Hey, I am new to this I purchase a Nikon F80 camera, and am currently taking photography classes to learn about it. One of my homework assignments is to figure out how to us my camera on manual exposure mode, without the flash. I have read my manual 10 times over, and can not figure it out? Can anyone help me!!! =)
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Re: Manual Exposure mode Nikon F80
1) turn the mode switch/knob on the left of the camera to M ( manual mode )
2) turn your lens to the highest f-stop ( 22 or 16 depending on your lens )
3) in front of shutter release button you have control for your aperture : turn until the desired aperture is displayed ( view finder or the LCD monitor on the top )
4) your shutter speed setting is controlled with your thumb with the control situated next to the strap lug on the right hand side of the camera.
5) press shutter release half way and look through viewfinder and see light meter reading and adjust either shutter speeds or the aperture as explained being guided by the l.meter.
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If you are using the "Auto" or "Auto Exposure" feature of the camera, then the camera's internal sensors need to be looked at by a professional repair shop.
If you are adjusting the settings yourself, my suggestion is to use an exposure mode of ISO 200 to ISO 800, keeping in mind the lower the ISO number, the more light you will need in the background, the higher the ISO the less light you will need.
You can take a learning class online or purchase a book about techniques of photography.
Yes. Of course, the lens isn't an autofocus lens so you'll have to focus manually. Also, the lens does not have the electronics to communicate with the camera, so you'll have to shoot in the manual exposure mode without any assistance from the camera's exposure meter. You can review photos and use the histogram to fine-tune the exposure.
You're probably going to want to use a tripod to hold the camera steady. The lens is long enough, magnifying even the slightest camera movement, and heavy enough that it's almost impossible to hand hold.
The Rokinon lens does not have the electronics to communicate with the camera. You must set the camera to the Manual exposure mode in order to use this lens. You control the shutter speed on the camera and the aperture by turning the ring on the lens. You also will not be able to use the camera's exposure meter; you can use the LCD display and the histogram to fine-tune the exposure.
Refer to the manual for full details on using the Manual exposure mode.
No. You only need to do that when using any exposure modes where the camera needs to take full control of the aperture setting for you (basically everything except full manual metering and aperture priority metering). The idea is that by setting the lens to the minimum f-number (aperture) the camera can then automatically set the actual aperture required by the exposure meter and exposure program to anything between maximum aperture (lowest f-number) and the f22 set on the lens.
Aperture settings are independent of autofocus on all SLR cameras. If you're new to SLR photography then I highly recommend the latest (2009) edition of John Hedgecoe's New Manual of Photography. The link is just to show you the book and not an endorsement of the featured supplier; I'm sure that you'll want to make your own buying choices.
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Try switching it to Program and using the thumb wheel to adjust exposure. If you're shooting into the sun it can throw off your exposure of the subject in the foreground. Download your manual from Nikon and study it. Good photography involves a lot of learning.
Actually that's perfectly normal operation. They turned out soft or a
little blurry because the shutter speed was too slow for you to
handhold, the aperture was wide open, or you moved the focus after
focus was obtained. In auto mode, there are very few things you can
set, so there isn't any setting it back to normal. You could try using
a flash. But it probably boils down to proper holding technique and
You could benefit by taking a basic class on photography. Learn how to
use your camera in the Manual mode and you'll be able to exactly figure
out why your pictures in auto mode didn't come out looking as sharp as
you thought they should. If you don't have time for or can't afford a
basic class, your manual is a good place to start.
I'm the same of you, only I went for the D40. One general photography book that seems to be recommended by a lot of people is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (ISBN13: 978-0817463007 or ISBN10: 0817463003) I've just bought a copy, so will comment with my own opinions later if you want :)
Can't really comment on D70-specific books I'm afraid.
You need to read up or get lessons to learn manual photography. Search 'free beginners photography lessons' on Google and try to find a website which you like, as there are many with lot of great content.
Essentially, you would need to learn and practice one manual feature at a time and slowly add more as you get comfortable with the earlier ones.
Some of the main manual features are aperture, shutter speed, focus and metering. Start where you are comfortable.