All the D5100 settings and functions for taking pictures on one page. One press with the index finger = one photo: No, it's not that simple anymore. Read here about the different ways to play with what the shutter release button can do.
Let's start simple: Normally, the camera should take exactly one picture immediately after the shutter release button is pressed. This is still the case if none of the other settings described below is active.
What | The release mode of the D5100 has the following options:
You can change the delay time in the custom settings menuand set the D5100 to take several photos in a row.
Note: If you do not take a photo during the time set in the custom settings menu
Where | Head for thein the shooting information.
For the the self-timer there is a shortcut: in Nikon's presets you can access it immediately by pressing the function button labeled
Tip | I always leave set for continuous shooting. You get used quickly to pressing the shutter button only briefly to avoid unwanted pictures, and you can take several shots immediately if necessary. Especially if there is a risk of blurring due to longer exposure times, the finger just stays down a little longer and I later keep only the sharpest of several pictures.
What | For the self-timer you can set_
Where | In the custom settings menu.
You can set a sound signal that will be heard
The place to do it is in the custom settings menu. It can only be switched on and off for both the self-timer and autofocus together.
What | Exposure delay mode is also called mirror lock-up. It means that the camera waits a little after the mirror is raised before taking the photo. This allows minimal camera vibrations to subside that come from the movement of the mirror and cause slight blurring in the picture. If you want to get the best possible sharpness out of your photos, activate this setting when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
Where | The mirror lock-up can be switched on&off in the custom settings menu.
What | Focus priority means that the D5100 only shoots when the autofocus can focus accurately. Otherwise it will continue to take time for focussing even when you hold the shutter button fully pressed down and the D5100 will release with a delay.
Shutter priority means that the camera shoots in any case when you press the shutter button. Even if the autofocus has not (yet) been able to focus perfectly.
Where | In the custom settings menu
What | HDR means combining several differently exposed shots into one. Overexposed or underexposed parts of one shot can be replaced by correctly exposed parts of another.
As a result, your photo can show a higher dynamic range of subject brightness than it is possible with only one exposure.
Where | HDR is switched on & off in the shooting menu. Then, the next time you press the shutter button, the D5100 will take two images to do the HDR trick.
Theand to options determine how much exposure difference there is between the two shots. The two shots are taken so quickly one after the other that it is practically unnoticeable. The D5100 only saves the calculated HDR photo, not the individual shots. For another HDR shot you have to switch the function on again.
Tips | HDR works really well. With very high brightness contrasts, such as backlighting, it can visibly improve your images. However, the or settings tend to do too much and produce an artificial, unnatural look.
Make sure to hold the camera steady when releasing the shutter! Otherwise, the final image may look blurred because the two underlying frames are too different.
If you use HDR frequently, you can assign this function to the function key in the custom setting menu
Use HDR only with the preset matrix metering.
What | The D5100 can be programmed like a timer to take photos automatically at regular intervals. You can choose
The D5100 refocuses before each shutter release.
Interval shooting allows nice series of shots if the camera is mounted on a tripod and keeps the same frame.
Where | All this happens in the shooting menu Interval timer shooting .
Don't forget to activate the function at the end by selecting On , otherwise nothing will happen!
The recordings will then start immediately or at the set start time without you pressing the shutter button.
You can cancel a running interval shot in this menu, by switching the camera off and on, or by turning the camera mode dial.
Tips | When the D5100 is left to its own devices, it is a good idea to cover the viewfinder so that no ambient light interferes with the exposure metering.
And: When shooting long series, be careful that the battery does not run out in between! It is best to recharge it beforehand and, as a precaution, switch off the playback menu Image review during long series.
What | Multiple exposure means that the D5200 overlays several individual shots to form one image.
In the end, the D5200 saves the overlay of all shots as one image − the individual shots are not retained.
Where & How | It starts in the shooting menu
You need to explicitly confirm the settings in the ready line, otherwise they will not take effect.
The D5200 will then show two overlapping rectangles on the LCD display and in the shooting information as a symbol for multiple exposure. They disappear when you have pressed the shutter button often enough.
For the next multiple exposure, you have to visit the menu again and switch it on again.
Tip | You can achieve great creative and artistic effects with multiple exposures, the possibilities are endless. It is worth experimenting with them.
What | Bracketing means taking a series of shots in which one setting is varied − typically the exposure.
Where & How | It starts with the selection of in the shooting information. If you set anything else than here, the D5100 will shoot bracketing until you turn it off.
For the preset bracketing with exposure change, it means that you always have to release three times. Otherwise, the still active bracketing function will unintentionally change the exposure of the next shot.
In the custom settings menu you can choose to change the white balance or Active D-Lighting instead of exposure. For them the shutter has to be released only once.
Recommendation: I never use this function because of its not very intuitive operation and the fact that it is limited to three exposures in a row. If you do want to create a series of shots, it is better to change the exposure or whatever individually from shot to shot.