Tutorials & Advice for the Nikon D3200

Tutorials

  1. Low Light Portrait Settings, Tips & Tricks – Get a real world look at my process for capturing a portrait of my son in low light.
  2. Getting Started Video Guide – This guide will walk you through the first steps to have a more enjoyable shooting experience with the Nikon D3200. Whether you just got the camera or if you’ve had it for a while, I bet you’ll find these tips super helpful.
  3. Formatting vs Deleting Your Images – Find out when and how to format or delete images on your memory card.
  4. Lengthen Auto Off Timers – Whether you’re reviewing images or trying to locate a certain setting, lengthening the auto off timers on your Nikon D3200 will give you more time to interact with your camera.
  5. Increasing Monitor Brightness – If you’re having trouble seeing the LCD screen outdoors in broad daylight, increasing the monitor brightness can help quite a bit.
  6. Image Quality Settings – Choosing the right image quality settings depends on your end goals. If you’d rather share/print straight from your camera, then JPEG is the way to go. If you’d like to further post-process (edit) your images, the RAW is the better choice. For the best of both worlds, you can set up the Nikon D3200 to shoot in both JPEG and RAW at the same time. In this video, I’ll show you how.
  7. Using Scene Modes to Quickly Setup Your Camera – You can use scene modes to tell the Nikon D3200 exactly what you’re looking at. In doing so the camera will automatically adjust in-camera settings specifically for that particular scene, giving you much better results than shooting in Auto mode.
  8. How to Get Pinpoint Accurate Focus – By default the Nikon D3200 chooses the focus points automatically. This works generally well, but sometimes it fails to focus on your intended subject. Whether you want to focus on your subjects eyes or maybe a bird perched on a tree limb, I’ll show you how to get more accurate focus with Single-point AF.
  9. When to Enable or Disable VR (Vibration Reduction) – You might think using VR or vibration reduction all the time is a good thing, however, when mounted to a tripod it can actually blur your image. Find out when to enable or disable VR in this video.
  10. Using the Self Timer to Get Sharper Images – Most people assume the self-timer is only good for taking photos of themselves, whether alone or in a group. However, it can actually be used to get sharper images. I’ll discuss when to use the self-timer and how to customize the length of the countdown.
  11. Change the Image Playback Display – When you’re just starting out, it can be super helpful to see the settings that were used for a certain shot. Say you were shooting in Auto mode and you captured a beautiful portrait. By changing the playback display on the Nikon D3200, you can see the exact settings that were used so you can replicate them in one of the more advanced shooting modes, like Manual.
  12. Zoom In to Check Image Sharpness – Have you ever played back an image which looked great on your LCD screen, only to find the subject was a bit out of focus? In this video I’ll show you how to zoom in to check focus and make sure your subject is tack sharp.
  13. How to Use Shutter Priority Mode – In this quick video, I show you how to enable shutter priority mode (S) and how to adjust the shutter speed.
  14. How to Use Aperture Priority Mode – In this quick video, I show you how to enable aperture priority mode (A) and how to adjust the aperture f-number.

Advice

  1. Recommended Memory Cards – Find out which memory cards are compatible and which I recommend based on speed and storage size.