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The black Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera is a compact and versatile camera featuring a DX-format 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor. The sensor and processor combine to realize high-resolution imaging, notable low-light sensitivity to an expandable ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 5 fps, and Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities. Additionally, the sensor design omits the traditional optical low-pass filter in order to gain the utmost sharpness and resolution from both photos and videos. These imaging assets are complemented by an 11-point autofocus system, which provides quick and accurate focusing capabilities to suit working with a variety of subject types in nearly any lighting situation. A range of shooting modes and features are also available to help creatively accentuating your imagery, including an Easy Panorama mode as well as Picture Control settings for in-camera adjustment of the color and contrast qualities of your photos and movies.
For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, a large 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available and features a wide 160° viewing angle to better support working from high and low angles. Also enhancing the viewing and shooting abilities of the D3300, the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can be used to provide Wi-Fi connectivity for wirelessly transferring imagery and remotely controlling the camera from a linked Android or iOS mobile device.
Included with the D3300 camera body is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens; a standard zoom providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm. This lens incorporates a robust VR image stabilization system, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps to benefit working in low-light conditions. A Super Integrated Coating reduces flare and ghosting to optimize image clarity, contrast, and color neutrality and a rounded seven-blade diaphragm works to create a pleasing out-of-focus quality in shallow depth of field images.
24.2MP DX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 4 Processor
The 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processor work together to produce overall high image quality with notable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity to a native ISO 12800, which is further expandable to ISO 25600. Additionally, the sensor's design omits an optical low-pass filter in order to acquire the greatest amount sharpness and detail from subjects. The EXPEED 4 processor also enables a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including support for Full HD 1080p movie recording and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps.
Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus Sensor
Benefitting the high image quality is an apt AF system that employs 11 distinct AF points to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions from -1 to +19 EV.
Full HD Movie Recording
Full HD 1920 x 1080p movie recording is supported in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps, as well as HD 720p and SD 480p in multiple frame rates, in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. During recording, full-time autofocus can be employed, with face-detection and subject-tracking capabilities, for ensured sharpness with a wide variety of subject types. A built-in monaural microphone can be used to record high-quality sound or, alternatively, a microphone input is integrated into the body design to support the use of an external microphone for enhanced quality and control over audio recordings.
The D3300 integrates a large 3.0" 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor, which features a 160° viewing angle to better support viewing capabilities from high and low working angles. Alternatively, a bright pentamirror optical viewfinder is also integrated into the design for precise eye-level viewing and real-time monitoring of subjects.
A built-in pop-up flash is also available for additional illumination when working in low-light conditions and supports Nikon's i-TTL flash metering system. A hot shoe can be used, too, for connection and optional external flash for even greater lighting control.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
Included with the camera body is the standard zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm. Designed to be as compact and lightweight as possible, this lens features a retractable lens barrel design that extends 2.6" from the camera. Benefitting the low-light imaging capabilities of the D3300, VR (Vibration Reduction) technology is incorporated into the lens' design to provide up to 4 stops of compensation against camera shake for cleaner, clearer imagery. Additionally, a Super Integrated Coating (SIC) has also been applied to lens elements to maintain true color fidelity and contrast by suppressing flare and ghosting.
Other Camera Features
The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can be used to provide Wi-Fi connectivity for instantly transferring imagery and remotely viewing a live view image from a linked mobile device.
Easy Panorama Mode simplifies the creation of panoramic images by allowing you to capture a high-resolution single image simply by panning across the scene.
A helpful Guide Mode is available to aid in becoming acquainted with the D3300 through a series of step-by-step tutorials.
Picture Control modes can be directly accessed via a dedicated button and allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera, and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings.
Active D-Lighting helps to preserve both highlight and shadow details when working in contrast-rich scenarios, such as backlit lighting. Utilizing the EXPEED 4 processor's power, a more controlled image will be produced with brightness values closer to how they are naturally seen. This mode is suitable for working with moving subjects.
Scene Auto Selector is an automatic mode that intelligently identifies your subject and shooting scenario, selects a proper Scene Mode to apply, and adjusts exposure settings to best render the scene at hand.
Scene Modes: Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, and Night Portrait.
In-Camera Image Editing features: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Resize, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Perspective control, Color sketch, Miniature effect, Photo illustration, and Selective Color.
Language support: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Marathi, and Telugu.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens from Nikon is an attractive alternative to the classic 50mm f/1.4 "normal" lens for everyday shooting with an FX or 35mm camera. The 50mm f/1.8 is nearly as "fast" as the f/1.4 and provides reduced lens flare and ghosting as well as superior color consistency through the use of Nikon's Super Integrated Lens Coating. One aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and spherical aberration.
Nikon's Silent Wave Motor gives you smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation, and the M/A mode lets you quickly and easily override the autofocus system for fine manual focusing. This lens is also compatible with DX cameras and when used with a DX camera, the angle of view would be equivalent to a 75mm focal length lens.
Fast f/1.8 Compact FX-Format Prime Lens
This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for shallow depth of field control, producing images with beautiful background blur. When used on DX-format DSLRs its 35mm focal length equivalency is 75mm.
Shoot Tack-Sharp Portraits Every Time
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare, while an aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberrations, even when shooting at the widest available aperture.
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Quick Switching from AF to MF
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring. M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.
Ruggard Commando 25 DSLR Shoulder Bag
The Commando 25 DSLR Shoulder Bag from Ruggard is slightly larger than the Commando 15 and sized to hold your small DSLR with kit lens. Two removable dividers allow you to configure the interior to suit your gear needs.
The exterior is water-repellent 600D high-density Oxford nylon complemented by a smooth 150D polyester lining designed not to scratch your equipment. The bag is covered by a quick-release front flap and an additional zippered lid. This provides two ways to access your gear. If you don't want to zipper the interior lid, its touch fastener attaches to the cover flap allowing you to use just the front quick-release buckle.
For storage, there's a front zippered organizer pocket that contains seven slip-in pockets for small items such as pens as well as a touch fastened memory card pocket. In addition, there's a zippered mesh pocket under the lid, one airline-style mesh side pocket and a side loop that will accept an optional pouch.
All the bag's zippers feature a yellow pull tab for ease of use while wearing gloves. The Commando 25 is carried by its adjustable, removable shoulder strap that connects to plastic D-rings. A top carry handle and rear trolley sleeve offer you additional carrying options. At only 18.8 oz, this is a lightweight shoulder bag designed to carry your small DSLR/lens combination.
Amphoto Amphoto Book: Understanding Exposure, 4th Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Learn all about exposure with the Amphoto book, Understanding Exposure, 4th Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Paterson. This fourth edition covers aperture, choosing which one is best for your situation, how to use shutter speed to your advantage, and when and where to take a meter reading. This edition is updated with an expanded section on flash, includes tips for working with gels, and how to shoot star trails.
Table of Contents
What Is Meant by Exposure?
The Photographic Triangle
The Heart of the Triangle: The Light Meter
Six Correct Exposures Versus One Creatively Correct One
Finding Creative Exposure Options
Aperture and Depth of Field
Isolation or Singular-Theme Apertures
"Who Cares?" Apertures
Aperture and Macro Photography
The Importance of Shutter Speed
The Right Shutter Speed for the Subject
Implying Motion with Stationary Subjects
The Importance of Light: The Importance
The Best Light
The Gray Card
The Sky Brothers
Mr. Green Jeans (The Sky Brothers' Cousin)
Night and Low-Light Photography
Flashlights and Starlight
Graduated Neutral-Density Filters
The Photographic Triangle and Flash
The Three Factors for Correct Flash
The Dangers of Becoming a Flashaholic
The Limitations of Your Teenie-Weenie Pop-Up Flash
Powering Down the Flash
Flash as a Fill Light
Rear Curtain Sync
About the Author
Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, an internationally known instructor, and the best-selling author of "Understanding Exposure", "Understanding Shutter Speed", "Learning to See Creatively", "Understanding Digital Photography", and "Beyond Portraiture". In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school, The Perfect Picture School of Photography. He lives in Chicago
SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC Memory Card
Built to meet the demands of photographers and passionate shutterbugs who are using advanced cameras and HD camcorders, the 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC Memory Card from SanDisk allows users to take advantage of functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. It features a capacity of 32GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and delivers maximum read speeds of up to 90 MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 40 MB/s. This Extreme UHS-I SDHC card supports the V30 speed class, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device does not support the V30 speed class, this card also supports the U3 speed class, which likewise guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device only supports the Class 10 standard, minimum write speeds are guaranteed not to drop below 10 MB/s.
Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC Memory Card is water, shock, and x-ray proof, while also being able to withstand temperatures from -13 to 185°F, allowing for use in environments such as snow and deserts. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. Downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card also has a writable label on its surface and the included jewel case makes for easy storage and organization. This card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Faster Performance and Downloads
With write speeds up to 40 MB/s, this card unleashes the full shooting potential of your advanced camera or DSLR. Take advantage of advanced functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. Photos are written to your card almost instantly so you'll get your best shot, and you'll save time moving it all from your camera to your computer.
Capacity for High-Resolution Photos and Videos
With a capacity of 32GB to capture it all, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I Card offers enough room for thousands of high-resolution photos. The card can accommodate high-volume image formats, such as RAW and JPEG, and also provides plenty of room for Full HD videos.
4K and Full HD Video Recording
With Class 10, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3), and V30 video ratings, you'll be ready to capture 4K Ultra HD, cinema quality 3D, and Full HD video (1080p), which require more performance than ordinary cards can handle. This memory card's accelerated minimum sustained write speeds help ensure that video data isn't lost during recording, by reducing dropouts and stuttering.
Error Correction for Enhanced Relability
Thanks to its Advanced Error Correction Code engine, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDHC card helps reduce the chance for errors during data storage and retrieval. It prevents potential data corruption, providing high data integrity.
Fast Transfer Speeds Reduce Upload Times
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDHC cards boast a read speed of up to 90 MB/s, so you can transfer photos and videos to your computer quickly. You'll spend less time uploading photos and more time editing, storing, and sharing.
Designed and tested to withstand the tough conditions, this card has a capacity of 32GB and is waterproof, shockproof, and X-ray proof. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185°F, so you can work in almost any climate.
SanDisk RescuePRO and RescuePRO Deluxe software are file and data recovery products for recovering deleted files from all types of digital media.
Lenspen LensPen Lens Cleaner (Camo)
The camo LensPen Lens Cleaner is a small, lightweight, pen-shaped cleaning tool, designed for camera lenses and other optical items. Its 0.47" (12mm) cleaning tip is slightly concave, making it especially compatible with the convex shape of lenses on digital SLR cameras, binoculars, rifle scopes, and more. A retractable brush is included for dust removal.
The cleaning element contains no liquid, and is designed to never dry out. Put the Replenishment Cap back on after using the LensPen and it will refresh the surface of the tip, assuring that only cleaning compound, not grease, will touch the lens on the next cleaning.
Designed for cleaning of camera lenses and other optical items
The cleaning tip has a slightly concave shape for a better fit
A retractable dust-removal brush is built in
Its non-liquid carbon cleaning compound won't spill or dry out
It's safe to use and environmentally friendly
Slik Sprint 150 Aluminum Tripod with SBH-150DQ Ball Head
The Sprint 150 Aluminum Tripod with SBH-150DQ Ball Head from Slik is a compact camera support that can hold up to 4.5 lb and weighs just 2.3 lb. It extends from a minimum height of 7.4" to a maximum height of 64", and folds down to 19.9" for storage and transport.
The tripod's four-section legs are individually adjustable and are secured by easy-to-use flip locks. Each leg has a foam grip for added comfort, and rubber feet for securely resting on adverse surfaces both in the studio and the field. A split center column allows the tripod to reach its minimum height of 7.4" with the legs spread to their widest position.
The ball head features a single lock design which controls the movement of the ball and the 360° pan simultaneously. The head features a 3/8"-16 female threaded mount on the bottom, with a 1/4"-20 bushing adapter to fit the tripod's base plate. The ball head utilizes a quick release plate with a 1/4"-20 male threaded screw for attaching it to your camera and includes a carrying case to protect your tripod during travel.
Vello IR-N2 Infrared Remote Control for Select Nikon Cameras
The IR-N2 Infrared Remote Control for Select Nikon Cameras from Vello is a wireless remote control that lets you take photos with your Nikon camera from up to fifteen feet away. The Vello IR-N2 is especially useful for preventing camera shake during long exposures and for taking self-portraits. It can also be used to trigger a remote camera when shooting events. For photo applications, simply establish your frame and focus, set your camera to remote trigger function, point the IR-N2 at your camera and push the remote's button. Your camera will fire immediately.
To successfully use the infrared remote, your camera remote needs to point directly at the camera with no physical obstructions between the camera and remote.
Wirelessly take photos from up to fifteen feet away
Useful for triggering a remote camera, preventing camera shake, and even taking self-portraits
The IR-N2 Infrared Remote Control is Compatible with: