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Nikon D610: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Created expressly for the beginning photographer–no matter what camera you might be using–Peachpit’s best-selling From Snapshots to Great Shots books teach you the core fundamentals of photography, and show you exactly how to execute those fundamentals with your camera.

Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D610, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Nikon D610: 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 covers basic techniques of beginning photography while walking you through the unique functions and characteristics of the D610.

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

•    Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D610
•    Use the camera’s automatic modes to get better shots right away
•    Move on to the professional zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images
•    Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
•    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
•    Use the HD video capability for recording memorable live action
•    Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. The D610 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. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
    6. 3. Set the Correct White Balance
    7. 4. Set Your Color Space
    8. 5. Choose Your ISO Setting
    9. 6. Set Your Focus Point and Mode
    10. 7. Know How to Override Autofocus
    11. 8. Disable the Slot Empty Release Lock
    12. 9. Turn on Image Review
    13. 10. Review Your Shots
    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 D610’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. Flash Off Mode
    5. Scene Modes
    6. Other Scene Modes to Explore
    7. When You Might Not Want to Use Auto Mode
    8. 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. User Settings Mode—Saving Your Favorite Settings to the Mode Dial
    8. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
    9. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Moving Target
    1. The Tricks to Shooting Sports and More
    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. Perfect Portraits
    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. Selecting a White Balance
    6. Using the Landscape Picture Control
    7. Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation
    8. Shooting Beautiful Black and White Landscapes
    9. The Golden Light
    10. Where to Focus
    11. Easier Focusing
    12. Making Water Fluid
    13. Directing the Viewer: A Word About Composition
    14. 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. High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
    9. Active D-Lighting
    10. Shooting Panoramas
    11. Creating a Time-Lapse Movie
    12. Shooting with the Interval Timer
    13. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. 10. The Moving Picture
    1. Getting the Most Out of the D610’s Video Capabilities
    2. It’s All About the Lenses
    3. Recording with Live View
    4. Video Quality
    5. Sound
    6. Dedicating a Second Card to Video
    7. Focusing
    8. View Modes
    9. Accessories for Video
    10. Getting a Shallow Depth of Field
    11. Giving a Different Look to Your Videos
    12. Tips for Better Video
    13. Watching and Editing Your Video
    14. Expanding Your Knowledge
    15. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. 11. Accessorize
    1. Upgrades and Accessories to Expand Your Camera’s Creative Potential
    2. Filters
    3. Tripods
    4. Wireless or Cable Releases
    5. Macro Photography Accessories
    6. Hot-Shoe Flashes
    7. Diffusers
    8. Camera Bags
    9. Bits and Pieces
    10. A Word About Lenses
    11. Conclusion
  18. 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
  19. Index