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David Busch’s Nikon® D3000: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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Welcome to the Nikon D3000, the most advanced basic entry-level camera that Nikon has ever introduced! DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D3000 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how to maximize your camera's robust feature set, including 10 megapixels of resolution and blazing fast automatic focus. You'll learn how, when, and, most importantly, why to use each of the cool features and functions of your camera to take eye-popping photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the Nikon D3000's exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. You'll also find loads of helpful information and tips on choosing lenses, flash units, and software products to use with your new camera. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Nikon D3000, and use it like a pro!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Family Resemblance
    2. Who Are You?
    3. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Nikon D3000
    1. In a Hurry?
    2. First Things First
    3. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Multi Selector
      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 Secure Digital Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
    4. Choosing a Release Mode
      1. Using the Information Edit Display
    5. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. Choosing a Scene Mode
      2. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    6. Choosing a Metering Mode
    7. Choosing Focus Modes
      1. Choosing Autofocus-Area Mode
      2. Choosing Focus Mode
    8. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Using the Built-in Flash
    11. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    12. Using the Guide Menu
      1. Guiding Light
  7. 2. Nikon D3000 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D3000: Front View
    2. The Nikon D3000’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D3000 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
      4. Working with Photo Information
    4. Shooting Information Display/Information Edit Screen
    5. Going Topside
    6. Lens Components
    7. Underneath Your Nikon D3000
    8. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Nikon D3000
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D3000’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Display Mode
      4. Image Review
      5. Rotate Tall
      6. Slide Show
      7. Print Set (DPOF)
      8. Stop-Motion Movie
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Reset Shooting Options
      2. Set Picture Control
        1. Editing a Picture Control Style
      3. Image Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      4. Image Size
      5. White Balance
        1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      6. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      7. Active D-Lighting
        1. Color Space
      8. Noise Reduction
      9. Release Mode
      10. Focus Mode
      11. AF Area Mode
      12. AF-Assist
      13. Metering
      14. Built-in Flash
    4. Setup Menu Options
      1. Reset Setup Options
      2. Format Memory Card
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. Info Display Format
      5. Auto Info Display
      6. Clean Image Sensor
      7. Mirror Lockup
      8. Video Mode
      9. Time Zone and Date
      10. Language
      11. Image Comment
      12. Auto Image Rotation
      13. Dust Off Ref Photo
      14. Auto Off Timers
      15. Self-Timer Delay
      16. Remote on Duration
      17. Beep
      18. Viewfinder Options
      19. File Number Sequence
      20. Buttons
        1. Self-Timer/Fn Button
        2. AE-L/AF-L Button
        3. AE Lock
      21. No Memory Card?
      22. Date Imprint
        1. Using the Date Counter
      23. Active Folder
      24. Eye-Fi Upload
      25. Firmware Version
    5. Retouch Menu
      1. D-Lighting
      2. Red-Eye Correction
      3. Trim
      4. Monochrome
      5. Filter Effects
      6. Color Balance
      7. Small Picture
      8. Image Overlay
      9. NEF (RAW) Processing
      10. Quick Retouch
      11. Color Outline
      12. Miniature Effect
      13. Stop-Motion Movie
      14. Before and After
    6. Using Recent Settings
  9. 4. Fine-Tuning Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D3000 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. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Dealing with Noise
    7. Bracketing
      1. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  10. 5. Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Nikon D3000
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Phase Detection
        1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      2. Contrast Detection
      3. Locking in Focus
      4. Focus Modes
      5. Adding Circles of Confusion
    2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D3000
    3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      1. Autofocus Mode
        1. AF-S
        2. AF-C
        3. AF-A
        4. Manual Focus
      2. Autofocus Area
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    6. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Crop or Not?
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    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
  12. 7. Making Light Work for You
    1. 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. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      2. Determining Exposure
      3. Guide Numbers
      4. Flash Control
      5. Flash Metering Mode
      6. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
    5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      1. Nikon D3000 Built-in Flash
      2. Nikon SB-900
      3. Nikon SB-600
      4. Nikon SB-400
      5. Nikon SB-R200
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
    8. Connecting External Flash
    9. 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 D3000
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. 8. Useful Software for the Nikon D3000
    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
  14. 9. Nikon D3000: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Battery Powered
    2. Update 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. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. 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. Checking Your Work
  15. Glossary