100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now

100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now

100 Amazing Nikon DSLR Tips: 61-70

61. Black and white filters
Old-school black and white photographers would use coloured filters to change the tonal balance in their pictures – and you can do the same with your Nikon DSLR. Select the Monochrome Picture Control in the Shooting settings menu, then press right on the multi-selector to access the Filter effects.

 

62. Subtle monochrome toning effects
You can also apply toning effects to your black and white pictures. The ability to adjust the strength of these effects means that you can exercise lots of subtlety – there are no crude orange ‘sepia’ effects here!

 

63. Time lapse
Time-lapse photography can be fascinating. Many of the latest Nikon models (D5100 and up) have an Interval Timer mode on the Shooting settings menu.

 

64. Auto distortion correction
All lenses produce some degree of distortion. But did you know that as long as you’re using supported Nikon lenses, your camera can correct it automatically?

65. Active D-Lighting
This mode enables you to capture very high-contrast scenes. It adjusts the exposure to capture bright highlight detail, and processes the image to bring out the shadows.

66. ADL bracketing
Most Nikon models now offer ‘ADL bracketing’, where the camera takes a series of shots at different Active D-Lighting settings.

67. Regular D-Lighting
You can also apply Active D-Lighting to images already saved on the memory card. It doesn’t change the exposure – it simply brightens the shadows.

68. Flexible program
You don’t actually need to switch to A or S mode for aperture or shutter speed control. If you turn the command dial in P mode, it goes into Flexible Program mode, shifting the aperture/shutter speed combinations one way or the other.

 

69. Perspective correction
Are your architectural shots spoiled by converging verticals? The Perspective control option in the Retouch menu can correct vertical and horizontal perspective.

 

70. Zoom for macros
Zoom lenses have the same minimum focus distance whatever the zoom setting you’re using, so the trick is to set the lens to its maximum focal length first.

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