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In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your DSLR or compact system camera.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 D90 and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Nikon D90 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 for the Nikon D90 that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more of our DSLR tips or read about another Nikon 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 D90 starting today! So without further ado…
Nikon D90 Tip 1: On screen
The D90’s Live View autofocus is extremely accurate, so it’s great for close-up work (see our guide to How to set your autofocus for macro photography). However, it’s also slow. For fast action, you’re better off using the viewfinder.
Nikon D90 Tip 2: The big picture
Live View does have an advantage when you’re trying to frame images precisely – it shows you a full image area, whereas the D90’s viewfinder crops the scene slightly.
Nikon D90 Tip 3: Lighting up
The built-in flash can be used to command one or more Nikon Speedlights. This professional-grade feature is enabled using Custom Setting e2 – ‘Flash cntrl for built-in flash’.
Nikon D90 Tip 4: On the grid
Press the Info button twice to display grid lines on the monitor in Live View. This can really help with precise framing and levelling – when shooting architectural subjects, for instance.
Nikon D90 Tip 5: Looking sharp
The D90’s movie function doesn’t offer autofocus. Manual focusing is also tricky, especially when you handhold the camera. It’s often best to pre-focus before shooting.