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David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon® D5000

Book Description

Are you tired of squinting at the tiny color-coded tables and difficult-to-read text you find on the typical laminated reference card or cheat sheet that you keep with you when you're in the field or on location? DAVID BUSCH'S COMPACT GUIDE FOR THE NIKON D5000 is your solution! This new, lay-flat, spiral bound, reference guide condenses all the must-have information you need while shooting into a portable book you'll want to permanently tuck into your camera bag. You'll find every settings option for your Nikon D5000 listed, along with advice on why you should use—or not use—each adjustment. Useful tables provide recommended settings for a wide variety of shooting situations, including landscapes, portraits, sports, close-ups, and travel. With this guide on hand you have all the information you need at your fingertips so you can confidently use your camera on-the-go.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction
  3. About the Author
  4. 1. Quick Setup Guide
    1. Pre-Flight Checklist
      1. Charging the Battery
      2. Introducing Menus and the Multi Selector
      3. Setting the Clock
      4. Mounting the Lens
      5. Adjusting Diopter Correction
      6. Inserting and Formatting a Secure Digital Card
    2. Release/Drive Modes
      1. Using the Information Edit/Quick Settings Display
    3. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      1. Choosing a Scene Mode
      2. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing Focus Options
      1. Choosing Autofocus-Area Mode
    6. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  5. 2. Nikon D5000 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D5000: Front View
    2. The Nikon D5000’s Back Panel
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D5000 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
      4. Working with Photo Information
    4. Shooting Information Display/Quick Settings Screen
    5. Going Topside
    6. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D5000
  6. 3. Playback and Shooting Menu Settings
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D5000’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Display Mode
      4. Image Review
      5. Rotate Tall
      6. Slide Show
      7. Print Set (DPOF)
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Scene Mode
      2. Set Picture Control
      3. Choosing a Picture Control Style
      4. Editing a Picture Control Style
      5. Manage Picture Control
      6. Entering Text on the Nikon D5000
      7. Image Quality
      8. Image Size
      9. White Balance
      10. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      11. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      12. Active D-Lighting
      13. Auto Distortion Control
      14. Color Space
      15. Long Exp. NR
      16. High ISO NR
      17. Active Folder
      18. Movie Settings
      19. Interval Timer Shooting
  7. 4. Custom, Setup, Retouch, and My Menu Settings
    1. The Custom Setting Menu
      1. Reset
      2. a Autofocus Options
        1. a1 AF-Area Mode
        2. a2 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
        3. a3 Live View Autofocus
        4. a4 Rangefinder
      3. b Metering/Exposure Options
        1. b1 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl
      4. c Timers/AE Lock
        1. c1 Shutter Release Button AE-L
        2. c2 Auto Off Timers
        3. c3 Self-Timer Delay
        4. c4 Remote on Duration
      5. d Shooting/Display
        1. d1 Beep
        2. d2 Viewfinder Grid Display
        3. d3 ISO Display
        4. d4 File Number Sequence
        5. d5 Exposure Delay Mode
        6. d6 Date Imprint
        7. Using the Date Counter
      6. f Live View Display Options
      7. e Bracketing/Flash
        1. e1 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
        2. e2 Auto Bracketing Set
      8. f Controls
        1. f1 Assign Self-Timer/Fn Button
        2. f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
        3. f3 Reverse Dial Rotation
        4. f4 No Memory Card?
        5. f5 Reverse Indicators
    2. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. LCD Brightness
      3. Info Display Format
      4. Auto Information Display
      5. Info Wrap-Around
      6. Clean Image Sensor
      7. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      8. Video Mode
      9. HDMI
      10. Time Zone and Date
      11. Language
      12. Image Comment
      13. Auto Image Rotation
      14. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      15. GPS
      16. Eye-Fi Upload
      17. Firmware Version
    3. Retouch Menu
      1. D-Lighting
      2. Red-Eye Correction
      3. Trim
      4. Monochrome
      5. Filter Effects
      6. Color Balance
      7. Small Picture
      8. Image Overlay
      9. NEF (RAW) Processing
      10. Quick Retouch
      11. Straighten
      12. Distortion Control
      13. Fisheye
      14. Color Outline
      15. Perspective Control
      16. Stop-Motion Movie
      17. Side-by-Side Comparison
    4. Using My Menu/Recent Settings
  8. 5. Using the Flash
    1. Flash Control
      1. Flash Metering Mode
      2. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
        1. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      3. Guide Numbers
    2. Working with Nikon Flash Units
    3. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    4. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Setting Commander and Remote Modes for the SB-900
    5. Connecting External Flash
    6. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
  9. 6. Shooting D-Movies
    1. Introducing Subject Tracking
    2. Viewing Your Movies
    3. Tips for Shooting Better Video
      1. Use a Shooting Script/Storyboards
      2. Advance a Story
      3. Keep Transitions Basic
      4. Composition
      5. Lighting for Video
  10. 7. Shooting Tips
    1. Default, All Purpose, Sports—Outdoors, Sports—Indoors
    2. Stage Performance, Long Exposure, HDR, Portrait
    3. Studio Flash, Landscape, Macro, Travel, E-Mail