Nikon Settings and Features

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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…]

How to Choose a Live View Focus Mode with a Nikon D3100

You tell your Nikon D3100 whether to focus automatically or manually through the Focus mode setting. If you choose to autofocus, you can pick one of two ways of autofocusing. [more…]

Selecting a Live View Focus Mode on a Nikon D7000

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

How to Select Live View Focusing Pairs with a Nikon D3100

The way the Nikon D3100 sets focus when in Live View mode and video shooting depends on your Focus mode and AF-area mode settings. If you use the kit lens [more…]

Selecting a Live View Focusing Target with a Nikon D7000

Through the AF-area mode, you give the Nikon D7000's autofocusing system instructions on what part of the frame contains your subject so that it can more easily set the focusing distance correctly. You [more…]

How to Choose a Focusing Target with a Nikon D3100

Through the AF-area mode available to you on your Nikon D3100, you tell the camera's autofocusing system what part of the frame contains your subject so that it can set the focusing distance correctly. [more…]

Choosing Live View Focusing Pairs with a Nikon D7000

The way the Nikon D7000 sets focus during Live View and movie shooting depends on the setting of the Focus-mode selector (AF for autofocus or M for manual focus) and, for autofocusing, your Autofocus mode [more…]

Using the Autofocus Setting in Live View and Movie Mode with a Nikon D3100

If you have decided you want to use the Autofocus setting on your Nikon D3100 when you’re shooting in Live View or Movie mode, you set up your focusing much the same as you would in still viewfinder photography [more…]

Using Live View and Movie Mode Autofocus with a Nikon D7000

As with viewfinder photography, you can opt for autofocusing during Live View shooting on your Nikon D7000, assuming that your lens supports it. If you use the kit lens [more…]

Taking Still Photos in Live View Mode with a Nikon D7000

The steps involved in taking a picture in Live View mode with a Nikon D7000 are essentially the same as for viewfinder photography once you’ve chosen a focusing method. Here's the drill: [more…]

How to Protect Photos on a Nikon D7000

You can safeguard pictures from accidentally erasing them from your Nikon D7000 by giving them protected status. After you take this step, the camera doesn’t allow you to erase a picture by using either [more…]

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