Nikon D5300

Discussion in 'Photography' started by skraaal, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. skraaal

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    Dec 9, 2010
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    Hello all,

    Up until now I've always used my trusted Fujifilm Finepix bridge camera to take pictures of my miniatures but recently I've had access to a Nikon D5300. Now I know the Nikon is the better camera as it's a full DSLR as opposed to the bridge camera but whatever I do I can't seem to get any decent pictures out of it.

    Normal shots are fine but I just can't get the setup right for miniautre photography. Would any Nikon DSLR users be able to shed some light on settings they use etc? I was also wondering if it could be due to the lens that it came with, maybe I really need a different lens? It currently has the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens.

    Any help would be appriciated :rolleyes::coffee

  2. Bob

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    Aug 30, 2012
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    Not familiar with the Nikon SLR, but there are people around who know about mini photography. What problems are you having? Depth of focus, colour, contrast? Has anything else changed since you took the pictures with your Fuji; what lighting do you use?


  3. ArkMechanicus

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    Dec 23, 2011
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    I'm using the D3300 lately and have been relatively pleased with what I've got out of it, though maybe not the best photos!

    In general I put it in Aparture control mode, and set the aperture narrow enough to get all the details of the model sharp.
    Then I usually find I need to up the exposure manually to get a decent photo.

    Here's a example, there's a lot of depth in this photo since it's a group shot, so I've used F/10, ISO-800 and upped the exposure to +1.3, i'm at the 18mm end of the kit lens. I let the camera pick the exposure and it did 1/125.


    Good luck!

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