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Wj9dwest Registered since 17th Jul 2012
Fri 26-Oct-12 02:17 PM

Just bought my wife a D3100, since I only shoot film (in Nikon bodies!), I don't know much about digital cameras. She initially will be using it as a point & shoot until she gets used to it. As such, are there any suggestions for basic settings or should she just use it "out of the box"? She wants to do flowers & wildlife, mainly. Thanks for your help.

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#1. "RE: D3100 Basic Settings" | In response to Reply # 0

jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010
Fri 26-Oct-12 07:49 PM | edited Fri 26-Oct-12 07:52 PM by jpFoto

The D3100 is a very capable camera. I would suggest that she use P (Program) mode as opposed to Auto (the one in green). Then, go to the menu, find ISO sensitivity settings and turn the Auto ISO sensitivity control On and choose ISO sensitivity 100, maximum Sensitivity 3200 and Minimum shutter speed either 1/125 or 1/160. IMO, that's an ideal point and shoot starting point. I would also pick either C or S as opposed to A for the focus settings.

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Edit: One other suggestion. Don't use her camera under any circumstances since it's not likely that you will ever shoot film again after the experience.