Your Nikon D780 is the most cutting-edge and advanced digital camera currently available, including a breathtaking 24.5-megapixel capture, live view, high-definition video, and a variety of other features. However, all of this technology might be somewhat intimidating, particularly if this is your first genuine digital single-lens reflect (DSLR) camera.
Find out how to get the most out of the shooting and metering modes on your camera, as well as how to put up a tripod out of homemade materials. Find out the procedures you need to do after a picture session to make sure your camera is in working order for the next time you use it.
Nikon D780 shooting modes
Your Nikon D780 gives you the capability of doing some really incredible things. You have a lot of control over the camera, which allows you to take some quite incredible shots. The following is a description of what the various settings on the mode dial do (the setting name is included in parentheses to the right of the mode name):
The camera’s “point-and-shoot” mode is referred to as “Auto” (or “Auto”). In programmed auto mode (P), the camera decides the appropriate shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings for the subject being photographed. The shutter speed and aperture that are required to achieve the correct exposure are chosen by the camera. You may adjust the exposure to vary the shutter speed and aperture combination to better fit the situation that you are capturing. This can be done by shifting the exposure.
Aperture-priority auto (A): This mode allows you to select the aperture (f-stop value), and the camera determines the shutter speed that is necessary to achieve the desired level of exposure. Shutter-priority auto (S): This mode allows you to set the shutter speed.
The camera allows you to select the shutter speed, and it calculates the appropriate aperture (f-stop value) for the shot based on your selection.
Manual (M): You have complete control over both the shutter speed and aperture settings. Long exposures can also be achieved by setting the shutter speed to either the bulb or time settings.
EFCT is the mode that allows you to take pictures with special effects. There are several effects that include settings that may be changed while viewing them in live view.
You have the ability to assign your own preferences to the U1 and U2 buttons.
Nikon D780 metering modes
You have the option to select the method that the Nikon D780 uses to meter a scene in order to calculate the exposure. The metering component in your camera analyzes the scene to decide which combination of shutter speed, f-stop, and aperture will produce a picture with the correct amount of exposure. The following metering modes are available on your D780:
Matrix metering is the form of metering that should be used for the majority of subjects to produce photographs that seem realistic. This metering option works exceptionally well for taking photographs of landscapes and buildings. This metering mode should be used when the scene you are capturing has equal lighting throughout.
Center-weighted metering is the style of metering that should be used when the subject of your photograph is located in the middle of the frame.
Use this metering mode when your subject is backlit, or when your subject is brighter or darker than the backdrop, to prevent your subject from being washed out by the background. This metering method measures exposure across a very tiny portion of the picture.
Use the highlight-weighted metering mode when you are shooting a subject and you need to retain detail in the highlights (for example, when capturing a vocalist lit by spotlights on a stage). This metering option can be found on most digital cameras.
Your post-shoot checklist for the Nikon D780.
When you take your camera bag and head out for a photo session, make sure that the camera is always set to its factory defaults, that you have a memory card that has been formatted, and that you have a battery that is capable of taking several hundred photographs.
After you have completed the last picture session is the ideal opportunity to check that your camera is prepared for the one that is coming up next. After you’ve finished a picture shoot, make sure your camera is prepared for the next one by following these steps:
Take off the memory card from the camera, and then download the pictures to your computer from the camera.
- Create a backup of your picture files on a hard disk that is external to your computer.
- The card must be reformatted in the camera (not on your computer).
- Examine the remaining capacity of the battery. If the battery still has less than 30 percent of its charge after being recharged, the battery has to be replaced.
- Adjust the ISO setting to 100.
- Adjust the exposure compensation to 0 and save the changes.
- Check to ensure that the metering mode on the camera is set to the matrix setting.
- Remove any dust or dirt from the body of the camera. If you’ve been shooting at the beach on a windy day, this is something that’s extremely crucial to keep in mind.
- Make sure the lenses you used are spotless.
- Put everything back inside the bag or case that you keep your camera in.
- Tutorial on how to build a tripod for your Nikon D780 camera.
Images may be taken with your Nikon D780 even when there is very little available light. Having said that, there are situations when the use of a tripod is an essential must. But what do you do if you forgot to bring one with you when you left the house? Without a tripod, you may steady your camera in a few different methods, including the following:
Put the camera in live view mode and position it so that it is near the edge of the table. If you are able to see the tabletop via the viewfinder or on the monitor that tilts, you should move the camera closer to the table.
Keep the camera perpendicular to the wall. Employ this method when you rotate the camera across a full 90 degrees (also known as portrait orientation).
Lean against a wall and extend your legs out in front of you just a little bit. This is what is referred to as the “human” While you are exhaling, give the button for the shutter release a light press.
To keep the camera stable, you might use a little beanbag. Put your camera down on the beanbag, and then move it about to get the right composition for the shot. You may pick up a beanbag from the camera shop in your neighborhood, then carry it about in your camera bag so you’ll have it on hand if you ever need it.
You may use a plastic bag with a resealable top that is filled with uncooked rice as an alternative to the bean bag (cooked rice is messy and will spoil). Position your camera so that it is resting on the bag, and then adjust it until you reach the required
Make advantage of the self-timer in addition to using any one of these strategies. This provides the opportunity for the camera to steady itself from any vibration that may have been caused when the shutter-release button was pressed.