Using Profiles

Profiles store workflow-related settings.  You can create as many workflows as you like and then recall them later so you don’t have to apply a bunch of individual settings.  So think of a profile of a group of settings like shutter speed, aperture, folder, ISO, live view setting, focus stacking steps etc.

Users who are proficient will eventually have a bunch of profiles like shown below.  To select a profile, you just double-click on it in the list.  The active profile is shown on the status bar at the bottom of the screen.  For other profile options, right-click the list for a menu, or use the Profiles menu at the top of the screen.

You can store certain ControlMyNikon camera settings as a profile and reload this profile and it’s settings again at a later time. For example, if you often do macro, landscape and night shooting, you may set up a profile for each so that you do not need to set your file naming, iso, shutter speed etc each time you use it. That way you an easily switch between profiles and spend more time shooting and less time configuring. Using profiles can save you a lot of time!

What is stored in a profile?

  • Camera settings from the Settings tab.
  • Current script name.
  • Batch Metadata file location and locking status.
  • Live View focus stacking settings.
  • Live View overlay settings.
  • Intervalometer settings.
  • Bracketing settings.
  • And much more! If you are using the Pro version, an option to print the profile will appear in the menu.

The Active Profile

If a profile is currently active, the name of the profile appears in the lower-right hand corner of the main window. A profile always must be active. You can not turn profiles off.

Example 1: You are shooting products and would like to use the same settings next time you shoot the same product, in this case, silver jewelry.

Make all your settings and take some sample shots to confirm the settings are what you would like to use next time.
Go to the Body tab. Click ‘Copy’ and enter a name for the new profile. Let’s call it ‘Product – Silver Jewelry’. This profile will be added to the profile list.
The next time you need to use this profile, go to the Body tab and double-click on the profile in the list.

Example 2: You are still shooting silver jewellery but have modified your setup and would like to replace the old profile with the new settings.

Go to the Body tab. Click ‘Save’, or use the ‘CONTROL-S’ key shortcut.. This will overwrite the profile with the new settings.

Example 3: You would like to delete a profile.

Go to the Profiles tab, select the profile to delete and click on the ‘Delete’ button.

Example 4: You would like a profile to automatically load when you connect to your camera.

The most recently used profile will be loaded when you restart ControlMyNikon and also when you connect to your camera.

Example 5: You would like a profile to automatically save when you disconnect from your camera.

Profiles are automatically saved when you disconnect from your camera and when you exit the program.