Basic camera operations and settings: Nikon

  • March 8, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Location: 3rd floor, AADL Free Space Room

Hey, Shutterbugs! I’ve been asked to put on something like this a few times, so I thought I’d do a basic “get to know your camera” session for people who are new to digital photography.

This meetup will be aimed at new Nikon photographers. I know that there are more Canon users out there than Nikon people (plus Pentax, Sony, Fuji, etc.). We hope to put on a similar meetup for Canon new camera users sometime later this year.

[My digital cameras are all Nikons (not counting a film Minolta and a Holga)—I know their menus the best, the difference between the sensors, camera features in different models, which ones work with a special infrared remote, etc. ]

Attendees to this meetup will bring their:

• Nikon camera

• camera manual (so we can refer to it to understand your camera’s specific features, menus, etc.—it should be in the box your camera came in).

We will cover some of the basic topics listed below for an hour or two.

Then we’ll hit the mean streets of Ann Arbor to do a quick photo walk down Liberty Street toward State St.

General outline for this meetup:

Basic Camera Operation:  Fundamental principles behind photography and how the camera works.

Basic DSLR camera operation: an overview of camera controls

Use of your camera's exposure meter and using your camera’s histogram.

Key concepts needed to understand exposure, depth of field and basic composition. 

We will talk about accessories, other camera equipment: tripods, wireless remote shutter releases, etc.

We will not cover the Creative Lighting System in this session.

We will not cover other cameras (Canon, Sony, Pentax, etc.) in this basic “get to know you” session for new or beginning digital photographers.

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  • Mary K.

    I enjoyed the meetup, very informative.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Mary K.

    Thanks Frank for all the camera tips, the meetup was very informative.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Susan Voisin T.

    I apologize but I will not attend today. I have an appliance emergency this morning that I now need to take care of. Maybe someone on the wait list can take my spot?

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Frank K.

      Sorry to hear about your emergency, Susan. Thank you for opening-up your spot. I don't know how this meetup will go, but I may hold another, similar meetup for "beginners and their new cameras" soon. Stay tuned....

      2 · March 8, 2014

  • Peggy P.

    If there is time, I'd love to know how to over-ride the automatic features and use it like an SLR occasionally. For example: set lens to 52 mm, focus, and then make Fstop, shutter speed decisions.

    March 7, 2014

    • Frank K.

      The review I read says that your coolpix likes to do most things in different Auto modes. Bring your manual so we can see if your camera will allow you to control some things (probably not focus) manually. http://reviews.cnet.c...­

      March 7, 2014

  • Mary K.

    Great, glad I could get in!

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Paul L.

    Really looking forward to this. Good timing for me.

    March 6, 2014

  • Frank K.

    We're meeting on the 3rd floor: AADL Free Space Room

    March 6, 2014

  • Susan Voisin T.

    I'm so excited that I got in :) Looking forward to it. Will we meet in the lobby of the library?

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Frank K.

      Bring your camera, manual, and something to write on :) Let's meet in the 3rd floor at the AADL Free Space Room. I'll post this to the event description too.

      March 6, 2014

  • Frank K.

    We're full with a waitlist of two so far-- this is great news! For folks who RSVP'd "Yes," please be sure to attend on Sat. or change your status to "No" if you can't make it so I can open your spot for someone on the waitlist. Thanks!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Paul L.

    Just got a D610. My D200 gave up the ghost. So I am looking forward to this session.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Frank K.

    Be sure to charge up your camera battery the day before and don't forget to bring your camera manual. I'll see everyone on Saturday! It should be fun :)

    March 4, 2014

  • Aimee M.

    looking forward to this!

    1 · March 2, 2014

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