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Mastering the Nikon D810

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Mastering the Nikon D810 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D810 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.

This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user's manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions, while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The information in this book goes beyond the camera itself and also covers basic photography technique.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Foreword
  5. 1 Camera Setup and Control Reference
    1. Medium-Format Resolution Sensor
    2. How to Use This Book
    3. Nikon User’s Manual Page References
    4. What’s in the Box?
    5. Initial Hardware Considerations for New Users
    6. Initial Camera Setup
    7. Control Location Reference
    8. Using the Nikon D810 Menu System
    9. Author’s Conclusions
  6. 2 Playback Menu
    1. Which Memory Card and Folder?
    2. Delete
    3. Playback Folder
    4. Hide Image
    5. Playback Display Options
    6. Copy Image(s)
    7. Image Review
    8. After Delete
    9. Rotate Tall
    10. Slide Show
    11. DPOF Print Order
    12. Author’s Conclusions
  7. 3 Shooting Menu
    1. Shooting Menu Bank
    2. Extended Menu Banks
    3. Storage Folder
    4. File Naming
    5. Primary Slot Selection
    6. Secondary Slot Function
    7. Image Quality
    8. JPEG/TIFF Recording
    9. NEF (RAW) Recording
    10. Image Area
    11. White Balance
    12. Set Picture Control
    13. Manage Picture Control
    14. Color Space
    15. Active D-Lighting
    16. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    17. Vignette Control
    18. Auto Distortion Control
    19. Long Exposure NR
    20. High ISO NR
    21. ISO Sensitivity Settings
    22. Multiple Exposure
    23. Interval Timer Shooting
    24. Time-Lapse Photography
    25. Movie Settings
    26. Author’s Conclusions
  8. 4 Custom Setting Menu
    1. Section One – a Autofocus
    2. Section Two – b Metering/Exposure
    3. Section Three – c Timers/AE Lock
    4. Section Four – d Shooting/Display
    5. Section Five – e Bracketing/Flash
    6. Section Six – f Controls
    7. Section Seven – g Movie
    8. Author’s Conclusions
  9. 5 Setup Menu
    1. Format Memory Card
    2. Monitor Brightness
    3. Monitor Color Balance
    4. Clean Image Sensor
    5. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
    6. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
    7. Flicker Reduction
    8. Time Zone and Date
    9. Language
    10. Auto Image Rotation
    11. Battery Info
    12. Image Comment
    13. Copyright Information
    14. Save/Load Settings
    15. Virtual Horizon
    16. Non-CPU Lens Data
    17. AF Fine-Tune
    18. HDMI
    19. Location Data
    20. Network
    21. Eye-Fi Upload
    22. Firmware Version
    23. Author’s Conclusions
  10. 6 Retouch Menu
    1. Retouched Image File Numbering
    2. Accessing the Retouch Functions – Two Methods
    3. Playback Retouching
    4. Limitations on Previously Retouched Images
    5. Using Retouch Menu Items Directly
    6. Author’s Conclusions
  11. 7 My Menu and Recent Settings
    1. My Menu
    2. Recent Settings
    3. Author’s Conclusions
  12. 8 Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
    1. Section 1 – Metering
    2. Section 2 – Exposure Modes
    3. Section 3 – Histogram
    4. Author’s Conclusions
  13. 9 White Balance
    1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
    2. Color Temperature
    3. Manual White Balance Using the WB Button
    4. Manual White Balance Using the Shooting Menu
    5. Manual Color Temperature with the WB Button
    6. Manual Color Temperature with the Shooting Menu
    7. Measuring Ambient Light by Using PRE
    8. Fine-Tuning White Balance
    9. Editing the PRE WB Comment Field
    10. Using the White Balance from a Previously Captured Image
    11. Protecting a White Balance Preset
    12. Auto White Balance
    13. Should I Worry about White Balance If I Shoot in RAW mode?
    14. White Balance Tips and Tricks
    15. Author’s Conclusions
  14. 10 Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
    1. Section 1 – Autofocus in Viewfinder Photography
    2. Section 2 – Autofocus in Live View Photography
    3. Section 3 – Release Modes
    4. Custom Settings for Autofocus (a1–a8)
    5. Author’s Conclusions
  15. 11 Live View Photography
    1. Live View Mode
    2. Live View Photography Mode Screens
    3. Author’s Conclusions
  16. 12 Movie Live View
    1. Selecting Movie Live View Mode
    2. Movie Live View Still Images
    3. Movie Live View Screens
    4. Preparing to Make Movies
    5. Recording a Video with Your D810
    6. Recording Video from the HDMI Port
    7. Displaying Movies
    8. Author’s Conclusions
  17. 13 Speedlight Flash
    1. What Is a Guide Number?
    2. Flash Modes
    3. Flash Compensation
    4. Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
    5. Author’s Conclusions
    6. Afterword
  18. Credits for Chapter Opening Images