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Nikon D5200 Digital Field Guide by J. Dennis Thomas

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Chapter 2: Nikon D5200 Essentials

Once you familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the Nikon D5200’s various controls, you can explore what all of these buttons, switches, and dials do. The settings you will change most frequently include the exposure, drive, metering modes, and ISO sensitivity. These settings are very important to learn because a lot of them deal with basic photographic theories. You need to learn when to use them and why, so you can capture your images effectively and creatively.

The essentials are the most important parts of the camera system. There are a lot of different modes, menus, and settings to get acquainted with, and that’s where I go in this chapter. There’s also quite a bit of information packed in here, so I suggest that you grab your camera, sit down, and read this chapter thoroughly.

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Knowing which modes and features to use in any given situation allows you to get a good exposure every time.

Exposure Modes

The exposure mode dictates how the aperture and shutter speed are selected. The four main exposure modes are Programmed auto (programmedauto2.eps), Aperture-priority auto (aperturepriorityauto2.eps), Shutter-priority auto (), and Manual (). These are all you need to achieve the ...

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