In conjunction with my camera guide for the new Nikon D810, Nikon D810 Experience, I have created a Nikon D810 Setup Guide – a comprehensive spreadsheet (cheat sheet!) with recommended settings for the applicable Menus, all of the Custom Settings, plus some shooting and exposure settings. It has complete and separate camera setup recommendations for different types of shooting, including:
General / Travel / Street
Landscape / Architecture
Action / Sports
Moving Wildlife / Birds
Studio / Portraits
Concert / Performance
Here is a detail of just a small part of the Setup Guide spreadsheet:
The direct link to the Excel spreadsheet is:
Please note that the guide will also apply to the D800 and D800E, but new D810 menu items and features will obviously not be on the D800, and the names/ terms of some of the items has changed slightly.
To print the guide, you may wish to print it across several pages and then tape them together, so that the data is legible:
First, be sure to set the print area, to avoid all the blank pages. Do this by manually selecting all the cells with data in them (drag the cursor from cell A1 to G168 and they will all appear blue.) Then access the menu for File > Print Area > Set Print Area.
Then go to File > Print Preview and select the Setup button,
Then set the page for “Landscape” and “Fit To” 2 pages wide by 3 pages tall. Alternately, you can set for “Adjust to 60% Normal Size.”
Either of those options should result in 6 pages to be printed (as long as you have set the print area first).
Be sure to check the preview to see that the data will print at a reasonable size, and that there are only 6 or so pages that will print.
In the past I have resisted requests for these types of quick-start “cheat sheets,” because I prefer that readers of my Full Stop camera guides read through all of the Menu and Custom Settings options, and determine which settings suit their shooting situations and preferences. This is one of the best ways to really learn the ins-and-outs of one’s new camera, so I still encourage you to do so. But I can appreciate the value and the handy reference features of this type of recommendation guide.
Please know that I am in no way an experienced expert in all of the different photography categories I have included, so take the advice of dedicated Bird or Concert photographers, for example, above mine if it differs! And for further information, explanations, justifications, and caveats for the settings I specify, please have a look at my clear and comprehensive guide Nikon D810 Experience.
v1.2 – First version released
v1.3 – Formatting/ appearance changes
v1.4 – Formatting/ appearance changes
v1.5 – Formatting/ appearance changes
v1.6 – Footnote number corrections, some minor settings changes based on further findings and the final text of the guide
Nikon D810 – 1965 Ford Mustang GT – 2014 Annual Antique Auto Show – Codman Estate, Lincoln, Mass.
If you have purchased my Nikon D810 Experience e-book guide, be sure to sign up on the updates page, so that I can inform you of any updates made to the guide or to this spreadsheet, and well be able to provide you with a free updated guide, should there be any major updates or corrections.
Nikon D810, shown with 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens. Camera courtesy of LensProToGo. Lens courtesy of Newtonville Camera.
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10 thoughts on “Nikon D810 Setup Guide with Recommended Settings”
I like your new Nikon d810 book
Thanks, I’m glad you like it! Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to review it on Amazon!
I happen to be based in INDIA, and have no idea where to get your book, Nikon D810 Experience. I am planning to buy the NIKON D810 in about 3-4 days and would dearly like to get the book to understand and fully utilize various apps and controls so as to make my D810 experience a good one. THX
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Hello, my Nikon D810 Experience e-book is available on Amazon (MOBI-Kindle version), Apple iTunes (EPUB), Kobo (EPUB), as well as the PDF and EPUB versions on my website:
your tutor documentation is excellent. Are your books available in print ?
Hello, Thank you for your kind feedback! At the moment, my guides are only available as e-books. However, you can purchase the PDF version and have it printed at a copy shop (I suggest double sided, spiral bind)
I have a general question about the Auto-Focus feature, on my D810, I find the camera has a really hard time focusing in low light conditions, most of the time it won’t fire at all. I usually have to switch the lens to manual focus for the camera to shoot. Is the camera, or other cameras with AF reliant on there actually being light for it to focus and fire? Thanks, Jerry
Difficulty autofocusing in low light is common to most all dSLR cameras. To assist in situations like that, you can make use of the AF-Assist Illuminator lamp on the front of the camera, with is enabled using Custom Setting a10.
Hola muy buen informe lo de Ud. y me gustaría adquirirlo, quería saber si la versión PDF esta en castellano.
Hola, Lo siento, pero solamente en Ingles mis libros.
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