How to Use Nikon D3500

No matter if you are a beginner or a professional in the photography world, getting a deep understanding of how to use Nikon D3500 DSLR camera is quite essential. Even though you may find it easier to handle in comparison to other camera models, the random menu options may prove confusing every now and then.

So, referring to the following guidelines and instructions can help you during its usage and handling for the first time.

Getting started

Photo Shooting Menu

The Photo Shooting Menu of this camera would come along with some of the most crucial settings. So, while you are using the camera for the very first time, try going for the settings recommended below.

Image quality: Keep it as NEF (RAW) and you can then expect an improved image quality than JPEG. Still, that may come along with larger files to process so you can adjust it according to your photography style.

Image size: Try to opt for  “L” for enhanced JPEG image or “M” or “S” in case you are looking for lower resolution and smaller file sizes.

ISO sensitivity settings

ISO sensitivity: keeping it around ISO 100 would work with any photography style ( unless you are using in a low light setting

Auto ISO sensitivity control: Keep it on unless the lighting within the surroundings comes as an issue

Shutter speed

Keep it at  Auto for your normal photography requirements but go for manual shutter speed in case you are shooting a fast-moving subject

White balance: Keep it AUTO unless the lighting is an issue within the surroundings

Set Picture Control: Keep it set to STANDARD unless you want to make some desirable changes in the image settings

Color space:  Must opt for sRGB if you are shooting JPEG. Also, can opt for  Adobe RGB if you like shooting RAW

Active D-Lighting: Keep it off OFF, especially if you are shooting RAW

Noise reduction: Keep it ON for JPEG and OFF for RAW as it doesn’t put any impact on RAW images

Vignette control: Keep this setting ON for JPEG  and OFF for RAW

Auto distortion control: Keep it ON for JPEG and OFF for RAW

Focus mode: Opt for AF-C in case you are shooting action via the viewfinder, and AF-S in case you Are capturing still images

AF Area Mode: Go for Dynamic-area AF in most of the cases.

Metering: Opt for your desired setting from the “i” button. Select matrix metering in most of the cases.

Movie Settings

Frame size/frame rate: Keep it around 1920×1080; 24p for a normal high-quality movie recording

Movie quality: keep it as High quality

Microphone: Opt for AUTO

Wind noise reduction: Always keep it ON

Manual movie settings: Keep it as ON and it will ensure  adjusting the shutter speed and ISO manually for your required videos in manual mode

Setup Menu

The SETUP menu would require you to make one-time adjustments to certain features and controls. For example, you dont need to change the language, time zone, and copyright information that often so just set them once and leave it like that forever.

Format memory card: Opt for “YES” only when you are required to delete all the photos available in the memory card. Do remember that once the photos are deleted, you cannot secure them back.

Still, the option can be chosen in case you have transferred all of the images and videos to the computer or an external hard disk.

Date stamp: keep it as OFF

Monitor brightness: Keep it as  0 – unless you are shooting in extremely bright conditions.

Checking down important buttons and controls

Assign AE-L/AF-L button:  Keep the AF-On for best results with your captured shots and videos

Shutter-release button AE-L: Keep it OFF

AF activation: Keep it as OFF

Rangefinder: This option helps the viewfinder during the usage of manual focus so you can keep it ON or OFF as per your requirements.

File number sequence: Keep it as ON

Storage folder: You are not required to make any changes to this folder as the camera automatically creates new folders on the memory card once each folder gets filled with 999 photos.

Bottomline for How to use D3500

The settings and controls mentioned above would help you during the first time usage of the Nikon D3500. However, you can make changes to the same depending upon your personal photography needs and requirements.

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