D40 help, tips & tricks

July 2, 2010
Although the Nikon D40 has now been discontinued it continues to be one of the most popular and widely used entry level DSLR's.  There are many reasons the D40 is such a popular model and price is one of them, I picked mine up brand new for £225 and I was very lucky as even second hand now you will be lucky to find one under this price!  There any many other redeeming features to the camera such as its lightweight, compact body, user friendly controls and excellent image quality. Lets talk about settings on the camera, apart from the usual auto programmed settings the D40 has 4 other user controlled settings M, A, S & P.

M - Manual - lets you control almost all settings on the camera, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, Metering and many others, however the settings you cannot change are exposure & flash compensation, it does let you change these settings but they wont take effect on the actual image.  Shutter speed can be adjusted by turning the dial on the top right of the camera body, however in order to change your aperture in manual you must turn the settings dial to A (aperture priority) select the desired aperture using the dial and then back to M to adjust the shutter speed, you must do this every time you want to change your aperture.

A - Aperture priority - this is as M apart from shutter speed & aperture, this time you choose the aperture and the camera decides the shutter speed.  If I am taking fast paced sports I generally use this setting on the smallest aperture number around F4 (big hole) this gives a nice shallow depth of field and a fast shutter speed, if the light from the poor British weather isnt so good then I would probably use ISO400 insteat of my usual 200 also.

S - Shutter Priority - as M & A but this time you control the shutter speed rather than the aperture which the camera will decide for you.
 

An explanation of Aperture...

June 29, 2010
I recently attended a short college course where many of the people there had little photography experience whatsoever, it seemed one thing they had trouble fathoming was Aperture and after 15 weeks still didnt really understand it, so here goes my version.

Aperture is a hole through through which light travels the bigger the hole the more the light comes through the whole and vice versa.  Aperture is measured in F numbers or F stops and the Aperture opening is in your lens, if you look into t...
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Extra equipment & accessories for that extra creative flare!

June 25, 2010
Now that you have had you DSLR for a little while, you have explored some of the manual settings and your everywhere you look is a potential shot just waiting to happen, you may have been thinking about expanding your kit further than just your camera & lens.  Whether you have the cash to splash or you are on a budget there is plenty of reasonably priced new & used equipment that is worth a look.

Firstly we will look at filters, there is a lot of choice for the right effect from Macro to Neutr...
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Hmmm so many camera's, which do I choose?!

June 24, 2010
After many compact cameras you have finally decided you want to take better pictures, have more control over the cameras settings and take photography up as a hobby but there is just one problem, there are so many DSLR's to choose from you don't where to start. maybe this will help!

The most popular DSLR manufacturers at the moment seem to be Canon & Nikon, I have observed with many photographers your either Canon or your Nikon. However that said there are other manufacturers of DSLR's who wil...
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So you just got your first DSLR, what now?

June 22, 2010
Before I start, just so you know I am not a professional photographer or even an amateur expert, I am writing this blog from a beginners point of view, from the things I learnt and how I best remembered them.  I am just passing on a few things I think may be helpful.

So you had a few compacts and decided to upgrade to something where you will have a bit more control over the camera settings? Great!  If like me you have never even had a DSLR in your hands the first time you get the camera out o...
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