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Nikon D5300 For Dummies

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See the world differently through your new Nikon D5300

Your new Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera represents something about you. It shows that you want something more than a point-and-shoot camera has to offer. You want to take better photos. You want more control. You don't want to rely on editing to make beautiful photographs. Well, there's good news-you now have the right tool to make that happen! Now you need to learn how to use it. The Nikon D5300 has more features and expanded capabilities, and offers you more options for shooting in different situations. Taking advantage of the full complement of controls and settings gives you the power to capture images in new and imaginative ways.

Nikon D5300 For Dummies is your ultimate guide to using your new DSLR to its utmost capability. Author Julie Adair King brings her vast experience both as a veteran photographer and a photography teacher to you in this full-color, easy to follow Nikon D5300 guide. Nikon D5300 For Dummies contains more information that you would typically get in a basic photography course, plus information specific to the camera. Over 200 full-color images help illustrate concepts and apply them to the Nikon D5300, making this the ultimate reference for the beginning or veteran photographer.

  • Master controls, basic photography principles, and shooting in auto

  • Get creative with advanced settings and video functions

  • Take charge with manual controls, and understand camera functionality

  • Find tips on editing and sharing photos

  • You have an excellent camera. Don't be content with shooting in auto mode forever! Master your DSLR and learn your way around the settings for the most gorgeous photographs you've ever taken. Nikon D5300 For Dummies is your guide to making it all happen.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
      1. A Quick Look at What's Ahead
      2. Icons and Other Stuff to Note
      3. eCheat Sheet
      4. Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun!
    7. Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps
      1. Chapter 1: Getting Up and Running
        1. Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
        2. Exploring Basic Camera Features
        3. Taking a Few Final Setup Steps
        4. Restoring Default Settings
        5. Shooting Your First Pictures in Auto Mode
      2. Chapter 2: Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options
        1. Setting the Release Mode
        2. Checking Image Size and Image Quality
        3. Adding Flash
    8. Part II: Taking Creative Control
      1. Chapter 3: Taking Charge of Exposure
        1. Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
        2. Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M)
        3. Checking the Exposure Meter
        4. Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
        5. Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
        6. Solving Exposure Problems
        7. Bracketing Exposures
      2. Chapter 4: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
        1. Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography)
        2. Focusing During Live View and Movie Shooting
        3. Manipulating Depth of Field
      3. Chapter 5: Mastering Color Controls
        1. Understanding the White Balance Setting
        2. Changing the White Balance setting
        3. Fine-tuning White Balance settings
        4. Creating white balance presets
        5. Bracketing white balance
        6. Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls
      4. Chapter 6: Putting It All Together
        1. Recapping Basic Picture Settings
        2. Shooting Still Portraits
        3. Capturing Action
        4. Capturing Scenic Vistas
        5. Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups
        6. Coping with Special Situations
      5. Chapter 7: Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies
        1. Shooting Movies Using the Default Settings
        2. Adjusting Video Settings
        3. Controlling Audio
        4. Exploring Other Recording Options
        5. Manipulating Movie Exposure
        6. Screening Your Movies
        7. Trimming Movies
        8. Saving a Movie Frame As a Still Image
    9. Part III: After the Shot
      1. Chapter 8: Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos
        1. Adjusting Playback Timing Options
        2. Choosing Which Images to View
        3. Viewing Images in Playback Mode
        4. Viewing Picture Data
        5. Creating a Digital Slide Show
        6. Viewing Your Photos on a Television
      2. Chapter 9: Working with Picture and Movie Files
        1. Rating Photos and Movies
        2. Deleting Photos
        3. Protecting Photos
        4. Taking a Look a Nikon's Free Photo Software (ViewNX 2)
        5. Downloading Pictures to the Computer
        6. Processing Raw (NEF) Files
        7. Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing
        8. Taking Advantage of Wi-Fi Transfer
    10. Part IV: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 10: Ten Fun (And Practical) Ways to Manipulate Your Photos
        1. Applying the Retouch Menu Filters
        2. Removing Red-Eye
        3. Straightening Tilting Horizon Lines
        4. Removing (Or Creating) Lens Distortion
        5. Correcting Perspective
        6. Manipulating Exposure and Color
        7. Cropping Your Photo
        8. Applying Special Effects to Existing Photos
        9. Shooting in Effects Mode
        10. Two Roads to a Multi-Image Exposure
      2. Chapter 11: Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
        1. Tagging Files with GPS Data
        2. Adding Hidden Image Comments
        3. Creating Custom Image Folders
        4. Creating Your Own Menu
        5. Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing
        6. Changing the Look of the Information Display
        7. Keeping the Information Display Hidden
        8. Customizing a Few Buttons
        9. Reversing the Command Dial Orientation
        10. Turning Off the AF-Assist Illuminator
    11. Appendix: Glossary of Digital Photography Terms
    12. Index