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Nikon D5300 For Dummies

From Nikon D5300 For Dummies by Julie Adair King

With the D5300 camera, Nikon proves once again that you don't have to give an arm and a leg — or strain your back and neck — to enjoy dSLR photography. The D5300 addition to the Nikon family of dSLRs doesn't skimp on power or performance, offering a great set of features to help you take your photography to the next level. To help you get started using your camera, here's a handy reference to your camera's buttons, dials, and exposure modes.

Controls on Your Nikon D5300 Camera

Before you start shooting with your Nikon D5300 dSLR camera, become familiar with its buttons, dials, ports, and other external controls. With time, your fingers will automatically find these controls without your having to look!

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Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D5300

For photography novices, the D5300 offers automatic settings that enable point-and-shoot simplicity. The settings listed here help you capture the most common types of subjects; just set the Mode dial to the icon shown in the table.

To access additional Scene modes, set the Mode dial to Scene and rotate the Command dial to select the scene type you want to photograph. For automatic photography using special effects, set the dial to Effects and rotate the Command dial to select an effect.

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Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D5300

To really take creative control over your Nikon D5300 camera, step up to one of these exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the zone of sharp focus) and to adjust shutter speed to determine whether moving objects appear sharply focused or blurry. You also gain access to some features not available in the fully automatic modes, such as the option to adjust flash power and tweak white balance.

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