10 tips on getting the best out of your Nikon camera

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3. Fine tune your AF

Not all camera body and lens combinations get it quite right when it comes to autofocus. You may sometimes find focus to be a little behind or in front of the subject on which you focus, particularly when using wide apertures, where depth of field can be very shallow.

Fortunately, Nikon’s Fine-tune AF option can help. This is a feature that has been present on many recent enthusiast and professional bodies, and it works by applying a small bias of your choosing to a particular camera and lens combination in order to combat any inaccuracies.

The good thing about this feature is that it doesn’t physically change anything inside the lens itself, so it’s useful if you only find this to be an issue with one particular camera you use.

Once you’ve stored any adjustments for a particularly optic, your camera will also automatically recognise the lens whenever you mount it and will apply the correction without any further intervention. Of course, you may well not need to use this, but it’s useful to know it’s there if you do.

4. Change bit depth when shooting continuously

Nikon cameras are typically capable of capturing Raw files in 14bit and 12bit options. Most photographers will opt for the 14bit option when shooting scenes destined for post-processing, particularly scenes with a wide dynamic range at lower sensitivities, but it’s a good idea to knock this down to 12bit when shooting sports or other action.

The reason? Given that the 14bit option is handling more information, it should come as no surprise that files sizes are larger, and both burst rate and burst depth are often compromised. You may want to test this yourself to see what kind of difference the two options make.

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