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Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D5100 Camera

The Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera offers automatic settings that enable point-and-shoot photography. The settings listed here help you capture the most common types of subjects; just set the Mode dial [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D5100 Digital Camera

To really take creative control with your Nikon D5100, step up to one of these exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field [more…]

Nikon D5100 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With the D5100 digital camera, Nikon proves once again that you don't have to give an arm and a leg — or strain your back and neck — to enjoy dSLR photography. The D5100 addition to the Nikon family of [more…]

Adjusting Automatic Features with a Nikon D7000

Your Nikon D7000 offers a variety of fully automatic exposure modes on the Mode dial. Your choices include Auto, which is a general purpose, point-and-shoot type of option; Auto Flash Off, which does the [more…]

Choosing an Exposure Mode for a Nikon DSLR

The first picture-taking setting to consider when you’re shooting with your Nikon D3100, D5100 or D7000 is the exposure mode, which you select via the Mode dial. Your choice determines how much control [more…]

Choosing a Shutter Button Release Mode for a Nikon DSLR

By default, the Nikon D3100, D5100, and D7000 capture single images each time you press the shutter button. But by changing the Release mode setting, you can vary this behavior. For example, you can set [more…]

Choosing the JPEG Image Format for a Nikon DSLR

Your Nikon D3100, D5100 or D7000 offers the two file types common on most of today’s digital cameras: JPEG and Camera Raw, or just Raw for short, which goes by the specific moniker NEF [more…]

Choosing the Raw Image Format for a Nikon DSLR

Aside from the default image file type (JPEG), the other picture file type you can create on your Nikon D3100, D5100 or D7000 is Camera Raw, or just Raw [more…]

Setting Automatic Features on a Nikon D5100

Your Nikon D5100 offers a variety of fully automatic exposure modes, which you access via the Mode dial. Your choices include Auto, which is a general purpose, point-and-shoot type of option, Auto Flash [more…]

Choosing Scene Modes with a Nikon D5100

Scene modes on a Nikon D5100 are designed to capture specific scenes in ways that are traditionally considered best from a creative standpoint. For example, most people prefer portraits that have softly [more…]

Using Your Nikon D5100 Monitor as a Viewfinder in Live View

Like most newer dSLR cameras, the Nikon D5100 offers Live View, a feature that enables you to use the monitor instead of the viewfinder to compose photos. Turning on Live View is also the first step in [more…]

Customizing the Nikon D5100 Live View Display

In many respects, taking a picture in Live View mode with your Nikon 5100 is no different from regular, through-the-viewfinder photography. Because your monitor is now your viewfinder, you’ll need to make [more…]

Selecting Focusing Pairs in Live View with a Nikon D5100

The way the Nikon D5100 sets focus during Live View and movie shooting depends on your Focus mode and AF-Area mode settings. If you use the kit lens (or a similar lens), you also need to set the switch [more…]

Selecting a Focusing Target in Live View with a Nikon D5100

Through the AF-Area (Autofocus Area) mode, you give the Nikon D5100's autofocusing system instructions on what part of the frame contains your subject so that it can set the focusing distance correctly [more…]

How to Autofocus in Live View and Movie Mode with a Nikon D5100

As with viewfinder photography, you can opt for autofocusing or manual focusing a Nikon D5100 during Live View shooting, assuming that your lens supports both. If you use the kit lens, set the lens switch [more…]

How to Shoot Still Pictures in Live View Mode with a Nikon D5100

After sorting out the focusing options with your Nikon 5100 in Live View mode, the rest of the steps involved in taking a picture are essentially the same as for viewfinder photography. Here's the drill [more…]

Understanding RGB Histogram Mode on a Nikon DSLR

When you view your images in RGB Histogram display mode on a Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000, you see two histograms: the Brightness histogram and an RGB histogram. [more…]

How to Protect Photos on a Nikon D3100 or D5100

You can protect pictures from accidental erasure by giving them protected status on your Nikon D3100 or D5100. After you take this step, the camera doesn’t allow you to delete a picture from your memory [more…]

How to View Photos from a Nikon D5100 on a TV

Your Nikon D5100 is equipped with a feature that allows you to play your pictures and movies on a television screen. In fact, you have three playback options: [more…]

Transferring Pictures from a Nikon DSLR to a Computer

Whatever photo software you choose to use with the photos you take on your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000, you can take the following approaches to downloading images to your computer: [more…]

How to Resize Pictures with a Nikon D5100

If you’re trying to share, send or view photos you’ve taken with a Nikon D5100 and there is some kind of size restriction, either due to space or time, you can resize the photos before you even transfer [more…]

Setting Advanced Exposure Modes on a Nikon DSLR

In the automatic shooting modes available to you on your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 you have very little control over exposure. You may be able to choose from one or two Flash modes, and you can adjust [more…]

Reading and Adjusting the Exposure Meter on a Nikon D5100

To help you determine whether your exposure settings are on cue in M (manual) exposure mode, the Nikon D5100 displays an exposure meter in the viewfinder and Shooting Information display. The meter is [more…]

Controlling ISO with a Nikon D5100

The ISO setting adjusts the Nikon D5100’s sensitivity to light. At a higher ISO, you can use a faster shutter speed or a smaller aperture (higher f-stop number) because less light is needed to expose the [more…]

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode with a Nikon D5100

To fully interpret what the exposure meter on your Nikon D5100 tells you, you need to know which metering mode is active. The metering mode determines which part of the frame the camera analyzes to calculate [more…]

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