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Mastering the Nikon D7000

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Mastering the Nikon D7000 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D7000 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.

The 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 learning experience for new D7000 users goes beyond just the camera itself and covers basic photography technique.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering the Nikon D7000
  2. This book is dedicated to:
  3. Special thanks to:
  4. About the Author
  5. Foreword
  6. Camera Body Reference
  7. 1. Basic Camera Setup
    1. The Nikon D7000 – A Mature Camera
    2. Learning about the Nikon D7000
    3. First Use of the Camera
      1. First Time DSLR Users
      2. Five Steps for First-Time Camera Configuration
        1. Setting the Camera’s Language – Step 1
        2. Setting the Camera’s Time Zone – Step 2
        3. Setting the Camera’s Date Format – Step 3
        4. Setting the Camera’s Daylight Saving Time – Step 4
        5. Setting the Camera’s Date and Time – Step 5
        6. Accessing the Camera Menus
      3. Camera Functions for Initial Configuration
    4. Personal Camera Setting Recommendations
    5. Things to Know When Reading This Book
      1. Downloadable Resources Webpage
    6. My Conclusions
  8. 2. Playback Menu
    1. Delete Function
      1. Selected
      2. Select date
      3. All
    2. Playback Folder
      1. D7000
      2. All
      3. Current
    3. Hide Image
      1. Select/set
      2. Select date
      3. Deselect all?
    4. Display Mode
      1. Focus point
      2. Highlights
      3. RGB histogram
      4. Data
    5. Copy Image(s)
    6. Image Review
    7. After Delete
    8. Rotate Tall
    9. Slide Show
      1. Starting a Slide Show
      2. Changing a Slide Show’s Frame Interval
    10. Print Set (DPOF)
    11. My Conclusions
  9. 3. Shooting Menu
    1. User Settings U1 and U2
    2. Configuring the Shooting Menu
    3. Reset Shooting Menu
    4. Storage Folder
      1. Manually Creating a New Storage Folder
      2. Selecting an Existing Storage Folder
    5. File Naming
      1. File Number Sequence Used with File Naming
    6. Role Played by Card in Slot 2
    7. Image Quality
      1. NEF (RAW) Image Quality Format
        1. NEF (RAW) Conversion Software
        2. Viewing RAW Files as Thumbnails On Your Computer
        3. Nikon Software Included With Your Camera
        4. Transferring Images to Computer
        5. A RAW File Is Not an Image, Yet!
        6. NEF (RAW) Positives
        7. NEF (RAW) Negatives
      2. JPEG Image Quality Format
        1. JPEG Positives
        2. JPEG Negatives
        3. Combined NEF + JPEG Shooting (Two Images at Once)
      3. Final Image Format Ramblings
    8. Image Size
    9. JPEG Compression
    10. NEF (RAW) Recording
      1. Type
      2. NEF (RAW) Bit Depth
      3. Channel and Bit Depth Tutorial
    11. White Balance
    12. Set Picture Control
      1. Examining Picture Controls
      2. MC Picture Control Filter Effects and Toning
        1. Filter Effects
        2. Toning
        3. Picture Control Grid Screen
        4. Resetting a Nikon Picture Control
    13. Manage Picture Control
      1. Save/Edit a Custom Picture Control
      2. Rename a Custom Picture Control
      3. Delete a Custom Picture Control
      4. Load/Save a Custom Picture Control
        1. Copy to Camera
      5. Copy to Camera – Renaming a Custom Picture Control
        1. Delete from Card
        2. Copy to Card
        3. Memory Cards and Custom Picture Controls
    14. Auto Distortion Control
    15. Color Space
      1. Which Color Space Should I Choose?
    16. Active D-Lighting
    17. Long Exp. NR
    18. High ISO NR
    19. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      1. Configuring the ISO Sensitivity Settings
        1. ISO Sensitivity Auto Setting
        2. Auto ISO Sensitivity Control
        3. Maximum Sensitivity
        4. Minimum Shutter Speed
        5. Auto ISO Sensitivity Control from the Camera’s Perspective
        6. When and Why Should I Use Auto ISO Sensitivity Control?
        7. Are There Any Drawbacks to Using Auto ISO Sensitivity Control?
    20. Multiple Exposure
      1. Understanding Auto Gain
    21. Movie Settings
      1. Movie Quality
      2. Microphone
      3. Destination
      4. Manual Movie Settings
    22. Interval Timer Shooting
    23. Remote Control Mode
    24. My Conclusions
  10. 4. Custom Setting Menu
    1. Using the Camera’s Help System
    2. The User Settings and the Custom Setting Menu
    3. Using the Custom Setting Menu
      1. Reset Custom Settings
    4. a Autofocus
      1. Custom Settings a1–a8
      2. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      3. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
        1. Using Custom Settings a1 and a2
      4. a3 Focus Tracking with Lock-On
        1. Does Lock-On Cause Autofocus to Slow Down?
      5. a4 AF Point Illumination
      6. a5 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      7. a6 Number of Focus Points
      8. a7 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      9. a8 Live View/Movie AF
        1. Autofocus Mode
        2. AF-Area Mode
    5. b Metering/Exposure
      1. Custom Settings b1–b5
      2. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
      3. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
      4. b3 Easy Exposure Compensation
      5. b4 Center-Weighted Area
      6. b5 Fine Tune Optimal Exposure
    6. c Timers/AE Lock
      1. Custom Settings c1–c5
      2. c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L
      3. c2 Auto Meter-Off Delay
      4. c3 Self-Timer
      5. c4 Monitor Off Delay
      6. c5 Remote on Duration
    7. d Shooting/Display
      1. Custom Settings d1–d14
      2. d1 Beep
      3. d2 Viewfinder Grid Display
      4. d3 ISO Display and Adjustment
      5. d4 Viewfinder Warning Display
      6. d5 Screen Tips
      7. d6 CL Mode Shooting Speed
      8. d7 Max. Continuous Release
      9. d8 File Number Sequence
      10. d9 Information Display
      11. d10 LCD Illumination
      12. d11 Exposure Delay Mode
      13. d12 Flash Warning
      14. d13 MB-D11 Battery Type
      15. d14 Battery Order
    8. e Bracketing/Flash
      1. Custom Settings e1–e6
      2. e1 Flash Sync Speed
        1. Auto FP High-Speed Sync Review
        2. Special Shutter Speed Setting X + Flash Sync Speed
      3. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
      4. e3 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
        1. TTL
        2. M – Manual
        3. RPT – Repeating flash
        4. CMD – Commander Mode
        5. Commander Mode Notes
      5. e4 Modeling Flash
      6. e5 Auto Bracketing Set
        1. Steps to Use AE and/or Flash Bracketing
        2. Steps to Use WB Bracketing
        3. Steps to Use ADL Bracketing
      7. e6 Bracketing Order
    9. f Controls
      1. Custom Settings f1–f10
      2. f1 Switch (Backlight)
      3. f2 OK Button (Shooting Mode)
      4. f3 Assign Fn Button, f4 Assign Preview Button, f5 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
        1. Assignable Function List
      5. f6 Customize Command Dials
        1. Reverse Rotation
        2. Change Main/Sub
        3. Aperture Setting
        4. Menus and Playback
      6. f7 Release Button to Use Dial
      7. f8 Slot Empty Release Lock
      8. f9 Reverse Indicators
      9. f10 Assign MB-D11 AE-L/AF-L Button
    10. Modified Custom Setting Notice
    11. My Conclusions
  11. 5. Setup Menu
    1. Format Memory Card
      1. Camera Button Format Method
    2. Save User Settings
      1. Items that Can Be Saved
      2. Items that Can’t Be Saved
    3. Reset User Settings
    4. LCD Brightness
    5. Clean Image Sensor
      1. Clean Now
      2. Clean at Startup/Shutdown
    6. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
    7. Video Mode
    8. HDMI
      1. Output Resolution
      2. Device Control
    9. Flicker Reduction
    10. Time Zone and Date
      1. Time Zone
      2. Date and Time
      3. Date Format
      4. Daylight Saving Time
    11. Language
    12. Image Comment
    13. Auto Image Rotation
    14. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      1. Finding a Subject for the Dust-Off Reference Photo
        1. Where to Store the Reference Photo
    15. Battery Info
      1. Battery Info with an MB-D11 Battery Pack
    16. Wireless Transmitter
    17. Copyright Information
    18. Save/Load Settings
    19. GPS
      1. Using a GPS Unit with Your D7000
      2. Preparing the Camera for GPS Usage
        1. Auto Meter-Off
        2. Position
        3. Use GPS to Set Camera Clock
          1. Using the GPS
    20. Virtual Horizon
    21. Non-CPU Lens Data
      1. Selecting a Lens by Using the Non-CPU Lens Menu
      2. Selecting a Non-CPU Lens with External Camera Controls
    22. AF Fine Tune
      1. AF Fine Tune (On/Off)
      2. Saved Value
      3. Default
      4. List Saved Values
    23. Eye-Fi Upload
      1. Enabling Eye-Fi Uploads on the D7000
    24. Firmware Version
      1. Upgrading Your Camera’s Firmware
    25. My Conclusions
  12. 6. Retouch Menu
    1. Retouched File Numbering
    2. Accessing the Retouch Functions – Two Methods
    3. Playback Retouching
    4. Using Retouch Menu Items Directly
      1. D-Lighting
      2. Red-Eye Correction
      3. Trim
      4. Monochrome
      5. Filter Effects
        1. Skylight Filter Effect
        2. Warm Filter Effect
        3. Red Intensifier Filter Effect
        4. Green Intensifier Filter Effect
        5. Blue Intensifier Filter Effect
        6. Cross Screen Filter Effect
        7. Soft Filter Effect
      6. Color Balance
      7. Image Overlay
        1. Image Overlay Ideas
      8. NEF (RAW) Processing
      9. Resize
      10. Quick Retouch
      11. Straighten
      12. Distortion Control
        1. Auto Distortion Control
        2. Manual Distortion Control
      13. Fisheye
      14. Color Outline
      15. Color Sketch
      16. Perspective Control
      17. Miniature Effect
      18. Edit Movie
        1. Choose Start Point and Choose End Point
        2. Save Selected Frame
        3. Alternate Method for Editing Movies
      19. Side-by-Side Comparison
    5. My Conclusions
  13. 7. My Menu and Recent Settings
    1. My Menu
      1. Add Items
      2. Remove Items
      3. Rank Items
      4. Choose Tab
    2. Recent Settings
    3. My Conclusions
  14. 8. Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
    1. Section 1 – Metering
      1. 3D Color Matrix II Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
        1. Where’s the Circle?
        2. Using the Averaging Meter
      3. Spot Metering
    2. Section 2 – Exposure Modes
      1. P - Programmed Auto Mode
        1. Get Down, Grandpa!
        2. Beware the Extra Clicks
      2. S - Shutter-Priority Auto Mode
        1. Watch Out for Camera Shake!
      3. A - Aperture-Priority Auto Mode
      4. M - Manual Mode
      5. My Recommendation on Exposure Mode Selection
      6. Auto Exposure Mode
      7. Scene Modes
        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
        7. Night Landscape Scene Mode
        8. Party/Indoor Scene Mode
        9. Beach/Snow Scene Mode
        10. Sunset Scene Mode
        11. Dusk/Dawn Scene Mode
        12. Pet Portrait Scene Mode
        13. Candlelight Scene Mode
        14. Blossom Scene Mode
        15. Autumn Colors Scene Mode
        16. Food Scene Mode
        17. Silhouette Scene Mode
        18. High Key Scene Mode
        19. Low Key Scene Mode
        20. Using the Help System While in Scene Modes
    3. U1 and U2 User Settings
      1. No Flash Mode
    4. Section 3 – Histogram
      1. Understanding the Histogram
        1. Light Range
        2. Histogram Shape
        3. How Does the Eye React to Light Values?
        4. Computer Adjustment of Images
    5. My Conclusion
  15. 9. White Balance
    1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
      1. White Balance Fundamentals
    2. Color Temperature
      1. Understanding Mired
    3. Method 1 – Manual White Balance Using the WB Button
      1. Manually Selecting a Color Temperature between 2500K and 10,000K
      2. Measuring Actual Ambient Light by Using PRE
      3. Storing White Balance Values for Future Use
      4. Editing the Comment Field
      5. Using the White Balance from a Previously Captured Image
      6. Fine-Tuning White Balance
        1. Fine-Tuning with External Controls
        2. Fine-Tuning with the Shooting Menu
    4. Method 2 – Manual White Balance Using the Shooting Menu
    5. Auto White Balance
      1. Using Auto WB (Aut01 and Aut02)
    6. Should I Worry about White Balance if I Shoot in RAW mode?
    7. White Balance Tips and Tricks
    8. Sample Full WB Range D7000 Image
    9. My Conclusions
  16. 10. Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
    1. Section 1 – Autofocus in Viewfinder Photography
      1. What Is the Multi-CAM 4800 DX Autofocus Module?
        1. Three Mode Groups
      2. Using Autofocus and AF-Area Modes (Viewfinder)
      3. Autofocus Modes in Detail (Viewfinder)
        1. Auto-Servo AF Mode (AF-A)
        2. Single-Servo AF Mode (AF-S)
        3. Continuous-Servo AF Mode (AF-C)
        4. 50-Millisecond Shutter Lag
        5. Predictive Focus Tracking
        6. Effect of Lens Movement
      4. AF-Area Modes in Detail (Viewfinder)
        1. Single-Point AF
        2. Single-Point AF Example
        3. Dynamic-Area AF
        4. 3D-Tracking AF
        5. Auto-Area AF
    2. Section 2 – Autofocus in Live View Photography
      1. Using Autofocus and AF-Area Modes (Live View)
      2. Autofocus Modes in Detail (Live View)
        1. Single-Servo AF
        2. Full-Time-Servo AF
      3. AF-Area Modes in Detail (Live View)
        1. Face-Priority AF
        2. Wide-Area AF
        3. Normal-Area AF
        4. Subject-Tracking AF
    3. Section 3 – Release Modes
      1. Single Frame (S) Release Mode
      2. Continuous Low Speed (CL) Release Mode
      3. Continuous High Speed (CH) Release Mode
      4. Quiet Shutter-Release (Q) Release Mode
      5. Self-Timer Release Mode
      6. Remote Control Release Mode
      7. Mirror Up (MUP) Release Mode
      8. Don’t Touch That Shutter Release!
    4. Custom Settings for Autofocus (a1–a8)
    5. My Conclusions
  17. 11. Live View and Movie Modes
    1. Live View Mode
      1. Notes on Using Lv Mode
        1. Screen Blackout during Exposure
        2. Extreme Focusing Accuracy
        3. Taking Pictures with Lv Mode
    2. Live View and Movie Mode Screens
      1. Live View/Movie Screen 1
      2. Live View/Movie Screen 2
      3. Live View/Movie Screen 3
      4. Live View/Movie Screen 4
      5. Live View/Movie Screen 5
    3. Movie Mode
      1. High-Definition (HD) versus Standard-Definition (SD) Video
      2. Progressive versus Interlaced
      3. Camera Setup for Making Movies
      4. Choosing a Video Encoding Method
      5. Choosing a Movie Quality
        1. Video File Format
      6. Recording Sound in Your Movies
      7. Choosing a Destination for Video Recordings
      8. Using Manual Movie Settings
        1. Adjusting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Sensitivity
        2. Choosing a Picture Control
        3. Choosing a Color Space
        4. Setting an Autofocus Mode
        5. Setting an AF-Area Mode
      9. Recording a Video with Your D7000
      10. Displaying Movies
        1. Displaying a Movie on the Camera LCD Screen
        2. Displaying a Movie on an SDTV
        3. Displaying a Movie on an HDTV
      11. Limitations in Movie Mode Video Capture
        1. How the Rolling Shutter Works in Movie Mode
        2. Avoiding the Jellywobble Effect
    4. My Conclusions
  18. 12. Speedlight Flash
    1. Light is the Photographer’s Friend!
    2. What Is a Guide Number?
    3. Flash Modes
      1. Auto
      2. Fill Flash (Front-Curtain Sync)
      3. Red-Eye Reduction
      4. Slow Sync
      5. Rear-Curtain Sync
      6. List of Flash Modes by Shooting Mode
      7. No Flash Mode
    4. Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
      1. How Does the D7000 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
      2. What Is Commander Mode and How Does It Work?
        1. Using Commander Mode
        2. Commander Mode Settings
        3. Setting the Channel (CH) for Communication
        4. Downloadable Resource on Flash Units
    5. My Conclusions
      1. Thank You!
  19. A. Credits for Chapter Opening Images
  20. Index
  21. About the Author