Your Nikon camera may work just fine straight out of the box, but there’s lots you can do to make it work better for you. Whether it’s to improve your burst depth, get your focus a little more accurate, or help you to get a more natural-looking result, there’s often something in the menus that you can tweak to make a difference.
1. Save Your Settings
Many Nikon cameras allow you to save your camera settings. There’s a “Save/Load Settings” option in the menu system. Save your main camera settings to your memory card and then load them again whenever needed. This could also be a useful way to share one camera between multiple people or copy settings from one camera to another (of the same model).
2. Rename Your Files
If you have multiple cameras, filenames between the cameras can conflict. You can change the default prefix of “DSC” to anything you wish through the File Naming option in the Photo Shooting menu.
I have several cameras and, to keep the files separated, have renamed the files for one camera to
WB1_, another to
1WB_, etc. The
1 and the
WB are my initials. Since the camera’s image File number sequence counter rolls back over to
0001 when you exceed
9999 images, you need to prevent accidentally overwriting images from the first set of 9999 when the camera’s counter rolls back over to 0001 when you exceed 9999 images. I use this method:
|First 9999 images:||
|Second 9999 images:||
|Third 9999 images:||
3. Viewfinder Level
You can set your camera so that pushing your joystick activates the artificial horizon in your viewfinder. This shows you if your camera is tilted one way or another, helping you properly level your shot without taking your eyes off your subject. Setup depends on which camera model you have.
4. High Speed Flash Sync
The Auto FP setting in Nikon DSLRs allows you to use shutter speeds faster than the normal sync speed on supported flash units (with a diminished flash range). You’ll find this option in the Custom Setting menu under Bracketing/Flash.
5. Easy ISO and Easy Exposure Compensation
If you want an easy way to adjust ISO and exposure without having to “press buttons and spin dials at the same time.” On some Nikon models, you can set things so that a simple turn of the main command dial will instantly change your ISO or exposure adjustment. Watch the video to see the methods for turning this on depending on which camera you have.
6. Viewfinder Grid
When you turn on Viewfinder Grid, your viewfinder goes from the standard simple view to having a grid overlay.
Turn this on in your Custom Settings menu. Enter Shooting/Display and select the Viewfinder grid display option.
7. Exposure Delay Mode
If you don’t have a cable shutter release, you can set a short delay between when you press the shutter and when the photo is snapped.