cast. To ad­dress this, take a Pre­set Man­ual white bal­ance set­ting from a piece of white pa­per or a pho­to­graphic grey card (avail­able cheaply from any good cam­era store).

12 Slowthings down

Not all sub­jects need your cam­era’s max­i­mum shoot­ing speed. Some­times you’ll want to record slower-paced ac­tion over a longer pe­riod, with­out max­ing out your cam­era’s buf­fer. More ad­vanced Nikon D-SLRs have two con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speeds: CH (full speed) and CL (a slower con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed, where you can set the shut­ter speed you want your­self).

13 For­got your re­mote?

Use the self-timer in­stead. The de­fault 10 secs is a long time to wait for a macro or night shot, so set the time to 5 secs or 2 secs in­stead. Note that on more ba­sic Nikon D-SLRs the self-timer may re­set it­self after you’ve used it, so you have to re-ac­ti­vate it each time.

14 Shoot mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures

On some Nikons you can cre­ate so-called mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures in-cam­era (the num­ber of ex­po­sures you can in­clude in one frame will vary de­pend­ing on the model). It can pro­duce some great ef­fects, but takes ex­per­i­men­ta­tion to get right. The al­ter­na­tive is to shoot RAW files and then use the Im­age Over­lay op­tion in the Re­touch menu to com­bine images.

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