Tak­ing con­trol of your con­trols

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76 Pro­gram your func­tion but­ton

It’s easy to over­look the func­tion (Fn) but­ton on many Nikon D-SLRs, and to over­look how use­ful it is. On the D3300, for ex­am­ple, you can set it up to of­fer in­stant ac­cess to the im­age qual­ity, ISO, white bal­ance or Ac­tive D-Light­ing set­tings. On the D300s it can also be used for brack­et­ing bursts, depth of field pre­view and more.


Re­verse your di­als

If you change the ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion value on your Nikon, does the dial seem to turn the ‘wrong’ way? What about when you’re chang­ing shut­ter speed or aper­ture? If you find it’s mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion for you, on more ad­vanced Nikons you can use the Re­verse ro­ta­tion op­tion in the Cus­tom Set­tings menu, or you can re­verse the +/- ex­po­sure in­di­ca­tors.


Sim­plify the AF ar­ray

If your Nikon has the more ad­vanced 39-point or 51-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, you may re­alise that it can be a bit of a drag hav­ing to scroll through so many of them to get the AF point where you want it. How­ever, you can change the num­ber of AF points dis­played. For ex­am­ple, with the 51-point AF sys­tem you can opt to dis­play just 11.

79 Make ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion eas­ier

Do you use ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion quite a lot? Are you fed up of hav­ing to hold down the EV com­pen­sa­tion but­ton when­ever you turn the dial? There’s an easy so­lu­tion. If you switch on the Easy Ex­po­sure Com­pen­sa­tion op­tion (avail­able on more ad­vanced mod­els) you no longer have to do this, you can just turn the com­mand dial on its own.


Speed up ISO changes

Third-of-a-step set­tings might be use­ful for fine shut­ter speed and lens aper­ture ad­just­ments, but who needs it for mak­ing changes to ISO set­tings? Scrolling through ev­ery in­ter­me­di­ate ISO value to get to the one you want can be a time-con­sum­ing bore, so open the Cus­tom Set­tings menu, find the ISO sen­si­tiv­ity step value, and set it to 1 to make the process much faster.


Re­store de­faults

If you’ve changed so many op­tions you’ve for­got­ten where you started, you can re­set your cam­era to its de­fault set­tings, but you need to do this in two places. The Re­set Shoot­ing Menu com­mand will re­store every­day cam­era set­tings on a su­per­fi­cial level, but you need the Re­set (Cus­tom) Set­tings com­mand to re­store any cus­tomi­sa­tion.

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