Hello all, I know that many Nikonians are professional photographers who know their cameras inside and out and who can adjust settings quickly to meet conditions at hand. This may be taboo to you guys
(and gals) but don't the scenes settings provide a quick way to get close to the best settings when amateurs like me have just a short time to catch a shot. What am I losing? What adjustments would you recommend to enhance these settings --and maybe store them in U1 and U2? I know that I have to adjust exposure adjustment to keep from blowing out highlights but what else? Thanks Stephen
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#1. "RE: Using "scenes" on my D7100" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sun 19-May-13 05:42 PM
While I have only two bodies that have Scene exposure modes I never use them. That said, Nikon Engineers worked hard to optimize the settings that the camera selects for each one of the Scene modes to maximize the probablity of capturing very well exposed image for a given subject. In Sports mode, the camera will keep the shutter speed as high as possible in order to minimize blur due subject motion. It also sets the AF mode to Continuous AF allowing the photographer to track the movement of the subject. So Yes, the Scene modes provide a quick way to get a quality image without having to think about it.
Since I don't use Scene modes, I am not sure if Exposure Compensation will work when using them.
#2. "RE: Using "scenes" on my D7100" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Sun 19-May-13 07:30 PM
You are correct, the scene modes are designed to quickly get settings that generally work well for the chosen scene. There is no reason not to use the scene modes while you are learning.
What you give up with the scene modes is a certain amount of control. As you learn and become more experienced in the photography style of your choosing you will find things that you can do better by choosing all of your settings.
I recommend that a new photographer should use the scene modes regularly and then experiment with other settings. As you move along you can use the scene modes less often as you figure out what works best in your common shooting situations.
Also, Check out this thread – D7000 Configuration Settings and Set-Up Spreadsheet V.2.2 – The settings listed here can help you learn important settings for various subjects - the settings are for the D7000 but they will translate easily to your D7100.