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In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your DSLR or compact system camera.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 D40 and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Nikon D40 tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Nikon D40 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 D40 starting today!
Nikon D40 tip no. 1
The D40 (and the D60) have only 3 AF points. To achieve autofocus, the subject must line up with one of these; this can be tricky when shooting moving subjects.
Nikon D40 tip no. 2
The default Graphic format for the Information Display screen can be changed to ‘Classic’, which looks more like the control panel of other Nikon DSLRs. Make this change through the Setup menu.
Nikon D40 tip no. 3
Sports Mode will set a fast shutter-speed, aiming to freeze the action; you can also get intriguing results with much slower speeds, but you’ll need to use Shutter-Priority mode.
Nikon D40 tip no. 4
At an ISO setting of Hi 1 (equivalent to 3200) photos are automatically processed to reduce image noise. This takes about 1 sec for each shot, limiting the rate at which you can shoot.
Nikon D40 tip no. 5
Setting the flash to ‘red-eye reduction’ introduces a delay between pressing the button and capturing the photo. This is fatal for action and spontaneous shots. You can remove red-eye through the Retouch menu instead.