DSLR Tips: 7 Settings To Change On Your Camera

by Staff June 16, 2016 at 5:38 am

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  1. I've done quite a lot of research on this, collected numerous people's opinions, some professional, and the bottom line is, most of these settings are totally OK to leave enabled.

    1. RAW vs JPEG is still an ongoing debate, personally using both is fine, you can use RAW for professional stuff and JPEG for snapshots while walking around. By no means would I say 'you must shoot in RAW' because there's advantages to both options.

    2. Some professionals I've listened to to make good use of Auto ISO – some of them wedding photographers. Modern cameras handle high ISOs a lot better than they used to, and If you set this feature up correctly it can simplify and improve efficiency without compromising results.

    3. AF-A's efficiency depends on the camera model as it varies, but leaving it on auto is a pretty good idea for 90% of shooting. You can switch it to AF-S when you know you're going to be doing a lot of stationary subject shooting, or switch it over to AF-C when you know you'll be spending the day shooting sports or moving subjects. For general snapshots, leave it on AF-A.

    4. A-DL works best with JPEG. Afaik only Nikon's NX2 software can make sense of raw images shot with A-DL on any setting above 'low' because medium or higher makes the camera start underexposing in order to apply the digital 'lighting'. Again, A-DL can safely be set to 'auto' if you're just on holiday walking around doing snapshots, and you'll still get great results.

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  4. Nice well presented video. Glad to see someone from England doing them for a change. have just got a D5200 and learning all the different settings. Though I don't use all yours its nice to get a wide perspective on how other people shoot and then try them out. Many Thanks

  5. Silly question … when selecting Auto Image Rotate …
    Is there any 'compression' or loss of quality when the original image (sideways) is automatically flipped? I have no problem simply flipping the camera "sideways" to look at the shot, and my home screen is a 'swivel monitor' (I recommend!).
    Probably not, but thought I'd check with pros.
    Ta,

  6. I use the D3100 but I am unable to change any of the settings as it says they are not available for this setting? The settings I have changed is to RAW image quality and image size to L. Even if I reset the shooting options I am unable to change them? Please help??

  7. nice but it would be even more if you could tell sth more about why you want it why you dont want it. in those less obvious settings.

  8. If you have no intention on using an expensive piece of equipment like a DSLR for anything more than looking cool, listen to Steve Boyd. Otherwise, don't. Not even a little. Shooting RAW gives you the ultimate control over your images. It records significantly more colors and light than JPEG. It's comparing an old big screen TV to an HDTV. Auto ISO and Active D Lighting are horrible. Limit what settings the camera decides is ok to shoot with. You want 100% over lighting.

  9. Don't listen to steve boyd. He is full of shit. Always shoot raw. Use your manual settings as much as you can. You wouldn't have a dslr if you didn't want to use it right so using the manual settings will help you learn how the adjustments can give different looks.

  10. If you shoot RAW, as far as I know, you won't see any benefits from Active D-lighting when processing in say, Lightroom or ACR. Only Nikon official software makes full use of it. And well, who uses that?

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