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    Re: D7100 help/question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    I downloaded the PDF's like Brent linked and loaded them into the Adobe Acrobat app on my phone. Then I found out Nikon has the Nikon Manual Viewer 2 app which offers the same thing without the hassle of loading the PDF's into iTunes like I had to do with the Adobe app. Either way the info can be with you when you are out shooting without having to carry a physical copy of the manual (which you said you don't have).


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    Re: D7100 help/question

    Quote Originally Posted by arshuter View Post
    That's it. Your awesome Thank you
    You're welcome.

    To address more specifically what it's used for (now that I'm more fully awake): This menu is used to bias the White Balance preset(s) in whatever way you wish. White Balance, to oversimplify things a little for the sake of brevity, is the color of the ambient light. So, for example, lets say you're using the "Auto" White Balance setting but in your personal opinion skin tones when using this particular setting consistently look washed out, or your landscapes taken at Golden Hour are looking a little too blue. Well, you can use this menu to bias the "Auto" setting towards Magenta or Yellow to counter-balance what you're seeing. I mention those scenarios purely as possible practical examples; I'm definitely NOT suggesting anyone actually needs to DO anything in this menu, but you can if you so choose. Just remember it adjusts the default WB for the entire image because, as I said, White Balance is (essentially) the color temperature of the ambient light so while the skin tones, specifically mentioned in my example would be "corrected", the whole image will be affected. Hope that makes sense. And since the menu doesn't make it clear: A=Amber, B=Blue, G=Green and M=Magenta.

    Some people will tell you Canon cameras tend to have a more pleasing, warmer overall White Balance compared to Nikon bodies, or conversely that Nikon camera bodies have a more "accurate", if also somewhat sterile or "cooler" overall WB. I don't want to enter into that particular debate but if you wanted to simulate the Canon WB in your Nikon body (as some reportedly do) you could bias one of these settings toward Amber or Orange or Red or some combination thereof, using this menu. That's just another practical example of how this menu could be used.

    If you do decide to experiment with these settings remember you've made change because nothing on the camera will remind you of them (not like, say using Exposure Compensation) and any changes made will "stick" until you go back into the menu and change them again. For those who know A) exactly what they're doing and B) exactly what they want out of their WB setting(s), this menu is extraordinarily powerful and helpful. It's also completely reversible should you decide you want to experiment.
    Last edited by Horoscope Fish; 11-03-2019 at 06:20 PM.
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