On a sunny Tuesday morning I met Janice with her brand new Nikon D5200 in downtown St. Petersburg Florida for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson. This was my first time to get hands on with the Nikon D5200 and the most noticable upgrade to this new model is the much improved graphics on the back LCD screen. Shutter speed, ISO and aperture are all very prominently displayed visually and numerically. I wish my old Nikon D80 had such a menu system back when I was learning!
Janice had a Nikon D60 for many years, but only ever used it in auto-mode and she did not want to continue shooting like that with her new Nikon D5200. For someone only ever shooting in auto-mode, Janice was one of the fastest students I have had to pick up on my 5-step system for making a well exposed and sharp shot in any given shooting situation. She also learned her way around the camera body quickly to adjust the necessary settings as well. I was impressed!
She has Nikon's great 17-5mm f/2.8 to pair with her D5200 body as well as the Nikkor 70-300mm lens and a 35mm f/1.8 lens too. During our first lesson we only had time to practice with the first two lenses though. I think Janice will be able to progress very quickly and I look forward to our next lesson.