Mon 17-Sep-12 06:23 AM | edited Mon 17-Sep-12 06:25 AM by MEMcD
Welcome to Nikonians! Congratulations on your new Daughter and D3200.
Q1: What exposure mode are you using? How low is the ambient light level that you want to shoot in? Assuming your subject is static, To prevent blur due to camera shake the Rule of Thumb is use a Shutter Speed = 1/1.5 x Focal Length hand held (using the viewfinder). In other words if you are shooting with the lens set at 50mm, the minimum shutter speed = 1/75 ~ 1/80th sec. If you use Live View hand held, I would use a shutter speed 3 or 4 times faster as a minimum.
At 50mm your lens will be wide open at f/5.6 If you use Aperture (A) priority mode you will have to increase the ISO until your shutter Speed is 1/80th sec. Keep in mind the lower the ambient light level the higher the ISO setting that you will need. The higher the ISO the more noise will be in the image. The alternative is to use the base ISO and the Built in Speedlight.
Q2: If you want the camera to perform faster, turn off Live View and use the viewfinder.
I have been wearing Glasses since I was 5 or 6 years old and learned Photography using range finders and Nikon Film SLR's decades ago. I have 5 bodies with Live View and only use it with the Camera mounted on a tripod mostley when Manually focusing when shooting at Macro distances.
Once you get used to using the viewfinder you won't want to use Live View. Holding the camera out in front so you can see the rear LCD makes the camera much less stable than using the viewfinder and propper hand holding technique. The added stability will allow you to capture sharper images resulting in better over all Image Quality and a higher rate of Keepers. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!