An enchanting portrait against a softly defocused background, or a radiant couple surrounded by sparkling lights. Taking photos like these is easy with D3100's Guide Mode - in-camera guidance that shows you step-by-step how to change camera settings. Just select a Guide Mode setting that matches the scene then let Guide Mode assist. Not only will you obtain the desired results, you'll understand how you achieved them. Guide Mode even displays sample photos so you'll know what to expect from each setting.
·Using Guide Mode
To use Guide Mode, first set the mode dial on top of the camera to GUIDE. Then select "Shoot" from the menu and choose a setting. This simple procedure helps you adjust the camera according to shooting situation and subject. Guide Mode even displays detailed explanations and samples of the kinds of photos to expect at each setting when "Advanced operation" mode is selected. When "View/delete" is selected, image playback and deletion are possible. When "Set up" is selected, you can easily adjust items such as image quality, image size and info background color.
·Three ways to shoot
Guide Mode gives you the choice of shooting through "Use the viewfinder", "Use live view" or "Shoot movies".
·18 Guide Mode shooting options
Under Guide Mode's "Shoot" category are 18 options that cover commonly encountered shooting situations
Easy Operation·Auto·Close-ups·Landscapes·No flash·Sleeping faces·Portraits·Distant subjects·Moving subjects·Night portraitAdvanced operation·Soften backgrounds·Freeze motion
(people)·Show water flowing·Bring more into focus·Freeze motion
(vehicles)Use a timer/quiet shutter·Single frame·Continuous·10-second self-timer·Quiet shutter release
Once you have determined your subject, just set the mode dial to match the scene in order to obtain beautiful photos. The mode dial has six scene modes.
Six Scene Modes:
Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, and Night portrait
- D3100 automatically selects the Scene Mode that matches the shooting situation and subject. During Live View shooting with the Mode dial on Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector* automatically activates Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait modes depending on the scene. For added convenience, an icon appears in the top-left corner of the LCD monitor that shows the selected mode.
- When viewing menu items and you don't understand a function, just press the help button. A description of the currently selected item will be displayed while the button is pressed. Release the button and the previous screen appears. A truly handy function that makes it easy for even first-time D-SLR users to operate D3100.
- D3100 gives you a choice of two formats - classic and graphic - for the info display. Graphic format includes both a numerical and descriptive illustration of shutter speed and aperture settings, making these concepts easier to grasp. Both formats display the current Scene Mode using easy-to-understand icons that change as the mode dial is rotated, letting you concentrate on the composition. Three background color variations are available for each format. In addition, the orientation of the info display automatically changes horizontally or vertically to match that of the camera.