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David Busch’s Nikon® D4/D4S: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D4 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY is your best bet for getting great results with your D4. Nikon's new flagship camera, the D4 includes a 16.2 megapixel sensor, advanced HDTV video features, ISO up to 204,400, and a completely new exposure sensor with 91,000-pixel resolution. If you're hoping to use your new Nikon D4 to explore the world of digital photography, to flex your creativity, or to do your job better, this is the book for you. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D4 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY covers all the features of this capable camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. With David Busch as your guide, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Nikon D4 today.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. Part I Introducing the Nikon D4/D4s
    1. 1 Nikon D4/D4s Quick Start
      1. Choosing a Release Mode
      2. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      3. Choosing a Metering Mode
      4. Choosing a Focus Mode
      5. Choosing the Focus Area Mode
      6. Other Settings
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    2. 2 Nikon D4/D4s Roadmap
      1. Nikon D4/D4s: Full Frontal
      2. The Nikon D4/D4s’s Business End
      3. Playing Back Images
      4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
      5. Going Topside
      6. Control Panel Readouts
      7. Lens Components
      8. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      9. Underneath Your Nikon D4/D4s
    3. 3 Recommended Settings
      1. Changing Default Settings
      2. Recommended Default Changes
      3. Recommended Customized Settings
  10. Part II Mastering Your Tools
    1. 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the D4/D4s Calculates Exposure
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      6. Bracketing
      7. Working with HDR
      8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    2. 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
      1. How Focus Works
      2. Using Autofocus
      3. Bringing the Multi-CAM 3500FX AF System into Focus
      4. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      5. Autofocus Activation... and More
      6. Focusing in Live View
      7. Focus Stacking
      8. Trap (Auto) Focus
    3. 6 Advanced Techniques
      1. Continuous Shooting
      2. A Tiny Slice of Time
      3. Long Exposures
      4. Delayed Exposures
      5. Infrared Photography
      6. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1a
    4. 7 Working with Lenses
      1. What You See Is What You Get
      2. What Lenses Can You Use?
      3. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      4. Expanding Your Lens Kit
      5. Nikon’s Lens Roundup
      6. Using the Lensbaby
      7. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
  11. Part III Working with Light
    1. 8 Making Light Work for You
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
    2. 9 Electronic Flash with the Nikon D4/D4s
      1. Electronic Flash Basics
      2. High-Speed (HS) Sync
      3. Using the Nikon D4/D4s with Flash
      4. Flash Control Modes
      5. Nikon’s Flash External Units
    3. 10 Wireless and Multiple Flash
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash
      2. Setting Your Master Flash
  12. Part IV Configuring Your Camera
    1. 11 Playback and Shooting Menus
      1. Anatomy of the Nikon D4/D4s’s Menus
      2. Playback Menu Options
      3. Shooting Menu Options
    2. 12 The Custom Settings Menu
      1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
      2. Custom Settings Bank
      3. a. Autofocus
      4. b. Metering/Exposure
      5. c. Timers/AE Lock
      6. d. Shooting/Display
      7. e. Bracketing/Flash
      8. f. Controls
      9. g. Movie
    3. 13 The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
      1. Setup Menu Options
      2. Retouch Menu
      3. Using My Menu
  13. Part V Introduction to Movie Making
    1. 14 Basics of Live View
      1. The New Perspective of Live View
      2. Shooting Stills (and Movies, Too!) in Live View
    2. 15 Shooting Movies
      1. Capturing Video
      2. Stop That!
      3. Viewing Your Movies
      4. Trimming Your Movies
    3. 16 Advanced Movie-Making Techniques
      1. Tips for Shooting Better Video
  14. Part VI Bonus Material
    1. Appendix A Pre-Flight Checklist
      1. Initial Setup
    2. Appendix B What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
      2. Categories of Lenses
      3. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      4. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      5. Add-ons and Special Features
    3. Appendix C Software Tools
      1. Nikon’s Applications and Utilities
      2. The Creative Cloud Surrounding Photoshop and Lightroom
    4. Appendix D Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Battery Powered
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
      3. Protecting Your LCD
      4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      5. Cleaning Your Sensor
  15. Index