Chapter 1

Getting Up and Running


Bullet Preparing the camera for its first outing

Bullet Getting acquainted with camera features

Bullet Viewing and adjusting camera settings

Bullet Setting a few basic preferences

Bullet Restoring original camera settings

Shooting for the first time with a camera as sophisticated as the Nikon D3500 can produce a blend of excitement and anxiety. On one hand, you can’t wait to start using your new equipment, but on the other, you’re a little intimidated by all its buttons, dials, and menu options.

Well, fear not: This chapter provides the information you need to start getting comfortable with your D3500. The first section walks you through initial camera setup; following that, you can get an overview of camera controls, discover how to view and adjust camera settings, and get my take on some basic setup options.

Preparing the Camera for Initial Use

After unpacking your camera, you have to assemble a few parts. In addition to the camera body and the supplied battery (be ...

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