New D5100 owner-Suggest me some preferred newbie settings

Started Jun 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Marc Trotter Regular Member • Posts: 257
New D5100 owner-Suggest me some preferred newbie settings

Hi all,

This is my first DSLR, and I am having a hard time figuring out some preferred general settings. I have shot some jpeg pics in the Auto mode, but I am not impressed with the exposure or clarity of them. My only lens now is the 18-105 zoom.

I think I would like to use the A or P setting on the dial, but I am having a hard time seeing what the resulting iso will be. Also, with regard to focus and metering, I tried to select center focus and center weighted metering, but those settings seem to change with which mode I select.

Any tips on a good setup to start getting decent pics will be much appreciated.

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Nikon D5100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Samsung Galaxy S4
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