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New, a Short Courses digital photography book for people who own the Nikon D100 digital SLR camera and want to get better pictures. This well written and illustrated guide by Dennis Curtin, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the Short Courses Web site, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the Nikon D100.





A Short Course in
Nikon D100
Photography


128 pages, black & white book and full-color eBook package at a special price, or eBook alone.

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Introduction

New a Short Courses digital photography book for people who own the Nikon D100 digital camera and want to get better pictures. This beautifully written and illustrated guide, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the Short Courses Web site, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the Nikon D100, including the following:

  • Taking a Picture in Auto Multi Program Mode
  • Using Menus
  • Selecting a Bank
  • Using the Two-Button Reset
  • Reviewing and Managing Images
  • Using Thumbnail Playback
  • Zooming Images
  • Deleting Images
  • Connecting the Camera to a TV
  • Displaying a Slide Show
  • Hiding and Unhiding Images
  • Changing Image Quality/Size with the Function
  • Dial
  • Changing Image Quality/Size with the Menu
  • Choosing a Shooting Mode
  • Changing Exposure Modes
  • Using Flexible Program Mode
  • Using Shutter-Priority Mode
  • Using Aperture-Priority Mode
  • Using Manual Mode
  • Changing the Metering Mode
  • Using Exposure Compensation
  • Using Exposure Lock
  • Displaying Histograms
  • Using Histograms
  • Using the Self-timer
  • Changing the ISO with the Function Dial
  • Changing the ISO with the Menu
  • Increasing the Sharpness of Moving Objects
  • Selecting a Focus Area
  • Taking a Picture in Auto Multi Program Mode
  • Choosing a Focus Mode
  • Selecting an AF-Area Mode
  • Using Focus Lock
  • Increasing Depth of Field
  • Setting the Hyperfocal Distance
  • Zone Focusing
  • Decreasing Depth of Field in Automatic Mode
  • Capturing Creative Blur
  • Setting White Balance with the Function Dial
  • Setting White Balance from the Menu
  • Setting Preset White Balance
  • Using Bulb
  • Mounting a Lens
  • Unmounting a Lens
  • Zooming the Lens
  • Using the Built-in Speedlight
  • Using Red-eye Reduction Mode
  • Using Fill Flash
  • Using Slow Sync Flash
  • Using Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Selecting What to Bracket
  • Turning Bracketing On and Off and Selecting a
  • Bracketing Program
  • Adjusting Tone Compensation
  • Selecting a Color Mode
  • Adjusting Hue
  • Adjusting Sharpness
  • Using the Setup Menu
  • Using the Custom Settings Menu
  • Using the Playback Menu
  • Using Focus Lock for Maximum Depth of Field

The book is designed to work with the Short Courses site. The book explains how to get better pictures but you'll find more on that subject on the site. In addition, there is lots of information on the site about what you can do with your pictures after you've taken them.


Contents

Chapter 1
Getting Started With Your Nikon D100...6

The Nikon D100—An Overview...7
Jump Start—Using Auto Multi Program Mode...8
Good Things to Know...9
When Things Go Wrong...11
Using Dials and Buttons...12
Using Menus...14
Understanding Bank Sets...16
Restoring Default Settings...17
Managing Your Images—Using Buttons...18
Managing Your Images—The Playback Menu...20
Selecting Image Quality and Size...22
Selecting a Shooting Mode...29

Chapter 2

Understanding Exposure...31 Understanding Exposure Displays...32 Choosing Exposure Modes...33 Using Auto Multi Program Mode...34 Using Shutter-Priority Mode...35 Using Aperture-Priority Mode...37 Using Manual Mode...39 How Your Exposure System Works...40 How Exposure Affects Your Images...43 When Automatic Exposure Works Well...44 When to Override Automatic Exposure...45 How to Override Automatic Exposure...49 Using Histograms...51 Chapter 3 Understanding Exposure...31
Understanding Exposure Displays...32
Choosing Exposure Modes...33
Using Auto Multi Program Mode...34
Using Shutter-Priority Mode...35
Using Aperture-Priority Mode...37
Using Manual Mode...39
How Your Exposure System Works...40
How Exposure Affects Your Images...43
When Automatic Exposure Works Well...44
When to Override Automatic Exposure...45
How to Override Automatic Exposure...49
Using Histograms...51

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness...54

Eliminating Camera Movement...55
Sharpness Isn’t Everything...58
How to Photograph Motion Sharply...59
Focus and Depth of Field...61
Focusing Techniques...63
Controlling Depth of Field...67
Capturing Maximum Depth of Field...68
Using Selective Focus...70
Conveying the Feeling of Motion...71

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color...72

Where Does Color Come From?...73
White Balance...74
Color Balance and Time of Day...77
Sunsets and Sunrises...78
Weather...80
Photographing at Night...82
The Direction of Light...84
The Quality of Light...86

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses...87

Nikon D100 Lenses...88
Zoom Lenses...90
Normal Lenses...91
Wide-Angle Lenses...92
Telephoto Lenses...94
Tilt-Shift Lenses...96
Macro Lenses...97
Lens Accessories...98
How a Photograph Shows Depth...99

Chapter 6
Using Automatic Flash...100

How Automatic Flash Works...101
Using the Built-in Flash...102
Portraits with Flash...104
Using Fill Flash...106
Using Slow Sync Flash...107
Using Available Light...108
Controlling Flash Exposures...109
Using an External Flash...110

Chapter 7
Other Features and Commands...111

Bracketing...112
Adjusting Tone Compensation...114
Selecting a Color Mode...115
Adjusting Sharpness and Hue...116
Using The Setup Menu...117
Using The Custom Settings Menu...120
Using The Playback Menu...126


Preface

A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isn’t enough to capture it; you also have to be prepared. A large part of being prepared involves understanding your camera well enough to capture what you see. Getting you prepared to see and capture great photographs is what this book is all about. It doesn’t matter if you are taking pictures for business or pleasure, there’s a lot here to help you get better results and more satisfaction from your photography.

To get better, and possibly even great photographs, you need to understand both concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

  • Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.
  • Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your camera’s controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the "how" kinds of questions you might have.

This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because that’s how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with the Nikon D100 camera are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach lets you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the Nikon D100 in all kinds of photographic situations.

To get more effective, interesting, and creative photographs, you only need to understand how and when to use a few simple features on your camera such as focus, exposure controls, and flash. If you’ve previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, you’ll be pleased to know that you can learn them on a weekend afternoon. You can then spend the rest of your life marveling at how their infinite variety of combinations makes it possible to convey your own personal view of the world. You’ll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. You’ll be able to get dramatic close-ups, freeze fast action, create wonderful panoramas, and capture the beauty and wonder of rainbows, sunsets, fireworks, and nighttime scenes.

As you explore your camera, be sure to have fun. There are no "rules" or "best" way to make a picture. Great photographs come from using what you know to experiment and try new approaches. Digital cameras make this especially easy because there are no film costs or delays. Every experiment is free and you see the results immediately so you can learn step by step.



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