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David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon® D5100

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 D5100 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 D5100 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. Changing Settings with the Information Edit Screen
    4. Choosing a Release Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
      1. Choosing an AF-Area Mode
      2. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Using the Self-Timer
    10. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
      1. Resetting the Nikon D5100
        1. Two-Button Reset
  5. 2. Nikon D5100 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D5100: Front View
    2. The Nikon D5100’s Back Panel
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D5100 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
    4. Working with the Shooting Information/Photo Data Displays
      1. Using the Shooting Information Display
      2. Using the Photo Data Displays
    5. Going Topside
    6. Lens Components
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    8. Underneath Your Nikon D5100
  6. 3. Playback and Shooting Menu Settings
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D5100’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Playback Display Options
      4. Image Review
      5. Rotate Tall
      6. Slide Show
      7. Print Set (DPOF)
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Reset Shooting Options
      2. Storage Folder
        1. Entering Text on the Nikon D5100
      3. Image Quality
      4. Image Size
      5. White Balance
        1. Using Preset Manual White Balance
        2. Storing and Retrieving White Balance Settings
      6. Set Picture Control
        1. Choosing a Picture Control Style
        2. Editing a Picture Control Style
      7. Manage Picture Control
      8. Auto Distortion Control
      9. Color Space
      10. Active D-Lighting
      11. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      12. Long Exp. NR
      13. High ISO NR
      14. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      15. Release Mode
      16. Multiple Exposure
      17. Movie Settings
      18. Interval Timer Shooting
  7. 4. Custom Settings, Setup, and Retouch Menus, and My Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
      1. Reset Custom Settings
    2. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      3. a3 Rangefinder
    3. b. Metering/Exposure
      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
      4. c4 Remote on Duration
    5. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 Beep
      2. d2 ISO Display
      3. d3 File Number Sequence
      4. d4 Exposure Delay Mode
      5. d5 Print Date
        1. Using the Date Counter
    6. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash
      2. e2 Auto Bracketing Set
    7. f. Controls
      1. f1 Assign Fn. Button
      2. f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
      3. f3 Reverse Rotation
      4. f4 Slot Empty Release Lock
      5. f5 Reverse Indicators
    8. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. Monitor Brightness
      3. Info Display Format
      4. Auto Info Display
      5. Clean Image Sensor
      6. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      7. Video Mode
        1. HDMI
      8. Flicker Reduction
      9. Time Zone and Date
      10. Language
      11. Image Comment
      12. Auto Image Rotation
      13. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      14. GPS
      15. Eye-Fi Upload
      16. Firmware Version
    9. Retouch Menu
      1. D-Lighting
      2. Red-Eye Correction
      3. Trim
      4. Monochrome
      5. Filter Effects
      6. Color Balance
      7. Image Overlay
      8. NEF (RAW) Processing
      9. Resize
      10. Quick Retouch
      11. Straighten
      12. Distortion Control
      13. Fisheye
      14. Color Outline
      15. Perspective Control
      16. Miniature Effect
      17. Selective Color
      18. Edit Movie
      19. Side-by-Side Comparison
    10. Using Special Effects Modes
    11. Using My Menu
  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
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    6. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
    7. Connecting External Flash
    8. 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. Subject-Tracking
      5. Viewing Live View Information
      6. Shooting in Live View
    2. Shooting Movies with the D5100
      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
    1. Shooting Menu Recommendations
    2. Custom Settings Menu Recommendations