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Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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Have you unpacked your new Nikon D300 digital SLR camera and want to get started right away taking professional quality pictures? David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography will show you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of your camera to take great photographs of anything. After a brief introduction to the camera to help you get your bearings, you'll dive right into all the exciting, innovative capabilities of the D300 including the focus controls, flash synchronization options, how to choose lenses, and which exposure modes are best. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, and you'll find tips and techniques that can be applied to any type of photography to help you take better pictures with your new digital SLR. Whether you are new to digital SLR photography or an experienced pro, David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography will help you maximize your camera's capabilities.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Are You?
    2. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Setting Up Your Nikon D300
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Setting the Clock
      2. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      3. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Compact Flash Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
    3. Choosing a Release Mode
    4. Selecting an Exposure Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
    7. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Using the Built-in Flash
      1. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Nikon D300 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D300: A Physical Comparison
    2. Nikon D300: Full Frontal
    3. The Nikon D300’s Business End
    4. Playing Back Images
      1. Basic Image Review
      2. Zooming the Nikon D300 Playback Display
      3. Viewing Thumbnails
      4. Working with Shooting Data
    5. Going Topside
    6. LCD Control Panel Readouts
    7. Lens Components
    8. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    9. Underneath Your Nikon D300
  8. 3. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D300’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Display Mode
      5. Image Review
      6. After Delete
      7. Rotate Tall
      8. Slide Show
      9. Print Set (DPOF)
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Shooting Menu Bank
      2. Reset Shooting Menu
      3. Active Folder
      4. File Naming
      5. Image Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      6. Image Size
      7. JPEG Compression
      8. NEF (RAW) Recording
      9. White Balance
        1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      10. Set Picture Control
        1. Choosing a Picture Control Style
        2. Editing a Picture Control Style
      11. Manage Picture Control
      12. Color Space
      13. Active D-Lighting
      14. Long Exp. NR
      15. High ISO NR
      16. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      17. Live View
      18. Multiple Exposure
      19. Interval Timer Shooting
  9. 4. Setup: The Custom Setting Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
    2. Custom Setting Bank
      1. Reset Custom Settings
    3. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
      3. a3 Dynamic AF Area
      4. a4 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
      5. a5 AF Activation
      6. a6 AF Point Illumination
      7. a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      8. a8 Focus Point Selection
      9. a9 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      10. a10 AF-ON for MB-D10
    4. b. Metering/Exposure
      1. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
      2. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
      3. b3 Exp Comp/Fine-Tune
      4. b4 Easy Exposure Compensation
      5. b5 Center-Weighted Area
      6. b6 Fine-Tune Optimal Exposure
    5. c. Timers/AE Lock
      1. c1 Shutter Release Button AE-L
      2. c2 Auto Meter-Off Delay
      3. c3 Self-Timer Delay
      4. c4 Monitor Off Delay
    6. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 Beep
      2. d2 Viewfinder Grid Display
      3. d3 Viewfinder Warning Display
      4. d4 CL Mode Shooting Speed
      5. d5 Max. Continuous Release
      6. d6 File Number Sequence
      7. d7 Shooting Info Display
      8. d8 LCD Illumination
      9. d9 Exposure Delay Mode
      10. d10 MB-D10 Battery Type
      11. d11 Battery Order
    7. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Sync Speed
      2. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
      3. e3 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
      4. e4 Modeling Flash
      5. e5 Auto Bracketing Set
      6. e6 Auto Bracketing Mode (Mode M)
      7. e7 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Multi-Selector Center Button
      2. f2 Multi-Selector
      3. f3 Photo Info/Playback
      4. f4 Assign FUNC. Button
      5. f5 Assign Preview Button
      6. f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
      7. f7 Customize Command Dials
      8. f8 Release Button to Use Dial
      9. f9 No Memory Card?
      10. f10 Reverse Indicators
  10. 5. Setup: The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. LCD Brightness
      3. Clean Image Sensor
      4. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      5. Video Mode
      6. HDMI
      7. World Time
      8. Language
      9. Image Comment
      10. Auto Image Rotation
      11. USB
      12. Dust Off Ref Photo
      13. Battery Info
      14. Wireless Transmitter
      15. Image Authentication
      16. Save/Load Settings
      17. GPS
      18. Non-CPU Lens Data
      19. AF Fine-Tune
      20. Firmware Version
    2. Retouch Menu
      1. D-Lighting
      2. Red-Eye Correction
      3. Trim
      4. Monochrome
      5. Filter Effects
      6. Color Balance
      7. Image Overlay
      8. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. My Menu
  11. 6. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D300 Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Matrix Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture Priority
      2. Shutter Priority
      3. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
      1. More on Bracketing
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  12. 7. Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Nikon D300
    1. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    4. How Focus Works
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives… Doesn’t It?
      3. Bringing the Multi-CAM 3500DX AF System into Focus
      4. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      5. Choosing Autofocus Point Selection Mode
        1. Single Point AF
        2. Dynamic AF
        3. Automatic Area AF
    5. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Single-Servo Autofocus
      2. Continuous-Servo Autofocus
    6. Autofocus Activation… and More
    7. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Using Hand-Held Mode
      4. Using Tripod Mode
    8. Continuous Shooting
    9. Recommended Customized Settings
      1. Shooting Menu Bank Recommendations
      2. Custom Setting Menu Bank Recommendations
  13. 8. Working with Lenses
    1. But First, a Word from Our Sensor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
    4. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Converters
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Vibration Reduction
    10. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
      1. The Magic Three
        1. The Original Magic Three
        2. The New Magic Three
  14. 9. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Determining Exposure
      2. Guide Numbers
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
      1. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
      2. Ghost Images
      3. High-Speed (FP) Sync
    5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      1. Nikon D300 Built-in Flash
      2. Nikon SB-800
      3. Nikon SB-600
      4. Nikon SB-400
      5. Nikon SB-R200
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Setting Commander Mode for the D300’s Built-in Flash
      2. Setting Commander and Remote Modes for the SB-800
    8. Connecting External Flash
    9. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
    10. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
      3. Basic Flash Setups
      4. Studio Flash
      5. Connecting Multiple Non-Dedicated Units to Your Nikon D300
      6. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  15. 10. Useful Software for the Nikon D300
    1. Nikon’s Applications and Utilities
      1. Nikon ViewNX
      2. Nikon Transfer
      3. Nikon Capture NX
      4. Nikon Camera Control Pro
    2. Other Software
      1. DxO Optics Pro
      2. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
      3. Bibble Pro
      4. Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
  16. 11. Nikon D300: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. How It Works
      2. Getting Ready
      3. Updating from a Card Reader
      4. Updating with a USB Connection
      5. Starting the Update
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Placing the Mirror/Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
  17. 1. Glossary