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David Busch’s Nikon® D700 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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David Busch's Nikon D700 Guide to Digital SLR Photography shows readers how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of their camera to take great photographs of anything. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, and tips and techniques that can be applied to any type of photography will help readers take better pictures with their new digital SLR. Whether they are new to digital SLR photography or experienced pros, "David Busch's Nikon D700 Guide to Digital SLR Photography" will help readers maximize their camera's capabilities.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Nikon D700 Deserves a Book Like This One
      1. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses
      2. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Lighting
      3. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Photo Gear
      4. Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Photography
      5. Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition
      6. Digital SLR Pro Secrets
    2. Family Resemblance
    3. Who Are You?
    4. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Nikon D700
    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
    3. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Nikon D700
        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. Using the Built-in Flash
    11. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Nikon D700 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D700: Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D700’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Basic Image Review
      2. Zooming the Nikon D700 Playback Display
      3. Viewing Thumbnails
    4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
      1. Using the Shooting Information Display
      2. Using the Photo Data Displays
      3. Going Topside
    5. LCD Control Panel Readouts
    6. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D700
      1. Using the MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack/Vertical Grip
      2. Super Power Option
  8. 3. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D700’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Display Mode
      5. Image Review
      6. After Delete
      7. Rotate Tall
      8. Slide Show
      9. Print Set (DPOF)
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Shooting Menu Bank
        1. Entering Text on the Nikon D700
      2. Reset Shooting Menu
      3. Active Folder
      4. File Naming
      5. Image Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      6. Image Size
      7. JPEG Compression
      8. NEF (RAW) Recording
      9. White Balance
        1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      10. Set Picture Control
        1. Choosing a Picture Control Style
        2. Editing a Picture Control Style
      11. Manage Picture Control
      12. Color Space
      13. Active D-Lighting
      14. Vignette Control
      15. Long Exp. NR
      16. High ISO NR
      17. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      18. Live View
      19. Multiple Exposure
      20. 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 AF Point Illumination
      7. a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      8. a8 Focus Point Selection
      9. a9 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      10. a10 AF-ON for MB-D10
    4. b. Metering/Exposure
      1. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
      2. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl
      3. b3 Exp Comp/Fine-Tune
      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 Viewfinder Grid Display
      3. d3 Screen Tips
      4. d4 CL Mode Shooting Speed
      5. d5 Max. Continuous Release
      6. d6 File Number Sequence
      7. d7 Shooting Info Display
      8. d8 LCD Illumination
      9. d9 Exposure Delay Mode
      10. d10 MB-D10 Battery Type
      11. d11 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 Modeling Flash
      5. e5 Auto Bracketing Set
      6. e6 Auto Bracketing Mode (Mode M)
      7. e7 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Illuminator Switch
      2. f2 Multi Selector Center Button
      3. f3 Multi Selector
      4. f4 Photo Info/Playback
      5. f5 Assign Fn. Button
      6. f6 Assign Preview Button
      7. f7 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
      8. f8 Shutter Spd. & Aperture Lock
      9. f9 Customize Command Dials
      10. f10 Release Button to Use Dial
      11. f11 No Memory Card?
      12. f12 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
      4. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      5. Video Mode
      6. HDMI
      7. World Time
      8. Language
      9. Image Comment
      10. Auto Image Rotation
      11. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      12. Battery Info
      13. Wireless Transmitter
      14. Image Authentication
      15. Copyright Information
      16. Save/Load Settings
      17. GPS
      18. Virtual Horizon
      19. Non-CPU Lens Data
      20. AF Fine-Tune
      21. 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. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. Using My Menu
  11. 6. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D700 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. More on Bracketing
      2. 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
      4. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D700
      5. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives… Doesn’t It?
    2. 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
    3. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
        1. Single-Servo Autofocus
        2. Continuous-Servo Autofocus
        3. Manual Focus
    4. Autofocus Activation… and More
  13. 8. Live View 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
      1. Adjusting Screen Brightness
      2. Using Hand-held Mode
      3. Using Tripod Mode
    3. Continuous Shooting
    4. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    5. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    6. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    7. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1
    8. 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 D700 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 D700 Built-in Flash
      2. Nikon SB-900
      3. Nikon SB-800
      4. Nikon SB-600
      5. Nikon SB-400
      6. Nikon SB-R200
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using Zoom Heads
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Setting Commander Mode for the D700’s Built-in Flash
      2. 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 D700
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  16. 11. Useful Software for the Nikon D700
    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 D700: 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. Glossary