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In most cameras the scene modes automatically set the file type to JPEG and apply different processing settings to those files (Landscape mode often boosts greens and blues, sunset mode boosts reds, for example). They also prioritise aperture and/or shutter speed appropriately. However, this comes at the cost of creative freedom - the camera is making all ...


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The question What's "real" and what's "virtual" on a (digital) camera? has several answers which list the things which are "real" — that is, the things which affect the capture of the RAW image. To crib from the top answers, these things are: ISO Aperture Shutter Speed Focus with some more technical things like image ...


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The manual describes child mode like this: Use for snapshots of children. Clothing and background details are vividly rendered, while skin tones remain soft and natural. So, while it probably affects the exposure program as well, from Nikon's own words the main concern seems to be with color rendering. Whatever effect this might have have on ...


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I have Nikon D3100 and this camera seems to always choose reducing shutter speed over increasing ISO in automatic modes. That is why I would manually set the ISO to what is appropriate in the available light and then shoot in shutter speed priority mode.


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The scene modes are simply collections of settings to make 'auto mode' work in a way suited to particular subjects (e.g. the 'portrait' mode will prefer large apertures, the 'landscape' mode will prefer small apertures - to give a simple example). If you're comfortable setting aperture / shutter speed / ISO yourself (and know what to use for different ...


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Two of those scene modes combine photo bursts in-camera for greater dynamic range, noise reduction, or (in other cameras) zoom range, shallow depth of field, etc. Although you can post-process your own bracketed or burst of photos, the camera might make you trade off pixel depth (in RAW mode) vs. burst speed (in JPEG mode), and you'll need image stacking ...


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I know with the D90, you cannot adjust white balance, change the metering mode, or use exposure compensation while using scene modes. You must use P, M, A or S modes to access these. I can only assume the Coolpix would be similar. Those scene modes are programmed for the camera to make all the decisions for you.


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In addition to the good advice above, I would also suggest you use the flash, but turn flash compensation down ( start with minus 1.3 ). Should kick in some extra light without washing everything out. I think that's going to be a better option than 1/20th or ISO 800+ with moving children. Or get an SB-400 and bounce off the ceiling (or purchase a ...



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