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Nikon D5100 Digital Field Guide

ISBN: 978-1-118-14592-0
272 pages
June 2011
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The Nikon D5100 is a perfect companion to a photographer searching for a top of the line entry-level DSLR camera. Offering full HDR capability, enhanced night vision shooting, enhanced audio capability, and 1080p HD video; the D5100 is packed with a wide-range of useful features. The Nikon D5100 Digital Field Guide will teach you how to work use each of these impressive features and capture everything from stunning still photos to cinematic quality movies.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D5100- This chapter identifies every button, dial, and indicator on your camera and walks you through setting up your Nikon D5100 for immediate use.

Chapter 2: Nikon D5100 Essentials- This chapter teaches you how each of your camera’s modes functions, from fully automatic to the daunting manual mode.  It also covers how to adjust key exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

Chapter 3: Setting Up the Nikon D5100- Chapter 3 covers the Nikon D5100’s menu screens and how to navigate your way through them in setting up and using your new camera.

Chapter 4: Selecting and Using Lenses for the Nikon D5100- In this chapter, you’ll find advice on choosing the best lenses for your camera, including recommendations for a variety of budgets and skill-levels. 

Chapter 5: Understanding Exposure- This chapter gives a primer on the fundamentals of exposure to allow you to take the best possible photos now that you know how to make all necessary adjustments to your camera settings. 

Chapter 6: Working with Light- Within this chapter, you’ll find an explanation of flash options from shooting with the built-in flash, modifying flash exposure, shooting with a speedlite, or using a wireless flash, and much more. 

Chapter 7: Working with Live View and Video- Chapter 7 teaches you the tips, tricks, and workarounds you’ll need to effectively use your live view as well as to capture stunning video.

Chapter 8: Real- world Applications- This chapter refreshes your photo knowledge with overviews on how to shoot landscape, portrait photography, action photography, night photography and more.    

Chapter 9: Viewing and In-camera Editing- In this chapter, you will learn how to view and download your images from the D51000 as well as how to use the many in-camera editing options.

Appendix A: General Photography Tips- This appendix offers refreshers on depth of field and rules of composition.

Appendix B: Accessories- This appendix teaches you how to utilize the remote control, video accessories, GPS unit and much more.

Appendix C: How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker- A bonus gray card and color checker are provided (bound within the book) to help you get the color right on every shot. This appendix teaches you how to make the most of this great add-on. 

The Nikon D5100 Digital Field Guide is a friendly, efficient, clearly-illustrated guide that will enable you to confidently capture beautiful images with your new Nikon D5100.

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CHAPTER 1
Exploring the Nikon D5100 1

CHAPTER 2
Nikon D5100 Essentials 19

CHAPTER 3
Setting Up the Nikon D5100 61

CHAPTER 4
Selecting and Using Lenses for the Nikon D5100 97

CHAPTER 5
Understanding Exposure 123

CHAPTER 6
Working with Light 141

CHAPTER 7
Working with Live View and Video 163

CHAPTER 8
Real-world Applications 175

CHAPTER 9
Viewing and In-camera Editing 211

APPENDIX A
General Photography Tips 227

APPENDIX B
Accessories 237

APPENDIX C
How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker 241

Glossary 243

Index 249

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J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer, author, and musician with nearly 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon cameras. His work has appeared in regional, national, and international publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Weekly, Elle, W Magazine, and US Weekly. He has written 12 other Digital Field Guides.
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