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David Busch's Nikon D850 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Nikon D850 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the feature-packed Nikon D850 camera. Built around a ground-breaking 45.7 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, this pro/enthusiast model offers incredible image quality and high ISO performance, along with 4K movie shooting capabilities. With continuous shooting up to 9 fps with optional battery grip, the Nikon D850 is one of the most versatile cameras the company has ever offered. With this book in hand, you master all the camera’s impressive features, and fine tune your skills as you develop your creativity taking great photographs with your D850. Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Nikon D850 Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all the camera's capabilities in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more. It relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is a handy visual guide to the D850, with close-up photos and descriptions of the camera's essential features and controls. 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 D850 today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1 Thinking Outside the Box
    1. First Things First
      1. In the Box
      2. Optional and Non-Optional Add-Ons
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Multi Selector and Command Dials
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
      4. Final Steps
  11. Chapter 2 Nikon D850 Quick Start
    1. Choosing a Release Mode
    2. Selecting an Exposure Mode
    3. Choosing a Metering Mode
    4. Choosing a Focus Mode
    5. Choosing the Focus Area Mode
    6. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    9. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Nikon D850
      2. Recommended Default Changes
    10. Shooting Tips
      1. Photo Shooting Menu Recommendations
    11. Custom Setting Menu Recommendations
  12. Chapter 3 Nikon D850 Roadmap
    1. Nikon D850: Full Frontal
    2. The Nikon D850’s Business End
    3. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Nikon D850 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
    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 D850
      1. Using the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack (Vertical Grip)
    9. What’s the Fuss about BSI?
  13. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Equivalent Exposure
    2. How the D850 Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
      4. Metering Mid-Tones
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Matrix Metering
      2. Center-Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
      4. Highlight-Weighted Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture-Priority
      2. Shutter-Priority
      3. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Noise
    6. Bracketing
      1. More on Bracketing
      2. White Balance Bracketing
      3. ADL Bracketing
    7. Working with HDR
      1. Auto HDR
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histogram Basics
      3. Understanding Histograms
    9. Fine-Tuning Exposure
  14. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      4. Adding Circles of Confusion
      5. Using Autofocus with the Nikon D850
      6. Autofocus Simplifies Our Lives . . . Doesn’t It?
      7. Bringing the Multi-CAM 20K AF System into Focus
      8. Autofocus Point Selection Overview
      9. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      10. Store by Orientation
    2. Autofocus Mode and Priority
      1. Autofocus Mode
    3. Autofocus Activation . . . and More
      1. Locking Focus
    4. Back Button Focus
      1. Activating Back Button Focus
    5. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
    6. Lens Tune-up Options
      1. Manual Adjustment
      2. Automatic Fine Tuning
  15. Chapter 6 Advanced Techniques
    1. Continuous Shooting
      1. Super Speed
    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. Interval/Time-Lapse Photography
      3. Using Interval Photography
      4. Time-Lapse Movies
      5. Multiple Exposures
    5. Geotagging with the Nikon GP-1a
    6. Focus Shift Shooting
    7. Trap (Auto) Focus
    8. Using SnapBridge
      1. Using the SnapBridge App
  16. Chapter 7 Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
    2. What Lenses Can You Use?
    3. Ingredients of Nikon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    4. Zoom or Prime?
    5. Categories of Lenses
    6. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    7. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    8. Nikon’s Lens Roundup
      1. The Magic Three
      2. Wide Angles
      3. Telephoto Lenses
      4. Macro Lenses
  17. Chapter 8 Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Living with Color Temperature
      2. Daylight
      3. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      4. Fluorescent Light/LEDs
      5. Other Lighting Accessories
  18. Chapter 9 Electronic Flash with the Nikon D850
    1. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. The Moment of Exposure
      2. A Tale of Two Exposures
      3. Measuring Exposure
      4. Guide Numbers
    2. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
      1. Ghost Images
    3. High-Speed Sync
    4. Using External Flash
      1. Using Flash Exposure Compensation
      2. Specifying Flash Shutter Speed
      3. Previewing Your Flash Effect
      4. Flash Control
    5. Working with Nikon Flash External 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. SB-5000
      8. Light Modifiers
      9. Using Zoom Heads
      10. Flash Modes
      11. Repeating Flash
  19. Chapter 10 Wireless and Multiple Flash
    1. Elements of Wireless Flash
      1. Master Flash
      2. Remote Flashes
      3. Channels
      4. Groups
      5. Lighting Ratios
    2. Setting Your Master Flash
      1. Setting Commander Mode for the SB-5000
      2. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-910 or SB-900
      3. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-700
      4. Setting Commander Modes for the SB-500
      5. Setting Remote Modes
  20. Chapter 11 Playback, Photo Shooting, and Movie Shooting Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Nikon D850’s Menus
    2. Playback Menu Options
      1. Delete
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Playback Display Options
      5. Copy Image(s)
      6. Image Review
      7. After Delete
      8. After Burst, Show
      9. Auto Image Rotation
      10. Rotate Tall
      11. Slide Show
      12. Select to Send to Smart Device
    3. Photo Shooting Menu Options
      1. Photo Shooting Menu Bank
      2. Extended Photo Menu Banks
      3. Storage Folder
      4. File Naming
      5. Primary Slot Selection
      6. Secondary Slot Function
      7. Flash Control
      8. Image Area
      9. Image Quality
      10. Image Size
      11. NEF (RAW) Recording
      12. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      13. White Balance
      14. Set Picture Control
      15. Manage Picture Control
      16. Color Space
      17. Active D-Lighting
      18. Long Exposure NR
      19. High ISO NR
      20. Vignette Control
      21. Auto Distortion Control
      22. Flicker Reduction
      23. Auto Bracketing Set
      24. Multiple Exposure
      25. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      26. Interval Timer Shooting
      27. Focus Shift Shooting
      28. Silent Live View Photography
    4. Movie Shooting Menu
      1. Reset Movie Shooting Menu
      2. File Naming
      3. Destination
      4. Image Area
      5. Frame Size/Frame Rate
      6. Movie Quality
      7. Movie File Type
      8. ISO Sensitivity Settings
      9. White Balance
      10. Set Picture Control
      11. Manage Picture Control
      12. Active D-Lighting
      13. High ISO NR
      14. Flicker Reduction
      15. Microphone Sensitivity
      16. Attenuator
      17. Frequency Response
      18. Wind Noise Reduction
      19. Electronic VR
      20. Time-Lapse Movie
  21. Chapter 12 The Custom Settings Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu Layout
    2. Custom Settings Bank
    3. a. Autofocus
      1. a1 AF-C Priority Selection
      2. a2 AF-S Priority Selection
      3. a3 Focus Tracking with Lock-on
      4. a4 3D-Tracking Face-Detection
      5. a5 3D-Tracking Watch Area
      6. a6 Number of Focus Points
      7. a7 Store by Orientation
      8. a8 AF Activation
      9. a9 Limit AF-Area Mode Selection
      10. a10 Autofocus Mode Restrictions
      11. a11 Focus Point Wrap-Around
      12. a12 Focus Point Options
      13. a13 Manual Focus Ring in AF Mode
    4. b. Metering/Exposure
      1. b1 ISO Sensitivity Step Value
      2. b2 EV Steps for Exposure Cntrl.
      3. b3 Exp./Flash Comp. Step Value
      4. b4 Easy Exposure Compensation
      5. b5 Matrix Metering
      6. b6 Center-Weighted Area
      7. b7 Fine-Tune Optimal Exposure
    5. c. Timers/AE Lock
      1. c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L
      2. c2 Standby Timer
      3. c3 Self-Timer
      4. c4 Monitor Off Delay
    6. d. Shooting/Display
      1. d1 CL Mode Shooting Speed
      2. d2 Max. Continuous Release
      3. d3 ISO Display
      4. d4 Sync. Release Mode Options
      5. d5 Exposure Delay Mode
      6. d6 Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter
      7. d7 File Number Sequence
      8. d8 Peaking Highlight Color
      9. d9 Viewfinder Grid Display
      10. d10 LCD Illumination
      11. d11 Live View in Continuous Mode
      12. d12 Optical VR
    7. e. Bracketing/Flash
      1. e1 Flash Sync Speed
      2. e2 Flash Shutter Speed
      3. e3 Exposure Compensation for Flash
      4. e4 Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity Control
      5. e5 Modeling Flash
      6. e6 Auto Bracketing (Mode M)
      7. e7 Bracketing Order
    8. f. Controls
      1. f1 Custom Control Assignment
      2. f2 Multi Selector Center Button
      3. f3 Shutter Spd & Aperture Lock
      4. f4 Customize Command Dials
      5. f5 Multi Selector
      6. f6 Release Button to Use Dial
      7. f7 Reverse Indicators
      8. f8 Live View Button Options
      9. f9 Illumination Switch
      10. f10 Assign MB-D18 Buttons
    9. g. Movie
      1. g1 Custom Control Assignment
      2. g2 Highlight Brightness
  22. Chapter 13 The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
    1. Setup Menu Options
      1. Format Memory Card
      2. Language
      3. Time Zone and Date
      4. Monitor Brightness
      5. Monitor Color Balance
      6. Virtual Horizon
      7. Information Display
      8. AF Fine-Tune
      9. Non-CPU Lens Data
      10. Clean Image Sensor
      11. Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
      12. Image Dust Off Ref Photo
      13. Image Comment
      14. Copyright Information
      15. Beep Options
      16. Touch Controls
      17. HDMI
      18. Location Data
      19. Wireless Remote (WR) Options
      20. Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button
      21. Airplane Mode
      22. Connect to Smart Device
      23. Send to Smart Device
      24. Wi-Fi
      25. Bluetooth
      26. Network
      27. Eye-Fi Upload
      28. Conformity Marking
      29. MB-D18 Battery Type
      30. Battery Order
      31. Battery Info
      32. Slot Empty Release Lock
      33. Save/Load Settings
      34. Reset All Settings
      35. Firmware Version
    2. Retouch Menu
      1. NEF (RAW) Processing
      2. Trim
      3. Resize
      4. D-Lighting
      5. Red-Eye Correction
      6. Straighten
      7. Distortion Control
      8. Perspective Control
      9. Filter Effects
      10. Monochrome
      11. Image Overlay
      12. Trim Movie
      13. Side-by-Side Comparison
    3. Using My Menu
  23. Chapter 14 Basics of Live View
    1. Introducing Live View
    2. Focusing in Live View
      1. Focus Mode
      2. Focus Area
      3. Manual Focus
      4. Viewing Live View Information
    3. Shooting Stills (and Movies, Too!) in Live View
    4. Using the Touch Shutter
    5. i Button Options
      1. Split-Screen Display Zoom
  24. Chapter 15 Shooting Movies with the D850
    1. Capturing Video
      1. Slow-Motion Movies
    2. Using the i Button
    3. Stop That!
    4. Viewing Your Movies
    5. Trimming Your Movies
      1. Saving a Frame
  25. Chapter 16 Tips for Shooting Better Video
    1. “Clean” HDMI Output
    2. Lens Craft
      1. Depth-of-Field and Video
    3. Zooming and Video
    4. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
    5. Shooting Script
      1. Storyboards
    6. Storytelling in Video
    7. Composition
    8. Lighting for Video
      1. Illumination
      2. Creative Lighting
      3. Lighting Styles
    9. Audio
      1. Tips for Better Audio
      2. External Microphones
      3. Special Features