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.