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Mastering the Nikon D5000 by Darrell Young

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Six External Scene Modes Found on the Mode Dial

The camera offers the six most-used SCENE modes right on the mode dial. There are an additional 13 scene modes found by setting the mode dial to SCENE and then selecting a scene mode on the information screen or under the Shooting Menu. We’ll look at the extra scene modes in the next section. For now, let’s look at the most-used modes found on the external mode dial.

Portrait Scene Mode

Portrait Scene mode is best used when you are taking pictures of people or static subjects. The icon looks like a lady wearing a fancy hat (see Figure 3-16). The camera tends to emphasize shallow depth of field (large apertures) so that only your subject is in sharp focus. That is a more flattering way to focus attention ...

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