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Mastering the Nikon D700

Book Description

Mastering the Nikon D700 provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D700 in detail, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations and logical explanations for each option. The authors' writing style allows the reader to follow directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experienced knowledge without "talking down" to you, explaining the how and the why.

The learning experience for D700 beginners (and refresher information for professionals) goes beyond the camera itself. When camera features and options expand to additional Nikon equipment (such as with the use of optional Speedlights) the authors add the necessary information. Their frequent references to user manuals provided by Nikon (complete with specific page references) allow the reader to easily navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with new equipment.

Mastering the Nikon D700 is another title in the Nikonians Press series-the exciting, new, joint venture between Nikonians and Rocky Nook.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering the Nikon D700
    1. About the Authors
    2. Foreword
    3. Preface
    4. 1. Using the Nikon D700
      1. Nikon D100 - Generation 1
      2. Nikon D200 – Generation 2
      3. Nikon D300 – Generation 3
      4. Nikon D700 – Generation 4
      5. EXPEED Image Processor
      6. FX vs DX Image Sensor
      7. 12.1-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
      8. Five or Eight Frames per Second
      9. Noise Control
      10. Live View
      11. 3-Inch Monitor
      12. Fine-Tuning
      13. Sensor Dust Cleaning
      14. Picture Control
      15. Active D-Lighting
      16. 51-Point Autofocus
      17. 12-Bit or 14-Bit Color Depth
      18. Lossless Compressed NEF (RAW)
      19. Exposure Delay Mode
      20. Retouch Menu
      21. My Menu
      22. 95% Viewfinder Frame
      23. Rubber Covers Instead of Lost Screw-On Caps
      24. HDMI Device Port
      25. My Conclusions
    5. 2. Exposure Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
      1. Metering Systems
      2. 3D Color Matrix II Meter
      3. Fine-Tuning Matrix Metering
      4. Using Flash with Matrix Metering
      5. Center-Weighted Meter
      6. Where’s the Circle?
      7. What About the Averaging Meter?
      8. Spot Meter
      9. Exposure Modes
      10. P – Programmed Auto Mode
      11. Get Down, Grandpa!
      12. S – Shutter Priority Auto Mode
      13. A – Aperture Priority Auto Mode
      14. Understanding Depth of Field
      15. M – Manual Mode
      16. Histogram
      17. Understanding the Histogram
        1. Light Range
        2. Image and Histogram Shape
      18. How Does the Eye React to Light Values?
      19. Computer Adjustment of Images
      20. My Conclusions
    6. 3. Multi-CAM 3500FX Autofocus
      1. What Is the Multi-CAM 3500FX Autofocus Module?
      2. Understanding the Focus Modes, AF-Area Modes, and Release Modes
      3. Focus Modes in Detail
        1. Single-servo AF Mode (S)
        2. Continuous-servo AF Mode (C)
      4. AF-Area Modes in Detail
        1. Single-point AF
        2. Dynamic-Area AF
        3. Auto-Area AF
      5. Release Modes in Detail
        1. Single Frame (S) Mode
        2. Continuous Low Speed (CL) Mode
        3. Continuous High Speed (CH) Mode
        4. Live View (LV) Mode
      6. My Conclusions
    7. 4. White Balance
      1. How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
      2. Color Temperature
      3. Method 1 – Manual White Balance Using the WB Button
        1. Manually Selecting a Color Temperature Between 2,500 and 10,000K
        2. Measuring Actual Ambient Light and Using PRE (PrE)
        3. Storing White Balance Values for Future Use
        4. Saving a Current WB Reading to Memory Locations d-1 to d-4
        5. Using the Values Stored in Memory Locations d-0 to d-4
        6. Storing and Selecting the White Balance from a Previously Captured Image
      4. Method 2 – Manual White Balance Using the Monitor LCD’s Shooting Menu
      5. White Balance Bracketing
      6. AUTO White Balance
        1. Should I Worry about White Balance if I Shoot in RAW Mode?
      7. White Balance Tips and Tricks
      8. My Conclusions
    8. 5. Shooting Menu Banks
      1. Setting Up Shooting Menu Bank A
        1. Steps to input new characters
        2. Setting up Your Menu Bank
      2. Shooting Menu’s 20 Item Review
        1. Steps to input new characters
      3. NEF (RAW) Format
        1. Bit Depth Tutorial
        2. JPEG Format
        3. JPEG Compression Menu
      4. TIFF Format
      5. Combined NEF and JPEG Shooting
      6. Notes on the Image Formats: RAW, TIFF, and JPEG
        1. NEF (RAW) Notes
        2. JPEG Notes
        3. TIFF Notes
        4. Final Image Format Ramblings
      7. Picture Controls
        1. When and Why Should I Use ISO-AUTO?
          1. Scenario # 1
          2. Scenario # 2
          3. Scenario # 3
        2. Are There Any Drawbacks to Using ISO-AUTO?
        3. Understanding Auto Gain
      8. My Conclusions
    9. 6. Custom Setting Banks
      1. Setting Up Custom Setting Bank A
        1. Renaming Custom Setting Bank A
        2. Steps to input new characters
      2. Configuring the Custom Settings
        1. Autofocus
        2. Metering/exposure
        3. Shutter and Exposure
        4. Bracketing
        5. Exposure or Flash Compensation
        6. Timers/AE Lock
      3. Shooting/Display
        1. Bracketing/Flash
        2. Auto FP High-Speed Sync Review
      4. How to Use the Auto Bracketing System
      5. Controls
      6. My Conclusions – Using the Shooting Banks and Custom Banks Together
    10. 7. Playback Menu
      1. Delete Function
      2. Playback Folder
      3. Hide Image
      4. Display Mode
      5. Image Review
      6. After Delete
      7. Rotate Tall
      8. Slide Show
      9. Print Set (DPOF)
      10. My Conclusions
    11. 8. Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
      1. Section 1: Setup Menu
      2. Section 2: Retouch Menu
      3. Section 3: My Menu
      4. My Conclusions
    12. 9. Nikon Creative Lighting System
      1. What Is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?
      2. How Does the D700 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
      3. What Is Commander Mode and How Does it Work?
      4. Using the Nikon D700 in Commander Mode
        1. Nikon D700 Commander Mode Settings
        2. Setting the Channel (CH) for Communication
        3. Using the Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight as a Slave Unit
        4. How to Exit the Remote Mode on the SB-800 Flash
      5. Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Slave Configuration
        1. Detailed Settings with LCD Panel images
        2. How to Exit the Remote Mode on the SB-600 Flash
      6. Using the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight as a Commander Device
        1. Configuring the SB-800 as a Commander Device
      7. Examining the Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
        1. What Is the Scope of This Section?
        2. Configuring the SU-800 Wireless Commander Unit
        3. Using the SU-800 Commander Unit
      8. My Conclusions
    13. Nikonians Gold Membership
    14. Credits for Chapter Opening Images
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Back cover
    15. Index