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Nikon D5300 For Dummies by Julie Adair King

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Getting Up and Running

In This Chapter

  • Preparing the camera for its first outing
  • Getting acquainted with camera features
  • Viewing and adjusting camera settings
  • Setting a few basic preferences
  • Returning your camera to its original state
  • Taking a picture in Auto mode

Shooting for the first time with a camera as sophisticated as the Nikon D5300 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 D5300. 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. At the end of the chapter, I walk you step-by-step through taking your first pictures using Auto mode, which offers point-and-shoot simplicity until you're ready to step up to more advanced options.

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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 sure to charge it before the first use), you need a lens and a memory card. ...

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