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Nikon D5200 For Dummies

Book Description

Invaluable photography advice for D5200 beginners

The Nikon D5200 is one of Nikon's most advanced cameras offered in the entry-level line of dSLRs. This book goes beyond the user's manual to deliver a helpful introduction to the basic photo skills needed in order to get great shots from the D5200. Assuming no prior dSLR knowledge, veteran author Julie Adair King offers you a tour of the camera body with this full-color book as she presents you with a hands-on how-to on all the features of the D5200. Packed with pics, this fun and friendly guide offers unique inspiration for capturing your own memorable images.

  • Helps you get an accurate feel for the camera, shooting in Auto mode, and managing playback options

  • Walks you through adjusting settings to get better results from exposure, lighting, focus, and color

  • Includes a full chapter on video mode

  • Addresses sending images to a computer for organizing, editing, and sharing

  • Demonstrates how to put the pieces together to get better portraits, action shots, and outdoor shots in any sort of light.

  • Shares tips on the most common edits needed to improve shots

Featuring an abundance of useful tips, this helpful guide encourages you to take control of your Nikon 5200 to get the photos you want.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps
    1. Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land
    2. Looking at Lenses
    3. Adjusting the Viewfinder to Your Eyesight
    4. Using the Articulating Monitor
    5. Working with Memory Cards
    6. Exploring External Camera Controls
    7. Ordering from Camera Menus
    8. Displaying Help Screens
    9. Viewing Picture Settings
    10. Adjusting Settings via the Information Display
    11. Taking a Few Critical Setup Steps
    12. Restoring Default Settings
    13. Chapter 2: Choosing Basic Picture Settings
    14. Choosing an Exposure Mode
    15. Choosing the Release Mode
    16. Choosing the Right Quality Settings
    17. Setting Image Size and Quality
    18. Chapter 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically
    19. Setting Up for Automatic Success
    20. As Easy As It Gets: Auto and Auto Flash Off
    21. Taking Advantage of Scene Modes
    22. Chapter 4: Exploring Live View Photography and Movie Making
    23. Using Your Monitor as a Viewfinder
    24. Focusing in Live View Mode
    25. Shooting Still Pictures in Live View Mode
    26. Shooting Movies
    27. Screening Your Movies
    28. Trimming Movies
    29. Saving a Movie Frame as a Still Image
  6. Part II: Working with Picture Files
    1. Chapter 5: Playback Mode: Viewing, Erasing, and Protecting Photos
    2. Customizing Basic Playback Options
    3. Viewing Images in Playback Mode
    4. Viewing Picture Data
    5. Deleting Photos
    6. Protecting Photos
    7. Creating a Digital Slide Show
    8. Viewing Your Photos on a Television
    9. Chapter 6: Downloading, Printing, and Sharing Your Photos
    10. Choosing the Right Photo Software
    11. Sending Pictures to the Computer
    12. Processing Raw (NEF) Files
    13. Planning for Perfect Prints
    14. Preparing Pictures for E-Mail and Online Sharing
  7. Part III: Taking Creative Control
    1. Chapter 7: Getting Creative with Exposure and Lighting
    2. Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
    3. Exploring the Advanced Exposure Modes
    4. Reading (And Adjusting) the Meter
    5. Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
    6. Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
    7. Sorting through Your Camera's Exposure-Correction Tools
    8. Investigating Advanced Flash Options
    9. Bracketing Exposures
    10. Chapter 8: Manipulating Focus and Color
    11. Mastering the Autofocusing System
    12. Focusing Manually
    13. Manipulating Depth of Field
    14. Controlling Color
    15. Choosing a Color Space: sRGB versus Adobe RGB
    16. Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls
    17. Chapter 9: Putting It All Together
    18. Recapping Basic Picture Settings
    19. Shooting Still Portraits
    20. Capturing Action
    21. Capturing Scenic Vistas
    22. Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups
  8. Part IV: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 10: Ten Fun (And Practical) Ways to Manipulate Your Photos
    2. Applying the Retouch Menu Filters
    3. Removing Red-Eye
    4. Straightening Tilting Horizon Lines
    5. Removing (Or Creating) Lens Distortion
    6. Correcting Perspective
    7. Cropping (Trimming) Your Photo
    8. Manipulating Exposure and Color
    9. Creating Monochrome Images
    10. Playing with Special Effects
    11. Two Roads to a Multi-Image Exposure
    12. Chapter 11: Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
    13. Keeping the Image Sensor Clean
    14. Changing the Look of the Information Display
    15. Keeping the Information Display Hidden
    16. Annotate Your Images
    17. Creating Your Own Menu
    18. Creating Custom Image Folders
    19. Changing the Function of the AE-L/AF-L Button
    20. Assigning a Duty to the Function Button
    21. Using the Shutter Button to Lock Exposure and Focus
    22. Reversing the Command Dial Orientation
    23. Cheat Sheet