Nikon D7000 Essentials

After you familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the D7000 and all the various dials, switches, and buttons, you are ready to navigate to and adjust the settings that allow you to control and fine-tune the way you capture images with your camera. In this chapter, I cover some of the most commonly changed settings of the camera, such as exposure modes, metering, autofocus (AF) settings, white balance, and ISO. All these settings combined create your image, and you can tweak and adjust them to reflect your artistic vision or to simply ensure you create the best-possible images in complex scenes.


Knowing which modes and features to use in any given situation allows you to get a good exposure, no matter what.

Exposure Modes

Exposure modes dictate how the camera chooses the aperture and shutter speed as well as the metering mode. Metering modes control how the camera gathers the lighting information so that the camera can choose the appropriate settings based on the exposure mode. The four main exposure modes are Programmed Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S), and Manual (M). They are all you need to achieve the correct exposure, but for simplicity and ease of use Nikon also offers scene modes. In these modes, the camera chooses the correct settings for different situations. The modes designate everything from AF modes to Picture ...

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