Nikon D3300 Users Guide
Here is your FREE Tutorial User’s Guide for the NIkon D3300. What you will find in this 40 Min video is an explanation of what every button does as well as what setting in the menu I recommend.
This is a very powerful camera with a ton of features so I make sure to run down and explain as many of the important features as possible.
The one thing I can not stress enough is the importance of just getting out and shooting. One of the only ways you will become a better photographer is to GET OUT AND SHOOT.
Now I recommend watching this FREE GUIDE first, then going out to explore and capture the world in images.
The Nikon D3300 is a very well rounded camera for anyone just starting out. Honestly it’s such a powerful camera that it would get fantastic results for pros.
Many people who pick up their first DSLR feel like they are stuck. They put the camera in full auto and take snapshots, sometimes the results are good other times they are not. There is that mentality out there that “that is a great camera” or “that camera takes great pictures”. I want to explain to you that yes the cameras do take the pictures it’s the person behind the camera that is in control.
If you are not happy with the results you are getting 9 out of 10 times it’s users error. Now I am not telling you that you are not capable of capturing quality images. I am telling you when I first started out and didn’t have much photo knowledge that I would blame the camera for out of focus pictures or totally missed shots. When in retrospect it was really my lack of photo education that caused the issues in the first place.
The point I am trying to make here is you are in control, you bought this camera because you want to get solid photos. If your goal is to simply use it as a point and shoot while leaving it in full auto that is perfectly fine. But if you are hear looking at my users guide something tells me that you really want to learn how to properly use your camera so welcome.
Your camera would have come with the Nikon 18-55 Kit lens which is a basic $99 plastic lens. It will do the job, it will allow you to capture images and do a little bit of zooming. You will outgrow this lens very very fast as you realize that it’s small zoom range isn’t allowing you to capture the images you thought you would. Again this is limitation of the gear not a reflection of your photo skills.
Something that I have to really hammer home is that using quality glass aka faster glass is very important to capturing sharper, clearer images in most situations. Some of you will be shocked by the prices of lenses and that better lenses may cost more than the body itself. What I will tell you is that you will get better images from a Nikon D3300 using quality glass than using crappy glass on the most expensive camera out there the Nikon D4s.
It is all about the glass. GLASS GLASS GLASS GLASS GLASS. Quality glass does not have to be very expensive. For example Nikon makes a 35mm F1.8 that is just over $200. It is whats called a fixed focal length lens, meaning it will not zoom at all. You have to move your body to get closer or further away from your subject. But simply investing in a lens like this will open your eyes to the possibilities that better glass will afford you.
Part of my job is to help give you an education that will save you time and money as you venture in to photography. Remember what I say is not the gospel, its just my take on photography and a reflection of what I have learned over the past 20 years as a photographer. The best advice I can give to you is do your research, and form your own opinion when it comes to finding out what works best for you.
Congratulations on your camera and I am here to help you any way I can.