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4 Photography Tips for the Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera

June 25, 2014
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If you just started using your Nikon D3200, which features 24-megapixels and wi-fi, and your snapshots are just not coming out exactly as you hoped they would, there are a few simple rules to follow to improve your photography skills.

Hold Your Camera the Right Way

Not using two hands to hold your camera could be your first mistake.  By using two hands to hold your Nikon D3200, you will reduce camera shake, which can make your images blurry.  Of course, you can always purchase a tripod, which will get rid of camera shake all together, but if that is not an option, you should hold your camera with two hands with one hand cupping your lens from the bottom and your other hand gripping the side of your camera. You can also try leaning your body against something solid to improve your balance.


A common mistake that beginner photographers make is not paying attention to lighting, both inside and outside.  Before snapping a shot, always look at where the main light source is coming from. For example, if you are taking a shot outside, make sure your subject is facing the light  and that they don’t have their back to it or you will wind up with a photo with lots of shadows. The same goes if you are taking a photo inside.  Make sure your subject’s back is not to a window, which is letting in a lot of light. If moving your subject is out of the question, try using your flash.

Framing your photo

To take a photo that you will want to frame, you should pay close attention to what is on your Nikon D3200’s three-inch LCD screen before pressing down on your shutter button to snap your photo. The reason — you want to make sure the composition of your photo is just right. For example, to take a great photo, consider off centering the subject of your photo, even if you are taking a selfie; avoid clutter in your shot to produce a striking image that has a focal point; and if you are taking a landscape photo where the horizon is visible, try to make sure that the horizon line is straight to avoid a crooked photo.


Experimenting is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of photography.  Take photos of everything, even things that may not seem interesting. Also, try taking photos of a single object from at least 5 different angles and in different modes to see the result. You will soon find that your photography skills will improve and you may even surprise yourself with the shots you take.

If you just purchased your Nikon D3200 DSLR for your next vacation, be sure to read CNN’s photography tips for the traveler.