Learn how to use your Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200 Tips, Tricks & Settings

Howdy! If you’re new around these parts, I want to personally welcome you to my corner of the web. My name is Moose and in a nutshell, I’m a happily married father of two who has a passion for photography.

Over the last year, I’ve been playing with the Nikon D3200 in real life situations and have collected an assortment of fantastic tips, tricks and settings along the way.

You can think of this online resource like a secret clubhouse for newbie’s. I try to keep things here very light and laid-back.

If you’re ready to dive in, I just created a tutorial for Shooting Portraits in Low Light with the D3200.

Need help with camera settings for other types of photography? I created a pack of cheat sheets that show you the exact settings I would start with when shooting a particular subject or scene.

If you have questions about the Nikon D3200, mosey on over to the forum. I just created it, so you won’t see a bunch of discussions just yet…but know that I’m hanging out in there ready to help with anything you’re trying to figure out.

To stay up to date with the latest tips and tricks for the D3200, thumb through my News & Notes section below or jump on over to my Facebook page.

News & Notes

NEW! (January 1, 2014) Over the past several months I’ve been using the Nikon D3200 along with several lenses to figure out the best settings for a wide variety of subjects and scenes. I’m super stoked to announce the availability of five new cheat card sets for the D3200. Check them out here »

Nikon D3200 Cheat Sheets

In other news, my wife and I are expecting our 3rd baby in July and we couldn’t be more excited. Me and the Mooseketeers want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support. Happy shooting!

Tricks & Tips

Low Light Portrait Tutorial for the Nikon D3200

I just posted a guide which gives you a firsthand look at my process for shooting portraits in low light with the Nikon D3200. Check it out here »

In the guide I highlight the settings I used and why I used them, along with some secret tips and tricks that can help improve your portrait photography when shooting indoors.

Baby Portrait in Low Light using the Nikon D3200

Shutter Priority on the Nikon D3200

VIDEO: Learn How to Use Shutter Priority Mode & Adjust the Shutter Speed I just finished a quick video tutorial, showing you how to use Shutter Priority with the Nikon D3200. Check it out and give me a thumbs up if you like it. :)

Quick Overview of Shutter Priority: In Shutter Priority Mode, you select the shutter speed while the camera automatically selects the best aperture for a balanced exposure. Use fast shutter speeds (like 1/500 or 1/1000) to freeze fast moving subjects (sports) and slower shutter speeds (like 3 to 5 seconds) to capture movement (flowing water).

How to enable Shutter Priority on the D3200: To enable, just rotate the mode dial to the letter ‘S’ and then rotate the smaller command dial (near the thumb rest) to adjust the shutter speed.

Fastest and Slowest Shutter Speeds on the Nikon D3200: The fastest shutter speed you can use in Shutter Priority mode is 1/4000, while the slowest shutter speed you can use is 30″ seconds.

Aperture Priority on the Nikon D3200

VIDEO: Learn How to Enable Aperture Priority Mode & Change the Aperture f-number I’m in the process of recording a bunch of “how to” videos for the Nikon D3200. I just posted my first one, which shows you how to enable Aperture Priority mode and then change the aperture f-number. These initial videos are aimed towards absolute newbies and beginners. The goal is to clearly explain how to enable certain functions and modes. If you have any requests for future videos, please let me know in the Nikon D3200 forum.

Recommended Gear

Memory Card Analysis for the D3200 I went ahead and put together a memory card guide for the D3200 which sheds some light on compatible memory cards, specific requirements for HD recording, the number of images you can expect to take, estimated movie recording times and other important info. Check it out here.

P.S. You can reward me by using your shutter clicking skills on the Google +1 button. In return, I'll cook up more tips and tricks to share with you. Thanks for your support! :)
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