>You will face a two-tiered challenge in acquiring the D7000. >a) where are the buttons I need to push. b)how can I tailor >the camera to my preferences. > >Challenge A can only be learned by your fingers. And this >takes time, so you aren't fumbling. >"B", setting preferences, such as for >contrast/hue/intensity actually takes more time, but is >secondary to using the camera. You have simply got to start >firing off shots to learn.
>When you tackle something like a wedding, operating the camera >has got to be instinct. Or, you'll miss the shot.
So far, I haven't fallen into the trap you found yourself in. My camera arrived and I sat down for a few hours to read through the D7000 books I bought, with the camera in front of me.
I adjusted a few settings and then went outside to take some practice shots. I decided to shoot JPEGs since the camera was already set to this and I have never worked with RAW images. Unfortunately, I did not realize that the compression rate was set to "normal" when I would have preferred "fine." I've already changed it, so next time I'll get to see the best quality JPEGs this camera can produce.
You wouldn't believe how long it took me to shoot 40 shots. I started out in manual and then I tried the auto, aperture priority and shutter priority modes. I tried to use all of the buttons on the camera body to familiarize myself with them and to make sure they worked.
Out of 40 shots, 37 were usable. With respect to the other 3, I may have gotten trigger happy and accidentally pressed the shutter release button all the way down before I had properly composed the shot.
Once I got home, I reviewed the images carefully. Based on my observations, I changed some of the camera's settings and came up with a new shooting strategy for my next effort. On day two, I will shoot RAW on one card and Fine JPEGs on the other. This will give me a chance to work with NEF images in ViewNX 2.
The only real problem I had was getting ViewNX 2 to recognize the D7000. The camera is installed and working properly on a Windows 7 machine, but when I turn on the camera after plugging it into the USB port, ViewNX 2 doesn't find it. I set the camera to do transfers with ViewNX 2, and I enabled autorun for all devices, but all this did was launch the ViewNX 2 Transfer interface, which remains empty.
If anyone knows why ViewNX 2 won't transfer images from my camera and how to fix it, I'd appreciate some help. Other than that, I'll be experimenting with my new camera, and hopefully, it won't take me too long to get up to speed.