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Setting Autoexposure Lock on a Nikon DSLR

To help ensure a proper exposure, your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 continually meters the light until the moment you depress the shutter button fully. In autoexposure modes, it also keeps adjusting exposure [more…]

Adjusting Flash Output with a Nikon D3100 or D5100

When you shoot photos with your Nikon D3100 or D5100 and its built-in flash, the camera attempts to adjust the flash output as needed to produce a good exposure. But if you shoot in the P, S, A, or M exposure [more…]

How to Focus a Nikon DSLR Manually

Some subjects confuse even the most sophisticated autofocusing systems, causing a camera's autofocus motor to spend a long time "hunting" for its focus point. Autofocus systems also struggle in dim lighting [more…]

How to Change White Balance Settings on a Nikon D5100

A digital camera (like your Nikon D5100) compensates for different colors of light through white balancing. Simply put, white balancing neutralizes light so that whites are always white, which in turn [more…]

How to Customize White Balance Settings on a Nikon DSLR

You can fine-tune almost any White Balance setting on your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 (the exceptions being custom presets that you create through the PRE option). Make the adjustment as spelled out [more…]

How to Create White Balance Presets on a Nikon D5100

If none of the standard White Balance settings on your Nikon D5100 does the trick and you don’t want to fool with fine-tuning them, take advantage of the PRE [more…]

Bracketing White Balance with a Nikon DSLR

Bracketing enables you to easily record the same image with your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 at several different exposure settings. In addition to being able to bracket autoexposure and Active D-Lighting [more…]

Making Adjustments with Picture Controls on a Nikon DSLR

A feature that Nikon calls Picture Controls offers one more way to tweak image sharpening, color, and contrast when you shoot in the P, S, A, and M exposure modes with your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 [more…]

How to Straighten Horizon Lines in Pictures with a Nikon DSLR

If you have a knack for shooting with your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 slightly misaligned with respect to the horizon line, it means that photos often wind up crooked. An inability to “shoot straight” [more…]

Working with Lens Distortion on a Nikon DSLR

Certain lenses can produce a type of distortion that causes straight lines to appear curved in the photos you take with your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000. Wide-angle lenses, for example, often create [more…]

Correcting Perspective in Pictures with a Nikon DSLR

When you photograph a tall building with your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000 and tilt the camera up to get it all in the frame, a convergence or keystoning [more…]

How to Annotate Images with a Nikon DSLR

Through the Image Comment feature on the Setup menu of your Nikon D3100, D5100, or D7000, you can add text comments to your picture files. Suppose, for example, that you’re traveling on vacation and visiting [more…]

Creating Custom Image Folders with a Nikon D3100 or D5100

By default, your Nikon D3100 or D5100 initially stores all your images in one folder, which it names 100D5100. Folders have a storage limit of 9999 images; when you exceed that number, the camera creates [more…]

How to Combine Pictures with a Nikon DSLR

The Nikon 3100, D5100, and D7000 offer two features that enable you to combine multiple photographs into one, as you might do by manipulating film either in the camera as the photos are being taken or [more…]

How to Set Automatic Features with a Nikon D3100

Your Nikon D3100 DSLR offers eight fully automatic exposure modes for picture taking that you can change with the Mode dial. Your options are Auto (a general purpose, point-and-shoot type of option), Auto [more…]

Exploring 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…]

Choosing a Focus Mode in Live View with a Nikon D5100

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

Selecting a Scene Mode on a Nikon D7000

In Auto and Auto Flash Off exposure modes, your Nikon D7000 tries to figure out what type of picture you want to take by assessing what it sees through the lens. If you don’t want to rely on the camera [more…]

Shooting Photos in Guide Mode with your Nikon D3100

The Guide mode feature on your Nikon D3100 DSLR makes it easy to play around with depth of field and motion blur, enabling you to adjust the amount of background blurring. Guide mode also lets you use [more…]

Checking out the Scene Modes on a Nikon D7000

Your Nikon D7000 offers a whopping 19 Scene modes, each designed to produce a specific result in terms of lighting, color, and focus. Here's a review of all bazillion Scene modes, listed in the order you [more…]

How to Select an Exposure Metering Mode with a Nikon D3100

To fully interpret what the exposure meter on your Nikon D3100 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…]

Using the Monitor Instead of the Viewfinder on Your Nikon D3100

Like many newer dSLR cameras, the Nikon D3100 offers Live View, which uses the monitor as the viewfinder when shooting photos. Turning on Live View is also the first part of the process of shooting video [more…]

Using the Nikon D7000 Monitor as a Viewfinder

The Nikon D7000’s Live View feature enables you to use the monitor instead of the viewfinder to compose photos. In many respects, taking a picture in Live View mode is no different from regular, through-the-viewfinder [more…]

How to Customize the Live View Display on your Nikon D3100

Regardless of whether you’re using the Nikon D3100 to capture video or shoot pictures, you can choose to change the way the settings and information are presented on the display in Live View mode. Press [more…]

How to Customize the Live View Display on a Nikon D7000

Whether you're using Live View for still photography or movie-making, you can choose from the following display styles, each of which adds different types of information to the screen. Press the Info button [more…]

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