So you think you know how to use your digital camera? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.
In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your DSLR or compact system camera.
Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite digital camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Nikon D300s and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Nikon D300s tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below – or send them firstname.lastname@example.org. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide of Nikon D300s tips that come not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR.
We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Nikon D300s starting today! So without further ado…
Nikon D300s Tip 1: Handle with care
The D300s is super tough and well sealed, but there’s one weak spot: it’s quite easy to open the memory card slot cover accidentally. Take care when stowing or unpacking the camera.
Nikon D300s Tip 2: Slow it down
With a maximum frame rate of 7fps, the D300s is one of Nikon’s fastest DSLRs, and naturally excels at capturing fast action. But don’t rely on a scattergun approach all the time!
Nikon D300s Tip 3: Task master
The Fn button can be programmed (use Custom Setting f5 to assign its function). If you do give it a job, be careful – its position makes it easy to press the button accidentally.
Nikon D300s Tip 4: Cover your bases
The Nikon D300s has excellent weather sealing, but it’s not perfect. If there’s water around, make sure all the camera’s flaps and covers are secure and the hotshoe protector is in place.
Nikon D300s Tip 5: Marking territory
The D300s allows you to embed copyright details in every shot you take. That won’t deter all photo thieves but it’s certainly worth doing – just access the Setup menu.
Nikon D300s Tip 6: Exposure delay mode
Your Nikon D300s has both mirror lock-up and an exposure delay mode. In any SLR, the mirror needs to flip up before the exposure is taken to redirect the light entering the lens from the viewfinder to the sensor. This can unsettle the camera because of a phenomenon called ‘mirror bounce,’ which introduces vibrations. It’s particularly noticeable in close-up shooting or when using a long telephoto lens, giving rise to blurred shots.
Mirror lock-up gets around the problem because the first press of the shutter button only flips up the mirror. You then press it a second time after the camera has had time to settle. Nikon’s exposure delay mode simplifies mirror lock-up by flipping up the mirror, then automatically releasing the shutter after a short delay of about one second, giving the camera a chance to settle.
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