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Nikon D5300 Digital Field Guide

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Everything you need to know to take amazing photographs using your new DSLR

The Nikon D5300 Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know to take fantastic photos with your new Nikon. In full color, this portable guide covers all of the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D5300, using step-by-step instructions and providing full-color images of each menu screen. Nikon users will love this comprehensive field guideā€”it's just the right size to fit into a camera bag, so you'll be able to take it wherever your photography adventures take you.

The guide goes beyond camera settings, offering you a refresher course in digital photography principles, and covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. This perfectly sized field guide features:

  • Compact size, allowing photographers to carry it wherever they go

  • Professional advice on everything from composing a variety of shots to choosing lenses

  • Colorful example images, along with detailed instructions on how to get the most from each of the camera's features

  • Filled with amazing examples, this handy guide offers a variety of tips and tricks. You'll learn how to capture portraits, take character-filled candid shots, frame sports action, document travel, work with macro photography, and much more!

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. About the Digital Field Guide
      2. Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D5300
        1. Key Components of the D5300
          1. The top of the camera
          2. The back of the camera
          3. The front of the camera
          4. The left side of the camera
        2. The Viewfinder Display
        3. The Information Display
      3. Chapter 2: Nikon D5300 Essentials
        1. Exposure Modes
          1. Automatic modes
          2. Programmed auto mode
          3. Aperture-priority auto mode
          4. Shutter-priority auto mode
          5. Manual mode
        2. Scene modes
        3. Special Effects Modes
          1. Night Vision
          2. Color Sketch
          3. Toy Camera effect
          4. Miniature Effect
          5. Selective Color
          6. Silhouette
          7. High Key
          8. Low Key
          9. HDR Painting
        4. Metering Modes
          1. Matrix metering mode
          2. Center-weighted metering mode
          3. Spot metering mode
        5. Autofocus
          1. Phase detection
          2. Contrast detection
        6. Focus Modes
          1. Auto Servo AF mode
          2. Continuous Servo AF mode
          3. Single Servo AF mode
          4. Manual focus mode
        7. Autofocus Area Modes
          1. Auto-area AF mode
          2. Single-point AF mode
          3. Dynamic-area AF mode
        8. Release Modes
        9. ISO Sensitivity
          1. Auto ISO
          2. Noise reduction
        10. White Balance
          1. The Kelvin scale
          2. White balance settings
        11. Picture Controls
        12. File Formats, Size, and Compression
          1. NEF (RAW)
          2. JPEG
          3. Image size
          4. Image quality
        13. Wi-Fi
        14. GPS
      4. Chapter 3: Setting up the Nikon D5300
        1. The Playback Menu
          1. Delete
          2. Playback folder
          3. Playback display options
          4. Image review
          5. Rotate tall
          6. Slide show
          7. DPOF print order
          8. Rating
          9. Select to send to smart device
        2. The Shooting Menu
          1. Reset shooting menu
          2. Storage folder
          3. Image quality
          4. Image size
          5. NEF (RAW) recording
          6. White balance
          7. Set Picture Control
          8. Manage Picture Control
          9. Auto distortion control
          10. Color space
          11. Active D-Lighting
          12. High Dynamic Range
          13. Long exposure NR
          14. High ISO NR
          15. ISO sensitivity settings
          16. Release Mode
          17. Multiple exposure
          18. Interval timer shooting
          19. Movie settings
        3. The Custom Setting Menu
          1. Reset custom settings
          2. Custom Setting menu a: Autofocus
          3. Custom Setting menu b: Exposure
          4. Custom Setting menu c: Timers/AE lock
          5. Custom Setting menu d: Shooting/display
          6. Custom Setting menu e: Bracketing/flash
          7. Custom Setting menu f: Controls
        4. The Setup Menu
          1. Format memory card
          2. Monitor brightness
          3. Info display format
          4. Auto info display
          5. Clean image sensor
          6. Lock mirror up for cleaning
          7. Image Dust Off ref photo
          8. Flicker reduction
          9. Time zone and date
          10. Language
          11. Auto image rotation
          12. Image comment
          13. Location data
          14. Video mode
          15. HDMI
          16. Remote control
          17. Wi-Fi
          18. Eye-Fi upload
          19. Conformity marking
          20. Firmware version
        5. The Retouch Menu
          1. D-Lighting
          2. Red-eye correction
          3. Trim
          4. Monochrome
          5. Filter effects
          6. Color balance
          7. Image overlay
          8. NEF (RAW) processing
          9. Resize
          10. Quick retouch
          11. Straighten
          12. Distortion control
          13. Fisheye
          14. Color outline
          15. Color sketch
          16. Perspective control
          17. Miniature effect
          18. Selective color
          19. Edit movie
          20. Recent Settings / My Menu
      5. Chapter 4: Selecting and Using Lenses with the Nikon D5300
        1. Deciphering Nikon Lens Codes
        2. Lens Compatibility
        3. The DX Crop Factor
        4. Third-Party Lenses
        5. Types of Lenses
          1. Wide-angle lenses
          2. Standard zoom lenses
          3. Telephoto lenses
          4. Close-up/Macro lenses
          5. Fisheye lenses
      6. Chapter 5: Controlling Exposure
        1. Defining Exposure
          1. ISO
          2. Shutter speed
          3. Aperture or f-stop
        2. Fine-Tuning Your Exposure
          1. Exposure compensation
          2. Using histograms
      7. Chapter 6: Working with Light
        1. Lighting Essentials
          1. The quality of light
          2. Lighting direction
        2. Natural Light
        3. Continuous Light
        4. The D5300 Built-in Flash
          1. Built-in flash exposure modes
          2. Flash sync modes
        5. Flash Compensation
        6. Light Modifiers
      8. Chapter 7: Working with the Live View and Video Modes
        1. Live View Mode
          1. Focus modes
          2. AF-area modes
          3. Using Live View mode
        2. Shooting and Editing Video
          1. Frame size and frame rate
          2. In-camera video editing
      9. Chapter 8: Real-World Applications
        1. Abstract Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        2. Action and Sports Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        3. Concert and Live Music Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        4. Macro Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        5. Nature and Landscape Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        6. Night and Low-light Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        7. Portrait Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        8. Still-life, Product, and Food Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
        9. Street Photography
          1. Equipment
          2. Technique
      10. Chapter 9: After Capture
        1. Viewing Your Images
        2. Downloading Your Images
        3. File Management and Workflow
          1. Folder structure
          2. Editing
          3. Filenames and metadata
        4. Tonal Adjustments and Color Corrections
        5. Sharing Your Images Using Wi-Fi
      11. APPENDIX A: General Composition Tips
        1. Keep It Simple
        2. The Rule of Thirds
        3. Leading Lines, S-Curves, and Patterns
        4. The Odd Rule
        5. Using Color
      12. APPENDIX B: Accessories
        1. Speedlights
        2. The ME-1 Stereo Microphone
        3. The ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
        4. Triggertrap
        5. Spider Holster
      13. Glossary