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: 71-80

71. Miniature effect (Retouch)
The tilt-shift effect is all the rage right now, where selective defocusing is used to make the world look like a model village. You guessed it – you can do this in-camera too. It takes just a few moments to position the sharp section of the image, and you can preview the result before you save it.

72. Retouching tools
The Retouch menu enables you to straighten, crop and retouch photos without a computer in sight.

73. Mono in raw
Your Nikon has great mono effects, but it’s still worth shooting in RAW. The LCD will show the mono effect, but you’ll have all the colour data.

74. Slow sync with built-in flash
Flash on its own can look pretty grim, but if you set the flash mode to Slow, the camera will balance the flash with the existing light. This works best at dusk or in poor light, where subjects in the foreground are brightly lit and the background is darker.

75. Automatic (flash off) mode
If you’re shooting in a museum or theatre, the last thing you need is the flash firing! But if you want the convenience of fully automatic operation, just switch to the Auto (flash off) mode – it’s the circular flash strike-through symbol on the mode dial.

76. On the level
Not all Nikon DSLRs offer an on-screen spirit level to help get your camera straight, but this clip-on spirit level is a cheap and simple alternative for any Nikon.

77. Deleting images
Select the Delete option on the Playback menu, press the right button, and choose Selected. You can now browse your saved images in thumbnail view and pick out the ones you want to delete.

78. Format or delete?
Formatting wipes the whole card, while deleting only removes photos from the folder being used by the camera.

79. HDR bracketing
To create an HDR image you can use your Nikon’s auto-exposure bracketing function, but set wider bracketing increments than usual – 2EV should do it.

80. Built-in HDR
The D5100, D800 and D4 have built-in HDR modes where two exposures are combined in-camera, capturing an extra-wide dynamic range.


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  • MST

    Thanks for the tips, i find them very helpful.

  • Butch casper

    Thanks for the tips aim moving up from d50 to d5300.