How do Nikon D3300 Portrait Settings work?
The Nikon D3300 DSLR is a fantastic DSLR that offers many features that will enhance your portrait photos, over images taken in Auto mode. Follow these steps to improve your portrait photography skills.
Photographing portraits with Nikon D3300
Three light-metering modes are available on the D3300. You can access them from the settings menu by pressing “i”. Matrix mode is the default mode. This mode assesses light levels in different parts of the image and determines the exposure settings to achieve even exposure. You can adjust the exposure compensation manually or center-weighted/spot metering mode if Matrix is not giving you the right results.
There are many white balance options to choose from. Preset manual white balance is recommended for shooting under mixed lighting. The default white balance setting is Auto. You can adjust the white balance to change the color of portraits. Click on the MENU button to display the menus. To reveal white balance options, select White balance from the shooting menu. Select Preset manual, and highlight the multi selector.
To control depth-of-field, you can adjust the aperture priority. Portraits are best with an aperture value of f5.6 and lower. This produces a shallow depth-of-field that blurs out the background and keeps the focus on the subject. You can adjust the aperture by turning the rear Control dial. A higher Aperture Priority setting, such as f9 or greater, can result in a deeper field. The shutter speed is automatically set when the aperture is adjusted using the command dial.
The Command dial on the back can be used to adjust the shutter speed. Select the mode marked S. This will allow you to expose the photo properly. If you’re holding the camera in your hand, set Shutter Priority to adjust the shutter speed to 1/30, 1/60, or faster. The Vibration Reduction system will not be able compensate for lower values and portraits will appear blurred.
Manual mode is especially useful because you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture. While the camera will alert you when the exposure has been turned off, it will not stop you from photographing. It might be difficult for beginners to adjust both shutter speed and aperture in order to create a perfect portrait. You will get better with practice and manual mode can be used to help you take complex shots.
To get the best portrait shots, follow these guidelines once you have started using Nikon D3300.