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David Busch’s Nikon® D5200 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

The D5200 is the most advanced entry-level camera Nikon has ever introduced. It boasts 24 megapixels of resolution, full high-definition movie-making capabilities, and blazing-fast automatic focus. As the owner of a Nikon D5200, you demand the ability to take outstanding pictures with your new camera. DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D5200 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the Nikon D5200 to take great photographs and movies. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply file formats, resolution, and exposure. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use the Nikon D5200, and use it like a pro! With DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D5200 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY, you'll learn how to select the best autofocus mode, shutter speed, f/stop, and flash capability to take great pictures under any conditions, advanced shooting techniques, including high-definition movie making, how to use external flash functions, troubleshooting and prevention tips to keep your camera and media operating smoothly, and the basics of good photography as you master your camera's operation!

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 Getting Started With Your Nikon D5200
    1. 1 Thinking Outside of the Box
      1. First Things First
      2. Initial Setup
    2. 2 Nikon D5200 Quick Start
      1. Choosing a Release Mode
      2. Adjusting ISO
      3. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      4. Choosing a Metering Mode
      5. Choosing a Focus Mode
      6. Choosing the Focus Area Mode
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      8. Using the Built-in Flash
      9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
      10. Changing Default Settings
    3. 3 Nikon D5200 Roadmap
      1. Nikon D5200: Full Frontal
      2. The Nikon D5200’s Business End
      3. Playing Back Images
      4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
      5. Going Topside
      6. Lens Components
      7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      8. Underneath Your Nikon D5200
  10. Part II Mastering Your Tools
    1. 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the D5200 Calculates Exposure
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      5. Using Scene Modes
      6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      7. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      8. Bracketing
    2. 5 Mastering Autofocus Options
      1. How Focus Works
      2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D5200
      3. Autofocus Mode and Priority
    3. 6 Live View and Movies
      1. The New Perspective of Live View and Movies
      2. Beginning Live View
      3. Shooting Movies with the D5200
      4. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
    4. 7 Advanced Techniques
      1. Continuous Shooting
      2. A Tiny Slice of Time
      3. Long Exposures
      4. Delayed Exposures
      5. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1A
      6. Wi-Fi
      7. Tablets, Smart Phones, and the Nikon D5200
      8. Focus Stacking
  11. Part III Advanced Tools
    1. 8 Playback and Shooting Menus
      1. Anatomy of the Nikon D5200’s Menus
      2. Playback Menu Options
      3. Shooting Menu Options
    2. 9 The Custom Setting Menu
      1. Custom Setting Menu Layout
      2. a. Autofocus
      3. b. Exposure
      4. c. Timers/AE Lock
      5. d. Shooting/Display
      6. e. Bracketing/Flash
      7. f. Controls
    3. 10 The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
      1. Setup Menu Options
      2. Retouch Menu Options
      3. Using Special Effects Modes
      4. Using My Menu
    4. 11 Working with Lenses
      1. Sensor Sensibilities
      2. Your First Lens
      3. What Lenses Can You Use?
      4. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      5. What Lenses Can Do for You
      6. Categories of Lenses
      7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      9. Add-ons and Special Features
      10. Using the Lensbaby
    5. 12 Making Light Work for You
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      3. Electronic Flash Basics
      4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
      5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      6. Nikon Add-On Flash Units
      7. Flash Techniques
      8. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      9. Connecting External Flash
      10. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
    6. 13 Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Battery Powered
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
      3. Protecting Your LCD
      4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      5. Cleaning Your Sensor
  12. Glossary
  13. Index