Hi, I need some help and hope I find it here! First, is there a way to set this camera's autofocus to choose to focus on the small object (hummingbird) in the foreground? It keeps zipping back to focussing on the background and I am not good at manual focus. I am using the S setting to get the fast shutter
also, I am having trouble with my exposure and not sure if it is a setting or a bug with the camera. I am taking indoor action shots and have it set on S or M and the exposure is all over the map...too dark, just right, too bright..all in the same lighting...Help!
Kristin can you post a picture of the over/under exposures with the shooting data this helps us a lot. As far as Humming Birds they are fast and hard to shoot it takes practice and usually a fairly fast lens. Plus the AF system on the D600 is very good but not the fastest out there. What setting do you have your AF set to when shooting birds?
it must be a setting, it seems to be rotating through three different exposures... and I can get the hummer hovering in one spot but my Auto focus picks the background. Is there a way to get it to focus on the bird, maybe a setting that for instance, picks a small area in the center to focus with...so I can center it on the bird?
Looks like you have an over-exposure, a good exposure, and an under-exposure. This highly suggests you have exposure bracketing turned on. This is one of those settings that remains turned on after you have turned off the camera.
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The size of the autofocus sensors is not adjustable but the way in which the camera uses them is. If you are close enough to the hummer to fill the autofocus icon (which does not correspond to the size of the sensor - the sensor is likely larger) then you should be able to persuade the camera to acquire focus. Keeping focus is another matter. Here, there is a distinct advantage to thumb button focusing since one can make an exposure without engaging the autofocus as a byproduct.
For the hummer it would probably be profitable to set up the camera thus:
a1 AF-C priority: release (default)
f4 Assign AE-L/AF-L: AF-On
Focus button (on lens mount): Command dial: AF-C Sub-command dial: d9, d21, d39 or 3D
With the 3D option, the camera will pick up the color of the object under the initially selected autofocus sensor and use that information to track it in the frame. A green hummer in front of an equally green background might give it some fits. With any of the dxx options the camera will also attempt to track the original object under the initially selected focus sensor. The camera will not necessarily report which sensor it is using via the viewfinder - you will have to take the tracking on faith. The camera will record the sensor it used and can be made viewable as an option in playback or in Nikon software.
The camera will now focus only with the thumb button - a shutter half-press will not do anything for you, focus-wise. If you are in the habit of handing the camera off to others, it might be a good idea to put the thumb button settings in one of the User banks (U1, U2) and maintain the camera in your normal mode when out of User mode. One advantage of thumb button focusing is that you don't have to press gingerly to avoid exposing a frame. If you are judging a hummer, this can be useful if you get it in front of a distinctly different patch of bg. The other major advantage is that, once you are satisfied that the focus is the one that will be satisfactory, you may then release the button and lock focus, thus gaining the ability to recompose at will. All this may take some learning but, for many, it is the preferred method of engaging autofocus. Me, too.
Bracketing is engaged using the BKT (lower) button on the upper left side of the lens mount , directly above the lens index stud. Command dial turns it on/off (I find it easiest to turn it off by running the command dial several clicks to the left to be certain it is at its stop and then two clicks to the right - this way I can set bracketing to zero without having to drop the camera from my eye), Sub-command dial selects for exposure differential.
Jim Neiger has posted 4 threads on photographing birds in flight and they have some very good information. He is a Canon shooter so you might have to translate some to Nikonese but I have a D600 and know it can be translated. You will also need to register at Photocamel, but it is quick, painless, and doesn't cost anything.
Agreed..the book was an awesome read, highly suggest to pick it up. I'm just amazed how cheap the book is in comparison to others who charge an arm and a leg for material that pretty much reflects the user manual...which is free lol