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Every camera manufacturer strives to ensure that your initial encounter with the camera is a happy one. To that end, the camera's default settings make it as easy as possible to take a good picture the first time you press the shutter button. On the D600, the default settings let you take a picture the same way you do with an automatic, point-and-shoot camera: Compose the shot, press the shutter button halfway to focus, and then press the button the rest of the way to record the image.
Although the default settings produce a nice picture in many cases, they represent a one-size-fits-all approach that's not optimal for every shooting situation. You may be able to use the defaults to take a decent portrait, for example, but probably need to tweak a few settings to capture action. Adjusting a few options can help turn that decent portrait into a stunning one, too.
So that you can start fine-tuning camera settings to your subject, this ...