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10 camera settings you need to learn to master your Nikon (and 10 you can manage without)

10 camera settings you need to learn to master your Nikon (and 10 you can manage without)
Confused by the options on your Nikon camera? The experts at the Nikon magazine N-Photo explain which camera settings you really need to get to grips with, and which you can manage without… The vast array of buttons, menus and other features available on even the most affordable Nikon DSLR can sometimes seem pretty daunting, especially if you’re just starting out. Understanding which features are worth exploring, and which are best left alone, is fundamental to getting the most from your camera. So, we’ve come up with the 10 most important camera setting that you need to get to grips with to use your Nikon to its full potential. We’ve broken these down into five sections, where you’ll find out how to use the different focusing, exposure and other modes to help you really take control of your camera. There are also suggestions for other features to try once you’ve mastered the essentials, to enable you to take your photography to the next level. Essential Nikon camera settings: 01 Focus lock

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