How To Use A Nikon D40x
How to use a Nikon D40x takes some technical know-how and an artistic/photographic eye. While some have this naturally, it can be taught and even the naturals can learn more about the technicalities of the Nikon D40x. The Nikon D40x is a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR), which means that its functions are much more advanced and professional than your regular point-and-shoot camera. With DSLR, you can control shutter speed, aperture, and other settings to make the most of your pictures.
To learn how to use a Nikon D40x, you will need:
- Nikon D40x camera
- How-to Manual (optional)
- Tripod (optional)
- Flash (optional)
- Camera bag
- Turn the camera on. The on/off switch is located on the top right hand side of the camera's body.
- Decide which setting to work with. The camera has many setting options including shutter speed (S), aperture (A), automatic, manual (M), and various pictorial settings that are set specifically for action shots, landscapes, macro, or portraits. Automatic is the setting to use if you don't want to handle the camera's functions and want it to automatically set them for you. This is similar to the setting on all point-and-shoot cameras. For more advanced features, shutter speed or aperture is a good place to start. Aperture controls how much light is let in to the camera's lens and also controls depth of field, or how sharp an image is in the foreground and background (the smaller the aperture number, the more light is let in, and the wider your depth of field).
- Consider the law of thirds. When taking pictures, you should always keep the law of thirds in mind for best composition. If your picture area was divided into a 3 by 3, or 3 by 4 grid, the main subject of your picture should always fall at the corner edges of the grid squares, rather than the center of the frame. If your picture has a horizon, place the horizon on the grid rather than floating in the middle of the frame. The rule of thirds helps to create more pleasing and dynamic photos.
- Take the picture. The button for picture taking is located near the on/off switch. Press this lightly to focus the image on your frame and press it all the way to take the shot.
Using the Nikon D40x will take some practice and a learning curve but it is a fun entry level DSLR that photo enthusiasts can handle. Try to play around with the different settings to get a feel for your Nikon D40x. Learning by trial and error is the best way to go. Even professional photographers take hundreds and thousands of pictures to get the perfect shot. The more pictures you take, the more likely you'll improve your law of thirds, photographic eye, and overall picture taking quality.