Introduction 1 Part 1: Fast Track to Super Snaps 5 Chapter 1: First Steps, First Shots 7 Preparing the Camera for Use 7 Checking Out External Controls 11 Using the Touchscreen 19 Navigating Menus 21 Checking Out the Displays 24 Control panel (top LCD display) 24 Information display 25 Viewfinder display 26 Live View display 28 Saving Time with the i-Button Menu 30 Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens 31 Working with Memory Cards 34 Taking a Few Final Setup Steps 35 Restoring Default Settings 38 Shooting Pictures in Auto Mode 39 Chapter 2: Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options 45 Choosing an Exposure Mode 46 Fully automatic exposure modes 46 Semi-automatic modes (P, S, and A) 49 Manual exposure mode (M) 50 U1 and U2 50 Setting the Release Mode 50 Single Frame and Quiet Shutter modes 51 Continuous (burst mode) shooting 52 Self-timer shooting 54 Mirror lockup (MUP) 55 Off-the-dial shutter release features 56 Selecting Image Size and Image Quality 63 Considering Image Size (resolution) 63 Understanding Image Quality options (JPEG or Raw/NEF) 67 Adjusting the Image Size and Image Quality settings 73 Setting the Image Area 75 Chapter 3: Adding Flash 77 Turning the Built-in Flash On and Off 77 Comparing Built-in and External Flashes 78 Understanding Flash Modes 82 Adjusting Flash Strength 89 Applying Flash Compensation 89 Switching to manual flash-power control 92 Enabling High-Speed Flash (Auto FP) 93 Using Flash Value Lock (FV Lock) 94 Exploring Additional Flash Options 96 Part 2: Taking Creative Control 99 Chapter 4: Taking Charge of Exposure 101 Meeting the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 102 Aperture affects depth of field 104 Shutter speed affects motion blur 105 ISO affects image noise 106 Doing the exposure balancing act 108 Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M) 109 Reading the Meter 112 Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 116 Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 120 Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 120 Controlling ISO 123 Solving Exposure Problems 128 Applying Exposure Compensation 129 Expanding tonal range 132 Eliminating vignetting 139 Using autoexposure lock 141 Taking Advantage of Automatic Bracketing 142 Chapter 5: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field 147 Setting the Basic Focusing Method 147 Exploring Standard Focusing Options 149 Setting the Focus mode 149 Choosing an AF-area mode: One focus point or many? 151 Autofocusing for still subjects: AF-S + Single Point 156 Focusing on moving subjects: AF-C + Dynamic Area 157 Focusing manually 161 Mastering Live View Focusing 163 Controlling autofocus behavior 163 Manual focusing in Live View mode 168 Zooming in to check focus 169 Manipulating Depth of Field 169 Chapter 6: Mastering Color Controls 173 Understanding White Balance 173 Changing the White Balance setting 175 Fine-tuning white balance 180 Creating Custom White Balance Presets 183 Setting white balance with direct measurement 183 Matching white balance to an existing photo 185 Selecting the preset you want to use 187 Editing presets 187 Bracketing White Balance 189 Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls 193 Chapter 7: Putting It All Together 197 Recapping Basic Picture Settings 198 Shooting Still Portraits 199 Capturing Action 204 Capturing Scenic Vistas 206 Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups 209 Chapter 8: Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies 211 Understanding a Few Recording Basics 212 Shooting a Movie Using Default Settings 213 Choosing a Video Format: MOV or MP4 217 Setting Frame Size, Rate, and Quality 218 Picking the right frame size and rate (fps) 219 Understanding the Movie Quality setting 223 Controlling Audio 223 Controlling Movie Exposure 228 Exploring Other Recording Options 232 Screening Your Movies 234 Trimming Movies 237 Saving a Movie Frame As a Still Image 238 Part 3: After the Shot 239 Chapter 9: Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos 241 Picture Playback 101 242 Choosing Which Images to View 243 Adjusting Playback Timing 244 Disabling Automatic Picture Rotation 245 Shifting to Thumbnail Display 246 Displaying Photos in Calendar View 248 Magnifying Photos During Playback 249 Viewing Picture Data 251 Enabling additional display modes 252 File Information mode 253 Highlights display mode 256 RGB Histogram mode 257 Shooting Data display mode 260 Overview mode 261 Chapter 10: Working with Picture and Movie Files 263 Rating Photos and Movies 264 Protecting Photos 266 Hiding Photos During Playback 267 Deleting Files 270 Deleting files one at a time 270 Deleting all files 271 Deleting a batch of selected files 271 Taking a Look a Nikon's Photo Software 274 Downloading Pictures to Your Computer 276 Processing Raw (NEF) Files 280 Processing Raw images in the camera 281 Processing Raw files in Capture NX-D 283 Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing 285 Prepping photos using ViewNX-i 286 Resizing pictures in the camera 287 Part 4: The Part of Tens 289 Chapter 11: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera 291 Chapter 12: Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 307 Appendix: Intro to Nikon Snapbridge 325 Index 335
Julie Adair King is a veteran digital photography educator and the author of numerous bestselling books on digital cameras and photography. Along with all editions of Digital Photography For Dummies, she has written 20 books on Nikon dSLR cameras. Julie's books have sold more than a million copies.