Hello all. I'm new to this site. I've used Nikon Cameras my whole life, and recently upgraded to a D7000. I have a question about the "User modes". While I'm shooting action shots of my daughter's soccer games, I like the automatic scene selection of "action" (you know, that silly looking running man), but would like to tweak some of the settings. The only problem is that the camera will not allow certain things to be modified while in the scene selection mode. I would like to bump up the sharpness, change to Vivid with a slight bump in saturation, etc., etc. Is there any way of overriding this? I know some of you will say, "Just set the camera the way you like it in manual mode, then save it to U1 or U2. The only problem, is that I like the scene selection mode picking the fast shutter speed for me. It usually fluctuates from 800 to 1000 and even up to 1100, to gain the correct exposure. How can I mimic this? Thanks in advance for your replies.
#1. "RE: U1 & U2 question." In response to Reply # 0
Los Angeles, US
Some of the contributors to this site are masters on D7000 technique. I wrestled for months getting my U1 & U2 settings.
I think you have 30 minutes of detail work ahead of you. First, you would need to copy down all the settings in the Scene mode you prefer to keep.
Since your objective is soccer, I would then go to the Shutter Priority Mode as your basic choice. And 1/500th ought to be fast enough. To that, add all Scene configurations your wrote down. It will take a bit of time.
Finally, go to SETUP MENU (wrench symbol) and navigate to Save User Settings. Choose U1 or U2, select save and you are done.
The variables offered to you by this sophisticated camera can be overwhelming. But the starting point is usually --- What is my subject matter?.
#2. "RE: U1 & U2 question." In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the reply. Do you know, or does anyone else know, if there is a way of setting the camera, so that shutter-speed-wise, it will utilize a range of shutter speeds, similar to how the scene mode does it?
#3. "RE: U1 & U2 question." In response to Reply # 2
Los Angeles, US
In the Program Mode (P), you can choose shutter/aperture pairs that give an identical exposure setting. So, if you want faster, you spin the Main Command Wheel (rear, top).
Of course you get the same effect by simply using "S", for Shutter. You change the speed, and the correct exposure is set by matching the correct Aperture.
Why not just set a high shutter speed, and let the camera pick the lens opening? If the light isn't strong enough, then increase the ISO setting. Professional sports photographers live in the S Mode. They have to, because of the speed of action.
#4. "RE: U1 & U2 question." In response to Reply # 0
Livermore, CA, US
To answer your specific question, set the camera in (A)perture Priority mode. If you can't choose aperture based on experience, then look at some of your photos with the scene mode and choose aperture based on that. If you're in low to moderate light, this will probably be wide open on your telephoto. Then enable Auto ISO and choose a minimum shutter speed of 1/800. Now the camera will hold aperture constant, and adjust ISO to maintain exposure, while keep shutter speed at or above 1/800.
BTW I'm not a sports shooter but 1/800 sounds a bit faster than necessary. Someone more knowledgeable than me could chime in, or perhaps you should ask for more general advice in the sports shooting forum, where you'll find lots of experience and help.