Set­tings for dif­fer­ent gen­res

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Shhhh!

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!

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