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  1. #11
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    Great post Joseph, thanks.
    I did the intro course with Nikon fir my D80 and one tip I found quite useful was to set the mode to auto, half press the shoot button and read the settings, then, switching to Manual, use those settings. You're then free to experiment and see what happens. For me, it was fantastic how I could improve the light in my indoor flash photography.


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  2. #12
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    Well someone has found a very good use for Auto Mode. I had my D80 for two years and now my D90 for a year and I don't think I have ever used the Auto Mode on either one. Good suggestion. Thanks for posting it.
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

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  3. #13
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Molloy View Post
    Great post Joseph, thanks.
    I did the intro course with Nikon fir my D80 and one tip I found quite useful was to set the mode to auto, half press the shoot button and read the settings, then, switching to Manual, use those settings. You're then free to experiment and see what happens. For me, it was fantastic how I could improve the light in my indoor flash photography.
    Or, go ahead and take a shot or two in AUTO (or one of the program modes) and see how they look. Then, check to exposure settings and adjust from there.
    -> Don
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  4. #14
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    good post, I've been using manual mode virtually since I've had the D90


  5. #15
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    THANK YOU!!! Brilliant explanation... will re-read it a few times... I have just moved from "Auto" to "P" ..."M" is my destiny!!!

  6. #16
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    This is a great post, thank you. I've been using a DSLR for almost two years now, and just moved from a D60 to a D90. It's time to stop relying on "A" and move to "M"!

  7. #17
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    FYI Joseph, when I first stumbled on the Nikonites site, I read this post. For me (who only shot in "auto mode") this thread was most informative. I had no interest in becoming a member of a site like this; but after reading this article I felt compelled to learn more about my camera and joined. Since then I shoot in M mode 95% of the time and have added a D700 to accompany the D90. So I sincerely thank you for taking the time to write up this article as it has lead to great new experiences for me!

    Chris
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  8. #18
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    Wow, thanks for the kind words guys. When I first started in photography everything was manual. You either had a separate light meter or made an educated guess. The manual mode system can be somewhat intimidating but once you use it a few times it's not really not that difficult to understand. And it gives you so much more control over the exposure. Enjoy your Nikons.
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

    William Faulkner: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
    Jonathan Swift: "You can't make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear." (Especially if you think you can fix it in post processing.)

  9. #19
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    Ah,, the days of a FM2 or FE2, where that was the mode of operation, so many of older photographers are conditioned, and really that is what makes using the D90 like controls so natural, with the front and back dials, and tuning into the viewfinder for the settings. I think once you get used to Manual, using any other mode almost seems more work. Another factor, in lots of ways less work, if you what to underexpose, move the dial, instead of trying to figure out how to override the computer with compensation.

  10. #20
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    Re: D90: Using The Manual Mode Setting For Dummies

    ...great post,
    I use a mixture, of A, S and M when shooting depending on light and creative look I am after. I find I use manual, if I am studio shooting, or if the D90 is struggling with the exposure in tough lighting situations.

    A good sneaky tip when starting out I find is. Go to you fav default A or S. Mine is S if I'm stumped, take a shot, which should be a fairly useable photo, then flip the dial into M.
    The camera will still be on the same settings as you just used.
    This gives you a starting point and you can change the aperture or shutter speed from there depending on the look you want and sort of exposure you are after.
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