In this article, I will explain some of the menu settings and options that I use with my D90. To me, these below settings are the most useful settings in everyday shooting.
Picture Control: When I got my camera, the first thing that I did was to take a series of shots with the different picture controls available with the camera. In the end, I was able to narrow my choice to 2 of them; Vivid and Portrait – Portrait for people photographs and Vivid for everything else.
I was still not quite happy with the sharpening and saturation with those modes, so I decided to create 2 custom picture controls.
1. Vivid +2 Saturation/+2 Sharpening
2. Portrait +1 Saturation/+2 Sharpening.
So I use, the new custom Portrait control for people photography and the new custom Vivid control for everything else. I don’t know about you, but this works for me – what’s good for me may not be good for you. See what works for you.
Active D-Lighting: Auto. I still have questions on this, but I decided to let the camera figure this out.
Image review: OFF. If I have to review, I will use the play button to display the image. Auto preview is too annoying and a waste of time for me.
Assign AE-L/AF-L button: AE lock (hold). I can lock the focus by half pressing the shooting button, so I choose to set this button for auto exposure lock.
FUNC Button: In non-flash shooting, I use the function button to switch between auto focus area (AF- area) modes. When I am using the flash, I use this as the FV lock.
Exposure delay mode: By default, the exposure delay mode is OFF. I turn this to ON, when I shoot with a tripod to further reduce the camera shake.
This concludes the series on D90. If you have more questions with your D90, please let me know; I will share what I know.
If you have a particular setting that you use with your D90 or other DSLR, please don’t hesitate to share it with me and the readers.