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Old 12-18-07, 11:24 AM   #1
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The, picture tips and tricks thread.

So basically I'm really needing some help on this. I have an 18-55 and a 55-200 nikkor lense, with a Nikon D40 body. I have 2gb of memory to fill up. Nope, don't own it! It's a free 3 day rent promotion from a camera shop. I'm trying to take as many pictures as I can. I've noticed, the AF is too slow to even be worth it, I prefer manually focusing. So far, I really can't figure out how to take a quality sharp night shot. The camera takes awesome shots period, very sharp. I've gone through all the menus, other than adjusting ISO I can't really find anything that's worthy of actually USING in the menus for the D40. I can't find any settings for a continuous shooting mode, basically the only way to quicken the shutter speed is to flip the dial to sports mode. I basically have all the buttons and menus figured out, or so I'd like to think. The d40 IMO seems to be pretty point and shoot for an DSLR. But it's a neat little camera.

So my GF struggled through tons of camera shops with me, being my cute little model at every place. I kid you not every chain store, NO ONE cares to help you, I even told the camera lady at circuit city the cameras didn't work, and she said they should and walked away from me!!!! I have quite a few nice shots, lots of shots of the GF, which I'd love to share in 3 days. I'm going on photography hunts today.

I need tips. Basic, photography tips for a good shot. Thanks!

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What type of night shots are you trying to get? ya won't get action with those lens, but landscape or say lights you can but you'll need a tripod because of long shutter speeds needed.
If you can give info on type of night shot your looking for some more tips can be given.
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What type of night shots are you trying to get? ya won't get action with those lens, but landscape or say lights you can but you'll need a tripod because of long shutter speeds needed.
If you can give info on type of night shot your looking for some more tips can be given.
I tried to take christmas lights, needless to say, I can't change the shutter speed(as far as I know) and it took really glary pictures.
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Sounds like it's in a full-automatic mode, which tends to disable a lot of useful settings. On the little Canon point and shoot I have on me, the dial on top has an "AUTO" mode, as well as "P" (program, which is still automatic, but gives you more options and configurability), "Tv" (shutter priority), "Av" (aperture priority), and "M" (full manual).

Judging by this picture, it appears that Nikons are similar in this respect:



Set the dial to "P", and you should be allowed more configurability.
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Quick down and dirty method
Setup camera Set ISO to lowest you can (D40 not sure what it is but) say 100-200, Turn on Noise Reduction, Turn on Mirror Lock up if available.
Put camera in Manual (A) Aperture Priority depending on shot wanted this varies but set Aperture to say f/8 put the camera on tripod, no tripod set it down on something solid, Manual Focus, no remote shutter release set camera to timer press and wait. This will make the camera set shutter for exposure on its own for you, locking in ISO and Aperture to help you out.

This is for like I said quick down and dirty method since you don't have a lot of time to play with it.
You might find some useful tips here but nothing directly related to what your doing right now http://www.jtgraphics.net/all_digital.htm
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Ah yes, seconded on using the self-timer on long-exposure shots. Just the minor shake caused by pushing the button can blur up such a shot. I bought a remote for my camera, but the self-timer works well in the meantime.
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