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How to Check the Exposure Meter on Your Nikon D5300

It’s important for you to become acquainted with your D5300’s most important exposure guide: the exposure meter. The meter tells you whether the camera thinks your picture will be properly exposed at your [more…]

How to Choose an Exposure Metering Mode on Your Nikon D5300

To interpret what the exposure meter tells you on your Nikon D5300, be aware of the current Metering mode, which determines which part of the frame the camera analyzes to calculate exposure. The Metering [more…]

How to Adjust Aperture and Shutter Speed on Your Nikon D5300

You can view the current aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed in the Information display and Live View display on your Nikon D5300. (If you don't see this data in Live View mode, press the Info button to [more…]

How to Control the ISO on Your Nikon D5300

The ISO setting adjusts the D5300’s sensitivity to light. A higher ISO enables you to use a faster shutter speed or a smaller aperture (higher f-stop number) because less light is needed to expose the [more…]

How to Apply Exposure Compensation on Your Nikon D5300

In the P, S, and A exposure modes on your Nikon D5300, you have some input over exposure: In P mode, you can rotate the Command dial to choose from different combinations of aperture and shutter speed; [more…]

How to Apply Active D-Lighting on Your Nikon D5300

One way to cope with a high-contrast scene is to turn on Active D-Lighting on your Nikon D5300. The D is a reference to dynamic range, the term used to describe the range of brightness values that an imaging [more…]

How to Expand Tonal Range with HDR on Your Nikon D5300

In the past few years, many digital photographers have been experimenting on their Nikons with a technology called HDR photography. HDR stands for high dynamic range [more…]

How to Use Autoexposure Lock on Your Nikon D5300

To help ensure a proper exposure, your Nikon D5300 continually meters the light until the moment you depress the shutter button fully. In autoexposure modes, it also keeps adjusting exposure settings as [more…]

How to Use Exposure Bracketing on Your Nikon D5300

Many photographers use exposure bracketing on the Nikon D5300 to ensure that at least one shot of a subject is properly exposed. Bracketing simply means to shoot the same subject multiple times, slightly [more…]

How to Use Autofocus Lock on Your Nikon D5300

When you set your Nikon D5300’s Focus mode to AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus), focusing is continually adjusted while you hold the shutter button halfway, so the focusing distance may change if the subject [more…]

How to Change the Focus Mode Setting on Your Nikon D5300

First up on your list of focus settings to investigate on your Nikon D5300 is the Focus mode. You get three settings for tweaking autofocusing behavior and one option for manual focusing. [more…]

How to Choose the Right Autofocus Combo on Your Nikon D5300

You get the best autofocus results if you pair your chosen Focus mode with the most appropriate AF-area mode on your Nikon D5300, because the two settings work in tandem. Here are some combination suggestions [more…]

How to Focus Manually on Your Nikon D5300

Some subjects confuse even the most sophisticated autofocusing systems, causing the Nikon’s autofocus motor to spend a long time hunting for its focus point. Animals behind fences, reflective objects, [more…]

How to Choose a Focus Mode for Live View Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

By using the Focus mode setting for Live View shooting on your Nikon D5300, you specify whether you want the autofocus system to lock focus at the time you press the shutter button halfway or continue [more…]

How to Autofocus for Live View Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

Once you are familiar with all the whys and wherefores of the Live View autofocusing options on your Nikon D5300, the following summary of steps outlines choosing the autofocus settings and then actually [more…]

How to Manually Focus for Live View and Movie Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

For manual focusing with the 18–140mm kit lens or a similarly featured Nikon lens, just set the A/M switch to M. The camera automatically changes the Focus mode setting to MF. For other lenses, refer to [more…]

How to Change the White Balance Setting on Your Nikon D5300

You can view the current White Balance setting in the Information and Live View displays on your Nikon D5300 digital camera. The icons you see here represent the Auto setting. [more…]

How to Fine-Tune White Balance Settings on Your Nikon D5300

You can fine-tune any White Balance setting on your Nikon D5300, except a custom preset that you create by using the PRE option. Make the adjustment as spelled out in these steps: [more…]

Choosing a Lens for Your Nikon D5300

To decide which lens is the best partner for your Nikon D5300 camera, you start by considering these factors for choosing a dSLR camera lens: [more…]

How to Set White Balance with Direct Measurement on Your Nikon D5300

You can set the white balance with direct measurement on your Nikon D5300. To use this technique, you need a piece of card stock that's either neutral gray or absolute white—not eggshell white, sand white [more…]

How to Match White Balance to an Existing Photo on Your Nikon D5300

Consider the following scenario that calls for a feature on your Nikon D5300 that enables you to create a White Balance preset based on an existing photo. Suppose that you're the marketing manager for [more…]

How to Bracket White Balance on Your Nikon D5300

Automatic exposure bracketing on your Nikon D5300 records the same image at different exposure settings or Active D-Lighting settings. You also can bracket white balance, creating a series of three images [more…]

How to Shoot Still Portraits with Your Nikon D5300

Taking a still portrait with your Nikon D5300 means that your subject isn't moving. Assuming that you do have a subject willing to pose, the classic portraiture approach is to keep the subject sharply [more…]

Tips for Shooting Still Portraits with Your Nikon D5300

Sometimes, you won’t have ideal conditions for shooting still portraits with your Nikon D5300. Here are some tips to help improve your shot. When flash is unavoidable, try these tricks to produce better [more…]

How to Shoot Action Shots with Your Nikon D5300

Using a fast shutter speed is the key to capturing a blur-free shot of any moving subject with your Nikon D5300, whether it's a flower in the breeze, a spinning Ferris wheel, or, a racing cyclist. [more…]

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