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Nikon D600 For Dummies by Julie Adair King

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Choosing Basic Picture Settings

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In This Chapter

  • Setting the image area (FX or DX)
  • Spinning the Mode dial
  • Changing the shutter-release mode
  • Choosing the right Image Size (resolution) setting
  • Understanding the Image Quality setting: JPEG or Raw (NEF)?

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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.

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So that you can start fine-tuning camera settings to your subject, this ...

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