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David Busch's Nikon D5600 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Nikon D5600 Guide to Digital Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the Nikon D5600 camera. This ultracompact and light weight Nikon digital SLR has new SnapBridge wireless Bluetooth communication so you can use your iOS or Android device to control the camera. Nikon has also added an easy-to-use time-lapse feature to its impressive capabilities, which include a swiveling touch screen LCD that makes taking photos or changing settings quick and easy. The D5600 captures 24-megapixel still images and 1080p 60 fps high-definition movies with stereo sound, too. With this book in hand, you can fine tune your camera skills as you explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and take great photographs with your D5600. Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Nikon D5600 Guide to Digital Photography covers all the camera's features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy visual guide to the D5600, with close-up photos and descriptions of the camera's essential features and controls, including the versatile LCD touch screen. Learn when to use each option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you'll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced enthusiast, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Nikon D5600 today.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. About the Author
  3. Introduction
  4. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your Nikon D5600
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Multi Selector, Command Dials, and Touch Screen
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
      4. Final Steps
  5. Chapter 2 Nikon D5600 Quick Start
    1. Choosing a Release Mode
    2. Adjusting ISO
    3. Selecting an Exposure Mode
      1. Choosing an Auto/Scene or Effects Mode
      2. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Choosing the Focus Area Mode
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    10. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Nikon D5600
      2. Recommended Default Changes
    11. Shooting Menu Recommendations
    12. Custom Settings Menu Recommendations
  6. Chapter 3 Nikon D5600 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D5600: Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D5600’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D5600 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 D5600
  7. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the D5600 Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Matrix Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture-Priority
      2. Shutter-Priority
      3. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Using Scene Modes
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Noise
    7. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
    8. Bracketing
      1. White Balance Bracketing/ADL Bracketing
      2. HDR Photography
      3. Auto HDR
      4. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
  8. Chapter 5 Mastering Autofocus Options
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Cross-Type Focus Points
      4. Adding Circles of Confusion
      5. Phase Detection vs. Contrast Detection
    2. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D5600
      1. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives . . . Doesn’t It?
      2. Focus on the D5600’s Multi-CAM 4800DX AF System
      3. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      4. Choosing Autofocus Point Selection Mode
    3. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
    4. Back Button Focus
      1. Activating Back Button Focus
  9. Chapter 6 Live View and Movies
    1. The New Perspective of Live View and Movies
    2. Beginning Live View
      1. Metering Mode
      2. Focus Mode
      3. Focus Area
      4. Introducing Subject-Tracking
      5. Viewing Live View Information
    3. Shooting in Live View
      1. Live View Exposure
      2. Shooting Movies with the D5600
      3. Movie Exposure
      4. Viewing Your Movies
      5. Editing Your Movies
    4. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
      1. Making a Shooting Script
      2. Using Storyboards
      3. Storytelling in Video
      4. Lighting for Video
      5. Audio
  10. Chapter 7 Advanced Techniques
    1. Continuous Shooting
    2. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    3. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    4. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    5. Geotagging
    6. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1/GP-1a
    7. Using SnapBridge
      1. Using the SnapBridge App
  11. Chapter 8 Playback and Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D5600’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Playback Display Options
      4. Image Review
      5. Auto Image Rotation
      6. Rotate Tall
      7. Slide Show
      8. Rating
      9. Select to Send to Smart Device
    3. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Reset Shooting Menu
      2. Storage Folder
      3. File Naming
      4. Image Quality
      5. Image Size
      6. NEF (RAW) Recording
      7. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      8. White Balance
      9. Set Picture Control
      10. Manage Picture Control
      11. Color Space
      12. Active D-Lighting
      13. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      14. Release Mode
      15. Long Exp. NR
      16. High ISO NR
      17. Vignette Control
      18. Auto Distortion Control
      19. Optical VR
      20. Interval Timer Shooting
      21. Time-Lapse Movie
      22. Movie Settings
  12. Chapter 9 Custom Setting Menu
    1. Custom Setting Menu Layout
      1. Reset Custom Settings
    2. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 Number of Focus Points
      3. a3 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
      4. a4 Rangefinder
      5. a5 Manual Focus Ring in AF Mode
    3. b. Exposure
      1. b1 EV Steps for Exposure Control
      2. b2 ISO Display
    4. c. Timers/AE Lock
      1. c1 Shutter Release Button AE-L
      2. c2 Auto Off Timers
      3. c3 Self-Timer
    5. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 Exposure Delay Mode
      2. d2 File Number Sequence
      3. d3 Viewfinder Grid Display
      4. d4 Date Stamp
      5. d5 Reverse Indicators
    6. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash/Optional Flash
      2. e2 Auto Bracketing Set
    7. f. Controls
      1. f1 Assign Fn Button
      2. f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
      3. f3 Assign Touch Fn
      4. f4 Reverse Dial Rotation
  13. Chapter 10 Setup, Retouch, and My Menus
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. Image Comment
      3. Copyright Information
      4. Time Zone and Date
      5. Language
      6. Beep Options
      7. Touch Controls
      8. Monitor Brightness
      9. Info Display Format
      10. Auto Info Display
      11. Info Display Auto Off
      12. Clean Image Sensor
      13. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      14. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      15. Flicker Reduction
      16. Slot Empty Release Lock
      17. HDMI
      18. Location Data
      19. Remote Control
      20. Airplane Mode
      21. Connect to Smart Device
      22. Send to Smart Device (Auto)
      23. Wi-Fi
      24. Bluetooth
      25. Eye-Fi Upload
      26. Conformity Marking
      27. Firmware Version
    2. Retouch Menu Options
      1. NEF (RAW) Processing
      2. Trim
      3. Resize
      4. D-Lighting
      5. Quick Retouch
      6. Red-Eye Correction
      7. Straighten
      8. Distortion Control
      9. Perspective Control
      10. Fisheye
      11. Filter Effects
      12. Monochrome
      13. Image Overlay
      14. Color Outline
      15. Photo Illustration
      16. Color Sketch
      17. Miniature Effect
      18. Selective Color
      19. Painting
      20. Edit Movie
      21. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. Using Special Effects Modes
    4. Using My Menu
  14. Chapter 11 Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Crop or Not?
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      2. Your Best Do-Everything Option?
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
    4. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Converters
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Vibration Reduction
  15. Chapter 12 Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
      2. Determining Exposure
      3. Guide Numbers
      4. Flash Control
      5. Flash Metering Mode
      6. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
    5. Working with Nikon Flash Units
      1. Nikon D5600 Built-in Flash
    6. Nikon Add-On Flash Units
      1. Nikon SB-300
      2. Nikon SB-400
      3. Nikon SB-500
      4. Nikon SB-700
      5. Nikon SB-R200
      6. Nikon SB-910
      7. Nikon SB-5000
    7. Other Flash Options
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
      3. Connecting External Flash
    8. Working with Wireless Commander Mode
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash