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Nikon D5200: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D5200, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the D5200 to take great pictures. With Nikon D5200: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer Rob Sylvan, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D5200

  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, and depth of field

  • Use the D5200’s automatic scene and professional modes for more control over your images

  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits

  • Find out how to get great shots in low light

  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

  • And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your D5200 to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikon5200_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
    7. 1. The D5200 Top Ten List
      1. Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
      2. Poring Over the Camera
      3. Poring Over the Camera
      4. 1. Charge Your Battery
      5. 2. Adjust Your Auto Off Timer Setting
      6. 3. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
      7. 4. Choose Your ISO Setting
      8. 5. Set Your Focus Point and Mode
      9. 6. Set the Correct White Balance
      10. 7. Set Your Color Space
      11. 8. Know How to Override Autofocus
      12. 9. Review Your Shots
      13. 10. Hold Your Camera for Proper Shooting
      14. Chapter 1 Assignments
    8. 2. First Things First
      1. A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Choosing the Right Memory Card
      4. Formatting Your Memory Card
      5. Updating the D5200’s Firmware
      6. Cleaning the Sensor
      7. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
      8. Lenses and Focal Lengths
      9. What Is Exposure?
      10. Motion and Depth of Field
      11. Chapter 2 Assignments
    9. 3. The Auto Modes
      1. Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Auto Mode
      4. Auto (Flash Off) Mode
      5. Portrait Mode
      6. Landscape Mode
      7. Child Mode
      8. Sports Mode
      9. Close-Up Mode
      10. Scene Modes
      11. Effects Modes
      12. Why You May Never Want to Use the Auto Scene Modes Again
      13. Chapter 3 Assignments
    10. 4. The Professional Modes
      1. Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. P: Program Mode
      4. S: Shutter Priority Mode
      5. A: Aperture Priority Mode
      6. M: Manual Mode
      7. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
      8. Chapter 4 Assignments
    11. 5. Moving Target
      1. The Tricks to Shooting Subjects in Motion
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Stop Right There!
      4. Using Shutter Priority (S) Mode to Stop Motion
      5. Using Aperture Priority (A) Mode to Isolate Your Subject
      6. The Auto ISO Sensitivity Control Trick
      7. Keep Them in Focus with Continuous-Servo Focus and AF Focus Point Selection
      8. Stop and Go with 3D-Tracking AF
      9. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
      10. Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode
      11. A Sense of Motion
      12. Tips for Shooting Action
      13. Chapter 5 Assignments
    12. 6. Say Cheese!
      1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Automatic Portrait Mode
      4. Using Aperture Priority Mode
      5. Metering Modes for Portraits
      6. Using the AE-L (Auto Exposure Lock) Feature
      7. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
      8. Classic Black and White Portraits
      9. The Portrait Picture Control for Better Skin tones
      10. Detect Faces with Live View
      11. Use Fill Flash for Reducing Shadows
      12. Portraits on the Move
      13. Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
      14. Chapter 6 Assignments
    13. 7. Landscape Photography
      1. Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Landscape Photography
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripods
      4. Selecting the Proper ISO
      5. Using Noise Reduction
      6. Selecting a White Balance
      7. Using the Landscape Picture Control
      8. Taming Overexposure with Exposure Compensation
      9. Shooting Beautiful Black and White Landscapes
      10. The Golden Light
      11. Where to Focus
      12. Easier Focusing
      13. Making Water Fluid
      14. Directing the Viewer: A Word About Composition
      15. Advanced Techniques to Explore
      16. Chapter 7 Assignments
    14. 8. Mood Lighting
      1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Raising the ISO: The Simple Solution
      4. Using Very High ISOs
      5. Stabilizing the Situation
      6. Focusing in Low Light
      7. Shooting Long Exposures
      8. Using the Built-In Flash
      9. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
      10. Reducing Red-Eye
      11. Rear Curtain Sync
      12. Flash and Glass
      13. A Few Words About External Flash
      14. Chapter 8 Assignments
    15. 9. Advanced Techniques
      1. Impress Your Family and Friends
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Spot Meter for More Exposure Control
      4. Manual Mode
      5. Avoiding Lens Flare
      6. Using the Sun Creatively
      7. Bracketing Exposures
      8. Macro Photography
      9. Active D-Lighting
      10. The My Menu Setting
      11. Chapter 9 Assignments
    16. 10. D5200 Video: Beyond the Basics
      1. Video and the D5200
      2. It’s All About the Lenses
      3. Accessories for Video
      4. Getting Shallow Depth of Field
      5. Giving a Different Look to Your Videos
      6. Tips for Better Video
      7. Watching and Editing Your Video
      8. Chapter 10 Assignments
    17. 11. Accessorize
      1. Upgrades and Accessories to Expand Your Camera’s Creative Potential
      2. Filters
      3. Tripods
      4. Remote or Cable Release
      5. Macro Photography Accessories
      6. Hot-Shoe Flashes
      7. Diffusers
      8. Camera Bags
      9. Bits and Pieces
      10. Conclusion
    18. Index
    19. 12. Creative Compositions
      1. Improve Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elements
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Depth of field
      4. Angles
      5. Point of view
      6. Patterns
      7. Color
      8. Contrast
      9. Leading Lines
      10. Splitting the frame
      11. Frames within frames
      12. Chapter 12 Assignments