New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography Discussion of all things graphics.

D40 newbie help.


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
I've just managed to get a nice new Nikkon D40 and have read some online help and hints and I've managed to get a reasonable 'P' setting which gives nice pictures.
I've even managed to work out the fancy flash settings.

But I just can't get decent action pictures.

Nothing particularly fancy but my parents have gotten a new kitten so I've got the perfect subject to practice on.

This is one of the best results I'd had.



can anyone offer any helpful hints or even a decent setup.

I've tried Shutter priority mode but it just says subject too dark.????

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
Basil's quite a pretty little cat...



First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
Strukt

 
Strukt's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 14, 2008
Location: Norway
Posts: 365
Strukt will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: rMBP 15" / 2.6GHz / 16GB / 512GB

Strukt is offline
Well you need fast shutterspeed to get action pictures i presume. Have you tried the action preset on the camera itself (the one that looks like a man running) ? I have the exact same model of camera but havent experimented with action shots that much really.

My Blog: Apple Laptops
QUOTE Thanks
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
I haven't.

That did strike me as I was typing in the first thread but the blasted cats asleep now lol.

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
AConfire

 
AConfire's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 18, 2008
Location: California
Posts: 146
AConfire will become famous soon enough

AConfire is offline
The reason that your images are coming out dark in Shutter Priority mode is because you are choosing a fast exposure time which doesn't allow sufficient light to enter the sensor to create well balanced exposures.

Continue shooting in P mode, and when your shutter speed is less than 1/50, you will either need a tripod, or open the flash so that you can catch action shots, and eliminate camera blur.

I recommend checking out books on photographic techniques, and/or searching on Google for the Basics of Photography so you can learn the technical aspects of photography.

Best of luck,
-AC



View my photography blog Here!
QUOTE Thanks
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
OK.
Thanks.

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
Jester7677

 
Member Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posts: 13
Jester7677 is on a distinguished road

Jester7677 is offline
Did you get the SB-400 flash?

If so use that with your P setting and you can also tilt the flash upward while using.

You can also use the S setting but you'll notice that while the closest of things are visible, the backround is or goes to black.

In addition to this put the camera in continuous shot mode, so that when you press and take the shot, if you hold the button down, it'll take 2.5+ shots per second. Another good thing to do.

Play, you'll get the shot and your not wasting film! I cannot say enough about www.kenrockwell.com for that camera. I have one as well.
QUOTE Thanks
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
Kenrockwell.com is where i got my P setting from

I am using the multi shot mode. you never know whats gonna happen.

I didn't get the flash with it. Just the camera. I'm looking around for a flash but they're pretty expensive. I have been thinking about a macroflash but that won't help for bigger pictures..

It's a great camera. I'm not getting frustrated with it because I know it's me thats at fault not the camera.

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
Jester7677

 
Member Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posts: 13
Jester7677 is on a distinguished road

Jester7677 is offline
How much is the SB-400?

I have it (bought as part of a package) and I think it's awesome. The built in one is ok, but you cannot deflect and I hat washed out subjects. Yeah I know that's what photo editing is for...
QUOTE Thanks
Village Idiot

 
Village Idiot's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 04, 2007
Location: Durtburg, WV
Posts: 2,641
Village Idiot is a glorious beacon of lightVillage Idiot is a glorious beacon of lightVillage Idiot is a glorious beacon of lightVillage Idiot is a glorious beacon of lightVillage Idiot is a glorious beacon of lightVillage Idiot is a glorious beacon of light
Mac Specs: Sooper Fast!

Village Idiot is offline
Put the camera on Aperture Priority mode, Turn your ISO up to 400-600 and shoot with the Aperture at the smallest number possible. You can look up how to do all of this in your manual.

Chaotic Evil, Level 1 IT-Tech

Slough Roast Blog
Capitol Sound Blog
QUOTE Thanks
J_K

 
J_K's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2008
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 176
J_K will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Mhz, added superdrive and 320gb HD

J_K is offline
ah.
OK.
Thanks.


Now wheres the cat...

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
QUOTE Thanks
alcasgrij

 
alcasgrij's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 33
alcasgrij is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: "MacBook 1.8GHZ Core Duo, 1.25 GB RAM, 120 GB HD". / "G4 1.2 GHZ, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD"

alcasgrij is offline
Its a beautiful camera I have the exact same model, the option with the man running is really good and it helps. Also check out this video it helped me a lot when I started with the action pictures:

**Click Here**

Hope this one helps.

Who me???
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Help Image mapping please | cd backgrounds »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Newbie!! Kolusion Switcher Hangout 2 02-05-2008 04:49 PM
Data Transfer (Newbie Question!) kitjv Internet, Networking, and Wireless 2 10-28-2007 12:25 AM
Powerbook 550MHz (newbie, need advice) NeTbLaST Apple Notebooks 6 01-31-2006 02:23 PM
Newbie with a 17" iMac Fahrvergnugen OS X - Operating System 3 01-07-2004 03:03 AM
Newbie Questions Jon Switcher Hangout 3 07-14-2003 09:38 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?