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David Busch's Nikon D7500 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Nikon D7500 Guide to Digital Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the Nikon D7500 camera. Built around the same 20.9 megapixel sensor as the D500, this mid-level Nikon model has BlueTooth and Wi-Fi wireless control with the SnapBridge smart phone/tablet app. A swiveling screen, 4K video, 8 fps continuous shooting, and ISO speeds up to 1.6 million make the D7500 a significant enthusiast-oriented upgrade. With this book in hand, you can fine tune your camera skills as you explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and take great photographs with your D7500. Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Nikon D7500 Guide to Digital Photography covers all the camera's features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy visual guide to the D7500, with close-up photos and descriptions of the camera's essential features and controls. Learn when to use each option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling 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, as an advanced enthusiast, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Nikon D7500 today.

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, Command Dials, and Touch Screen
      2. Inserting a Secure Digital Memory Card
      3. Battery Included
      4. Final Steps
      5. Setting the Clock
  4. Chapter 2 Nikon D7500 Quick Start
    1. Choosing a Release Mode
    2. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      1. Choosing a Scene 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
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    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 D7500
      2. Recommended Default Changes
    11. Shooting Tips
      1. Photo Shooting Menu Recommendations
      2. Custom Setting Menu Recommendations
  5. Chapter 3 Nikon D7500 Roadmap
    1. Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D7500’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D7500 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
    4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
      1. Using the Photo Data Displays
    5. Going Topside
    6. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D7500
  6. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Equivalent Exposure
    2. How the D7500 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. Choosing a Scene Mode
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Noise
    7. Bracketing
      1. White Balance Bracketing
      2. ADL Bracketing
    8. Working with HDR
      1. Auto HDR
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    9. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histogram Basics
      3. Understanding Histograms
    10. 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
      4. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D7500
      5. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives . . . Doesn’t It?
      6. Bringing the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF System into Focus
      7. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      8. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      9. Store Points by Orientation
    2. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
    3. Autofocus Activation . . . and More
    4. Back Button Focus
      1. Activating Back Button Focus
    5. 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
      1. Using the SnapBridge App
  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 and LED Lamps
      5. Other Lighting Accessories
  11. Chapter 9 Electronic Flash with the Nikon D7500
    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 (FP) Sync
    4. Working with Flash
      1. Flash Control
      2. Manual Flash
      3. Repeating Flash
      4. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
      5. Locking Flash Exposure
      6. Specifying Flash Shutter Speed
      7. Previewing Your Flash Effect
      8. Activating Bracketing
    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. External Flash Modes
  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. Wireless Flash with the SB-500
    3. Radio Control
  13. Chapter 11 Playback, Photo Shooting, and Movie Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D7500’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Playback Display Options
      5. Image Review
      6. After Delete
      7. Auto Image Rotation
      8. Rotate Tall
      9. Slide Show
      10. Rating
      11. Select to Send to Smart Device
    3. Photo Shooting Menu Options
      1. Reset Photo Shooting Menu
      2. Storage Folder
      3. File Naming
      4. Flash Control
      5. Choose Image Area
      6. Image Quality
      7. Image Size
      8. NEF (RAW) Recording
      9. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      10. White Balance
      11. Set Picture Control
      12. Manage Picture Control
      13. Color Space
      14. Active D-Lighting
      15. Long Exposure NR
      16. High ISO NR
      17. Vignette Control
      18. Auto Distortion Control
      19. Flicker Reduction
      20. Remote Control Mode (ML-L3)
      21. Auto Bracketing Set
      22. Multiple Exposure
      23. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      24. Interval Timer Shooting
    4. Movie Shooting Menu
      1. Reset Movie Shooting Menu
      2. File Naming
      3. Choose Image Area
      4. Frame Size/Frame Rate
      5. Movie Quality
      6. Movie File Type
      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. Electronic VR
      18. Time-Lapse Movie
  14. Chapter 12 The Custom Settings Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
    2. Reset Custom Settings
    3. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
      3. a3 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
      4. a4 Number of Focus Points
      5. a5 Store Points by Orientation
      6. a6 AF Activation
      7. a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      8. a8 Focus Point Options
      9. a9 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      10. a10 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 Easy Exposure Compensation
      4. b4 Matrix Metering
      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 Standby Timer
      3. c3 Self-Timer
      4. c4 Monitor Off Delay
      5. c5 Remote on Duration (ML-L3)
    6. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 Continuous Low-Speed
      2. d2 Max. Continuous Release
      3. d3 Exposure Delay Mode
      4. d4 Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter
      5. d5 File Number Sequence
      6. d6 Viewfinder Grid Display
      7. d7 ISO Display
      8. d8 LCD Illumination
      9. d9 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 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Custom Control Assignment
      2. f2 OK Button
      3. f3 Customize Command Dials
      4. f4 Release Button to Use Dial
      5. f5 Reverse Indicators
    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. Save User Settings
      3. Reset User Settings
      4. Language
      5. Time Zone and Date
      6. Monitor Brightness
      7. Monitor Color Balance
      8. Virtual Horizon
      9. Information Display
      10. Auto Info Display
      11. Info Display Auto Off
      12. AF Fine-Tune
      13. Clean Image Sensor
      14. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      15. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      16. Image Comment
      17. Copyright Information
      18. Beep Options
      19. Touch Controls
      20. Flash Warning
      21. HDMI
      22. Location Data
      23. Wireless Remote (WR) Options
      24. Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button
      25. Airplane Mode
      26. Connect to Smart Device (Auto)
      27. Send to Smart Device (Auto)
      28. Wi-Fi
      29. Bluetooth
      30. Eye-Fi Upload
      31. Conformity Marking
      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. Quick Retouch
      6. Red-Eye Correction
      7. Straighten
      8. Distortion Control
      9. Perspective Control
      10. Fisheye
      11. Filter Effects
      12. Monochrome
      13. Image Overlay
      14. Color Outline
      15. Photo Illustration
      16. Color Sketch
      17. Miniature Effect
      18. Selective Color
      19. Painting
      20. Edit Movie
      21. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. Using My Menu/Recent Settings
  16. Chapter 14 Basics of Live View
    1. Essentials of 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
  17. Chapter 15 Shooting Movies with the D7500
    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. Lens Craft
      1. Depth-of-Field and Video
    2. Zooming and Video
    3. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
    4. Shooting Script
      1. Storyboards
    5. Storytelling in Video
    6. Composition
    7. Lighting for Video
      1. Illumination
      2. Creative Lighting
      3. Lighting Styles
    8. Audio
      1. Tips for Better Audio
      2. External Microphones
      3. Special Features