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David Busch’s Nikon® D3S/D3X: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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After upgrading to the Nikon D3/D3x, "David Busch's Nikon D3/D3x Guide to Digital SLR Photography" will help you maximize your experience with your new camera. This book provides a complete overview of the long list of features included with the Nikon D3/D3x in a clear and concise way, cutting through the confusion that can come from a thick, densely-worded owner's manual. This guide explains the purpose and function of the Nikon D3/D3X's basic controls, how to use them, and why. It includes concise explanations of file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and special autofocus modes as well as focus zones, Bokeh, flash synchronization options, how to choose zoom settings, and exposure modes. Concepts are summarized into well-organized chapters with plenty of full-color illustrations showing what results will look like. "David Busch's Nikon D3/D3x Guide to Digital SLR Photography" will help users make the most out of their new digital camera.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Which Cameras Are Covered?
    2. Why the Nikon D3s/D3x Deserves a Book Like This One
    3. Family Resemblance
    4. How This Book Is Organized
    5. Who Are You?
    6. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Nikon D3s/D3x
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Multi Selector and Command Dials
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      4. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Memory Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
        5. How Many Shots?
    3. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Nikon D3s or D3x
        1. Two-Button Reset
        2. Shooting Menu/Custom Setting Menu Reset
      2. Recommended Default Changes
        1. Shooting Menu
        2. Custom Setting Menu
    4. Choosing a Release Mode
    5. Selecting an Exposure Mode
    6. Choosing a Metering Mode
    7. Choosing a Focus Mode
    8. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Nikon D3s/D3x Roadmap
    1. Nikon D3s/D3x: Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D3s/D3x’s Business End
    3. Using the Shooting Information Display
    4. Rear Control Panel
      1. Recording Voice Memos
    5. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D3s/D3x Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
    6. Working with the Photo Data Displays
    7. Going Topside
    8. LCD Control Panel Readouts
    9. Lens Components
    10. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    11. Underneath Your Nikon D3s/D3x
  8. 3. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D3s/D3x’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Display Mode
      5. Copy Image(s)
      6. Image Review
      7. After Delete
      8. Rotate Tall
      9. Slide Show
      10. Print Set (DPOF)
      11. Direct Printing
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Shooting Menu Banks
        1. Entering Text on the Nikon D3s/D3x
      2. Reset Shooting Menu
      3. Extended Menu Banks (D3s Only)
      4. Active Folder
      5. File Naming
      6. Slot 2
        1. Overflow
        2. Backup
        3. RAW Slot 1—JPEG Slot 2
      7. Image Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      8. Image Size
      9. Image Area
      10. JPEG Compression
      11. NEF (RAW) Recording
      12. White Balance
        1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      13. Set Picture Control
        1. Choosing a Picture Control Style
        2. Editing a Picture Control Style
      14. Manage Picture Control
      15. Color Space
      16. Active D-Lighting
      17. Vignette Control
      18. Long Exp. NR
      19. High ISO NR
      20. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      21. Live View
      22. Multiple Exposure
      23. Movie Settings (D3s Only)
      24. Interval Timer Shooting
  9. 4. Setup: The Custom Setting Menu
    1. Custom Setting Menu Layout
    2. Custom Setting Bank
      1. Reset Custom Settings
    3. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
      3. a3 Dynamic AF Area
      4. a4 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
      5. a5 AF Activation
      6. a6 Focus Point Illumination
      7. a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      8. a8 AF Point Selection
      9. a9 AF-ON Button
      10. a10 Vertical AF-ON Button
    4. b. Metering/Exposure
      1. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
      2. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
      3. b3 EV Steps for Exposure Comp.
      4. b4 Easy Exposure Compensation
      5. b5 Center-Weighted Area
      6. b6 Fine Tune Optimal Exposure
    5. c. Timers/AE Lock
      1. c1 Shutter Release Button AE-L
      2. c2 Auto Meter-Off Delay
      3. c3 Self-Timer Delay
      4. c4 Monitor Off Delay
    6. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 Beep
      2. d2 Shooting Speed
      3. d3 Max. Continuous Release
      4. d4 File Number Sequence
      5. d5 Control Panel/Viewfinder
      6. d6 Information Display/Shooting Info Display
      7. d7 Screen Tips (D3s Only)
      8. d7 (D3x)/d8 (D3s) LCD Illumination
      9. d8 (D3x)/d9 (D3s) Exposure Delay Mode
    7. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Sync Speed
      2. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
      3. e3 Modeling Flash
      4. e4 Auto Bracketing Set
      5. e5 Auto Bracketing Mode (Mode M)
      6. e6 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Multi Selector Center Button
      2. f2 Multi Selector
      3. f3 Photo Info/Playback
      4. f4 Assign Fn (Function) Button
      5. f5 Assign Preview Button
      6. f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
      7. f7 (D3s) Assign BKT Button
      8. f7/f8 (D3s) Customize Command Dials
      9. f8/f9 (D3s) Release Button to Use Dial
      10. f9/f10 (D3s) No Memory Card?
      11. f10/f11 (D3s) Reverse Indicators
  10. 5. Setup: The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. LCD Brightness
      3. Clean Image Sensor (D3s)
      4. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      5. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      6. Video Mode
      7. HDMI
      8. Flicker Reduction (D3s)
      9. Time Zone and Date/World Time
      10. Language
      11. Image Comment
      12. Auto Image Rotation
      13. Voice Memo Options
        1. Voice Memo
        2. Voice Memo Overwrite
        3. Voice Memo Button
      14. Audio Output
      15. USB (D3x Only)
      16. Battery Info
      17. Wireless Transmitter
      18. Image Authentication
      19. Copyright Information
      20. Save/Load Settings
      21. GPS
      22. Virtual Horizon
      23. Non-CPU Lens Data
      24. AF Fine Tune
      25. 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 (D3s Only)
      9. Resize (D3s Only)
      10. Side-by-Side Comparison
      11. Edit Movie (D3s Only)
    3. Using My Menu
  11. 6. Understanding Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D3s/D3x Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Matrix Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture-Priority
      2. Shutter-Priority
      3. Programmed Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Noise
    6. Bracketing
      1. White Balance and ADL Bracketing Exceptions
      2. More on Exposure Bracketing Programs
      3. More on Active D-Lighting Programs
      4. More on White Balance Programs
      5. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    7. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  12. 7. Mastering Autofocus Options
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Phase Detection
        1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      2. Contrast Detection
      3. Adding Circles of Confusion
    2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D3s/D3x
      1. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives... Doesn’t It?
    3. Bringing the Multi-CAM 3500FX AF System into Focus
      1. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      2. Choosing Autofocus Point Selection Mode
        1. Single-Point AF
        2. Dynamic-Area AF
        3. Auto-Area AF
    4. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
        1. Single-Servo Autofocus
        2. Continuous-Servo Autofocus
        3. Manual Focus
    5. Autofocus Activation... and More
  13. 8. Live View, HDTV Movies, and Advanced Techniques
    1. The New Perspective of Live View
      1. What You Can Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
    2. Working with Live View—Hand-Held Mode
    3. Working with Live View—Tripod Mode
      1. Adjusting Screen Brightness
      2. Using the Action Control Reminders
    4. Shooting Movies with the D3s
      1. Reviewing Movie Settings
        1. Choosing Movie Quality and Destination
        2. Using a Microphone
      2. Begin Filming
      3. Manual Video in Tripod Mode
      4. Viewing Your Movies
      5. Editing Your Movies
        1. Saving a Frame
    5. Continuous Shooting
    6. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    7. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    8. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    9. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1
    10. Recommended Customized Settings
      1. Shooting Menu Bank Recommendations
      2. Custom Setting Menu Bank Recommendations
  14. 9. Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Do You Need a DX Camera, Too?
    2. Your First Lens
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
    4. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Converters
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Vibration Reduction
    10. Your Second (and Third...) Lens
      1. The Magic Three
        1. The Original Magic Three
        2. The New Magic Three
    11. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
    12. Lens Tune-up
      1. Evaluate Current Focus
      2. Changing the Fine-Tuning Setting
      3. Set Default Value
  15. 10. Making Light Work for You
    1. Your D3s/D3x and Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Determining Exposure
      2. Guide Numbers
      3. How Electronic Flash Works
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
      1. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
      2. Ghost Images
        1. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      3. High-Speed (FP) Sync
    5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      1. Nikon SB-900
      2. Nikon SB-800
      3. Nikon SB-600
      4. Nikon SB-400
      5. Nikon SB-R200
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using Zoom Heads
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Setting Commander and Remote Modes for the SB-900
    8. Connecting External Flash
    9. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
    10. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
        3. Connecting Multiple Non-Dedicated Units to Your Nikon D3s/D3x
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  16. 11. Useful Software for the Nikon D3s/D3x
    1. Nikon’s Applications and Utilities
      1. Nikon ViewNX
      2. Nikon Transfer
      3. Nikon Capture NX
      4. Nikon Camera Control Pro
    2. Other Software
      1. DxO Optics Pro
      2. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
      3. Bibble Pro
      4. BreezeBrowser Pro
      5. BreezeSystems NKRemote
      6. Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
  17. 12. Nikon D3s/D3x: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Battery Powered
    2. Upgrading Your Firmware
      1. How It Works
      2. Why Two Firmware Modules?
      3. Getting Ready
      4. Updating from a Card Reader
      5. Updating with a USB Connection
      6. Starting the Update
    3. Protect Your LCD
    4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. Preventive Measures
      3. What Can Go Wrong?
      4. What Can You Do?
    5. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Placing the Mirror/Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
        6. Magnifier Assisted Cleaning
  18. A. A Tale of Two Cameras
    1. Overview of Nikon’s D3-Class Models
    2. Migrating to the D3s
    3. What’s a Full-Frame dSLR—and Why Should I Want One?
      1. Crop Factor
      2. Pixel Density/Sensitivity
      3. Angle of Incidence
      4. Diffraction
    4. The Nikon D3s vs. the Nikon D3x
      1. The Nikon D3s
      2. The Nikon D3x
  19. B. Glossary