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David Busch’s Nikon® D5100: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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The Nikon D5100 replaces the D5000 and is an entry to mid level digital SLR featuring an effects mode that produces Photoshop-like results, full HD moviemaking capabilities with sound, and HDR (high-def range) which keeps everything in focus and with a sharper quality. David Busch's Nikon d5100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the D5100 to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply D5100 file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and automatic exposure features. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your D5100, 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. I. Getting Started with Your Nikon D5100
    1. 1. Nikon D5100: Thinking Outside of the Box
      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 Secure Digital Memory Card
          4. Formatting a Memory Card
    2. 2. Nikon D5100 Quick Start
      1. Choosing a Release Mode
      2. Selecting an Exposure Mode
        1. Choosing an Auto/Scene or Effects Mode
        2. Choosing an Advanced 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
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      8. Using the Built-in Flash
      9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
      10. Changing Default Settings
        1. Resetting the Nikon D5100
          1. Two-Button Reset
          2. Shooting Menu/Custom Settings Menu Reset
        2. Recommended Default Changes
          1. Shooting Menu
          2. Custom Settings Menu
    3. 3. Nikon D5100 Roadmap
      1. Nikon D5100: Full Frontal
      2. The Nikon D5100’s Business End
      3. Playing Back Images
        1. Zooming the Nikon D5100 Playback Display
        2. Viewing Thumbnails
        3. Working with Calendar View
      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. Lens Components
      7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      8. Underneath Your Nikon D5100
  7. II. Beyond the Basics
    1. 4. Getting the Right Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the D5100 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. Choosing an Exposure Method
        1. Aperture-Priority
        2. Shutter-Priority
        3. Program Mode
        4. Manual Exposure
      5. Using Scene Modes
      6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
        1. Dealing with Noise
      7. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      8. Bracketing
        1. White Balance Bracketing/ADL Bracketing
      9. HDR Photography
        1. Traditional HDR
        2. Using the D5100’s In-Camera HDR Feature
    2. 5. 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 D5100
        1. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives... Doesn’t It?
      3. Bringing the Multi-CAM 1000 AF System into Focus
        1. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
        2. Choosing Autofocus Point Selection Mode
          1. Single-Point AF
          2. Dynamic-Area AF
          3. 3D-tracking (11 points)
          4. Automatic-Area AF
      4. Autofocus Mode and Priority
        1. Autofocus Mode
          1. Single-Servo Autofocus (AF-S)
          2. Continuous-Servo Autofocus (AF-C)
          3. Automatic Autofocus (AF-A)
          4. Manual Focus
    3. 6. Live View and D-Movies
      1. The New Perspective of Live View
      2. Beginning Live View
        1. Viewing Live View Information
        2. Shooting in Live View
      3. Shooting Movies with the D5100
        1. Viewing Your Movies
        2. Editing Your Movies
      4. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
        1. Make a Shooting Script
        2. Use Storyboards
        3. Storytelling in Video
        4. Lighting for Video
        5. Audio
    4. 7. 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
      5. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1
      6. WiFi
      7. Focus Stacking
  8. III. Advanced Tools
    1. 8. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus
      1. Anatomy of the Nikon D5100’s Menus
      2. Playback Menu Options
        1. Delete
        2. Playback Folder
        3. Playback Display Options
        4. Image Review
        5. Rotate Tall
        6. Slide Show
        7. DPOF Print Order
      3. Shooting Menu Options
        1. Reset Shooting Menu
        2. Storage Folder
          1. Entering Text on the Nikon D5100
        3. Image Quality
          1. JPEG vs. RAW
        4. Image Size
        5. White Balance
          1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
          2. Storing and Retrieving White Balance Settings
        6. Set Picture Control
          1. Choosing a Picture Control Style
          2. Editing a Picture Control Style
        7. Manage Picture Control
        8. Auto Distortion Control
        9. Color Space
        10. Active D-Lighting
        11. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
        12. Long Exp. NR
        13. High ISO NR
        14. ISO Sensitivity Settings
        15. Release Mode
        16. Multiple Exposure
        17. Movie Settings
        18. Interval Timer Shooting
    2. 9. Setup: The Custom Settings Menu
      1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
        1. Reset Custom Settings
      2. a. Autofocus
        1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
        2. a2 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
        3. a3 Rangefinder
      3. b. Metering/Exposure
        1. b1 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
      4. c. Timers/AE Lock
        1. c1 Shutter Release Button AE-L
        2. c2 Auto Off Timers
        3. c3 Self-Timer
        4. c4 Remote on Duration
      5. d. Shooting/Display
        1. d1 Beep
        2. d2 ISO Display
        3. d3 File Number Sequence
        4. d4 Exposure Delay Mode
        5. d5 Print Date
      6. e. Bracketing/Flash
        1. e1 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
        2. e2 Auto Bracketing Set
      7. f. Controls
        1. f1 Assign Fn. Button
        2. f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
        3. f3 Reverse Rotation
        4. f4 Slot Empty Release Lock
        5. f5 Reverse Indicators
    3. 10. Setup: The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
      1. Setup Menu Options
        1. Format Memory Card
        2. Monitor Brightness
        3. Info Display Format
        4. Auto Info Display
        5. Clean Image Sensor
        6. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
        7. Video Mode
        8. HDMI
        9. Flicker Reduction
        10. Time Zone and Date
        11. Language
        12. Image Comment
        13. Auto Image Rotation
        14. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
        15. GPS
        16. Eye-Fi Upload
        17. Firmware Version
      2. Retouch Menu Options
        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. Perspective Control
        16. Miniature Effect
        17. Selective Color
        18. Edit Movie
        19. Side-by-Side Comparison
      3. Using Special Effects Modes
      4. Using My Menu
    4. 11. Working with Lenses
      1. What Lenses Can You Use?
        1. Autofocus Considerations
        2. Autoexposure Considerations
        3. Sensor Considerations
        4. Crop or Not?
      2. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      3. Your First Lens
        1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      4. What Lenses Can Do for You
        1. Zoom or Prime?
      5. Categories of Lenses
      6. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
      7. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
        2. Telephotos and Bokeh
      8. Add-ons and Special Features
        1. Lens Hoods
        2. Telephoto Converters
        3. Macro Focusing
        4. Vibration Reduction
      9. Your Second (and Third...) Lens
        1. The Magic Three
          1. The Original Magic Three
          2. The New Magic Three
    5. 12. 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 D5100 Built-in Flash
        2. Nikon SB-900
        3. Nikon SB-700
        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 D5100
        3. Other Lighting Accessories
          1. Soft Boxes
          2. Light Stands
          3. Backgrounds
          4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  9. IV. Enhancing Your Experience
    1. 13. Useful Software for the Nikon D5100
      1. Nikon’s Applications and Utilities
        1. Nikon ViewNX
        2. Nikon Transfer
        3. Nikon Capture NX 2
        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
    2. 14. Nikon D5100: Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Battery Powered
      2. 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
      3. Protecting 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. Cleaning 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
  10. Glossary