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David Busch’s Nikon D500 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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David Busch’s Nikon D500 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is the most comprehensive reference and guide book for Nikon’s long-awaited 20.9-megapixel enthusiast/professional DX-format digital camera. With the same 180,000-pixel metering sensor and lightning-fast 153-point autofocus system found in Nikon’s top-of-the-line D5, this model offers precise exposure and fast focusing at up to 10 frames per second. The D500 adds stunning 4K/UHD video capabilities, and a new “SnapBridge” feature that provides a seamless connection between the camera and a smartphone using a Bluetooth link. With this book in hand, you will discover all the capabilities of the Nikon D500 as you explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and capture the best photographs you’ve ever taken.Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch’s Nikon D500 Guide to Digital SLR Photography describes every feature of this sophisticated camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more. It relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy camera “roadmap,” an easy-to-use visual guide to the D500’s features and controls. Learn when to use every option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With bestselling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you’ll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you’re shooting on the job, taking pictures as an advanced enthusiast, or just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Nikon D500.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Chapter 1 Thinking Outside the Box
    1. First Things First
      1. In the Box
      2. Optional and Non-Optional Add-Ons
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Multi Selector and Command Dials
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
      4. Final Steps
  4. Chapter 2 Nikon D500 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. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    9. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Nikon D500
      2. Recommended Default Changes
    10. Shooting Tips
      1. Photo Shooting Menu Recommendations
    11. Custom Setting Menu Recommendations
  5. Chapter 3 Nikon D500 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D500: Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D500’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D500 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. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D500
      1. Using the MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack (Vertical Grip)
  6. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Equivalent Exposure
    2. How the D500 Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
      4. Metering Mid-Tones
    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
    9. Fine-Tuning Exposure
  7. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Adding Circles of Confusion
    2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D500
      1. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives . . . Doesn’t It?
    3. Bringing the Multi-CAM 20K AF System into Focus
      1. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      2. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      3. Store by Orientation
    4. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
    5. Autofocus Activation . . . and More
    6. Back Button Focus
      1. Activating Back Button Focus
    7. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
      1. Lens Tune-up
  8. 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. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1a
    6. Using SnapBridge
  9. Chapter 7 Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Crop or Not?
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      2. Your Best Do-Everything Option?
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
    4. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. 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. Nikon’s Lens Roundup
      1. The Magic Three
      2. Wide Angles
      3. Telephoto Lenses
      4. Macro Lenses
  10. Chapter 8 Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Living with Color Temperature
      2. Daylight
      3. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      4. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      5. Other Lighting Accessories
  11. Chapter 9 Electronic Flash with the Nikon D500
    1. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. The Moment of Exposure
      2. A Tale of Two Exposures
      3. Measuring Exposure
      4. Guide Numbers
    2. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
      1. Ghost Images
    3. High-Speed Sync
    4. Using External Flash
      1. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
      2. Specifying Flash Shutter Speed
      3. Previewing Your Flash Effect
      4. Flash Control
    5. Working with Nikon Flash External Units
      1. Nikon SB-300
      2. Nikon SB-400
      3. Nikon SB-500
      4. Nikon SB-700
      5. Nikon SB-R200
      6. Nikon SB-910
      7. SB-5000
      8. Using Zoom Heads
      9. Flash Modes
      10. Repeating Flash
  12. 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 SB-5000
      2. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-910 or SB-900
      3. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-700
      4. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-500
      5. Setting Remote Modes
  13. Chapter 11 Playback, Photo Shooting, and Movie Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D500’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. After Burst, Show
      9. Auto Image Rotation
      10. Rotate Tall
      11. Slide Show
      12. Select to Send to Smart Device
    3. Photo Shooting Menu Options
      1. Photo Shooting Menu Bank
      2. Extended Photo Menu Banks
      3. Storage Folder
      4. File Naming
      5. Primary Slot Selection
      6. Secondary Slot Function
      7. Flash Control
      8. Choose Image Area
      9. Image Quality
      10. Image Size
      11. NEF (RAW) Recording
      12. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      13. White Balance
      14. Set Picture Control
      15. Manage Picture Control
      16. Color Space
      17. Active D-Lighting
      18. Long Exposure NR
      19. High ISO NR
      20. Vignette Control
      21. Auto Distortion Control
      22. Flicker Reduction
      23. Auto Bracketing Set
      24. Multiple Exposure
      25. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      26. Interval Timer Shooting
    4. Movie Shooting Menu
      1. Reset Movie Shooting Menu
      2. File Naming
      3. Destination
      4. Choose Image Area
      5. Frame Size/Frame Rate
      6. Movie Quality
      7. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      8. White Balance
      9. Set Picture Control
      10. Manage Picture Control
      11. Active D-Lighting
      12. High ISO NR
      13. Flicker Reduction
      14. Microphone Sensitivity
      15. Frequency Response
      16. Wind Noise Reduction
      17. Time-Lapse Movie
      18. Electronic VR
  14. Chapter 12 The Custom Settings Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
    2. Custom Settings Bank
    3. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
      3. a3 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
      4. a4 3D-Tracking Face-Detection
      5. a5 3D-Tracking Watch Area
      6. a6 Number of Focus Points
      7. a7 Store by Orientation
      8. a8 AF Activation
      9. a9 Limit AF-Area Mode Selection
      10. a10 Autofocus Mode Restrictions
      11. a11 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      12. a12 Focus Point Options
      13. a13 Manual Focus Ring in AF Mode
    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 CL Mode Shooting Speed
      2. d2 Max. Continuous Release
      3. d3 ISO Display
      4. d4 Sync. Release Mode Options
      5. d5 Exposure Delay Mode
      6. d6 Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter
      7. d7 File Number Sequence
      8. d8 Viewfinder Grid Display
      9. d9 LCD Illumination
      10. d10 Optical VR
    7. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Sync Speed
      2. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
      3. e3 Exposure Compensation for Flash
      4. e4 Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity Control
      5. e5 Modeling Flash
      6. e6 Auto Bracketing (Mode M)
      7. e7 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Custom Control Assignment
      2. f2 Multi Selector Center Button
      3. f3 Shutter Spd & Aperture Lock
      4. f4 Customize Command Dials
      5. f5 Multi Selector
      6. f6 Release Button to Use Dial
      7. f7 Reverse Indicators
      8. f8 Live View Button Options
      9. f9 Illumination Switch
      10. f10 Assign MB-D17 Buttons
    9. g. Movie
      1. g1 Custom Control Assignment
  15. Chapter 13 The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. Language
      3. Time Zone and Date
      4. Monitor Brightness
      5. Monitor Color Balance
      6. Virtual Horizon
      7. Information Display
      8. AF Fine-Tune
      9. Non-CPU Lens Data
      10. Clean Image Sensor
      11. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      12. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      13. Image Comment
      14. Copyright Information
      15. IPTC
      16. Beep
      17. Touch Controls
      18. HDMI
      19. Location Data
      20. Wireless Remote (WR) Options
      21. Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button
      22. Airplane Mode
      23. Connect to Smart Device
      24. Send to Smart Device (Auto)
      25. Wi-Fi
      26. Bluetooth
      27. Network
      28. Eye-Fi Upload
      29. Conformity Marking
      30. MB-D17 Battery Type
      31. Battery Order
      32. Battery Info
      33. Slot Empty Release Lock
      34. Save/Load Settings
      35. Reset All Settings
      36. Firmware Version
    2. Retouch Menu
      1. NEF (RAW) Processing
      2. Trim
      3. Resize
      4. D-Lighting
      5. Red-Eye Correction
      6. Straighten
      7. Distortion Control
      8. Perspective Control
      9. Filter Effects
      10. Monochrome
      11. Image Overlay
      12. Edit Movie
      13. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. Using My Menu
  16. Chapter 14 Basics of Live View
    1. Introducing Live View
    2. Focusing in Live View
      1. Focus Mode
      2. Focus Area
      3. Viewing Live View Information
    3. Shooting Stills (and Movies, Too!) in Live View
    4. i Button Options
      1. Split-Screen Display Zoom
  17. Chapter 15 Shooting Movies with the D500
    1. Capturing Video
    2. Using the i Button
    3. Stop That!
    4. Viewing Your Movies
    5. Trimming Your Movies
      1. Saving a Frame
  18. Chapter 16 Tips for Shooting Better Video
    1. “Clean” HDMI Output
    2. Lens Craft
      1. Depth-of-Field and Video
    3. Zooming and Video
    4. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
    5. Shooting Script
      1. Storyboards
    6. Storytelling in Video
    7. Composition
    8. Lighting for Video
      1. Illumination
      2. Creative Lighting
      3. Lighting Styles
    9. Audio
      1. Tips for Better Audio
      2. External Microphones
      3. Special Features