How to Use the Nikon D100 Digital SLR


With the advances in camera technologies over the past several decades, almost anyone can take high quality photographs. This is because many cameras are digital only and come with built-in computers that can measure available light and adjust the camera's settings accordingly. If you are a new owner of a Nikon D100 digital SLR and are having trouble taking pictures, you can learn how to do so in a few easy to follow steps.

  • Turn on your camera. On the top side of the camera you should see a button labeled "On-Off". Turn this button on. Also on the right side of the camera is a settings display screen that will light up and display the camera's settings when you turn it on.

  • Set your exposure settings. The Nikon D100 digital SLR has a variety of exposure settings that allow you to take photographs in many different environments and settings. The exposure modes include an auto-multi program ("P"), shutter priority ("S") and aperture priority auto ("A") and manual ("M"). If you are new to digital cameras, the best setting to use is the aperture priority auto mode, which uses the camera's light sensor to provide the best aperture settings for your photographs.

  • Tap the shutter button to focus your camera. With your Nikon D100 digital SLR set to "Aperture Priority," you will also have the ability to use the auto-focus. To focus on your subject, aim your camera at your subject and press the shutter button half way. If you are looking through the lens when you tap the shutter button you will notice as the camera adjusts its focus to your subject. The camera auto-focuses on objects that are in the center of the lens, so make sure that the camera is focusing on what you want it to.

  • Take a picture. Once your camera is in focus, fully press in the shutter button. You will hear a click and see the viewfinder of your camera go black for a fraction of a second. Immediately on the back display of your camera, you should see the picture you have just taken. You can then decide to keep or delete the photo.

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