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Manual Focusing with Rangefinder on Your Nikon D3200

On the Nikon D3200 you can swap out the viewfinder's exposure meter with a rangefinder, which uses a similar, meter-like display, as shown in the following figure, to indicate whether focus is set on the [more…]

How to Use D-Lighting for Shadow Recovery on Your Nikon D3200

Applying the D-Lighting option on your Nikon D3200 allows your camera to capture the image in a way that brightens the darkest parts of the image, bringing shadow detail into the light but leaving highlight [more…]

Using the Shutter Button to Lock Exposure and Focus on Your Nikon D3200

The Buttons option on the Setup menu offers a third button tweak called Shutter-release Button AE-L, as shown in the following figure. This option determines whether pressing the shutter button halfway [more…]

Using the Cross Screen Filter on Your Nikon D3200

Want to give your photo a little extra sparkle? Experiment with the Cross Screen filter on your Nikon D3200. This filter adds a starburst-like effect to the brightest areas of your image, as illustrated [more…]

How to Use the Selective Color Filter on Your Nikon D3200

The Retouch menu on the Nikon D3200 offers the Selective Color filter which enables you to desaturate (remove color from) parts of a photo while leaving specific colors intact. For example, in the following [more…]

How to Use the Soft Focus Filter on Your Nikon D3200

You actually can buy special lenses for your Nikon D3200 that produce the soft focus effect, but a cheaper alternative is to apply a focus-softening digital filter like the one found on the Retouch menu [more…]

How to Use the Miniature Effect Filter on Your Nikon D3200

The Miniature Effect filter on the Retouch menu of your Nikon D3200 attempts to create a photographic equivalent of architectural small-scale models by applying a strong blur to all but one portion of [more…]

Enable Automatic Picture Rotation on Your Nikon D3200

When you take a picture, your Nikon D3200 can record the image orientation — whether you held the camera normally, creating a horizontally oriented image, or turned the camera on its side to shoot a vertically [more…]

Processing Raw (NEF) Files in Your Nikon D3200

The advantage of capturing Raw files, or NEF files on Nikon cameras, is that you make the decisions about how to translate the original picture data into an actual photograph. You can specify attributes [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

Nikon D5300 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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 [more…]

How to Take a Picture with Live View in Auto Mode on Your Nikon D5300

Your Nikon D5300 can make life easier with the Live View Auto exposure mode. Most aspects of shooting in Live View are the same as for viewfinder photography. Autofocusing, however, works quite differently [more…]

How to Take a Picture with the Viewfinder in Auto Mode on Your Nikon D5300

Your Nikon D5300 makes photo shoots easier by offering point-and-shoot simplicity through its Auto exposure mode. When you use the viewfinder to frame photos, follow these steps to take a picture: [more…]

How to Set the Release Mode on Your Nikon D5300

By using the Release mode setting, you tell your Nikon D5300 whether to capture a single image each time you press the shutter button; to record a burst of photos as long as you hold down the shutter button [more…]

How to Use Single Frame and Quiet Shutter Release Modes on Your Nikon D5300

Single Frame Release mode captures one picture each time you press the shutter button on your Nikon D5300. It's the default setting for all exposure modes except the Sports and Pet Portrait Scene modes [more…]

How to Use Continuous (Burst Mode) Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

Continuous Low and Continuous High enable burst modeshooting. That is, your Nikon d5300 records a continuous series of images for as long as you hold down the shutter button, making it easier to capture [more…]

How to Use Self-Timer Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

You're probably familiar with Self-Timer mode, which delays the shutter release, allowing you to dash into the picture. Here's how it works on the D5300: After you press the shutter button, the AF-assist [more…]

How to Use Wireless Remote-Control Modes on Your Nikon D5300

There are multiple Release mode options on your Nikon D5300, some even allowing remote-control access. Two Release mode settings relate to the Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote-control unit. These Release modes [more…]

How to Use Interval Time Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

With Interval Timer Shooting, you can set your Nikon D5300 to automatically release the shutter at intervals ranging from seconds to hours apart. This feature enables you to capture a subject as it changes [more…]

How to Set Image Size and Image Quality on Your Nikon D5300

Before you go changing the Image Size and Image Quality settings on your Nikon D5300, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with some information to better optimize your photo shoot. [more…]

Nikon D5300 Flash Mode Options

There are several Flash modes offered on your Nikon D5300 if you choose to add a flash to better illuminate your picture. Your Nikon D5300 offers the following flash modes: [more…]

How to Set the Flash Mode on Your Nikon D5300

You can view the current Flash mode in the Information and Live View displays on your Nikon D5300. (In Live View mode, press the Info button to cycle through the various data-display modes.) The lightning [more…]

How to Adjust the Flash Output (P, S, A, and M Modes Only) on Your Nikon D5300

In the P, S, A, or M exposure modes on your Nikon D5300, you have some control over flash power, even if you stick with the default, TTL (through the lens) automatic flash metering. If you want a little [more…]

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