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David Busch’s Nikon™ D60 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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Have you unpacked your new Nikon D60 digital SLR camera and want to get started right away taking great pictures? "David Busch's Nikon D60 Guide to Digital SLR Photography" will show you how, when, and, most importantly, why to use all 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 D60's exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. More comprehensive than any of the pocket-sized camera guides, this book is chock full of hands-on tips for choosing lenses, flash units, and software products. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Nikon D60, and use it well.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Are You?
    2. Who Am I?
  6. Setting Up Your Nikon D60
    1. First Things First
    2. 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
    3. Release Modes
      1. Using the Quick Settings Display
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. Choosing a “Scene” Mode
      2. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing Focus Modes
      1. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      2. Choosing Focus Mode
      3. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. Nikon D60 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D60: Front View
    2. The Nikon D60’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D60 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Photo Information
    4. Going Topside
    5. Lens Components
    6. Underneath Your Nikon D60
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. LCD Readouts
  8. Setting Up Your Nikon D60
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D60’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Rotate Tall
      4. Slide Show
      5. Print Set (DPOF)
      6. Stop-Motion Movie
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Optimize Image
      2. Image Quality
      3. Image Size
      4. White Balance
      5. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      6. Noise Reduction
      7. Active D-Lighting
    4. The Custom Setting Menu
      1. Reset
      2. 01: Beep
      3. 02: Focus Mode
      4. 03: AF Area Mode
      5. 04: Release Mode
      6. 05: Metering
      7. 06: No Memory Card?
      8. 07: Image Review
      9. 08: Flash Compensation
      10. 09: AF-Assist
      11. 10: ISO Auto
      12. 11: Assign FUNC. Button
      13. 12: AE-L/AF-L
      14. 13: AE Lock
      15. 14: Built-In Flash
      16. 15: Auto Off Timers
      17. 16: Self-Timer
      18. 17: Remote On Duration
      19. 18: Date Imprint
      20. 19: Rangefinder
    5. Setup Menu Options
      1. CSM/Setup Menu
      2. Using My Menu
      3. Format Memory Card
      4. Info Display Format
      5. Auto Shooting Info
      6. Shooting Info Auto Off
      7. World Time
      8. LCD Brightness
      9. Video Mode
      10. Language
      11. Image Comment
      12. Folders
      13. File Number Sequence
      14. Clean Image Sensor
      15. Mirror Lockup
      16. Firmware Version
      17. Dust Off Ref Photo
      18. Auto Image Rotation
    6. Retouch Menu
      1. Quick Retouch
      2. D-Lighting
      3. Red-Eye Correction
      4. Trim
      5. Monochrome
      6. Filter Effects
      7. Small Picture
      8. Image Overlay
      9. NEF (RAW) Processing
      10. Stop-Motion Movie
      11. Before and After
  9. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D60 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. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  10. Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Nikon D60
    1. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    3. How Focus Works
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D60
      3. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      4. Autofocus Mode
    4. Continuous Shooting
  11. Working with Lenses
    1. But First, a Word from Our Sensor
    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. 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
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Determining Exposure
      2. Guide Numbers
      3. Flash Metering Mode
      4. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
      5. Ghost Images
    4. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      1. Nikon D60 Built-in Flash
      2. Nikon SB-800
      3. Nikon SB-600
      4. Nikon SB-400
      5. Nikon SB-R200
    5. Connecting External Flash
    6. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
    7. 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 D60
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. Useful Software for the Nikon D60
    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. Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
  14. Nikon D60: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. How It Works
      2. Getting Ready
      3. Updating from a Card Reader
      4. Updating with a USB Connection
      5. Starting the Update
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. 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
  15. Glossary