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David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon® D3100

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 that you keep with you when you're in the field or on location? Well throw away your cheat sheets and command cards! DAVID BUSCH'S COMPACT FIELD GUIDE FOR THE NIKON D3100 is your solution. This new, full-color, 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 D3100 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. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      1. Choosing a Scene Mode
      2. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    3. Choosing a Release Mode
      1. Using the Information Edit Display
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
      1. Choosing an AF-Area Mode
    6. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Using the Guide Mode
  5. 2. Nikon D3100 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D3100: Front View
    2. The Nikon D3100’s Back Panel
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D3100 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
      4. Working with Photo Information
    4. Shooting Information Display/Information Edit Screen
    5. Going Topside
    6. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D3100
  6. 3. Playback and Shooting Menu Settings
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D3100’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. Reset Shooting Options
      2. Set Picture Control
      3. Choosing a Picture Control Style
      4. Editing a Picture Control Style
      5. Image Quality
      6. Image Size
      7. White Balance
      8. Using Preset Manual White Balance
      9. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      10. Active D-Lighting
      11. Auto Distortion Control
      12. Color Space
      13. Noise Reduction
      14. AF-Area Mode
      15. AF-Assist
      16. Metering
      17. Movie Settings
      18. Built-in Flash
  7. 4. Setup, Retouch, and Recent Settings Menus
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Reset Setup Options
      2. Format Memory Card
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. Info Display Format
      5. Auto Info Display
      6. Clean Image Sensor
      7. Mirror Lock-up
      8. Video Mode
      9. HDMI
      10. Flicker Reduction
      11. Time Zone and Date
      12. Language
      13. Image Comment
      14. Auto Image Rotation
      15. Dust Off Ref Photo
      16. Auto Off Timers
      17. Self-Timer Delay
      18. Beep
      19. Rangefinder
      20. File Number Sequence
      21. Buttons
      22. Fn Button
      23. AE-L/AF-L button
      24. AE Lock
      25. Slot Empty Release Lock
      26. Date Imprint
      27. Using the Date Counter
      28. Storage Folder
      29. GPS
      30. Eye-Fi Upload
      31. Firmware Version
    2. 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. Miniature Effect
      17. Before and After
      18. Edit Movie
    3. Using Recent Settings
  8. 5. Using the Flash
    1. Flash Control
    2. Flash Metering Mode
    3. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
    4. Guide Numbers
    5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Setting Commander and Remote Modes for the SB-900
    8. Connecting External Flash
    9. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
  9. 6. Live View and Shooting Movies
    1. Working with Live View
      1. Metering Mode
      2. Focus Mode
      3. Focus Area
      4. Viewing Live View Information
      5. Shooting in Live View
    2. Shooting Movies with the D3100s
      1. Viewing Your Movies
      2. Editing Movies
      3. Saving a Frame
    3. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
      1. Make a Shooting Script
      2. Advance a Story
      3. Keep Transitions Basic
      4. Composition
      5. Lighting for Video
  10. 7. Shooting Tips