We had a birthday party last weekend and I decided to shoot with my new D600 and SB700 flash. I am not very experienced with flash and knowing I would be shooting fast moving kids I decided to shoot in auto scene mode and chose 'Party'. All went well until I really looked at pics later- color balance changes, subjects too bright or too dark, etc. eventually found that the scene mode had changed every few shots so first three were in party, some were in 'dog' (I can't tell my wife I shot her in dog!) some were 'food', 'sports' etc.
I went back to Darrell's book (pg 183) and I believe I did everything right in setting it up. I thought maybe you had to press 'OK' after selecting the scene mode to lock in on that selection but nothing is said about that. The only thing I can assume is that after you set the scene mode if you inadvertently rotate the main command dial while shooting that changes the scene mode; that would be a terrible oversight in programming.
Fortunately I shot a grey card at the start of the afternoon and shot in raw so not too much was lost- maybe I am just better off shooting in A and ignoring the auto stuff? However, I would like to know what I did wrong. Jim B
#1. "RE: Scene modes-ugh" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Wed 24-Apr-13 02:08 PM
Yes, that's how it works. Once the Mode Dial is turned to "SCENE", turning the main Command Dial shifts between the different types of scene. The info display appears when you turn the dial, to show you what you're changing it to.
Page 40 in the D600 manual explains further.
#2. "RE: Scene modes-ugh" | In response to Reply # 1Jamed600 Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013Wed 24-Apr-13 04:30 PM
Thank-you Brian. I believed that each time you wanted to change scene mode you had to bring up the info screen and change w/ the command dial. I see now that isn't the case. If I use scene mode again I will just have to be very careful and not touch the command dial. Regards, Jim B
#3. "RE: Scene modes-ugh" | In response to Reply # 0
A way to avoid accidentally changing the Scene mode is to select a mode then save it as U1 or U2. Setup Menu -> Save User Settings -> Save to U1 (or U2). Then set the mode dial to U1 (or U2), and you can't accidentally change the scene mode by spinning the command dial.
I saved Party to U1 because I wanted to use it for snapshots at a party (of course!) but I HATE red eye reduction (bright light and delay) and prefer AF-S for the auto focus. So I changed those settings and saved it in U1.
There are some other settings that you can change and save, but some like Picture Control or White Balance cannot be changed in Party Scene mode.
Party mode does a good job of balancing the subject and background exposure with or without flash. Not sure how to do exactly the same thing in other auto modes or even if it is possible. There is a lot about my D600 that I do not fully understand yet.
#4. "RE: Scene modes-ugh" | In response to Reply # 0
>maybe I am just better off shooting in A and ignoring the auto stuff?
IMO, you are going to be better off shooting in P and learning to use aperture and shutter priority modes.
I shoot primarily aperture priority with exposure comp enabled on the rear command dial of all my Nikons. My reasoning is that my primary goals in shaping my photographs are to control the depth of field and get a usable shutter speed that avoids unwanted subject or movement blur and to do that at the lowest possible ISO. Also, when I pick any of those camera up to use, they all work the same way, (From my N80 through my D600), and I avoid having to wonder how a given camera is going to behave in that regard.
The nice thing about learning with a digital camera is you can shoot lots of images just for practice and not be out any cost except your time. I'd suggest setting the camera to P and start shooting a LOT on unimportant subjects where you can study exposure, DOF, and composition.
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