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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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Landscape probably stops the lens down a bit more, for greater depth of field? And selects a more vivid color profile (uses the profile named Landscape). Get the free PDF D3300 "Reference Manual" from http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/products/21/D3300.html It is a much larger, much more complete manual than the smaller User Manual. The big mode ...


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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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Is there any documentation about exactly what these modes do? Nope. That's why more advanced photographers who want more control over exposure and processing tend to avoid scene modes and to shoot in RAW. Scene modes generally only affect JPEG images. While there will be documentation in the manual about what the mode was designed to do and how they ...


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Is there any documentation about exactly what these modes do? These "application-specific" modes are doing exactly what you would expect : Portrait : big aperture for shallow depth of field, use of the flash for fill-in if the scene is "dark" (desired effect : making the subject "pop out" the picture) Macro : use the shallowest depth of field possible ...


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Without knowing specifically what it does, it's difficult to know what it might actually be useful for. It's for landscapes. ("Landscapes" is somewhat vague. And who knows, maybe it's also suitable for tapestries or something?) The point of those modes is that they are good for a specific purpose. Asking what other situations this mode is also ...


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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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