"Can't get composing screen on the folding monitor"
I have a Nikon D-5100 I am trying to learn to use properly. I have been trying to set it up but after trying to set the proper menues, I have hit a snag. I have lost the ability to see what the lens sees on the monitor it was there but after trying to properly set menue choices it just doesn't have the images for composeing a shot. The eye level finder works perfectly but not the monitor. I can get views of pictures showing exposure profiles, enlargements, etc. I have tried and tried to restore the image during composing but no luck. I am pretty sure it is something simple but what??? Can anyone help me? Bob
#1. "RE: Can't get composing screen on the folding monitor" In response to Reply # 0
DSLR cameras are not Point & Shoot cameras in that they do not have constant viewing using the monitor. You have to select "Live View" to do that. The viewfinder is used in most/many picture taking situations.
#2. "RE: Can't get composing screen on the folding monitor" In response to Reply # 0
On the top of the camera next to the mode dial, rotate the Live View switch towards the back of the camera. That will get the camera in Live View mode.
While Live View can be very useful in some situations, holding the camera out in front of you can cause blurry images due to camera shake. When you hold the camera up to your eye when using the viewfinder the camera will be much more stable therefore reducing the possability of blur due to camera shake. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: Can't get composing screen on the folding monitor" In response to Reply # 0
Do you mean the Image Review feature, that displays the image on the LCD after the image is captured?
If you see the image with the histogram or shooting information superimposed over the image and you want to see just the image press the up or down keys on the Multi-selector button on the back of the camera until you see the image only. See page 123-129 in the D5100 Users Manual.
If the image doesn't appear on the LCD after you release the shutter, go into the Playback Menu in the camera and highlight Image Review. Then set Image Review to On. The next time you release the shutter, the image will be shown on the LCD. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!