Nikon D3000: tips for using your digital camera

Nikon D3000: tips for using your digital camera

Nikon D3000: 5 quick tips for getting more from your Nikon DSLR

So you think you know how to use your Nikon D3000? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.

In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ Nikon cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.

Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite Nikon camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Nikon D3000 and know this DSLR inside and out.

If you have your own Nikon D3000 tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Nikon D3000 that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more DSLR tips or read about another Nikon DSLR).

We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Nikon D3000 starting today!

Nikon D3000 Tips: central focus point

Nikon D3000 Tip 1
If you’re shooting in low light, the central focus point is the most sensitive and may still operate when the others can’t.


Nikon D3000 Tips: use guide mode wisely

Nikon D3000 Tip 2
The D3000‘s Guide mode is innovative and helpful, but also quite restrictive; it only caters for a small number of common shooting scenarios. This camera can do a great deal more!


Nikon D3000 Tips: cleaning the reflex mirror

Nikon D3000 Tip 3
The ‘cleaning’ section of the Nikon manual (p169) implies that the reflex mirror can be cleaned with a cloth and cleaning fluid. DON’T! The mirror’s coating is very delicate and the mirror itself could become misaligned.


Nikon D3000 Tips: lenses with built-in motors

Nikon D3000 Tip 4
Only lenses with a built-in motor (AF-I and AF-S in the case of Nikon lenses) will support autofocus with the D3000. This is pretty important if you shoot subjects such as action or wildlife!


Nikon D3000 Tips: Portrait mode

Nikon D3000 Tip 5
In Portrait mode, the flash frequently activates automatically, even though the built-in flash is unpleasant for the subject and often produces horrible results. Fortunately it can be turned off in the Information Display screen.

Nikon D3000: 5 quick tips for getting more from your Nikon DSLR


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