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Reading the User Manual

By : Nikon School Blog   |  27 May, 2016  |  177

Have you ever read the user manual that came with your new D-SLR camera? While no is the answer to this question from many people, some are very surprised to even hear about the manual. In the excitement of trying out a newly purchased camera, the humble user manual is often put inside the box and then forgotten.

It is quite natural to want to head to an exotic location to try out a newly purchased D-SLR and accessories. However, if you set some time apart to know your equipment, you can avoid mistakes that can arise out of not knowing your equipment well enough.

No one makes you understand your equipment better than the user manual. That is what it is designed to do. You must read the user manual carefully before attempting to shoot something important with your new equipment. Most photography trainers will advice reading the user manual or even carrying it with you for troubleshooting on the move. Reading the user manual thoroughly helps you understand the probable reasons for your equipment not working the way you expect it to.

Many people are put off by the plain appearance of the manual, but remember the manufacturer has created it as a helpful guide, not as a book with attractive graphics.

Nowadays soft copies are provided with all equipment, making it very easy to carry more than one manual on your phone.

Of course, cameras today are loaded with features and that makes the manual quite lengthy too. The solution is to start with a few chapters at a time, and practice with the camera as you read. Though you may feel tempted to skip unimportant chapters and read the more interesting parts, it is important to read the whole manual in the right order at least once or twice to give you a good idea about where to find the right information when you need it. You may also find out new or lesser known things about your new equipment.

Mark the pages that you find most useful. The index is very useful, always go for the index when looking for specific information about a topic.

Even after you've gown used to your equipment, keep reading the manual from time to time. Regular reading of the short hints and articles along with practice with the camera will give you the confidence and troubleshooting skills before going out for important shoots.

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According to me, the USER Manual is the best reference material available to understand the features of your camera! Every step from unpacking to first click is explained so well!

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Mr. Shashank Joshi

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Mr. Himanshu Thakur

The manual provided with the device is very important as it has all the details of the device. It is like a teacher who teaches how to run or use the buttons, dials and other functions of the device. The manual tells us what to do and what not do for better results and long life of our device. All the best for all Nikon users .

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Mr. Anand Rathore

I think it's not a book to be read only once, but by using the index option one can get to the problem he/she facing by finding exact page to read again. Soft copy is another good option which we can keep with us and read it again and again.

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Mr. Rakesh Chandran

on first sight many may feel manual boring but not everything not attracting is not boring. it's a must read one and is the true knowledge about your dslr. strongly recommended to go through manual thoroughly and believe me it's interesting and above all authentic

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Mr. Kishan kumar biswal

I think I started reading manual 2-3 times,but couldn’t complete.

Mr. Abhishek Golatkar

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Mr. Vivekananda Pradhan

User manual is as much important as the camera itself.

Mr. Danda Srinivasa Rao

what about D850 announcement ..? this year?

Mr. Jeevraj Bairwa

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Mr. Saransh Bhardwaj

User manual is must needed for beginners. it was an easiest experience to learn an DSLR or Other Camera. It gives us A beginner to Professional.

Mr. Paritosh Jejurkar

starting using a DSLR a must visit is going through manual it helps to guide and does help using right procedure for taking accurate pictures

Mr. Pramod Acharya

Much needed for beginners

Mr. Kalyan Koley

Reading user manual is very helpful to learn about your camera.. when you are new

Mr. Gourav Saha

I have read the parts of the manual needed for me, apart from that I have watched many tutorial videos of professional photographers and now I am a complete manual photographer.

Mr. Keshav Mohan

yes I did. as I was the first one to buy a Nikon DSLR above the starter version (d5300/3200) it was helpful to learn about the new things. Besides it was one of those good books I read before my final exam .

Mr. Rayees Hassan

I have some problems in Nikon D3100

Very useful

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Yes

Mr. Bhaskar Nath

thanks

Mr. Raghavendra CH

if are new to DSLR read the user manual its easy to understand how to use dslr

Mr. KAUSHIK PURKAIT

exactly

Mr. Nitin Jain

thanks for info...

Mr. Ajmal Hussain

Great tip. Will definitely check the manual first thing tomorrow!

Mr. Arvind Kumar

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Mr. Santanu Mahapatra

Reading manual is necessary. I keep Nikon manual application in both ios and android but still sometimes I keep the manual in my camera bag as if phone batteries die then hard copy is a must there.

Mr. Subhankar Das

A must read for users of Nikon

Mr. Juman Jyoti Kalita

Mr. Srinivasa Rao Sir you can avail the user manuals of any camera as pdf files published on various websites.

Mr. Ashutosh Raghuwanshi

In my case I read the manuals of all candidate cameras before I finalized the one for actually buying. I think user manuals are better than brochures because they not only show you the features but also the limitations.

Mr. Manoj Kumar

Hello I recently bought D5300 and of coursee i make it a point to read the manual before i get started with any purchase and yes i went through the manual twice which made me understand about the camera deeply...one knows about if any new feature has been added and so......Thanks.

Mr. Parag Jadhav

Very useful information.

Mr. jatin sharma

very helpful.

Mr. Danda Srinivasa Rao

how can i get soft copy of user manual

Mr. Arvind Kumar

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Test

Mr. Veer Chaudhary

Nice

Mr. Vinay Dutt Purohit

Never thought that will help me to achieve fine nd crisp images

Mr. Arvind Kumar

I have bought D5300 and Yes, I have started reading manual. it is very useful for beginners to understand about your camera

Mr. Prabu Ponnusamy

Can get good information about focus, point selection

Mr. Prabu Ponnusamy

I have bought D5200 last month and i have started reading the manual whenever getting time and it is very useful to know the function , limitations about my camera.

Mr. prashanth prabhakaran

Thanks; this definitely helps first time camera buyers like me. Manufacturer knows best about the device and its always good to have the manual handy.

Mr. PALLAB ROYCHOWDHURY

The User's Manual may be read first followed by the Reference Manual, with at least as much patience and concentration as one would when studying for the IIT Entrances or IAS Exams. If you take my word, it's the first thing a beginner should do after holding his first DSLR and then all the tutorials, workshops, photowalks seem so easy. Take it from me, this is one investment that'll reap gold...............diamonds for you in the days to come. Try it,................ specially, every beginner,

Mr. Pratul Pal

It's very helpful...

Mr. Pratul Pal

So, friends... R u trying to read user manual?

Mr. jayanth krishna

first thing i do is read the manual of product this habit is adopted from my teacher i always thank him for his valuable suggestion

Mr. Pratul Pal

I'm trying..

Mr. Pratul Pal

Do you read the user manual throughly...

Mr. Parag Jadhav

It's very helpful.

Mr. Pratul Pal

Reading user manual is very helpful to learn about your camera.... and if you are new to the world of photography it is essential.....

Mr. SUBRAT KUMAR SAHOO

NikonSchool n userGuide iz very helpful to click beautiful photos..keep clicking n Become wonderful through ur creature mind n Camera.

Mr. Althaf Hussain

I read once when I entered into DSLR photography. It was really helpful to know about my camera.

Mr. Sandeep Kumar

Read user manual if you are new to D-SLR. It is compulsory.

Mr. Sandeep Kumar

I read user manual. It is very helpful.