100 Amazing Nikon DSLR Tips: 31-40
31. ISO Hi and Lo
Nikon includes Hi and Lo ISO sensitivity values to increase the range of lighting conditions you can shoot in. They’re called ‘Hi’ and ‘Lo’ and only given ‘equivalent’ ISO numbers because they’re slightly outside the range for accurate ISO calibration.
32.Reverse dial rotation
Does the EV compensation always go the wrong way when you turn the command dial? It just doesn’t seem right that the exposure’s reduced when you turn the dial to the right. The answer? Reverse the dial rotation in the Custom Settings menu (not featured on the D3000 series).
33. File numbering
To make sure every shot has a unique file number, set the File number sequence option to On. Otherwise, you’ll end up with duplicate file names on your computer.
34. sRGB vs RGB
You can set your Nikon to shoot sRGB, the colour space used by most digital devices, or Adobe RGB, which is better for commercial publishing. Or shoot RAW and choose later!
35. RAW options
Basic Nikons shoot 12-bit NEFs, while others shoot higher quality 14-bit NEFs. The pro models offer a choice, so that you can balance image quality against file size.
36. Shake-free shots with the self-timer
When you’re taking long-exposure night shots or close-ups with the camera on a tripod, you need to avoid jogging it when you press the shutter release. The solution’s easy – just use the camera self-timer!
37. Free SLR upgrade
Periodically, Nikon may issue firmware updates to fix bugs or add new features to your camera. Check the Nikon website’s Services & Support section for updates.
38. Embed copyright
If you take pictures for a living, you’ll want to embed copyright information. You can set up a custom copyright message on Nikon’s pro DSLRs from the D7000 up.
39. Exposure steps
Digital SLRs adjust exposure values in 1/3-stop increments, but if you prefer 1/2-stops, change the EV Steps in the Custom Settings (not on D3000-series cameras).
40. Noise reduction
Long-exposure noise reduction and high-ISO noise reduction are set separately – except on the D3000-series.
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