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Nikon® D90 Digital Field Guide by J. Dennis Thomas

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Chapter 1. Quick Tour

In This Quick Tour

Selecting a Shooting mode

Focusing

Using the Playback mode

Downloading images

This Quick Tour is designed to cover the basic functions you need to know to help you immediately start using your Nikon D90. It's by no means meant to be an in-depth look at the menus and modes, so if you're ready for that information, you can just give this section a quick once-over and move on to the later chapters, where everything is discussed in more detail.

If you already use a Nikon dSLR, a lot of this may be familiar to you. In fact, if you've used a D80, the setup for the D90 is very similar. If you're upgrading from a compact digital camera, you should probably read the entire Quick Tour to familiarize yourself with the camera's layout.

This Quick Tour assumes that you've already unpacked the camera, read the manual, charged the batteries, mounted a lens, and inserted the memory card. If you haven't done these things, please do them now.

Selecting a Shooting Mode

If you're anything like me, I'm sure you're ready to get out there and start taking pictures with your new camera. The great thing about the D90 is that you can start taking great photos right out of the box. The D90 has some automatic Shooting modes that choose the proper settings for you. All you really have to do is point the camera at something and shoot!

The first thing you need to do is turn the camera on. The On/Off switch is located right on top of the camera and surrounds the Shutter Release button. ...

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