Nikon D3100: 5 quick tips to get more from your DSLR

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    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Cameras are like dogs. They’re loyal. They work hard. And chances are you’ll have had one that was really special to you.  But while the popular belief is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – you certainly can set your DSLR a new challenge.

    Like most of us, when you shoot a particular style of photography you can often get in the habit of overlooking some of your camera’s other features. Here at N-Photo we want to help you get the most from your Nikon DSLRs.

    Below we’ve started by taking a closer look at the Nikon D3100 to see what settings and tweaks you can use to get more from your Nikon camera.

     

     

    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Nikon D3100 Tip 1: Find shortcuts
    The D3100’s Guide menu is a good introduction to the camera’s capabilities, but it’s only an introduction. Once you get to know the camera, there’s nearly always a quicker way to get the settings you need.

     

     

    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Nikon D3100 Tip 2: Get Sporty
    If you shoot in Close-up mode, you’ll find that the built-in flash will often activate automatically but is useless at really close range. A quick way to shoot close-ups without flash is to use Sports mode instead.

     

     

    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Nikon D3100 Tip 3: Settle for less
    The D3100 can record full HD (1,920×1,280 pixels) video, but this will fill up most memory cards quickly. However, the intermediate (1,280×720 pixels) setting is more than good enough to play on an iPad, for example.

     

     

    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Nikon D3100 Tip 4: Go back to the start
    If you’ve been exploring the camera and got a little lost, there’s a ‘Reset shooting options’ item in the Shooting menu. To completely reset the D3100 to its factory state, use ‘Reset setup options’ in the Setup menu.

     

     

    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera

    Nikon D3100 Tip 5: Hold and twist
    The Nikon D3100 doesn’t have an automatic exposure bracketing function, but you can still vary exposures very quickly by holding down the exposure compensation button and rotating the command dial.

    Do you use another Nikon DSLR?

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    Nikon D3100 tips: get more from your Nikon DSLR camera


    Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 11:56 am under Nikon DSLR Tips, Tutorials. You can subscribe to comments.

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