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Mastering the Nikon D90

Book Description

The Nikon D90 is the long-awaited upgrade to the popular D80 digital SLR. The D90 sits between the D60 and D300 in Nikon's DSLR lineup, though many of its features come from its more expensive sibling.

In this book, Darrell Young provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D90 in detail, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations and logical explanations for each option. Darrell Young's writing style allows the reader to follow directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experienced knowledge without "talking down" to you, explaining the how and the why.

Darrell gives special emphasis to the amazing HD movie capabilities of the D90, which create new possibilities for the creative photographer.

Mastering the Nikon D90 is the fourth volume in the highly successful series of Nikonians Press camera books.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering the Nikon D90
    1. About the Author
    2. Foreword
    3. Preface
    4. 1. Using the Nikon D90
      1. First Use of the Nikon D90
        1. Charging the Battery
      2. Initial Camera Setup
        1. Setup Menu – World Time
        2. Setup Menu – Format Memory Card
        3. Shooting Menu – Set Picture Control
        4. Shooting Menu – Image Quality
        5. Shooting Menu – Image Size
        6. Shooting Menu – White Balance
        7. Shooting Menu – ISO Sensitivity Settings
        8. Shooting Menu – Color Space
        9. Shooting Menu – Movie Settings
        10. Custom Setting Menu – Autofocus Area Mode
        11. Custom Setting Menu – Viewfinder Grid Display
        12. Custom Setting Menu – File Number Sequence
        13. Setting the Autofocus Mode
        14. Setting the Release Mode
        15. Playback Menu – Image Review
        16. Playback Menu – Rotate Tall
        17. Summary
    5. 2. Exposure Metering System, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
      1. Section 1 – Metering Systems
        1. 3D Color Matrix II Metering
          1. Recommendation: Fine-Tuning Matrix Metering
          2. Using Flash with Matrix Metering
        2. Center-Weighted Metering
          1. Where’s the Circle?
          2. Recommendation
        3. Spot Metering
          1. Recommendation
      2. Section 2 – Exposure Modes
        1. P - Programmed Auto Mode
          1. Get Down, Grandma!
        2. S - Shutter-Priority Auto Mode
        3. A - Aperture-Priority Auto Mode
        4. M - Manual Mode
          1. Recommendations on Exposure Mode Selection
        5. Full Auto and Scene Modes
          1. Auto Exposure Mode
          2. Portrait Scene Mode
          3. Landscape Scene Mode
          4. Close Up Scene Mode
          5. Sports Scene Mode
          6. Night Portrait Scene Mode
          7. Why Have Scene Modes?
      3. Section 3 – Histogram
        1. Understanding the Histogram
        2. Light Range
        3. Image and Histogram Shape
        4. How Does the Eye React to Light Values?
        5. Computer Adjustment of Images
        6. Summary
    6. 3. White Balance
      1. How does White Balance (WB) Work?
      2. Color Temperature
      3. Method 1 – Manually Setting White Balance Using the WB Button
        1. Manually Selecting a Color Temperature between 2,500 and 10,000 K
        2. Measuring Actual Ambient Light and Using PRE (PrE)
        3. Storing White Balance Values for Future Use
        4. Saving a Current WB Reading to Memory Locations d-0 to d-4
        5. Using the Values Stored in Memory Locations d-0 to d-4
        6. Storing and Selecting the White Balance from a Previously Taken Image
      4. Method 2 – Manually Setting White Balance Using the Rear LCD Menu and Selecting Options
        1. Recommendation
      5. White Balance Bracketing
        1. Recommendation
      6. Auto White Balance
      7. Should I Worry About White Balance If I Shoot in RAW Mode?
      8. White Balance Tips and Tricks
      9. Summary
    7. 4. Aperture and Shutter Speed
      1. Understanding the Camera’s Aperture
      2. How Does the Aperture Work? – An Experiment
      3. What Is an Aperture Number?
      4. Understanding Depth of Field
      5. Effect of Focal Length on Depth of Field
      6. Understanding the Camera’s Shutter Speed
      7. Using the Aperture and Shutter Speed Together for Great Pictures
      8. A Little More Exposure Detail
      9. General Shutter Speed/Aperture Exposure Rule
      10. Aperture and Shutter Speed Chart
      11. My Conclusions
    8. 5. Playback Menu
      1. Delete Function
      2. Playback Folder
        1. Recommendation
      3. Hide Image
      4. Display Mode
      5. Image Review
        1. Recommendation
      6. Rotate Tall
        1. Recommendation
      7. Pictmotion
        1. Recommendation
        2. Recommendation
      8. Slide Show
        1. Recommendation
      9. Print Set
      10. My Conclusions
    9. 6. Shooting Menu
      1. Setting Up the Shooting Menu
        1. Picture Controls
        2. Set Picture Control
        3. Which Picture Control Should You Use?
        4. Manage Picture Control
      2. Image Quality
      3. NEF (RAW) Format
      4. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) Format
      5. Combined NEF and JPEG Shooting
      6. Supplementary Section – Understanding Image Formats
        1. NEF (RAW)
        2. JPEG Notes
        3. Final Image Format Ramblings
      7. Image Size
      8. White Balance
      9. ISO Sensitivity Settings
        1. ISO Sensitivity Auto Control (ISO-AUTO)
        2. When and Why Should I Use ISO-AUTO?
        3. The Drawbacks to ISO–AUTO
      10. Active D-Lighting
      11. Color Space
      12. Adobe RGB is for Me!
      13. Long Exposure NR
        1. Recommendation
      14. High ISO Noise Reduction
        1. Recommendation
      15. Active Folder
      16. Multiple Exposure
        1. Understanding Auto Gain
      17. Movie Settings
        1. Recommendation on Video Format
      18. Summary
    10. 7. Custom Setting Menu
      1. Configuring the Custom Settings
        1. Reset Custom Settings
      2. Autofocus - Custom Settings a1 to a7
      3. Metering/Exposure - Custom Settings b1 to b4
      4. Timers/AE Lock - Custom Settings c1 to c5
      5. Shooting/Display - Custom Settings d1 to d12
        1. Recommendation
        2. Recommendation
      6. Bracketing/Flash - Custom Settings e1 to e6
        1. Recommendation
        2. Recommendation
          1. How to Use AE and Flash Bracketing
        3. How to Use ADL Bracketing
        4. Recommendation
      7. Controls - Custom Settings f1 to f7
      8. Summary
    11. 8. Setup Menu
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. LCD Brightness
        1. Recommendation
      3. Clean Image Sensor
        1. Recommendation
      4. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
        1. Recommendation
      5. Video Mode
      6. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
        1. Recommendation
      7. World Time
        1. Recommendation
      8. Language
      9. Image Comment
      10. Auto Image Rotation
        1. Recommendation
      11. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
        1. Finding a Subject for the Dust Reference Photo
        2. Where to Store the Reference Photo
      12. Battery Info
      13. GPS
        1. The Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
        2. Understanding the Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
      14. Firmware Version
      15. Summary
    12. 9. Retouch Menu, Recent Settings/My Menu
      1. Section 1
      2. Section 2
      3. Retouch Menus – Section 1
        1. D-Lighting
        2. Red-Eye Correction
        3. Trim
        4. Monochrome
        5. Filter Effects
        6. Color Balance
        7. Small Picture
        8. Image Overlay
        9. NEF (RAW) Processing
        10. Quick Retouch
        11. Straighten
        12. Distortion Control
        13. Fisheye
        14. Side-by-Side Comparison
      4. Recent Settings/My Menu – Section 2
        1. Recent Settings
        2. Recommendation
        3. My Menu
        4. Add Items
        5. Remove Items
      5. Rank Items
        1. Choose Tab
      6. Summary
    13. 10. Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus
      1. What Is the Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus Module?
      2. Understanding the Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
      3. Autofocus Modes in Detail
        1. Single-Servo AF Mode (AF-S)
        2. Continuous-Servo AF Mode (AF-C)
        3. Auto Select AF Mode (AF-A)
        4. Recommendation
      4. AF-Area Modes in Detail
        1. Single-Point Autofocus
        2. Dynamic-Area Autofocus
        3. Auto-Area Autofocus
        4. 3D-Tracking (11 points) Autofocus
        5. Recommendation
      5. Release Modes in Detail
        1. Single Frame (S) Mode
        2. Continuous Low Speed (L or CL) Mode
        3. Continuous High Speed (H or CH) Mode
        4. Recommendation
      6. Live View Autofocus
        1. Live View (LV) Mode
        2. Face Priority Mode
        3. Wide Area Mode
        4. Normal Mode
        5. Recommendation
      7. My Conclusions
    14. 11. Nikon Creative Lighting System and the Nikon D90
      1. What Is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?
      2. How Does the D90 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
      3. What Is Commander Mode and How Does it Work?
      4. Using the Nikon D90 in Commander Mode
      5. Nikon D90 Commander Mode Settings
      6. Setting the Channel (CH) for Communication
      7. Selecting a Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit
      8. My Conclusions
    15. 12. D-Movie Mode: Video on Demand
      1. Basic Video Standards Information
        1. High-Definition (HD) Video
        2. Progressive vs. Interlaced
      2. Camera Setup for Making D-Movies
        1. Which Video Encoding Method?
        2. Recommendation
        3. Selecting a D-Movie Video Quality
        4. Recommendation
        5. Dealing with Sound on D-Movies
        6. Recording a Video with Your D90
        7. Dealing with Lack of Autofocus in D-Movie Mode
        8. Controlling the Aperture and Exposure During Video Capture
        9. Using Picture Controls and Scene Modes
      3. Displaying D-Movies
        1. Displaying a D-Movie on the Camera LCD
        2. Displaying a D-Movie on a Standard Definition TV (SDTV)
        3. Displaying a D-Movie on a High-Definition TV (HDTV)
        4. Recommendation
      4. Limitations in D-Movie Mode Video Capture
        1. How the Rolling Shutter Works in D-Movie Mode
        2. Avoiding the Jellywobble Effect
      5. My Conclusions
        1. Video Editing Software
        2. Recommendation
    16. Credits for Chapter Opening Images
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
    17. Nikonians Gold Membership
    18. Index