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Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:25:01 PM »
Got my Nikon D40 this afternoon and now I have brain frazzle trying to learn it. It came with the Dummies book, which I needed, so have been reading it while playing with the camera too but who else has this camera that can advise? Ok I know it is old now but never having had a DSLR before it will do me to learn on.
It came with the 18-55mm lens and the 55-200 lens and a 0.45 macro lens.
All help gratefully accepted.
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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2014, 08:47:06 PM »
Though I dont know nikon I know dslr's. Start experimenting with depth of field. Av on canon is aperture value. Aperture is how wide the iris is. Google aperture and practice with a still life prop. I been doing this today myself with asparagus spears
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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2014, 08:48:44 PM »
Oops forgot to say....aperture effects how much of the image is in focus
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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2014, 08:52:44 PM »
I use Nikon (they're great) but never used a D40. Anything in particular you need help with as I'm sure someone here can help.  ;)
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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 09:05:36 PM »
Just put it in P(program) mode and go out and take some shots. It's the quickest way to learn. Whilst looking through the viewfinder, half press the shutter button and see what the camera chooses for shutter speed, F number(Aperture) and ISO(Sensitivity). When you have taken the shot check the Histogram on the back screen. This is a quick way to check if the image is too dark or the highlights have been blown.  :tup:

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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 10:03:39 PM »
Thanks, will experiment tomorrow and see what happens.
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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2014, 02:35:38 PM »
Have fun, it's so exciting getting a new camera and discovering what you can do together :)

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Re: Nikon D40, newbie with brain frazzle
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 04:46:28 PM »
Just put it in P(program) mode and go out and take some shots. It's the quickest way to learn. Whilst looking through the viewfinder, half press the shutter button and see what the camera chooses for shutter speed, F number(Aperture) and ISO(Sensitivity). When you have taken the shot check the Histogram on the back screen. This is a quick way to check if the image is too dark or the highlights have been blown.  :tup:

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take some pics - you can look at the various settings when you import them to your computer and work out what would have worked better or not.
You can post them on here and other forums and ask for advice.
As some one makes a suggestion you don't understand - you will learn when you get the term explained  :tup:
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