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Mastering the Nikon D5000

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Mastering the Nikon D5000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for of the owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The smaller, more lightweight Nikon D5000 mixes generous portions of user-controlled manual photography features with the latest technological innovations, allowing fully automatic point and shoot simplicity.

Darrell's approach in helping the reader to master this camera avoids the purely instructional technique, favoring a more friendly and advisory tone. He blends his decades of Nikon camera experience with an intuitive understanding of the readers' most likely questions regarding specific camera functions and features. Rather than just list all options for the myriad of camera settings and adjustments, he explains the background behind each setting and shares his personal recommendations.

Darrell understands that many owners of the D5000 may be just entering the world of DSLRs, and he takes the time to guide these new owners through the basics, while giving more experienced photographers the option of a refresher course.

Also included is an entire chapter on the exciting new D-Movie function that can record high-quality HD movie clips at an amazing 24-frames per second.

Mastering the D5000 is the most recent volume in the highly successful series of Nikonians Press books.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering the Nikon D5000
    1. About the Author
    2. Foreword
    3. Preface
    4. 1. Nikon D5000 Initial Configuration
      1. Digital Sensor Basics, or Why Does a DSLR Make Better Images?
      2. First Use of the Nikon D5000
      3. Charging the Battery
      4. Initial Camera Setup
        1. Setup Menu – World time
        2. Recommendation
        3. Setup Menu – Format Memory Card
        4. Wait... I Want to Take Pictures Now! (Using Full Auto Mode)
      5. Getting Down to Basics – Shooting Menu Settings
        1. Shooting Menu – Set Picture Control
        2. Shooting Menu – Image Quality
        3. Shooting Menu – Image Size
        4. Shooting Menu – White Balance
        5. Shooting Menu – ISO Sensitivity Settings
        6. Shooting Menu – Color Space
        7. Shooting Menu – D-Movie Settings
      6. Custom Settings Menu Basics
        1. Custom Setting Menu – Autofocus Area Mode
        2. Custom Setting Menu – Viewfinder Grid Display
        3. Custom Setting Menu – File Number Sequence
        4. Custom Setting Menu – Auto off timers
      7. Information Edit Screen
      8. Using the Information Edit Screens
        1. <i> Image Quality Settings
        2. <i> Image Size Settings
        3. <i> White Balance (WB) Settings
        4. <i> ISO Sensitivity Settings
        5. <i> Release Mode Settings
        6. <i> Focus Mode Settings
        7. <i> AF-Area Mode Settings
        8. <i> Metering Settings
        9. <i> Active D-Lighting Settings
        10. <i> Set Picture Control Settings
      9. My Conclusions
    5. 2. Aperture and Shutter Speed
      1. Understanding the Camera’s Aperture
        1. How Does the Aperture Work? – An Experiment
        2. What Is an Aperture Number?
      2. Understanding Depth of Field
        1. Effect of Focal Length on Depth of Field
      3. Understanding the Camera’s Shutter Speed
      4. Using the Aperture and Shutter Speed Together for Great Pictures
        1. A Little More Exposure Detail
        2. General Shutter Speed/Aperture Exposure Rule
        3. Focal Length
        4. Vibration Reduction (VR) Lenses
        5. Focus Motor in the Lens
      5. My Conclusions
    6. 3. Exposure Metering System, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
      1. Section 1 – Metering Systems
      2. 3D Color Matrix II Metering
      3. Center-Weighted Metering
      4. Spot Metering
      5. Section 2 – Exposure Modes
      6. P – Programmed Auto Mode
        1. Get Down, Daddy-O!
      7. S – Shutter-Priority Auto Mode
      8. A – Aperture-Priority Auto Mode
      9. M – Manual Mode
      10. My Recommendations on Exposure Mode selection
      11. Full Auto and Scene Modes
      12. Auto Exposure Mode
      13. Why Have Scene Modes?
      14. Six External Scene Modes Found on the Mode Dial
        1. Portrait Scene Mode
        2. Landscape Scene Mode
        3. Child Scene Mode
        4. Sports Scene Mode
        5. Close Up Scene Mode
        6. Night Portrait Scene Mode
      15. Thirteen Internal Scene Modes
        1. Night Landscape Scene Mode
        2. Party/Indoor Scene Mode
        3. Beach/Snow Scene Mode
        4. Sunset Scene Mode
        5. Dusk/Dawn Scene Mode
        6. Pet Portrait Scene Mode
        7. Candlelight Scene Mode
        8. Blossom Scene Mode
        9. Autumn Colors Scene Mode
        10. Food Scene Mode
        11. Silhouette Scene Mode
        12. High Key Scene Mode
        13. Low Key Scene Mode
      16. Section 3 – Histogram
      17. Understanding the Histogram (An Overview)
        1. Light Range
        2. Image and Histogram Shape
        3. How Does the Eye React to Light Values?
        4. Computer Adjustment of Images
      18. My Conclusions
    7. 4. White Balance
      1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
      2. Color Temperature
      3. Method 1: Setting White Balance with the Information Edit Screens
        1. Recommendation
      4. Method 2: Setting White Balance with the Menus and Selecting Options
      5. Mired WB Fine-Tuning Values
        1. Recommendation
      6. Measuring Ambient Light and Using PRE
        1. Recommendation
      7. Selecting the White Balance from a Previously Taken Image
        1. Recommendation
      8. White Balance Bracketing
        1. Recommendation
      9. Auto White Balance
      10. Should I Worry About White Balance If I Shoot in RAW Mode?
      11. White Balance Tips
      12. My Conclusions
    8. 5. Playback Menu
      1. Delete Function
      2. Playback Folder
        1. Recommendation
      3. Display Mode
        1. Detailed Photo Information
      4. Image Review
        1. Recommendation
        2. Rotate Tall
        3. Recommendation
      5. Slide Show
        1. Recommendation
      6. Print Set
        1. PictBridge Printing
        2. Basic Single-Image PictBridge Printing
        3. Hint
        4. Multiple Print PictBridge Printing
        5. Print Order (DPOF)
        6. Index Print
        7. Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Printing
        8. Recommendation
      7. My Conclusions
    9. 6. Shooting Menu
      1. Setting Up the Shooting Menu
        1. Scene Modes
        2. Picture Controls
          1. Set Picture Control
          2. Which Picture Control should you use?
          3. Manage Picture Control
        3. Creating Custom Picture Controls
        4. Sharing Custom Picture Controls
        5. Copying Custom Picture Controls to Your D5000
        6. Renaming a Custom Picture Control
        7. Deleting Custom Picture Controls from the Camera
        8. Deleting Custom Picture Controls from an Inserted Memory Card
      2. Image Quality
      3. Understanding Image Formats
        1. NEF (RAW) Format
        2. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) Format
        3. Combined NEF and JPEG Shooting (Two Images at Once)
        4. Examining the Pros and Cons of NEF and JPEG Formats
        5. Nikon Electronic Format — NEF (RAW)
        6. JPEG Notes
        7. Final Image Format Ramblings
      4. Image Size
      5. White Balance
      6. 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
      7. Active D-Lighting
      8. Auto Distortion Control
      9. Color Space
      10. Long Exposure NR
        1. Recommendation
      11. High ISO Noise Reduction
        1. Recommendation
      12. Active Folder
      13. Movie Settings
      14. Interval Timer Shooting
        1. Interval Timer Operational
      15. My Conclusions
    10. 7. Custom Setting Menu
      1. Configuring the Custom Settings
        1. Reset Custom Settings
        2. Recommendation
      2. Autofocus - Custom Settings a1 to a4
        1. Custom Setting a1 (AF-area mode)
        2. Recommendation
        3. Custom Setting a2 (Built-in AF-assist illuminator)
        4. Custom Setting a3 (Live view autofocus)
        5. Custom Setting a4 (Rangefinder)
      3. Exposure - Custom Setting b1
        1. Custom Setting b1 (EV steps for exposure cntrl.)
        2. Shutter and exposure
        3. Compensation
        4. Bracketing
      4. Timers/AE Lock - Custom Settings c1 to c4
        1. Custom Setting c1 (Shutter-release button AE-L)
        2. Custom Setting c2 (Auto off timers)
        3. Timed Functions
        4. Custom Setting c3 (Self-timer)
        5. Custom Setting c4 (Remote on duration)
      5. Shooting/Display - Custom Settings d1 to d7
        1. Custom Setting d1 (Beep)
        2. Custom Setting d2 (Viewfinder grid display)
        3. Custom Setting d3 (ISO display)
        4. Custom Setting d4 (File number sequence)
        5. Custom Setting d5 (Exposure delay mode)
        6. Custom Setting d6 (Date Imprint)
        7. Recommendation
        8. Custom Setting d7 (Live view display options)
        9. Recommendation
      6. Bracketing/Flash - Custom Settings e1 and e2
        1. Custom Setting e1 (Flash cntrl for built-in flash)
        2. Recommendation
        3. Custom Setting e2 (Auto bracketing set)
        4. How to Use AE Bracketing
        5. Recommendation
      7. Controls - Custom Settings f1 to f5
        1. Custom Setting f1 (Assign FN button)
        2. Recommendation
        3. Custom Setting f2 (Assign AE-L/AF-L button)
        4. Recommendation
        5. Custom Setting f3 (Reverse dial rotation)
        6. Recommendation
        7. Custom Setting f4 (No memory card?)
        8. Recommendation
        9. Custom Setting f5 (Reverse indicators)
        10. Recommendation
      8. My Conclusions
    11. 8. Setup Menu
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. LCD Brightness
        1. LCD brightness
        2. Recommendation
          1. Auto dim
        3. Recommendation
      3. Info Display Format
        1. Recommendation
      4. Auto Information Display
        1. Recommendation
      5. Info Wrap-Around
      6. Clean Image Sensor
        1. Clean now
          1. Clean at startup/shutdown
        2. Recommendation
      7. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
        1. Recommendation
      8. Video Mode
      9. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
        1. Recommendation
      10. Time Zone and Date
        1. Time zone
          1. Date and time
          2. Date format
          3. Daylight saving time
        2. Recommendation
      11. Language
      12. Image Comment
      13. Auto Image Rotation
        1. Recommendation
      14. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
        1. Finding a Subject for the Dust Off Reference Photo
        2. Where to Store the Reference Photo
      15. GPS
        1. The Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
        2. Understanding the Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
      16. Firmware Version
      17. My Conclusions
    12. 9. Retouch Menu, Recent Settings/My Menu
      1. Retouch Menu
        1. D-Lighting
          1. Red-Eye Correction
          2. Trim
          3. Monochrome
        2. Recommendation
          1. Filter Effects
        3. Recommendation
          1. Color Balance
        4. Small Picture
        5. Image Overlay
        6. NEF (RAW) Processing
          1. Quick Retouch
          2. Straighten
          3. Distortion Control
          4. Fisheye
          5. Color Outline
          6. Perspective Control
          7. Stop-Motion Movie
          8. Side-by-Side Comparison
      2. Recent Settings/My Menu
        1. Recent Settings
        2. Recommendation
          1. My Menu
          2. Add Items
          3. Remove Items
          4. Rank Items
          5. Choose Tab
      3. My Conclusions
    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. Focus Modes in Detail
        1. Auto-servo AF mode (AF-A)
        2. Single-servo AF mode (AF-S)
        3. Continuous-servo AF mode (AF-C)
        4. Manual focus (MF)
        5. Recommendation
      4. AF-Area Modes in Detail
        1. Single-Point Autofocus
          1. Dynamic-Area Autofocus
        2. Auto-Area Autofocus
        3. 3D-Tracking (11 Points) Autofocus
        4. Recommendation
      5. Release Modes in Detail
        1. Single Frame Mode
        2. Continuous Mode
        3. Four Other Release Modes
        4. Recommendation
      6. Live View Autofocus
        1. Face Priority Mode
        2. Wide Area Mode
        3. Normal Area Mode
          1. Subject Tracking
        4. Recommendation
      7. My Conclusions
    14. 11. Speedlight Flash Photography
      1. What Is a Guide Number?
      2. Using the D5000’s Flash Settings
        1. Shutter Curtain Information
        2. Understanding the Flash Modes
        3. Recommendation
      3. What Is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?
        1. How Does the D5000 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
        2. Selecting a Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit
          1. SB-900 – Nikon’s Flagship Flash and Commander Unit
          2. SB-800 – Flash and Commander Unit
          3. SB-600 – Flash and CLS Slave Unit
          4. SB-R200 – CLS Slave Unit
          5. SB-400 – Personal Flash Unit (Not CLS Compatible)
      4. 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 D5000
        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
      6. Video Editing Software
        1. Recommendation
    16. A. 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. B.
    18. Index
    19. About the Author