How to easily take photos of yourself outdoors using a Nikon D3300

Today happened to be a snow day in my city and I just had to take my camera out and shoot because I really couldn’t resist how beautiful and peaceful it was out there – although it was freezing.

Do you own a DSLR camera? How often do you use it to take pictures of yourself other than food, flat-lays, videos even your cat? Well, if you are like me, you probably hardly reach out for your DSLR camera. The reason being, most of us own smartphones such as iPhones which have fantastic cameras. Nonetheless, if you own a DSLR camera, you are not doing your camera justice by just letting it gather dust. It’s either you sell it and get some money off it or you learn to use it.

Much as I like my iPhone 11 camera, there are days when I gather the courage to shoot my DSLR. So in today’s post, I share with you how to easily take photos of yourself for your Instagram or blog. It wasn’t until I started my blog that I got into photography because I couldn’t stand the thought of being solely reliant on my siblings or professional photographers for photo taking and producing content on my blog and Instagram. This led me to watch endless videos on YouTube on how to get the best out of my Nikon D3300.


To begin with, besides your camera, you will need a tripod. Tip here is to get a steady good quality tripod because you want your camera to safe and secure. And then of course, you need your camera, which is a Nikon D3300. I have had this camera for several years now and its still growing strong. I also use a 50 mm lens and love the blurred background I get in my shots. You will also need a camera remote. This has really been a game changer for me as it helps me focus better during my shoot. Unlike Canon that has a feature of connecting your camera to your phone – via Free Canon Camera Connect, it is not quite the same with the Nikon camera. However, the use of a wireless remote really does the trick in my view. Lastly, an SD card iPhone reader is another essential. It allows you to easily transfer your pictures to your phone on the go.


Scouting for a location prior to the shoot is ideal. But of course, there are times when one spontaneously decides to shoot. For example, in this case, this was a spontaneous shoot. However, I had a mood board for it which included examples of what type of poses I would have whilst shooting. By doing so, I didn’t have to think on the spot.

So there you have it. I hope I have inspired you to take your camera out for a spin next time you get a chance to. By no means am I a pro, I am an amateur who keeps working on her craft.


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