Nikon D5500 For Dummies

Book description

Jump into photography and the Nikon D5500 with this easy-to-read guide

Armed with the new Nikon D5500 digital camera, but don't know where to start? No problem! Nikon D5500 For Dummies is the definitive guide to helping newbies and aspiring photographers get up and running with this great DSLR camera. You'll dive right in to using your camera in automatic mode, then build on this basic knowledge by learning about manual settings, exposure, and more advanced techniques that will have you taking great photographs in a flash. This easy-to-use guide combines the tips and tricks of a basic photography course with camera-specific guidance that will help you with the Nikon D5500's basic settings, manual mode, WiFi connectivity, touchscreen interface, and so much more!

The Nikon D5500 is the perfect camera for a connected generation — it offers the features of a DSLR with the connectivity of a smart phone and, but its high-quality photos go well beyond what you can snap from your phone. With this fun guide, you'll take your photography to the next level!

  • Get started with a roadmap of the Nikon D5500 controls and options for taking photos in automatic mode, with preset shooting modes, or in manual mode.
  • Take a crash course on exposure and how to control it, along with lens and flash options of your camera
  • Find out how to adjust color and focus, use manual settings, and take photos in scene mode and priority mode
  • Pull all your newfound photography chops together to take better portraits, action shots, night photos, and outdoor shots

Nikon D5500 For Dummies is the guide you need to get up and running quickly and easily with your great new DSLR camera.

Table of contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. A Quick Look at What’s Ahead
      2. Icons and Other Stuff to Note
      3. Beyond the Book
      4. Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun!
    3. Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps
      1. Chapter 1: First Steps, First Shots
        1. Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
        2. Checking Out External Controls
        3. Enabling and Using the Touchscreen
        4. Navigating Menus
        5. Viewing Critical Picture Settings
        6. Adjusting Settings via the Control Strip
        7. Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens
        8. Working with Memory Cards
        9. Taking a Few Final Setup Steps
        10. Shooting Your First Pictures in Auto Mode
      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
    4. Part II: Taking Creative Control
      1. Chapter 3: 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
        7. Bracketing Exposures
      2. Chapter 4: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
        1. Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography)
        2. Focusing During Live View and Movie Shooting
        3. Manipulating Depth of Field
      3. Chapter 5: Mastering Color Controls
        1. Understanding the White Balance Setting
        2. Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls
      4. Chapter 6: 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
        6. Coping with Special Situations
      5. Chapter 7: Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies
        1. Shooting Movies Using the 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 III: After the Shot
      1. Chapter 8: Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos
        1. Adjusting Playback Timing Options
        2. Choosing Which Images to View
        3. Enabling Automatic Picture Rotation
        4. Viewing Images in Playback Mode
        5. Viewing Picture Data
        6. Viewing Your Photos on a Television
      2. Chapter 9: Working with Picture and Movie Files
        1. Rating Photos and Movies
        2. Deleting Photo and Movie Files
        3. Protecting Photos
        4. Taking a Look at Nikon's Free Photo Software (ViewNX 2)
        5. Downloading Pictures to the Computer
        6. Processing Raw (NEF) Files
        7. Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing
        8. Taking Advantage of Wi-Fi Transfer
    6. Part IV: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 10: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera
        1. Adding Hidden Image Comments and Copyright Notices
        2. Creating a Custom Storage Folder
        3. Customizing Filenames
        4. Creating Your Own Menu
        5. Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing
        6. Changing the Look of the Information Display
        7. Keeping the Information Display Hidden
        8. Customizing a Few Buttons
        9. Assigning a Touch Function Role
        10. Reversing the Command Dial Orientation
      2. Chapter 11: Ten Fun (And Practical) Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
        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. Manipulating Exposure and Color
        7. Cropping Your Photo
        8. Playing with Special Effects
        9. Combining Two Photos with Image Overlay
        10. Creating a Digital Slide Show
    7. About the Author
    8. Cheat Sheet
    9. Connect with Dummies
    10. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Nikon D5500 For Dummies
  • Author(s): Julie Adair King
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119102113