Our Nikon expert is here to solve all your camera-related problems and help with those important buying decisions
Rod says… Bruce, there’s an option within the Shooting Menu to reset the folder numbers. It’s within the Storage Folder option, and allows you to rename the folder. There’s an option below that also enables you to set the first three characters of the file name, called File Naming. By using both of these together you can set your card before every shoot, allowing for the images to proceed to 999 before the folder is filled. If you’re using multiple cards or glancing across a host of files trying to select a particular one, this process can be hugely helpful.
Rod says… The GP-1A GPS module is extremely useful for recording GPS information, but there are other options. The Solmeta Geotagger Pro 2 (£170/$200) does a very good job of tagging your images in a very similar manner to the GP-1A, and can be used on a wide variety of Nikon bodies. The other option is to use a smartphone alongside an app like Motion X, then mark each point with the image number using the smartphone. Both have benefits and, depending on whether or not you already own a smartphone, you can make your decision based on price and/or convenience.
Rod says… Sean, wildlife photography needs range and speed in order to get some impressive images. Within your budget the best option for you might be the Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR (£420/$590). It offers an impressive focal range, Vibration Reduction technology and internal focusing, making it an option well worth exploring. Prime lenses within the range you’d want are far more expensive, and therefore you’d be better off aiming at a zoom option. If you’d like Rod to come to the rescue regarding your Nikon-related question, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we reserve the right to edit any queries for clarity or brevity. You can also write to us at:
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Can you recommend a wildlife lens for the Nikon D3100 for £450 to £500? Sean Roberts, via email
Is it possible to rotate a movie shot in portrait orientation by a D800e? Eric Halcrow, via email
Rod says… There are a number of editing programs that can rotate a video, such as Adobe Premiere and Final Cut, but the end result will be reduced in resolution to roughly a quarter of the usual 1920x1080 HD format. Because the display format of your television is landscape you’ll need to adapt the video you’ve shot into that arrangement. The only other method is to introduce bars to the left and right of the existing video, retaining all of the information on screen, but once again at a reduced resolution.
Rod says… As most modern TVs will display 1920x1080 HD resolution, and your video will most likely be recorded in that format, it’s best to use that as the end resolution. You can import the images at a higher resolution, then use the Ken Burns effect, which zooms and pans across the still, to emphasise detail. A package such as Adobe Premiere Elements or Apple iMovie will be capable of producing a highquality slideshow with as many effects or titles as you like.
What is the best resolution for a slideshow involving photos and videos? Rud Lynge, Luxembourg
Is there a more affordable alternative to the Nikon GP-1A for a Nikon D700? Peter Bennett, via email
How do I reset my folders on my Nikon D750? Bruce Templeton, via email
recommend Lightroom Would you5 and Adobe Photoshop as a package, or Nikon Capture NX2 and View NX2? Bill Beer, Lowestoft, UK
Rod says… The packages are vastly different, and if you purely want to edit photos, the comparison between Lightroom and Capture NX2 is more pertinent. Both offer RAW processing and correction tools, so are perfect for most photographers. We’re partial to both programs in the N-Photo office, but find Lightroom more versatile and powerful than NX2.
Looking to get the best from your video footage? Final Cut Pro X is a video editing program that we’d recommend for Mac users
Resetting your folders can help you organise your images
The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 offers excellent range at an affordable price
To display your photos on TV it’s best to reduce the resolution of the images