by the way in setting the timer for your camera here is what you are going to do...
-turn the camera on
-set the camera in recording
-press the Right Button beside the menu button (the incomplete circle)
-and then you will see that there will an icon showing in the left side part of the screen of the camera.
Selecting the self-timer 1. Rotate the MODE DIAL to select a RECORDING mode with the exception of VOICE RECORDING mode. 2. Press the SELF-TIMER button until the desired mode indicator displays on the LCD monitor. A 10 second, 2 second or double self-timer icon appears on the LCD monitor. In Movie Clip mode, only the 10-second self-timer will work.
•2SEC self-timer (icon of incomplete circle with 2S) : Pressing the shutter button will allow an interval of 2 seconds before the image is taken.
•10SEC self-timer (incomplete circle) : Pressing the shutter button will allow an interval of 10 seconds before the image is taken.
•Double self-timer (double incomplete circle) : A picture will be taken after about 10 seconds and 2 seconds later a second picture will be taken. When using the flash, the 2-second self-timer may be delayed for longer than 2 seconds depending on the flash charge time. 3. When you press the SHUTTER button, the picture will be taken after the specified time has elapsed.
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The first clock sets the self-timer for a ten-second delay, the second for a two-second delay. Select the one you want to set the self-timer. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button as usual.
Full details are in the "Self-Timer Photography" section of the manual (page 60 in my copy). If you need a manual you may download a copy here.
You can start with the online tutorial on Nikon's web site at
You might also visit your local library or bookstore and browse through the photography section. There are plenty of books on introductory photography, introductory DSLR photography, and other topics. The manual does a great job of explaining what each of the controls do, but doesn't do so great a job of explaining why you'd want to change these things. It's like the owner's manual for a car: you wouldn't want to learn how to drive just by reading it.
And most important: go out and take pictures! You're not paying for film and processing, so take a lot of pictures and look at them on your computer. Experiment, see what the different settings do.
Press left on the multiselector (marked with a one-handed clock). Use up/down to select ON from the menu and press OK. The self-timer will fire the shutter ten seconds after you press the shutter release button.
Hello, depending on the class he is taking you may find that a normal digital camera will suffice. Most camera classes and courses now use digital, unfortunately the old film cameras are becoming a thing of the past. If your son is a mad keen photographer then I would consider investing in his future and buy him a good quality digital SLR. I hope this is somewhat helpful.
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.