My shots are skewed
Many Nikon D-SLRs now have a digital level –this displays a ‘horizon’ line on the screen, which is red when the camera isn’t level and turns green when it is. Newer and more advanced models can check fore-and-aft levelling too, and this will help you get tall buildings straight.
My highlights are blown
It’s a weakness of digital camera sensors – overexposure leads to permanently blown highlight areas. So switch on Highlights via the Display Mode option in the Playback menu. You can press up/down on the navipad to show the Highlights mode, and if areas in the image are over-exposed they will flash on and off.
How can I fix lens flare?
If the sun is in the frame and creating blobs of light in the picture, there’s nothing you can do about it. But if the sun is outside the frame and creating a hazy washed-out effect, use the lens hood that came with the lens to shade the front element, or shade it yourself with your hand, dark card or anything else you have to hand.