I recently purchased a d7000 and have not yet had an opportunity to shoot much. This is my first DSRL thus I am a very much a novice. I have read 90% of Darrell Young’s “Mastering the Nikon D7000”. I understand maybe 75% of what I read and probably can apply less than 40% of what I have understood. Therefore, I am going to begin using the AUTO mode hoping to progress to the M, A, S and P modes with experience.
My concern: I want to take advantage of the SCENE Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child etc). After selecting SCENE mode and turning the Main command dial I see the scene mode icons for each option but I am also supposed to see a small picture showing the effect. The picture does not appear. Looking through the viewfinder I do see the Scene mode icon I have chosen in the upper left hand corner. Also when I’m in the process of turning the dial the options stay on the screen for only about a second. Now this may not be a problem but what concerns me is, what have I done to not be able to see the small picture and are there other consequences for what I have done.
If my description above is unclear and if you have Darrell Young’s book you can turn to page 346 figure 8.18 screen 4.
#2. "RE: Scene Mode Selection Picture" In response to Reply # 0
I don't use the scene modes, but I tried it using the instructions in Darrell Young's book on page 347 with reference to the picture on page 346. According to step 3 of the instructions, when you turn the main rear command dial, each click past the first one displays a different scene mode on the Monitor, with a small picture showing the effect provided. The scene mode display shows for only about 2 seconds before the monitor turns off. I'm not sure why the picture doesn't appear on your monitor, but it did on mine (for about 2 seconds). Actually, it was so brief that I missed the first picture. I hope this helps.
#3. "RE: Scene Mode Selection Picture" In response to Reply # 2
Thanks Paul. I see everything you do for the same length of time except, no little picture. I thought I have the latest firmware but I will have to recheck. Darrell Young made a comment in his book that Scene modes were a Nikon afterthought as there was little mention of it in the User manual. I never cracked the manual went direct to Young's book.
I see you are living in MN, my home state. Moved to GA way back in 1976. GO GOPHERS!
#4. "RE: Scene Mode Selection Picture" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 18-Feb-13 06:42 PM by gfinlayson
In my honest opinion, stay away from the scene modes. They won't help you learn to use your camera. The best advice I could give anyone is to get out of auto and take control. The sooner you do that, the sooner your photos will improve. P mode is also in my opinion a waste of time - it's still a version of auto, albeit with very limited user intervention.
Learn the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO in relation to exposure and learn how aperture affects depth of field. Get up into A mode and take control of depth of field. The next step is understanding the autofocus system so that you can choose the focal point of an image - coupled with depth of field control via the aperture you will now be in control of the 'look' of your image. Play with settings. Practice, practice, practice, practice. Shoot, shoot, and shoot again. See how different settings change the look of your images.
Learn about white balance, metering modes and exposure compensation, then you'll be well on your way to achieving great results.