For many, myself included, the road to digital SLR is paved with point and shoot cameras. These default to auto everything; aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance are all set by the camera.
The default for SLRs is the opposite; the photographer sets everything. I soon found that the photographer also needs to reset everything. The one that frequently catches me out is white balance.
The D300 has many menu options but also a neat feature called “My Menu”. This menu is made up of other menu options that the photographer uses often. My menu includes:
- Set Picture Control – which would normally be set to Standard
- White balance – usually Auto
- Non-CPU lens data – ’cause I still use AIS lenses
- Flash cntrl for built-in flash – I can never remember where it is otherwise
- Dynamic AF area – sometimes useful