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Everything you need to know in order to take amazing photos with your Nikon D5200 As one of Nikon's most advanced cameras offered in the entry-level line of dSLRs, the Nikon D5200 boasts a smarter system for focusing and tracking moving subjects as well as a sharper sensor for capturing finely detailed images. This handy, portable field guide is filled with everything you want and need to know in order to take memorable photos with your Nikon D5200. Packed with full-color photos, this resource walks you through the camera's controls, features, and functions using step-by-step instructions along with color images of each menu screen. * Details how to use the features, functions, and menu system of the Nikon D5200 * Teaches you how, when, and why you should adjust white balance, autofocus, exposure, lenses * Goes beyond camera settings to offer you a refresher guide to the principles of digital photography by covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure * Features helpful examples along with a variety of tips and tricks to capturing portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and more * Includes a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect color in any setting With so much helpful advice for getting the most out of your Nikon D5200, you'll be referencing this guide again and again.
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Introduction xxi Quick Tour 1 Getting Started 2 Mounting the Lens 2 Setting the Shooting Mode 3 Focusing 4 Viewing Your Images 4 CHAPTER 1 Exploring the Nikon D5200 7 Key Components of the D5200 8 The top of the camera 8 The back of the camera 11 The front of the camera 14 The left side of the camera 15 The right side of the camera 18 The Viewfi nder Display 18 The Information Display 22 CHAPTER 2 Nikon D5200 Essentials 29 Exposure Modes 30 Automatic modes 30 Programmed auto mode 31 Aperture-priority auto mode 32 Shutter-priority auto mode 33 Manual mode 35 Scene Modes 36 Special Effects modes 42 Night Vision mode 43 Color Sketch mode 43 Miniature Effect mode 44 Selective Color mode 45 Silhouette mode 46 High Key 46 Low Key 46 Metering Modes 47 Matrix metering mode 47 Center-weighted metering mode 49 Spot metering mode 49 Autofocus 50 Phase detection 50 Contrast detection 51 Focus Modes 51 Auto Servo AF mode 52 Continuous Servo AF mode 52 Single Servo AF mode 52 Manual focus mode 53 Autofocus Area Modes 53 Auto area AF mode 54 Single-point AF mode 54 Dynamic-area AF mode 54 Release Modes 56 ISO Sensitivity 57 Auto ISO 58 Noise reduction 59 Long exposure Noise Reduction 59 High ISO Noise Reduction 60 White Balance 61 The Kelvin scale 61 White balance settings 61 Picture Controls 63 File Formats, Size, and Compression 71 NEF (RAW) 71 JPEG 72 Image size 73 Image quality 74 CHAPTER 3 Setting up the Nikon D5200 77 The Playback Menu 78 Delete 78 Playback folder 79 Playback display options 79 Image review 80 Rotate tall 81 Slide show 81 DPOF print order 82 The Shooting Menu 83 Reset shooting menu 83 Storage folder 83 Image quality 84 Image size 85 White balance 85 Using white balance settings 86 Preset manual white balance 87 Set Picture Control 88 Manage Picture Control 88 Auto distortion control 90 Color space 90 Active D-Lighting 91 High Dynamic Range 91 Long Exposure NR 92 High ISO NR 92 ISO sensitivity settings 93 Release mode 93 Multiple exposure 93 Interval timer shooting 94 Movie settings 95 The Custom Setting Menu 96 Reset custom settings 96 Custom Setting menu a: Autofocus 96 Custom Setting menu b: Exposure 98 Custom Setting menu c: Timers/AE lock 98 Custom Setting menu d: Shooting/display 99 Custom Setting menu e: Bracketing/flash 100 Custom Setting menu f: Controls 101 f1: Assign Fn button 101 f2: Assign AE-L/AF-L button 102 f3: Reverse dial rotation 102 f4: Slot empty release lock 103 f5: Reverse indicators 103 The Setup Menu 103 Format memory card 103 Monitor brightness 104 Info display format 104 Auto info display 105 Clean image sensor 105 Lock mirror up for cleaning 106 Image Dust Off ref photo 107 Video mode 107 HDMI 107 Flicker reduction 108 Time zone and date 108 Language 109 Image comment 109 Auto image rotation 109 Accessory terminal 109 Eye-Fi upload 110 Wireless mobile adapter 110 Firmware version 110 The Retouch Menu 110 D-Lighting 112 Red-eye correction 112 Trim 113 Monochrome 113 Filter effects 114 Color balance 115 Image overlay 116 NEF (RAW) processing 117 Resize 118 Quick retouch 118 Straighten 119 Distortion control 119 Fisheye 119 Color outline 119 Color sketch 119 Perspective control 120 Miniature effect 120 Selective color 120 Edit movie 121 My Menu 121 CHAPTER 4 Selecting and Using Lenses with the Nikon D5200 125 Deciphering Nikon Lens Codes 126 Lens Compatibility 127 The DX Crop Factor 128 Third-party Lenses 131 Types of Lenses 133 Wide-angle lenses 133 Standard zoom lenses 138 Telephoto lenses 140 Close-up/Macro lenses 142 Fisheye lenses 144 Lens Accessories 145 Teleconverters 146 Extension tubes 147 Close-up fi lters 148 Ultraviolet fi lters 148 Neutral density filters 149 CHAPTER 5 Controlling Exposure 151 Defi ning Exposure 152 ISO 153 Shutter speed 154 Fast shutter speeds 155 Slow shutter speeds 156 Aperture or f-stop 157 Fine-Tuning Your Exposure 160 Exposure compensation 161 Using histograms 161 CHAPTER 6 Working with Light 167 Lighting Essentials 168 The quality of light 168 Soft lighting 168 Hard lighting 169 Lighting direction 170 Frontlighting 171 Sidelighting 171 Backlighting 172 Natural Light 173 Continuous Light 175 The D5200 Built-in Flash 176 Built-in fl ash exposure modes 177 i-TTL and i-TTL BL 177 Manual 177 Flash sync modes 178 Sync speed 179 Front-curtain sync 179 Slow sync 181 Red-Eye Reduction 181 Rear-curtain sync 181 Flash Compensation 182 Creative Lighting System Basics 183 Light Modifiers 184 CHAPTER 7 Working with the Live View and Video Modes 187 Live View Mode 188 Focus modes 189 Single Servo AF 189 Full-time Servo AF 190 AF-area modes 190 Using Live View mode 192 Shooting and Editing Video 196 Frame size and frame rate 199 In-camera video editing 201 CHAPTER 8 Real-world Applications 203 Abstract Photography 204 Equipment 204 Technique 205 Action and Sports Photography 206 Equipment 208 Technique 208 Concert Photography 210 Equipment 212 Technique 212 Macro Photography 215 Equipment 216 Technique 218 Nature and Landscape Photography 219 Equipment 220 Technique 221 Night and Low-light Photography 223 Equipment 224 Technique 227 Portrait Photography 229 Equipment 230 Technique 231 Still-life, Product, and Food Photography 234 Equipment 235 Technique 236 CHAPTER 9 Viewing, Downloading, Managing, and Editing Images 241 Viewing Your Images 242 Downloading Your Images 244 File Management and Workflow 245 Folder structure 246 Editing 246 Filenames and metadata 247 Tonal Adjustments and Color Corrections 248 APPENDIX A General Composition Tips 253 Keep It Simple 253 The Rule of Thirds 254 Leading Lines and S-Curves 255 The Odd Rule 255 Helpful Hints 256 APPENDIX B Accessories 259 Speedlights 259 The GP-1 GPS Unit 261 The ME-1 Stereo Microphone 262 Wireless Accessories 262 The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter 263 The ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control 263 The WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controller/Transmitter 264 APPENDIX C How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker 265 The Gray Card 265 The Color Checker 266 Glossary 267 Index 277

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer and author with more than 25 years of experience behind Nikon cameras. He has written 20 Nikon Digital Field Guides as well as numerous articles for Digital Photo magazine, and maintains a blog for Nikon users at

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