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Mastering the Nikon D500

Book Description

Mastering the Nikon D500 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D500 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment. This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles. Darrell’s friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The information in this book goes beyond the camera itself and also covers basic photography technique.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Camera Body Reference
  3. Chapter 1 Introduction and Initial Camera Setup
    1. Learning about the Nikon D500
    2. First Use of the Camera
    3. First-Time HD-SLR Users
    4. Accessing the Camera Menus
    5. Five Steps for First-Time Camera Configuration
    6. Using the Camera’s Help System
    7. Camera Functions for Initial Configuration
    8. SnapBridge Configuration
    9. Personal Camera Settings Recommendations
    10. Things to Know When Reading This Book
    11. Downloadable Resources Website
    12. Author’s Conclusion
  4. Chapter 2 Playback Menu
    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
    13. Playback i Button Menu
    14. Author’s Conclusion
  5. Chapter 3 Photo Shooting Menu
    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. Choose 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. Author’s Conclusion
  6. Chapter 4 Movie Shooting Menu
    1. Reset Movie Shooting Menu
    2. File Naming
    3. Destination
    4. Choose Image Area
    5. Frame Size/Frame Rate
    6. Movie Quality
    7. ISO Sensitivity Settings
    8. White Balance
    9. Set Picture Control
    10. Manage Picture Control
    11. Active D-Lighting
    12. High ISO NR
    13. Flicker Reduction
    14. Microphone Sensitivity
    15. Frequency Response
    16. Wind Noise Reduction
    17. Time-Lapse Movie
    18. Electronic VR
    19. Author’s Conclusions
  7. Chapter 5 Custom Setting Menu
    1. Section One: a Autofocus
    2. Section Two: b Metering/Exposure
    3. Section Three: c Timers/AE Lock
    4. Section Four: d Shooting/Display
    5. Section Five: e Bracketing/Flash
    6. Section Six: f Controls
    7. Section Seven: g Movie
    8. Author’s Conclusion
  8. Chapter 6 Setup Menu
    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. IPTC
    16. Beep
    17. Touch Controls
    18. HDMI
    19. Location Data
    20. Wireless Remote (WR) Options
    21. Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button
    22. Airplane Mode
    23. Connect to Smart Device
    24. Send to Smart Device (Auto)
    25. Wi-Fi
    26. Bluetooth
    27. Network
    28. Eye-Fi Upload
    29. Conformity Marking
    30. MB-D17 Battery Type
    31. Battery Order
    32. Battery Info
    33. Slot Empty Release Lock
    34. Save/Load Settings
    35. Reset All Settings
    36. Firmware Version
    37. Author’s Conclusion
  9. Chapter 7 Retouch Menu
    1. Retouched Image File Numbering
    2. Accessing the Retouch Functions—Three Methods
    3. Limitations on Previously Retouched Images
    4. Using the Retouch Menu Functions
    5. Author’s Conclusion
  10. Chapter 8 My Menu and Recent Settings
    1. My Menu
    2. Recent Settings
    3. Author’s Conclusion
  11. Chapter 9 Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
    1. Section 1: Metering
    2. Section 2: Exposure Modes
    3. Section 3: Histogram
    4. Author’s Conclusions
  12. Chapter 10 White Balance
    1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
    2. Color Temperature
    3. Camera Control Locations for WB Adjustment
    4. Manual White Balance Using the WB Button
    5. Manual White Balance Using the Shooting Menu(s)
    6. Manual Color Temperature with the WB Button
    7. Manual Color Temperature with the Shooting Menu
    8. Measuring Ambient Light by Using PRE
    9. Fine-Tuning White Balance
    10. Editing the PRE WB Comment Field
    11. Using the White Balance from a Previously Captured Image
    12. Protecting a White Balance Preset
    13. Auto White Balance
    14. Should I Worry about White Balance If I Shoot in RAW mode?
    15. White Balance Tips and Tricks
    16. Author’s Conclusion
  13. Chapter 11 Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
    1. Section 1: Autofocus in Viewfinder Photography
    2. Section 2: Autofocus in Live View Photography
    3. Section 3: Release Modes
    4. Touch Shutter Release and Autofocus (Tap Shooting)
    5. Custom Settings for Autofocus (a1–a13)
    6. Author’s Conclusion
  14. Chapter 12 Live View Photography
    1. Live View Mode
    2. Live View Photography Mode Screens
    3. Author’s Conclusion
  15. Chapter 13 Movie Live View
    1. Selecting Movie Live View Mode
    2. Movie Live View Still Images
    3. Movie Live View Screens
    4. Preparing to Make Movies
    5. Recording a Video with Your D500
    6. Recording Video from the HDMI Port
    7. Displaying Movies
    8. Author’s Conclusion
    9. Afterword
  16. Credits for Chapter Opening Images