September 18, 2008
The big confusion for a lot of people is that you have: Shooting Menu Bank and Custom Setting Bank. So what is the big deal about this? Well, the Shooting menu bank is like film presets and the Custom Setting Bank are different camera configurations. The shooting bank and the custom bank can be mixed, so you have a total of 16 possible combinations of the banks. Once you get the hang of using the banks you will see that it is a great feature and it can save you a lot of time if you have them set-up right.
Unleashing the power of your Nikon Dslr
I know a lot of people that use the stock setting provided by Nikon on their cameras, are thinking Nikon knows what the best settings are, why should I start changing them. Well for one, leaving all the factory set settings, you don't always know what you are going to get. The camera does too much of the thinking. It will work ok in a lot scenarios but not in all.
The power of the different banks on your Dslr is that instead of having to go through all of the custom settings each and every time you are going to shoot a different type of picture, you can set up your own specific settings for different types of photography.
Example: If you are shooting pictures that are going on the web, you might want to shoot them in sRGB, as this is what most people have their monitors set to. If you are shooting landscape pictures that are going to be printed, you would select the RGB color space.
Shooting Menu Bank
As briefly mentioned in the beginning we can think of the Shooting Menu Bank as different film presets.In the shooting menu bank you can set how the camera will treat color, sharpness, image quality and so on. If you already set a bunch of custom settings on your camera, and are afraid of messing them all up by playing with the banks don't worry. If you have capture 4 or Nikon Camera Control Pro, you can export the custom settings, if you don't have access to a program that can export the settings, don't worry either. By naming the banks something useful you should be able to avoid any mistakes. So as long as you select another bank then your precious custom settings will be fine. One feature I wish Nikon would include is a setting to Lock the banks.
The only settings in the Shooting Menu Bank that will be the same no matter what bank you select is: interval timer and multiple exposure settings.
Custom Settings Bank
The Custom settings bank is the heart of your Dslr, here you can control anything from auto-focus to customizing the different buttons on the camera. The settings are personal and you should try the different settings and see which you like for the type of shooting you are intended to do. In the manual for your camera there will be a full description of what each setting can do.
I hope this small article have helped you see what can be unleashed by playing with the custom banks. Have any questions, or suggestions ? Drop me an e-mail, just click on my name at the bottom of the page.
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