Beginner

Resources to Enhance your Photographic Experience

Nikon’s website, Customer Support and Nikon School resources

Glossary

Today's Nikon DSLRs, Nikon 1 interchangeable lens cameras and COOLPIX models offer photo & video enthusiasts a wide variety of features and functions that are designed to help them realize their creative vision. Learning to use this technology to your advantage takes some education and some practice. So, when faced with all the options and possibilities inherent in a Nikon camera, where does a novice photographer turn for help?

The camera manual should be the photographer's first choice. It's an excellent source of how-to information, and it should accompany you whenever you're making pictures. If you tag the pages in the manual that you most often refer to, you'll be able to find them quickly when you're in the field and need a little extra help.

Can't find your manual? Not a problem. Go to the product page for your camera, select the Support tab and download a PDF file of the manual. There are PDF versions of manuals for Nikon digital cameras, NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Speedlights and select accessories. Or, if you’ve got an a compatible smartphone, you can download the free Manual Viewer 2 app that lets you download and access your camera manual on the go. (Find links for the app on the Apps page)

The website also offers links for downloading Nikon imaging software, including Nikon ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D software for organizing and editing your images, both are free.

The Learn & Explore section of the Nikon USA website is a bountiful resource of photography and video information and inspiration. Learn & Explore features educational and inspirational articles, and video tutorials designed to teach photography basics as well as intermediate and advanced techniques and provide inspiration for improving your photography.

Choose from technology articles and the photo and video glossary to learn more about specific camera functions or photography and video topics; view video tutorials on a variety of topics; read articles by Nikon Ambassadors and other pro photographers, learn valuable techniques as well as tips and tricks for better imagery.

You can also find out more about taking a Nikon School class to advance your photography or learn about Nikon sponsored workshops. Nikon School offers beginner classes (Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls and Elements of Photography) as well as classes on more focused topics such as Action and People, Landcape and Travel, Family Photos—Capturing the Moments and Creative Lighting; in addition to the 1-Day Portrait & Lighting Workshop and DSLR 2-Day Video Workshop.

Even access many of the great articles and video content on the Learn & Explore app for iPhone®. (Find the link for the app on the Apps page)

Sign up to receive the monthly Learn & Explore e-newsletter, filled with links to newly posted articles, images and videos. You can also sign up to receive a variety of other emails from Nikon. Click here to sign up.

To learn more about the features and specs of your Nikon camera be sure to visit its product page on NikonUSA.com. Many product pages have beautiful end-result images, links to video demonstrations and comparison sheets; in addition to other useful information. Compatible accessories that can enhance your photographic experience are also displayed.

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Now that you know where to find all the helpful photography and videography information on the Nikon website, its time for you to put your newfound knowledge into practice. Happy shooting!

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