Taking control of your controls
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.
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.