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!
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.
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.