Hello I am somewhat new to photography and just bought my first DSLR, the Nikon D3200. I have used DSLRs in the past, but usually they were Canons and had low megapixel levels, so I decided to switch to Nikon, because they seem superior in image quality. I had a Nikon Coolpix, and the images were so vibrant on those photos, and I wanted to get the same level of vibrancy on the DSLR photos. So I followed this guide- http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/d300/picture-control.htm But I couldn't find "Manage picture control" in the shooting menu of the camera. I want to be able to quickly go through the settings for different types of photography.
Managing your picture controls is located in your Shooting Menu:
1)Press the Menu button on the back of your camera
2)Select the icon that looks like a camera...2nd from the top.
3) Set Picture Control. (Thx Ade for the correction).
Good luck and happy shooting....
The D3200 does NOT have the "Manage Picture Control" menu. This menu is only available on the D5xxx series and above. The D3200 only has the "Set Picture Control" menu which can be used to select and modify existing Picture Controls, but you cannot make custom new ones.
The D3200 also doesn't have the "My Menu" system, so one cannot assign it to the Fn button for making quick changes as described in Ken Rockwell's article. Unfortunately I believe only the high-end D7xxx model (and above) can assign menus to the Fn button.
The D3200 is a great little camera, but since it is meant for novices some of the more complicated/advanced functions have been removed. This means you may have to dig into the menus more often than you might prefer.
Alex, I full agree with, Paperman. The best way to be able to make changes to your photo's is during post. So just shot in RAW (a.k.a NEF) and not what KR does..which is mostly JPG. You will be able to make all the color corrections you like.
If you want to learn about photography, the easiest way to do it is the hardest - shoot everything in manual mode, chimp (look at the screen afterwards) then compensate. When you have that mastered, you will realise that the other modes lose you control in some way or another and you can decide which mode you can use (find the loss of control acceptable when traded off against the increase in speed of use) for which genre.
You have taken the next step by joining us, your exposure to real photographers and photography is going to improve by being pro-active and you will find yourself taking steps in your photography that will be far more rewarding.
Spend some time exploring our forum and the many topics we cover, almost everything you will read will build a foundation for you that will yield positive results as you begin to play with your camera. Even if you don't fully understand the topic being covers, take it for what its worth...the light will go off in due time and then you will see what I mean.
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In JPEG you can take 80+ frames before the buffer fills up.
Active D-Lighting kills your buffer. So it's a tradeoff... possibly, you might as well shoot RAW. The best way is to test the different modes and see which one works best to your style of shooting.
best most sensibe advice I have seen in a responee to a post...Photography is what you want it to be ..some like to fiddle with the camera ..some like the composition some shoot volume some just a few masterpieces....
For my money I would get the 70-300 Nikon for $500, much better value.