Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D600 Digital Camera

By Julie Adair King

Part of Nikon D600 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To really take creative control with your Nikon D600, step up to one of these exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the distance over which focus appears sharp) and to adjust shutter speed to determine whether moving objects appear sharply focused or blurry. You also gain access to many features not available in the fully automatic modes, including the option to adjust flash power and tweak photo colors.

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 by rotating the Main command dial.
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.