OK , the dial modes are good.Namely ; Landscape and 'no flash'.
But I strongly desire to use smaller f-stops , and sometimes to use -/+ exposure.
I'm slightly kinda down and frustrated with trying to do this with the D5000.
Whenever I go off these modes - exposures are ...(more dead,flat,dull,worse dinamic range) and nowhere near as good as the dial modes.
Now yes , I got some awesome vaction photos with this camera , and I am happy.And I only have this D5000(and my first digital SLR)4months.
But I want what I'm seeing with those two dial modes ... with smaller apperatures, and be able to use ISO up to 2000(still gives great results at ISO 2000).Exposure is almost subjective;I'd also like to use -/+ exposure if needed.
I have tryed "A" mode with set to 'landscape' , also in 'Vi' setting.(Ya know...in the SD,VI,NL place,while on "A").Results are as mentioned above.(compaired to Landscape dial mode-same image)
I've been such an "A" person in my life/photography ... it's hard to swallow stuff out of focus - that I perfer in focus.
HELP - I'm tied down to dial modes.!I'm their slave.My camera is ruling me.I want to get back to putting my strong focus on photographing ... connecting,even getting fancy,-expressing my personality... .
Guess I'm asking ; Hey,any of you guys know how to make this camera sing ? !
Please , some of you guys tell how you get the most out of your camera(note; the D5000 seems to be an extra challange).Namely the key areas ; nice crisp,clear,excellent resilution,contrast,color and sharpness - etc.
Also , everyone(D5000),I'd love to see alot more D5000 photos,especially in the 'art,landscape,creative and advanced'type.
I appreciate Nikinian. Thanks , Larry. Some Grand Circle-SW National Parks photos ;
#1. "RE: Question on working of D5000" In response to Reply # 0
I don't have a D5000 and have only briefly held one, but will try to answer your question. From what you describe your problem seems to be with the default Picture controls: Color Mode, Saturation, and Sharpening. If you check the Exif data (Color Mode, Saturation, and Sharpening) of an image captured using Landscape exposure mode and write them down. Then place the camera in P,S,A,or M exposure mode. Go into the camera Shooting menu under Picture Controls and adjust them to match those that you found in the Exif data. This should provide more of the "Pop" you are looking for. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: Question on working of D5000" In response to Reply # 2
That is what I was thinking. I just looked at a pdf copy of the D5000 User Manual. The D5000 has 6 preset Picture Controls for use in P,S,A,or M exposure modes. One of them may be what you are looking for. You can also modify an existing Picture Control to suit your taste or create a Custom Picture Control. See pages 106-113 in the D5000 User Manual. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#5. "RE: Question on working of D5000" In response to Reply # 4
The "A" setting on your Mode dial is for Aperture Priority, where you can select the desired f-stop (such as f/11). All other settings remain automatic. You can choose to view your aperture choices through the eyepiece or on the monitor, as you turn the Command dial located on the upper-right backside.