Nikon D7000: tips for using your digital camera

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Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR
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In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your DSLR or compact system camera.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 D7000 and know this DSLR inside and out.

If you have your own Nikon D7000 tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below – or send them jeff.meyer@futurenet.com. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide of Nikon D7000 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 D7000 starting today! So without further ado…

Nikon D7000 Tip 1
CHECK YOUR MODE

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR

The release mode dial has a lock to prevent it being moved by accident, but the mode dial above it doesn’t. Always check that you haven’t nudged it onto an inappropriate mode!

 

Nikon D7000 Tip 2
SETTINGS TO SUIT YOU

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR

The User Settings on the mode dial are great for saving and recalling your favourite settings (of a much-visited sports hall, for example).

 

Nikon D7000 Tip 3
BOOST MEMORY

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR

The second memory card slot can be used to add extra capacity, for backup, or to separate RAW and JPEG files (or stills and movies). Try ‘Role played by card in slot 2’ in the Shooting menu.

 

Nikon D7000 Tip 4
FLASH COMMANDER

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR

The built-in flash can act as a commander to trigger and regulate external Nikon Speedlight flashguns. Set it up using ‘Flash cntrl for built-in flash’, which is found in the Custom Setting menu.

 

Nikon D7000 Tip 5
MORE FROM MOVIES

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR

The D7000 is the best Nikon DSLR yet for shooting movies, but results will still improve immeasurably when you use a tripod. For the best results, always use a video-specific stand.

 

Nikon D7000 Tip 6
CLEAN YOUR SENSOR

Nikon D7000: tips for using your digital camera

It is well worth using your Nikon D7000’s auto cleaning option, especially if you frequently swap lenss. Setting this function to clean your sensor at startup and shutdown is far easier than cleaning it manually. What’s more, you don’t need to worry about waiting for the cleaning cycle to finish when switching on your D7000 before you can start shooting. If you press any camera controls the cycle is automatically cut short!

Nikon D7000: tips for getting the most from your Nikon DSLR
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