The Nikon D40x is a powerful DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) that is perfect for entry into the world of DSLR cameras. It’s loaded with features but simplified enough for anyone to pick up and begin taking pictures with. There are many guides that can walk you through the basics of this camera, and a whole slew of tips and tricks that will make your experience with it and the resulting photos very enjoyable.
Trial & Error
The best way to get to know the workings of a digital camera is by using it! The Nikon D40x includes a basic user manual and quick start guide, and you can look through these to get a general idea of basic camera operations. From there, start taking photographs. Find some subjects, such as your children, your family members, your pets or even outdoor landscapes, and start taking shots. Try out the various modes your camera offers, and test out the flash. Navigate to the Settings menu and play around with exposure compensation and image optimization settings.
Once you have taken a few dozen shots, go back and review what you have captured. If there are a few photographs that strike you as being really great, try and replicate the settings you used for future shots.
Use Suggested Settings
The Nikon D40x offers multiple camera modes. The auto mode serves quite well in most lighting conditions, but if you would like to compensate for certain types of lighting or subjects, then you’ll appreciate the other modes offered. Nikon D40x settings include auto, portrait, landscape, child (action), sports, macro and night. These individual modes adjust photo settings to compensate for lighting conditions and the type of photo being taken. The child mode, for example, takes into consideration that children are usually on the move. As a result, the shutter speed is fast.
Take Control With Manual Settings
In addition to the convenient auto settings outlined above, the Nikon D40x also offers manual settings: P, S, A and M. P is the Program mode, in which the camera selects the appropriate f/stop and shutter speed. S mode allows you to select the shutter speed, while the camera adjusts the aperture accordingly. A is the aperture mode, in which you select the aperture and the camera adjusts the shutter speed. And finally there is the M mode, the manual exposure mode. In this mode you set everything.
Find an Online User’s Guide
There are many amateur and expert photographers that are more than happy to take the time to put together guides on how to use a particular model of digital camera. For the Nikon D40x, there are many online guides, including Ken Rockwell’s “Nikon D40 User’s Guide”. You can view it at kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/users-guide
Buy a Few Books
If you want to read up on your Nikon D40x as you’re on the road or outdoors with it, then take along a few books with you. Many books on using the Nikon D40x and similar Nikon digital cameras have been published, and you’ll find that they not only answer common questions, but provide you with nitty gritty details and special tips and tricks that are not widely publicized. Many of these books also outline specific situations and provide examples of what modes to use, which can make it easy to follow along and learn as you go.