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Nikon Photo Shooting

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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…]

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…]

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 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Shooting Still Photos in the Nikon D3100’s Live View Mode

The steps involved in taking a picture in Live View mode with a Nikon D3100 (after you’ve chosen a focusing mode) are essentially the same as for viewfinder photography. The following steps outline the [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…]

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