Nikon D3500 For Dummies

Book description

Use your Nikon D3500 camera like the pros

Capturing frame-worthy photos is no easy feat — until now! Inside, author Julie King shares her experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher to help you get picture-perfect landscapes, portraits, action shots, and more with your Nikon D3500 digital SLR camera. 

It takes more than a good eye and an amazing camera to get shots like the pros. With the help of Nikon D3500 For Dummies, you’ll find all the expert advice and know-how you need to unlock your camera’s capabilities to their fullest potential. From working with the basics of lighting and exposure to making sense of your camera’s fanciest features, you’ll be snapping professional-grade photos in a flash!

  • Learn the five essential options for shooting quality photos
  • Understand the settings that control exposure
  • Take charge of color and focus features
  • Put your skills together to shoot portraits, close-ups, and action shots 

Whether you’re shooting in automatic mode, scene mode, or manual mode, you’ll get all the guidance you need to take photos you’ll be proud to share.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Icons and Other Stuff to Note
    4. Where to Go from Here
  3. Part 1: Fast Track to Super Snaps
    1. Chapter 1: Getting Up and Running
      1. Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
      2. Exploring Basic Camera Features
      3. Displaying Help Screens
      4. Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens
      5. Working with Memory Cards
      6. Taking a Few Final Setup Steps
      7. Restoring Default Settings
    2. Chapter 2: Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options
      1. Choosing an Exposure Mode
      2. Setting the Release Mode
      3. Checking Image Size and Image Quality
      4. Adding Flash
    3. Chapter 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically
      1. Shooting in Auto and Auto Flash Off Modes
      2. Taking Advantage of Scene Modes
      3. Accessing a Few Hidden Scene Types
  4. Part 2: Beyond the Basics
    1. Chapter 4: Taking Charge of Exposure
      1. Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
      2. Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M)
      3. Checking the Exposure Meter
      4. Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
      5. Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
      6. Solving Exposure Problems
    2. Chapter 5: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
      1. Choosing Automatic or Manual Focusing
      2. Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography)
      3. Focusing During Live View and Movie Shooting
      4. Manipulating Depth of Field
    3. Chapter 6: Mastering Color Controls
      1. Understanding White Balance
      2. Choosing a Color Space
      3. Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls
    4. Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
      1. Recapping Basic Picture Settings
      2. Shooting Still Portraits
      3. Capturing Action
      4. Capturing Scenic Vistas
      5. Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups
    5. Chapter 8: Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies
      1. Shooting Movies Using Default Settings
      2. Adjusting Video Settings
      3. Controlling Audio
      4. Exploring Other Recording Options
      5. Manipulating Movie Exposure
      6. Screening Your Movies
      7. Trimming Movies
      8. Saving a Movie Frame as a Still Image
  5. Part 3: After the Shot
    1. Chapter 9: Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos
      1. Picture Playback 101
      2. Choosing Which Images to View
      3. Adjusting Playback Timing
      4. Enabling Automatic Picture Rotation
      5. Shifting from Single-Image to Thumbnails Display
      6. Displaying Photos in Calendar View
      7. Magnifying Photos During Playback
      8. Viewing Picture Data
      9. Creating a Digital Slide Show
      10. Viewing Your Photos on a Television
    2. Chapter 10: Working with Picture and Movie Files
      1. Rating Photos and Movies
      2. Deleting Files
      3. Protecting Photos and Movies
      4. Taking a Look at Nikon's Photo Software
      5. Downloading Pictures to the Computer
      6. Processing Raw (NEF) Files
      7. Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing
  6. Part 4: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 11: Ten Fun (And Practical) Ways to Manipulate Your Photos
      1. Applying the Retouch Menu Filters
      2. Removing Red-Eye
      3. Straightening Tilting Horizon Lines
      4. Removing (Or Creating) Lens Distortion
      5. Correcting Perspective
      6. Adjusting Exposure and Color
      7. Cropping Your Photo
      8. Applying Effects to Existing Photos
      9. Shooting in Effects Mode
      10. Combining Two Photos with Image Overlay
    2. Chapter 12: Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
      1. Adding Hidden Image Comments
      2. Adding a Copyright Notice
      3. Creating Custom Image Folders
      4. Customizing Filenames
      5. Turning Off the AF-Assist Illuminator
      6. Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing
      7. Changing the Look of the Information Display
      8. Keeping the Information Display Hidden
      9. Customizing the AE-L/AF-L Button
      10. Using the Shutter Button to Lock Exposure and Focus (or Not)
  7. Appendix: Intro to Nikon SnapBridge
    1. What Can I Do with SnapBridge?
    2. Preparing for Launch
    3. Connecting Your Camera to a Smart Device
    4. Taking a Look at SnapBridge Functions
  8. Index
  9. About the Author
  10. Advertisement Page
  11. Connect with Dummies
  12. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Nikon D3500 For Dummies
  • Author(s): Julie Adair King
  • Release date: January 2019
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119561835