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David Busch’s Pentax™ K200D: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

As the new owner of a Pentax K200D, you are serious about photography and want to take outstanding pictures. You also want to quickly and easily discover how, when, and why to use the most important features of your cutting-edge camera. David Busch's Pentax K200D 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 Pentax K200D's exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. This book is chock full of hands-on tips for choosing lenses, flash units, and software products to use with your new camera. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Pentax K200D, and use it well.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Pentax K200D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Shooting Your First Pentax K200D Picture
    1. Unboxing Your K200D
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Batteries Included
        1. Using Lithium Cells
        2. Rechargeable Options
        3. Accessory Options
      2. Setting the Time and Date
    3. Final Steps
      1. Mounting the Lens
      2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
    4. Inserting a Secure Digital Memory Card
    5. Selecting a Scene Mode
    6. Selecting an Exposure Mode
    7. Metering Methods
    8. Choosing a Focus Mode
    9. Selecting a Focus Point
    10. Other Settings
      1. White Balance and ISO
      2. Setting the Self-Timer
    11. Reviewing Your Images
      1. Deleting an Image
    12. Using Your Flash
    13. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Pentax K200D Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. Investigating the Back Panel
      1. Using the Function Menus
        1. Function Menu While Shooting
        2. Function Menu During Playback
    3. Going Topside
    4. Monochrome LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Color LCD Readouts
    6. Through the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your K200D
    8. Lens Components
    9. Playing Back Images
      1. Changing the Info Display
      2. Basic Image Review
      3. Zooming the Pentax K200D Playback Display
      4. Comparing Images
      5. Playback Images as a Slide Show
      6. Viewing Thumbnails and Folders
      7. Removing Images
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Pentax K200D
    1. Introducing the Pentax K200D’s Menus
    2. Anatomy of the Pentax K200D’s Main Menus
    3. Recording Mode Menu
      1. AF Mode (autofocus)
      2. AE Metering
      3. Select AF Point
      4. File Format
      5. JPEG Recorded Pixels
      6. JPEG Quality
      7. RAW File Format
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      8. Color Space
      9. RAW Button Setting
      10. Memory
        1. File Number Setting
      11. Focal Length Input
    4. Playback Menu
      1. Playback Display
      2. Instant Review
      3. Digital Preview
      4. Slide Show
    5. Set-up Menu
      1. Format
      2. Beep
      3. Date Adjust
      4. World Time
      5. Language
      6. Text Size
      7. Guide Display
      8. Brightness Level
      9. Video Out
      10. USB Connection
        1. Printing Images in PictBridge Mode
      11. Auto Power Off
      12. Folder Name
      13. Select Battery
      14. Pixel Mapping
      15. Dust Alert
      16. Dust Removal
      17. Sensor Cleaning
      18. Reset
    6. Custom Setting
      1. Custom Setting #0. Setting
      2. Custom Setting #1. EV Steps
      3. Custom Setting #2. Sensitivity Steps
      4. Custom Setting #3. Meter Operating Time
      5. Custom Setting #4. AE-L with AF Locked
        1. Locking Exposure and/or Autofocus
      6. Custom Setting #5. Link AF Point and AE
      7. Custom Setting #6. Auto Bracketing Order
      8. Custom Setting #7. Adjust White Balance
      9. Custom Setting #8. Superimpose AF Area
      10. Custom Setting #9. AF in Remote Control
      11. Custom Setting #10. Slow Shutter Speed Noise Reduction
      12. Custom Setting #11. High-ISO Noise Reduction
      13. Custom Setting #12. OK Button when Shooting
      14. Custom Setting #13. e-dial in Program
      15. Custom Setting #14. Green Button in Manual Mode
      16. Custom Setting #15. Release when Charging
      17. Custom Setting #16. Flash in Wireless Mode
      18. Custom Setting #17. WB when Using Flash
      19. Custom Setting #18. Preview Method
      20. Custom Setting #19. Display Sensitivity
      21. Custom Setting #20. Saving Rotation Info
      22. Custom Setting #21. Auto Image Rotation
      23. Custom Setting #22. Catch-in Focus
      24. Custom Setting #23. Using Aperture Ring
      25. Custom Setting. Reset Custom Function
  9. 4. Fine-Tuning Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the K200D Calculates Exposure
    3. Scene Modes Revisited
    4. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Multi-Segment Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
    5. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Sensitivity Priority (Sv)
      2. Shutter Priority (Tv)
      3. Aperture Priority (Av)
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Selecting an ISO Setting
      2. Selecting ISO Range in Auto
      3. Expanding the Dynamic Range
    7. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    8. Bracketing
      1. More on Bracketing
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
  10. 5. Advanced Techniques for Your Pentax K200D
    1. Beyond Good Exposure
    2. Short Exposures
      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
    5. Getting into Focus
      1. Focus Modes
    6. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. AF.S
        2. AF.C
      4. Selecting an Autofocus Point
        1. Locking Autofocus and/or Exposure
      5. Linking AF and AE Points
    7. Continuous Shooting
    8. Customizing White Balance
      1. Using a White Balance Preset
      2. Fine-Tuning White Balance
      3. Setting Manual White Balance
    9. Processing Options in Custom Image
    10. Post-Processing with Digital Filters
  11. 6. 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. Using Really Old Lenses
      1. Enter the K Mount
      2. Pentax Lens Nomenclature
    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. Anti-Shake and Your Lenses
  12. 7. 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. Determining Exposure
        3. Guide Numbers
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Setting a Flash Mode
      2. Flash Exposure Modes
      3. Flash Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Pentax AF-540 FGZ
      2. Pentax AF-360 FGX
      3. Pentax AF-200 FG
    6. 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 Pentax K200D
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. 8. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Pentax Photo Browser 3
      2. Pentax Photo Laboratory 3
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
        1. IrfanView
        2. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
        3. Bibble Pro
      3. Adobe Photoshop
  14. 9. Pentax K200D: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Upgrading Your Firmware
    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. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      2. Avoiding Dust
      3. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
  15. Glossary