Advanced Exposure Modes for the Nikon D7000 Digital Camera

By Julie Adair King

Part of Nikon D7000 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To really take creative control with your Nikon D7000 DSLR, step up to one of these exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the zone of sharp focus) and to adjust shutter speed to determine whether moving objects appear sharply focused or blurry. You also gain access to some features not available in the fully automatic modes, such as the option to adjust flash power and tweak white balance.

Symbol Exposure Mode Description
P Programmed Autoexposure The camera selects both the f-stop and shutter speed to ensure
proper exposure, but you can choose from multiple combinations of
the two settings.
A Aperture-priority Autoexposure You set aperture by rotating the Sub-command dial; the camera
selects the shutter speed needed to produce a good exposure at that
S Shutter-priority Autoexposure You set shutter speed by rotating the Main command dial; the
camera selects the f-stop that will produce a good exposure at your
chosen shutter speed.
M Manual Exposure You control both the shutter speed and f-stop; rotate the Main
command dial to set shutter speed, and use the Sub-command dial to
set the f-stop.
U1 and U2 User Modes Create custom exposure modes through the Setup menu.