Settings for different genres
When you’re shooting in quite quiet environments, the autofocus beep can be very obtrusive, so reduce the volume (or turn it off completely) in the Custom Settings menu to avoid disturbing people or wildlife. Some Nikon cameras have a Q mode to slightly reduce the operational noise; this delays the mirror return (and accompanying click) until you release the shutter button.
73 Fine-tune focus tracking
Higher-end Nikon D-SLRs have a Focus Tracking with Lock On feature (in the Custom Settings) which can help with sudden and large changes in subject distance. You can make the camera wait for a moment before changing focus. This is ideal in situations where another person or a piece of foreground scenery might briefly pass in front of your camera.
74 Control perspective
If you have to tilt the camera upwards in order to capture a tall subject, you’re going to get a shot with ‘converging verticals’, where the sides appear to converge. You could invest in an expensive perspective control (PC) lens to put this right, but some new Nikons include a Perspective Control option in the Retouch settings. This can fix both horizontal and vertical perspective.
75 Shoot JPEG for action
It’s usually best to shoot RAW files because that can give you better quality later on, but if you’re using your Nikon’s continuous shooting mode, JPEGs, which are smaller, will let you shoot for much longer before the camera’s memory buffer fills up. For example, the Nikon D3300 can only shoot 11 RAW files in a single burst, compared to up to 100 JPEG images.
Sometimes, camera silence is golden!