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Mastering the Nikon D3000

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Mastering the Nikon D3000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The small, easy-to-carry D3000 is powerful in its ability to offer guided automatic camera operation with full manual capabilities when desired. Readers will be able to develop as photographers with the D3000 -progressing from camera controlled automatic operation to user-managed manual control. However, this level of functionality requires some camera complexity.

Darrell cuts through the camera 's complexity with full explanations of every button, dial, switch, and menu on the camera with a friendly and advisory tone, like an old friend stopping by to discuss a favorite topic of mutual interest. He goes beyond just describing how the camera works by providing personal recommendations on how and when to use each function.

Darrell understands that many owners of the D3000 may be just entering into the world of DSLR cameras and he takes time to guide them through some of the basics of photography. He covers how shutter speed and aperture works, depth-of-field, lens focal lengths, white balance, autofocus, image exposure, and the all-important digital histogram.

Mastering the D3000 is the most recent volume in Rocky Nook 's highly successful Nikonians Press series of books.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering the Nikon D3000
    1. Foreword
    2. Preface
    3. Colors and Wording Legend
    4. 1. Examining the Nikon D3000
      1. Digital Sensor Basics, or Why Does a DSLR Make Better Images?
      2. Section 1 – Initial Camera Configuration
        1. External Camera Controls
        2. First Use of the Nikon D3000
          1. Attaching the Lens
          2. Removing the Lens
          3. Lens Controls
          4. Charging and Inserting the Battery
          5. Avoid Completely Discharging the Battery
        3. Initial Camera Setup
          1. Language
          2. Time Zone
          3. Date Format
          4. Daylight Saving Time
          5. Date and Time
        4. Formatting the Memory Card
        5. I Want to Take Some Pictures Now!
          1. Auto Mode
          2. The Built-In Help Button
          3. Diopter Adjustment Control
      3. Section 2 – Adjusting the Nikon D3000’s Settings
        1. The Difference Between the Information Screen and Information Edit Menu
          1. Nikon Guide Mode
          2. Standard Menu System
        2. My Conclusions
    5. 2. Nikon Guide Menus – Basic Use
      1. Shoot Guide Menu – Basic Use
      2. Shoot Menu – Easy Operation
      3. Shoot Menu – Advanced Operation
        1. Soften Backgrounds
        2. Freeze Motion (People) and (Vehicles)
        3. My Conclusions
    6. 3. Guide Menu – Advanced Use
      1. Shoot Menu Screen Review
      2. Shoot Menu’s More Settings Selection
      3. Shoot Menu’s Timers & Remote Control
      4. Guide Menu’s View/Delete Selections
        1. View Single Photos
        2. View Multiple Photos
          1. Choose a Date
          2. View a Slide Show
        3. Delete Photos
      5. Guide Menu’s Set up Selections
        1. Image Quality
          1. Image Size
        2. Active D-Lighting
        3. Playback Folder
          1. Print Set (DPOF)
        4. Format Memory Card
        5. LCD Brightness
        6. Info Background Color
        7. Auto Info Display
        8. Video Mode
        9. Time Zone and Date
          1. Language
        10. Auto Off Timers
        11. Beep
        12. Date Imprint
          1. No Memory Card?
      6. My Conclusions
    7. 4. Playback Menu
      1. Delete Function
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Display Mode
      4. Image Review
      5. Rotate Tall
      6. Slide Show
      7. Printing Pictures without a Computer
      8. Section 1 – PictBridge Printing
        1. Basic Single-Image PictBridge Printing
        2. Multiple-Print PictBridge Printing
        3. Print select
          1. Select date
        4. Print (DPOF)
          1. Index print
      9. Section 2 – Print Set (DPOF)
        1. Stop-Motion Movie
        2. My Conclusions
    8. 5. Shooting and Information Edit Menus
      1. Using the Shooting Menu
      2. Using the Information Edit Menu
      3. Reset Shooting Options
      4. Set Picture Control
      5. Image quality
        1. Image Format Pros and Cons
        2. Nikon Electronic Format—NEF (RAW)
          1. JPEG Format
        3. Final Image Format Ramblings
      6. Image size
      7. White balance
      8. ISO sensitivity settings
        1. ISO Sensitivity Auto Control
      9. Active D-Lighting
      10. Color Spaces
      11. Noise reduction
      12. Release mode
      13. Focus modes
      14. AF-Area Modes
      15. AF-Assist
      16. Metering
      17. Built-in flash
      18. Flash Compensation
      19. Exposure Compensation
      20. Flash Modes
      21. My Conclusions
    9. 6. Setup Menu
      1. Reset Setup Options
      2. Format Memory Card
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. Info Display Format
      5. Auto Info Display
      6. Clean Image Sensor
      7. Mirror Lock-Up
      8. Video Mode
      9. Time Zone and Date
      10. Language
      11. Image Comment
      12. Auto Image Rotation
      13. Dust Off Ref Photo
        1. Where to Store the Reference Photo
      14. Auto Off Timers
      15. Self-Timer Delay
      16. Remote on Duration
      17. Beep
      18. Viewfinder Options
      19. File Number Sequence
      20. Buttons
      21. No Memory Card?
      22. Date Imprint
      23. Active Folder
      24. Firmware Version
      25. My Conclusions
    10. 7. Retouch and Recent Settings Menus
      1. Section 1 – Retouch Menu
        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. Color Outline
        12. Miniature Effect
        13. Stop-Motion Movie
        14. Before and After
      2. Section 2 – Recent Settings
        1. My Conclusions
    11. 8. Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Focal Length
      1. Understanding the Camera’s Aperture
      2. How Does the Aperture Work? – An Experiment
      3. What Is an Aperture Number?
      4. Using Older Lenses with an Aperture Ring
      5. Using the Camera’s Aperture
      6. Understanding Depth of Field
      7. Effect of Focal Length on Depth of Field
      8. Understanding the Camera’s Shutter Speed
      9. Using the Aperture and Shutter Speed Together for Great Pictures
      10. A Little More Exposure Detail
      11. General Shutter Speed/Aperture Exposure Rule
      12. Aperture and Shutter Speed Chart
      13. Focal Length
      14. Vibration Reduction (VR) Lenses
      15. Focus Motor in the Lens
      16. A Simple Warning
      17. My Conclusions
    12. 9. Exposure Metering System, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
      1. Section 1 – Exposure Metering Systems
        1. 3D Color Matrix II Metering
        2. Center-Weighted Metering
        3. Spot Metering
      2. Section 2 – Exposure Modes
        1. P – Programmed Auto Mode
          1. Get Down, Grandpa!
        2. S – Shutter-Priority Auto Mode
        3. A – Aperture-Priority Auto Mode
        4. M – Manual Mode
        5. My Recommendations on Exposure Mode Selection
        6. Full AUTO and Scene Modes
          1. AUTO Exposure Mode
          2. Portrait Scene Mode
          3. Landscape Scene Mode
          4. Child Scene Mode
          5. Sports Scene Mode
          6. Close Up Scene Mode
          7. Night Portrait Scene Mode
        7. Why Have Scene Modes?
      3. Section 3 – Histogram
        1. Understanding the Histogram (An Overview)
          1. Light Range
          2. Image and Histogram Shape
          3. How the Eye Reacts to Light Values
          4. Computer Adjustment of Images
        2. My Conclusions
    13. 10. White Balance
      1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
      2. Color Temperature
      3. Method 1 – Setting White Balance with the Information Edit Screens
      4. Method 2 – Setting White Balance with the Shooting Menu
      5. Mired WB Fine-Tuning Values
      6. Measuring Ambient Light and Using PRE
      7. Selecting the WB from a Previously Taken Image
      8. Auto White Balance
      9. Should I Worry about White Balance if I Shoot in RAW Mode?
      10. My Conclusions
    14. 11. Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus
      1. What is the Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus Module?
      2. AF System Override with Lens Setting
      3. Understanding the Focus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
      4. Focus Modes in Detail
      5. Auto-servo AF mode (AF-A)
      6. Single-servo AF mode (AF-S)
      7. Continuous-servo AF mode (AF-C)
      8. Manual focus (MF)
      9. AF-Area Modes in Detail
      10. Single-Point AF-Area Mode
      11. Dynamic-Area Autofocus
      12. Auto-Area Autofocus
      13. 3D-Tracking (11 Points) Autofocus
      14. Release Modes in Detail
      15. Single Frame Mode
      16. Continuous Mode
      17. Three Additional Release Modes
      18. My Conclusions
    15. 12. Speedlight Flash Photography
      1. What is a Guide Number?
      2. Using the D3000’s Flash Settings
      3. Shutter Curtain Information
      4. Understanding the Flash Modes
      5. What is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?
      6. How Does the D3000 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
      7. 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)
      8. My Conclusions about Flash
      9. Conclusion
    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
    19. About the Author