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Nikon D750: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D750, 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 D750: 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 and author Rob Sylvan, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D750

  • Use the D750’s advanced camera settings to gain 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 photos in low light

  • Learn the basics behind shooting video with your D750 and start making movies of your own

  • 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 D750 to get great shots at flickr.com/group /nikond750_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
    7. 1. The D750 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 Auto Focus
      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 D750’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. Portrait Mode
      7. Landscape Mode
      8. Child Mode
      9. Sports Mode
      10. Close Up Mode
      11. Night Portrait Mode
      12. Other Scene Modes to Explore
      13. Effects Modes
      14. When You May Never Want to Use the Auto Modes Again
      15. 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. Customizing My Menu
      9. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
      10. 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 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 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. Turn On Exposure Preview
      8. Taming Bright Skies 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. 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. Shooting with the Interval Timer
      12. Macro Photography
      13. Chapter 9 Assignments
    16. 10. The Moving Picture
      1. Getting the Most Out of the D750’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. Creating a Time-Lapse Movie
      13. Tips for Better Video
      14. Watching and Editing Your Video
      15. 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. 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