Think you’re doing everything right but something’s still not working? There’s usually a good explanation, so let’s find it…
82 I select a menu option, but the camera ignores it
When you’re in a hurry it’s easy to forget to ‘OK’ a menu setting you’ve just selected. With Nikons, simply highlighting a menu option and then returning to the previous menu isn’t enough – you have to confirm your choice.
My camera ignorES my ISO setting
That’s because you’ve got the camera set to Auto ISO. It may look as if you can still dial in a setting manually, but the camera will treat this as your preferred minimum ISO and change it when it wants to. To regain control, you need to disable Auto ISO in ISO sensitivity settings (Shooting menu).
My camera resp onds slowly
Some Nikon D-SLRs have an Exposure Delay Mode designed to minimise vibration in tripod shots – the shutter doesn’t fire until about a second after the button has been pressed and the mirror flips up. It’s easy to forget that it’s switched on, and you wonder why the camera is slow to fire the shutter.
85 I never get the same exposure twice, even with the same subject!
The chances are you’ve left your Nikon set to auto exposure bracketing and forgotten to change it. Nikon D-SLRs remember the bracketing setting even days after you power off (by which time you’ve forgotten what you did). We’ve all done it!
86 The flash still fires in Commander mode
Nikon’s Commander mode (on advanced models) can fire Speedlights remotely via the built-in flash, but you have to disable the flash in the menus too. Even then it fires at reduced strength – you can get red gel flash covers to stop it affecting your lighting.
HDR mode is greyed out
Newer Nikons have an built-in HDR mode that automatically combines exposures in-camera to create a high dynamic range image. But sometimes you go to use it and it’s greyed out. Why? It’s because you’ve got the file format set to RAW and this mode only works with JPEGs.