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How the Nikon D3200 DSLR Can Take You From a Rookie to a Pro

June 25, 2014
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The Nikon 3200 DSLR camera is touted by users as a model beginner camera for both its simplicity and ability to take flawless photos, but even more advanced photographers have an attachment to the camera, which has received many positive reviews on Consumer for both its price and features. Just why do both novice and experts, reach for the Nikon 3200 when heading out to take photos? Let’s find out.

For Beginners

The Nikon 3200 has many easy to use features, including clearly marked modes that make picture taking easy for any beginner photographer. Want to capture a sports moment, switch the camera to action/sports mode.  Looking to zoom in on a beautiful flower, turn to the macro mode.  And to make picture taking even simpler, leave your camera on automatic mode.

The simplicity carries over to the camera’s video taking ability. Just hit the “Lv” button, then the small, red button next to the shutter release and your filming.

Intermediate Features

For those looking to take it up a notch, the camera features a multitude of editing tools to further enhance photos. In editing mode, you can crop your photos, remove red eye and also adjust lighting and color. You can also rotate crooked photos to straighten them out and also adjust the prospective of your snapshots.

Also as an intermediate photographer, you can begin to explore other features and dials, and start to customize your camera by using various customizable settings, like disable to camera’s warning and status noises and even reassign buttons through the setup menu.

Advanced Features

As you get to know your camera and your photos start to improve, you can begin to use manual features, allowing you to adjust your shutter speed, control the your flash’s strength and ambient exposure and even set your camera to the advanced operation option, which provides more options when navigating your camera’s features.

You can also use MASP modes, which appear at the top of the camera to manipulate your depth of field and determine if moving objects should appear sharp or blurry. Advanced photographers would use the P setting for programmed autoexposure, which allows them to choose from a combination of aperture and shutter speeds; S for shutter-priority autoexposure, which allows them to select a shutter speed while the camera chooses the aperture setting; A for aperture-priority autoexposure, which is the opposite of shutter-priority autoexposure; and M for manual exposure where the user determines both the shutter speed and aperture.

You Can Always Restore

As you begin to advance through the various levels, just keep in mind that no matter what, you can always restore your camera to factory settings by simply selecting “Reset Shooting Options” in the menu.