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David Busch’s Nikon D810 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D810 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY is a complete resource and reference for the Nikon D810, the new 36 megapixel model featuring a new sensor, extra movie options, and faster focus/operation. With this book in hand, you will explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and take great photographs with the Nikon D810. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D810 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY covers your camera's features 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. Also included is the handy Nikon D810 “roadmap,” an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. 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 D810 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 D810
    1. Chapter 1 Nikon D810 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
        1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
        2. Using the Self-Timer
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      8. Using the Built-in Flash
      9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    2. Chapter 2 Nikon D810 Roadmap
      1. Nikon D810: Full Frontal
      2. The Nikon D810’s Business End
      3. Playing Back Images
        1. Zooming the Nikon D810 Playback Display
        2. Viewing Thumbnails
      4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
        1. Using the Shooting Information Display
        2. Using the Photo Data Displays
      5. Going Topside
      6. Control Panel Readouts
      7. Lens Components
      8. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      9. Underneath Your Nikon D810
        1. Using the MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack/Vertical Grip
    3. Chapter 3 Recommended Settings
      1. Changing Default Settings
        1. Resetting the Nikon D810
      2. Recommended Default Changes
        1. Shooting Menu
        2. Custom Settings Menu
      3. Recommended Customized Settings
      4. Shooting Menu Recommendations
        1. Custom Settings Menu Bank Recommendations
  10. PART II: MASTERING YOUR TOOLS
    1. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the D810 Calculates Exposure
        1. Correctly Exposed
        2. Overexposed
        3. Underexposed
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
        1. Matrix Metering
        2. Center-Weighted Metering
        3. Spot Metering
        4. Highlight-Weighted Metering
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
        1. Aperture-Priority
        2. Shutter-Priority
        3. Program Mode
        4. Manual Exposure
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
        1. Dealing with Noise
      6. Bracketing
        1. More on Bracketing
        2. White Balance Bracketing
        3. ADL Bracketing
      7. Working with HDR
        1. Auto HDR
        2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
      8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
        1. Tonal Range
        2. Histogram Basics
        3. Understanding Histograms
    2. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
      1. How Focus Works
        1. Phase Detection
        2. Contrast Detection
        3. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Using Autofocus
        1. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives… Doesn’t It?
      3. Bringing the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF System into Focus
        1. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
        2. Choosing Autofocus Point Selection Mode
        3. Store by Orientation
        4. Restricting Modes
      4. Autofocus Mode and Priority
        1. Autofocus Mode
      5. Autofocus Activation… and More
      6. Focusing in Live View
        1. Focus Mode
        2. Focus Area
      7. Focus Stacking
      8. Trap (Auto) Focus
      9. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
        1. Lens Tune-up
    3. Chapter 6 Advanced Techniques
      1. Continuous Shooting
      2. A Tiny Slice of Time
        1. Working with Short Exposures
      3. Long Exposures
        1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
        2. Working with Long Exposures
      4. Delayed Exposures
        1. Self-Timer
        2. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
        3. Multiple Exposures
      5. Infrared Photography
        1. What You Need
      6. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1a
    4. Chapter 7 Working with Lenses
      1. Surprising Benefits of the Crop Factor
        1. What You See Is What You Get
        2. Free Inside! A DX Camera!
      2. What Lenses Can You Use?
      3. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      4. Expanding Your Lens Kit
        1. Your Best Do-Everything Option?
        2. The Magic Three
      5. Nikon’s Lens Roundup
        1. Wide Angles
        2. Normal to Medium Telephoto
        3. Macro Lenses
  11. PART III: WORKING WITH LIGHT
    1. Chapter 8 Making Light Work for You
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
        1. Living with Color Temperature
        2. Daylight
        3. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
        4. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
        5. Other Lighting Accessories
    2. Chapter 9 Electronic Flash with the Nikon D810
      1. Electronic Flash Basics
        1. Fire When Ready!
        2. The Moment of Exposure
        3. Determining Exposure
        4. Guide Numbers
        5. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
        6. Ghost Images
      2. High-Speed (FP) Sync
      3. Using the Nikon D810’s Built-in Flash
        1. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
        2. Specifying Flash Shutter Speed
        3. Built-in Flash Control
        4. Previewing Your Flash Effect
        5. Activating Bracketing
      4. Working with Nikon Flash External Units
        1. Nikon SB-300
        2. Nikon SB-400
        3. Nikon SB-700
        4. Nikon SB-R200
        5. Nikon SB-910
        6. Using Zoom Heads
        7. Flash Modes
        8. Repeating Flash
    3. Chapter 10 Wireless and Multiple Flash
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash
        1. Master Flash
        2. Remote Flashes
        3. Channels
        4. Groups
        5. Lighting Ratios
      2. Setting Your Master Flash
        1. Setting Commander Mode for the D810’s Built-in Flash
        2. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-910 or SB-900
        3. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-700
        4. Setting Remote Modes
  12. PART IV: CONFIGURING YOUR NIKON D810
    1. Chapter 11 Playback and Shooting Menus
      1. Anatomy of the Nikon D810’s Menus
      2. Playback Menu Options
        1. Delete
        2. Playback Folder
        3. Hide Image
        4. Playback Display Options
        5. Copy Image(s)
        6. Image Review
        7. After Delete
        8. Rotate Tall
        9. Slide Show
        10. DPOF Print Order
        11. Direct Printing
      3. Shooting Menu Options
        1. Shooting Menu Bank
        2. Extended Menu Banks
        3. Storage Folder
        4. File Naming
        5. Primary Slot Selection
        6. Secondary Slot Function
        7. Image Quality
        8. JPEG/TIFF Recording
        9. NEF (RAW) Recording
        10. Image Area
        11. White Balance
        12. Set Picture Control
        13. Manage Picture Control
        14. Color Space
        15. Active D-Lighting
        16. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
        17. Vignette Control
        18. Auto Distortion Control
        19. Long Exp. NR
        20. High ISO NR
        21. ISO Sensitivity Settings
        22. Multiple Exposure
        23. Interval Timer Photography
        24. Time-Lapse Photography
        25. Movie Settings
    2. Chapter 12 The Custom Settings Menu
      1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
      2. Custom Settings Bank
        1. Reset Custom Settings
      3. a. Autofocus
        1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
        2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
        3. a3 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
        4. a4 AF Activation
        5. a5 Focus Point Illumination
        6. a6 AF Point Illumination
        7. a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around
        8. a8 Number of Focus Points
        9. a9 Store by Orientation
        10. a10 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
        11. a11 Limit AF-Area Mode Selection
        12. a12 Autofocus Mode Restrictions
      4. b. Metering/Exposure
        1. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
        2. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
        3. b3 Exp./Flash Comp. Step Value
        4. b4 Easy Exposure Compensation
        5. b5 Matrix Metering
        6. b6 Center-Weighted Area
        7. b7 Fine-Tune Optimal Exposure
      5. c. Timers/AE Lock
        1. c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L
        2. c2 Standby Timer
        3. c3 Self-Timer
        4. c4 Monitor Off Delay
      6. d. Shooting/Display
        1. d1 Beep
        2. d2 CL Mode Shooting Speed
        3. d3 Max. Continuous Release
        4. d4 Exposure Delay Mode
        5. d5 Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter
        6. d6 File Number Sequence
        7. d7 Viewfinder Grid Display
        8. d8 ISO Display and Adjustment
        9. d9 Screen Tips
        10. d10 Information Display
        11. d11 LCD Illumination
        12. d12 MB-D12 Battery Type
        13. d13 Battery Order
      7. e. Bracketing/Flash
        1. e1 Flash Sync Speed
        2. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
        3. e3 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
        4. e4 Exposure Compensation for Flash
        5. e5 Modeling Flash
        6. e6 Auto Bracketing Set
        7. e7 Auto Bracketing Mode (Mode M)
        8. e8 Bracketing Order
      8. f. Controls
        1. f1 Illuminator Switch
        2. f2 Multi Selector Center Button
        3. f3 Multi Selector
        4. f4 Assign Fn (Function) Button
        5. f5 Assign Preview Button
        6. f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
        7. f7 Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock
        8. f8 Assign BKT Button
        9. f9 Customize Command Dials
        10. f10 Release Button to Use Dial
        11. f11 Slot Empty Release Lock
        12. f12 Reverse Indicators
        13. f13 Assign Movie Record Button
        14. f14 Live View Button Options
        15. f15 Assign MB-D12 AF-ON Button
        16. f16 Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button
        17. f17 Lens Focus Function Buttons
      9. g. Movie
        1. g1 Assign Fn (Function) Button
        2. g2 Assign Preview Button
        3. g3 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
        4. g4 Assign Shutter Button
    3. Chapter 13 The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
      1. Setup Menu Options
        1. Format Memory Card
        2. Monitor Brightness
        3. Monitor Color Balance
        4. Clean Image Sensor
        5. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
        6. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
        7. Flicker Reduction
        8. Time Zone and Date
        9. Language
        10. Auto Image Rotation
        11. Battery Info
        12. Image Comment
        13. Copyright Information
        14. Save/Load Settings
        15. Virtual Horizon
        16. Non-CPU Lens Data
        17. AF Fine Tune
        18. HDMI
        19. Location Data
        20. Network
        21. Eye-Fi Upload
        22. Firmware Version
      2. Retouch Menu
        1. D-Lighting
        2. Red-Eye Correction
        3. Trim
        4. Monochrome
        5. Filter Effects
        6. Color Balance
        7. Image Overlay
        8. NEF (RAW) Processing
        9. Resize
        10. Quick Retouch
        11. Straighten
        12. Distortion Control
        13. Fisheye
        14. Color Outline
        15. Color Sketch
        16. Perspective Control
        17. Miniature Effect
        18. Selective Color
        19. Edit Movie
        20. Side-by-Side Comparison
      3. Using My Menu
  13. PART V: INTRODUCTION TO MOVIE MAKING
    1. Chapter 14 Basics of Live View
      1. The New Perspective of Live View
        1. What You Can Do with Live View
        2. Beginning Live View
        3. Viewing Live View Information
      2. Shooting Stills (and Movies, Too!) in Live View
      3. i Button Options
        1. Split-Screen Display Zoom
    2. Chapter 15 Shooting Movies with the D810
      1. Capturing Video
      2. Stop That!
      3. Viewing Your Movies
      4. Trimming Your Movies
        1. Saving a Frame
    3. Chapter 16 Advanced Movie-Making Techniques
      1. Tips for Shooting Better Video
        1. Lens Craft
        2. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
        3. Shooting Script
        4. Storyboards
        5. Storytelling in Video
        6. Composition
        7. Lighting for Video
        8. Audio
  14. PART VI: BONUS MATERIAL
    1. Appendix A Nikon D810: Pre-Flight Checklist
      1. Initial Setup
        1. Mastering the Multi Selector and Command Dials
        2. Setting the Clock
        3. Battery Included
        4. Final Steps
    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
        1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
      4. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
        2. Telephotos and Bokeh
      5. Add-ons and Special Features
        1. Lens Hoods
        2. Telephoto Converters
        3. Macro Focusing
        4. Vibration Reduction
    3. Appendix C Software Tools
      1. Nikon’s Applications and Utilities
        1. Nikon ViewNX 2
        2. Nikon Transfer
        3. Nikon Capture NX 2 “Becomes” NX-D
        4. Nikon Camera Control Pro
      2. The Creative Cloud Surrounding Photoshop and Lightroom
    4. Appendix D Nikon D810: Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Moiré and the Nikon D810
      2. Diffraction
      3. Battery Powered
      4. Upgrading Your Firmware
        1. How It Works
        2. Why Three Firmware Modules?
        3. Getting Ready
        4. Updating from a Card Reader
        5. Updating with a USB Connection
        6. Starting the Update
      5. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
        1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
        2. Preventive Measures
        3. What Can Go Wrong?
        4. What Can You Do?
      6. Cleaning Your Sensor
        1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
        2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
        3. Avoiding Dust
        4. Sensor Cleaning
  15. Index