The Nikon D3 By Laurie Excell

2 hr 6 min
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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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The Nikon D3 is Nikon's newest camera and first with a full frame (FX) sensor
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.
Making a choice between Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes
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
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
Making our way around to the front of the camera - the shutter release button, subcommand dial, assign function button, and others
Basic camera settings such as date and time, image rotation, firmware version, virtual horizon and more
The Playback menu contains the options for adjusting playback settings and managing photos
The Shooting Menu covers folder selection and naming, image quality, White Balance, Color Space, Picture Control, etc...
Custom settings allow you to personalize your camera to your own shooting style. This lesson focuses mainly on the autofocus settings
Further exploring the custom settings menu for setting options in focus, exposure, ISO and much more
Controlling your flash and programming buttons for custom control
Laurie explains her basic settings and why she chooses them as well as covering lens selection
Hope you learned a lot. Be sure to learn more from Laurie Excell at her site and Kelby Media sites
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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 an avid photographer. In 2000 she left sales to become a full-time professional wildlife and nature photographer. She has been published in Outdoor Photogr...

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  1. Profile photo of Stuart Elwing Stuart Elwing

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of unkamartin unkamartin

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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