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Setting up your Nikon D7100

Here are two excellent tutorials by PhotographersOnUTube, that will help you navigate the Nikon’s D7100 mainly to get your settings straight for still photo. Please check them out and read below the basic settings we will be using in class and for assignments.

Part 1:

Part 2:


1- Creating a “Photo” folder in your JDRIVE. You will download all your production into that folder. You can subdivide by “Drills” and by “Assignments” numbering the internal folders (1, 2, 3 etc.)

2- Inserting SD card. By systematic. Use “slot 1” for photos and “slot 2” for overflow.

3- Set the camera for Auto Focus (unless you are confident on your focusing skills). The switch is on the left side of the camera’s body.

-On that switch there’s a button which allows you to change the type of AF. In the viewer you will have three positions AF-A (which chooses the focus automatically); AF-S (which allows you to choose the focus); and AF-C (which is normally used for targets in movement). You should start with AF-S. You change this by pressing on the button and moving the front dial (under the top viewer of camera).

4- Sub Dial: S = Single shot ; CL = Continuous Low; CH = Continuous High; Q = Quiet. Set it up for CL.

MENU / You operate it with the wheel cursor to the right of the back screen.



Focus point: it will mark with a red point where the camera focus is.

Highlights: It will show you whether the photo is overexposed or not.


Role played by card in slot 2 = “Raw 1 / JPEG 2”

Image quality= RAW

White balance= AUTO

Set Picture control= Standard

Active D-Lighting= Auto.

Movie settings=

Frame size/rate =1920/1080 30p

Movie quality= high

Microphone= Auto (check the audio before recording video)

Destination= Slot 2

ISO= The button left of the display. You change it by pressing it and moving the dial at the top right of the body (lower ISO = lower light sensitivity / Higher ISO = higher light sensitivity)


FORMAT MEMORY CARD in case you need a clean card. Remember to download all the info you have in the SD card before formatting.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION. You can add it here, or later in production using Adobe Bridge.