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Nikon D7100: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D7100, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the D7100 to take great pictures. With Nikon D7100: 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, pro photographer John Batdorff, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to get up and running with the D7100

  • Use the D7100’s automatic scene modes to get better shots right away

  • Take full control over the look and feel of your images with professional modes

  • 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 spot white balance in Live View and other new D7100 features

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 camera to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikond7100_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. The D7100 Top 12 List
    1. Twelve Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. 1. Set the Correct White Balance
    5. 2. Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
    6. 3. Set Your Image Quality
    7. 4. Set the Appropriate Image Area
    8. 5. Set Your Focus Point and Mode
    9. 6. Manual Focus
    10. 7. Review Your Shots
    11. 8. Where’s the Beep? Custom Focusing Options
    12. 9. Custom Display Options
    13. 10. Shutter Delay Options
    14. 11. Oh, Shoot! Reset Options
    15. 12. Hold Your Camera for Proper Shooting
    16. Chapter 1 Assignments
  7. 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 D7100’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
  8. 3. The Auto Modes
    1. Getting Started with the Scene/Special Effects Modes
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Auto Mode
    4. Flash Off Mode
    5. Scene Modes
    6. Portrait Mode
    7. Landscape Mode
    8. Close Up Mode
    9. Sports Mode
    10. Sunset Mode
    11. Child Mode
    12. Special Effects
    13. When You May Not Want to Use Auto Mode
    14. Chapter 3 Assignments
  9. 4. The Professional Modes
    1. Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. P: Programmed Auto 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: My Favorite Camera Settings
    9. Chapter 4 Assignments
  10. 5. Moving Target
    1. How to Shoot When Your Subject Is 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 ISO Sensitivity Auto 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 Modes
    11. A Sense of Motion
    12. Tips for Shooting Action
    13. Chapter 5 Assignments
  11. 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 Lock (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
  12. 7. Landscape Photography
    1. Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Taking Beautiful Landscape Photographs
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Sharp Focus: Using a Tripod
    4. Selecting the Proper Iso
    5. Using Noise Reduction
    6. Selecting a White Balance
    7. Using the Landscape Picture Control
    8. Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation
    9. Shooting Amazing Black-and-White Landscapes
    10. The Golden Light
    11. Where to Place Your Focus
    12. Focusing with Live View
    13. Smooth Water
    14. Directing the Viewer’s Eye: A Word About Composition
    15. Advanced Techniques to Explore
    16. Chapter 7 Assignments
  13. 8. Mood Lighting
    1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Raising the ISO
    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 Flash Exposure
    10. Reducing Red-eye
    11. Flash and Glass
    12. A Few Words about External Flash
    13. Chapter 8 Assignments
  14. 9. Creative Compositions
    1. Better Photography Starts with Better Composition
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Depth of Field
    4. Angles
    5. Point of View
    6. Patterns
    7. Color
    8. Contrasting and Complementing
    9. Leading Lines
    10. Splitting the Frame
    11. Frames within Frames
    12. Chapter 9 Assignments
  15. 10. Lights, Camera, Action
    1. Getting the Most Out of the D7100’s Video Capabilities
    2. Recording with Live View
    3. Dedicating a Second Card to Video
    4. Video Quality
    5. Sound
    6. Playback
    7. Focusing
    8. Editing
    9. Chapter 10 Assignments
  16. 11. 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. Bracketing Exposures
    7. Macro Photography
    8. Active D-Lighting
    9. Conclusion
    10. Chapter 11 Assignments
  17. Index