Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting Auto mode, part of Shooting with the Nikon D7000.
On the top of your camera is a dial which lets you choose a shooting mode. The shooting mode that you choose determines what decisions the camera will make and what decisions will be left up to you. Now sometimes having the camera make a lot of decisions is a better way to go, because it allows you to work more quickly. While at other times, you'll want control over some positions to ensure that you get the type of shot that you want. For the rest of this chapter we're going to be working in Auto mode. So set the mode dial to AUTO. In AUTO mode the camera will choose all exposure setting, shutter speed and aperture as well as choosing a white balance and whether or not to fire the flash.
If it thinks you need the flash, then it will automatically pop it up when you half press the shutter button to meter. In Auto mode you will not have access to Flexible Program, Exposure Compensation or many of the other controls that we'll talk about later. But you will be able to select the file format that you wan to shoot in. AUTO mode basically just gives you a snapshot camera, albeit a very good one. While you may think that AUTO mode is inherently a compromise, the fact is that the AUTO features on your camera are very good and will probably make the right choice 80% to 90% of the time.
When and how to use it, will become apparent as you learn more about Exposure and about the camera's other shooting modes.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
Using white balance presets2m 11s
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Using the Exposure Control Options
8. More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Modes
15. Using Custom Settings
16. Retouching Images
17. Caring for Your Camera
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