Nikon® D3400 Fast Start

Lesson 10/17 - Basic Controls: Bottom & Front of Camera


Nikon® D3400 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Basic Controls: Bottom & Front of Camera

On the bottom of the camera, we'll see our little power connector cover there. Which leads into the battery compartment. So the camera comes with the EN-EL 14a battery, and a charger for it. I would recommend sticking with the Nikon batteries. I know there's some aftermarket ones that are a little bit dubious on how good they are. They're definitely not as consistent as the Nikon products. So I would probably stick with the Nikons in most cases. The charger will have a little light that blinks to let you know that the battery is charging and then it stays steady when it is fully charged. Your serial number, for recording for insurance purposes. And it has a standard tripod socket, so it's gonna work with all the standard tripod accessories and monopods. Working our way around to the front of the camera, we have our microphone. It's just a mono microphone there, so you're getting just basic sound for your videos. There is an auto focus assist lamp that also is your self-timer lamp that ...

comes on. And for the auto focus assist, it can be a little irritating to have this light come on in your subject's face. And so, if you would like to be a little bit more discreet in your photography, you can turn this off if you want by diving into the menu system. There is an infrared receiver for working with Nikon's wireless remote. And so it works on the front, not on the backside of the camera. But that's the thing that you wanna have a clear line of view of. The little white dot on the lens and on the camera is your lens alignment mark. So when you're mounting your lenses on there, that's what you want to look for. We have our lens release button and our lens release lock pin over there. So let's just do a little demo of taking the lens on and off. I know a lot of people, this is their first interchangeable lens camera, and they're scared. I was like, "Can I take this lens off?" Yes, you can. This is what it's all about. So you press in on the button right here. And you can see that little white indicator dot up there. I'm gonna turn the dot, and you can see the white dot on the lens. And you don't wanna leave it exposed like this. There's body caps that you can put on here to cover it. 'Cause dust can get into the sensor if we leave it open too long in a bad area. So you line the white dot with the white dot. Put it right there, give it a little turn, and you'll hear a little click. And when you hear that click, that's when you know you got it mounted on there properly. So, get used to doing that. That's why you bought this camera, so that you can have interchangeable lenses. There are contacts that connect the body and the lens. And that's how focusing and aperture controls are worked on the cameras. Now the sensor in this, which is behind the mirror, and behind the shutter there, is a 24 megapixel sensor. Which means it has 6,000 columns and 4,000 rows of pixels. It's the 1.5 crop, as we talked about before.

Class Description

The Nikon D3400 camera is the perfect DSLR if you're looking to move up from taking pictures on your smartphone. This class will give you an in-depth instruction on how to make this transition easily so that you can capture high quality images. John will guide you through the features, menus, and buttons on your camera, giving you the confidence you need to take pictures like a pro. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use the D3400's AF precise focus system, even during high-speed shooting and low-light situations
  • Link your D3400 to your smartphone using Nikon's new Snapbridge system
  • Create time-lapse videos, ultra-smooth slow motion sequences and more
If you've just purchased this camera, or are thinking about buying it, this in-depth class will help everyone from amateurs to professionals love the new NIkon D3400 camera.


Tuan Hoang

John Greengo is a great instructor. He is indeed an expert. 1) Great voice ( clear tone) 2) Extremely friendly look ( must be a humble person) 3) Is indeed an expert ( know what he's talking about) 4) Have a passion teaching the secrets ( some instructors tend to hold back the information but not John) 5) And many more...


Great course to help an amateur get familiar with this camera. As a first time DSLR owner, and new to photography in general, there are settings and abilities of this camera that I find to be intimidating at times because they are over my head as a newbie. John explained settings and buttons in a way that cleared up some confusion left from reading the camera manual. I highly recommend this class to every owner of a D3400! John is a great instructor and I look forward to watching more videos of his.

Gloria Vázquez

Great class. I'm new to photography and I just got the Nikon D3400. Just to look at the manual made me anxious so I decided to buy this class and I don't regret it. I've learned a lot about the camera and about basic photography. John is an excellent instructor. I'm planning to take his class Fundamentals of Photography next. Thank you!