The Nikon D3, with Laurie Excell

Join professional wildlife photographer, Laurie Excell as she takes you on a tour of Nikon's newest camera, the D3.

Join professional wildlife photographer, Laurie Excell as she takes you on a tour of Nikon’s newest camera, the D3. She will cover everything from the buttons and dials to menus and her own basic settings for capturing wildlife in action as well as lens selection.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 04:40)

The Nikon D3 is Nikon's newest camera and first with a full frame (FX) sensor

Lesson 2: Display Panel (Duration 02:15)

The display panel is the window to your basic camera settings. You can view your exposure mode, metering mode, aperture and shutter speed, frame count and much more.

Lesson 3: Exposure Mode (Duration 02:44)

Making a choice between Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes

Lesson 4: Buttons and Dials (Duration 09:10)

The D3 offers a lot of control over how the camera takes the image. Laurie goes through the buttons and dials for settings like exposure compensation, diopter correction, metering selector, bracketing, and more

Lesson 5: Back of the Camera (Duration 07:28)

Don't let the crowd of buttons and dials intimidate you. Laurie goes through the functions found at the back of the camera one by one

Lesson 6: Front Controls (Duration 02:37)

Making our way around to the front of the camera - the shutter release button, subcommand dial, assign function button, and others

Lesson 7: Setup Menu (Duration 11:53)

Basic camera settings such as date and time, image rotation, firmware version, virtual horizon and moreâ¦

Lesson 8: Playback Menu (Duration 07:41)

The Playback menu contains the options for adjusting playback settings and managing photos

Lesson 9: Shooting Menu (Duration 22:52)

The Shooting Menu covers folder selection and naming, image quality, White Balance, Color Space, Picture Control, etc...

Lesson 10: Custom Setting Menu (Duration 10:45)

Custom settings allow you to personalize your camera to your own shooting style. This lesson focuses mainly on the autofocus settings

Lesson 11: Custom Setting Menu Continued (Duration 16:18)

Further exploring the custom settings menu for setting options in focus, exposure, ISO and much more

Lesson 12: Custom Setting Menu Conclusion (Duration 14:23)

Controlling your flash and programming buttons for custom control

Lesson 13: Basic Camera Settings (Duration 13:13)

Laurie explains her basic settings and why she chooses them as well as covering lens selection

Lesson 14: Course Conclusion (Duration 00:56)

Hope you learned a lot. Be sure to learn more from Laurie Excell at her site and Kelby Media sites

Meet Your Instructor: Laurie Excell

Laurie spent the first 25 years of her career in photographic sales helping pros and hobbyists alike decide which photographic equipment best suited their needs. All the while, she was…


  1. This was the first course on this service that actually made me feel I had gotten my monies-worth from the price of my subscription. Excellent instructor and first-rate job of conveying some fairly complex concepts in a relatively easy to follow style. Looking forward to a similar offering for the Nikon D4, if it's not already on here and I'm just missing it.

  2. I thought this was a superb course! Laurie communicates very well, very concisely, and positively loves her subect. I have thirty years of DSLR experience, but am new to Nikon as of six months ago. I hope you will consider a similar course for the Nikon D600.

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