Mastering the Nikon D3000


Mastering the Nikon D3000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The small, easy-to-carry D3000 is powerful in its ability to offer guided automatic camera operation with full manual capabilities when desired. Readers will be able to develop as photographers with the D3000 -progressing from camera controlled automatic operation to user-managed manual control. However, ...

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Mastering the Nikon D3000 by Darrell Young is a comprehensive guide for owners of this newest, budget-friendly generation of Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The small, easy-to-carry D3000 is powerful in its ability to offer guided automatic camera operation with full manual capabilities when desired. Readers will be able to develop as photographers with the D3000 -progressing from camera controlled automatic operation to user-managed manual control. However, this level of functionality requires some camera complexity.

Darrell cuts through the camera 's complexity with full explanations of every button, dial, switch, and menu on the camera with a friendly and advisory tone, like an old friend stopping by to discuss a favorite topic of mutual interest. He goes beyond just describing how the camera works by providing personal recommendations on how and when to use each function.

Darrell understands that many owners of the D3000 may be just entering into the world of DSLR cameras and he takes time to guide them through some of the basics of photography. He covers how shutter speed and aperture works, depth-of-field, lens focal lengths, white balance, autofocus, image exposure, and the all-important digital histogram.

Mastering the D3000 is the most recent volume in Rocky Nook's highly successful Nikonians Press series of books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952598
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,480,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon's newest digital cameras.

Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.

He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.

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Table of Contents

This book is dedicated to:;
Colors and Wording Legend;
Chapter 1: Examining the Nikon D3000;
1.1 Digital Sensor Basics, or Why Does a DSLR Make Better Images?;
1.2 Section 1 – Initial Camera Configuration;
1.3 Section 2 – Adjusting the Nikon D3000’s Settings;
Chapter 2: Nikon Guide Menus – Basic Use;
2.1 Shoot Guide Menu – Basic Use;
2.2 Shoot Menu – Easy Operation;
2.3 Shoot Menu – Advanced Operation;
2.4 My Conclusions;
Chapter 3: Guide Menu – Advanced Use;
3.1 Shoot Menu Screen Review;
3.2 Shoot Menu’s More Settings Selection;
3.3 Shoot Menu’s Timers & Remote Control;
3.4 Guide Menu’s View/Delete Selections;
3.5 Guide Menu’s Set up Selections;
3.6 My Conclusions;
Chapter 4: Playback Menu;
4.1 Delete Function;
4.2 Playback Folder;
4.3 Display Mode;
4.4 Image Review;
4.5 Rotate Tall;
4.6 Slide Show;
4.7 Printing Pictures without a Computer;
4.8 Section 1 – PictBridge Printing;
4.9 Section 2 – Print Set (DPOF);
4.10 My Conclusions;
Chapter 5: Shooting and Information Edit Menus;
5.1 Using the Shooting Menu;
5.2 Using the Information Edit Menu;
5.3 Reset Shooting Options;
5.4 Set Picture Control;
5.5 Image quality;
5.6 Image size;
5.7 White balance;
5.8 ISO sensitivity settings;
5.9 Active D-Lighting;
5.10 Color Spaces;
5.11 Noise reduction;
5.12 Release mode;
5.13 Focus modes;
5.14 AF-Area Modes;
5.15 AF-Assist;
5.16 Metering;
5.17 Built-in flash;
5.18 Flash Compensation;
5.19 Exposure Compensation;
5.20 Flash Modes;
5.21 My Conclusions;
Chapter 6: Setup Menu;
6.1 Reset Setup Options;
6.2 Format Memory Card;
6.3 LCD Brightness;
6.4 Info Display Format;
6.5 Auto Info Display;
6.6 Clean Image Sensor;
6.7 Mirror Lock-Up;
6.8 Video Mode;
6.9 Time Zone and Date;
6.10 Language;
6.11 Image Comment;
6.12 Auto Image Rotation;
6.13 Dust Off Ref Photo;
6.14 Auto Off Timers;
6.15 Self-Timer Delay;
6.16 Remote on Duration;
6.17 Beep;
6.18 Viewfinder Options;
6.19 File Number Sequence;
6.20 Buttons;
6.21 No Memory Card?;
6.22 Date Imprint;
6.23 Active Folder;
6.24 Firmware Version;
6.25 My Conclusions;
Chapter 7: Retouch and Recent Settings Menus;
7.1 Section 1 – Retouch Menu;
7.2 Section 2 – Recent Settings;
7.3 My Conclusions;
Chapter 8: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Focal Length;
8.1 Understanding the Camera’s Aperture;
8.2 How Does the Aperture Work? – An Experiment;
8.3 What Is an Aperture Number?;
8.4 Using Older Lenses with an Aperture Ring;
8.5 Using the Camera’s Aperture;
8.6 Understanding Depth of Field;
8.7 Effect of Focal Length on Depth of Field;
8.8 Understanding the Camera’s Shutter Speed;
8.9 Using the Aperture and Shutter Speed Together for Great Pictures;
8.10 A Little More Exposure Detail;
8.11 General Shutter Speed/Aperture Exposure Rule;
8.12 Aperture and Shutter Speed Chart;
8.13 Focal Length;
8.14 Vibration Reduction (VR) Lenses;
8.15 Focus Motor in the Lens;
8.16 A Simple Warning;
8.17 My Conclusions;
Chapter 9: Exposure Metering System, Exposure Modes, and Histogram;
9.1 Section 1 – Exposure Metering Systems;
9.2 Section 2 – Exposure Modes;
9.3 Section 3 – Histogram;
9.4 My Conclusions;
Chapter 10: White Balance;
10.1 How Does White Balance (WB) Work?;
10.2 Color Temperature;
10.3 Method 1 – Setting White Balance with the Information Edit Screens;
10.4 Method 2 – Setting White Balance with the Shooting Menu;
10.5 Mired WB Fine-Tuning Values;
10.6 Measuring Ambient Light and Using PRE;
10.7 Selecting the WB from a Previously Taken Image;
10.8 Auto White Balance;
10.9 Should I Worry about White Balance if I Shoot in RAW Mode?;
10.10 My Conclusions;
Chapter 11: Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus;
11.1 What is the Multi-CAM 1000 Autofocus Module?;
11.2 AF System Override with Lens Setting;
11.3 Understanding the Focus, AF-Area, and Release Modes;
11.4 Focus Modes in Detail;
11.5 Auto-servo AF mode (AF-A);
11.6 Single-servo AF mode (AF-S);
11.7 Continuous-servo AF mode (AF-C);
11.8 Manual focus (MF);
11.9 AF-Area Modes in Detail;
11.10 Single-Point AF-Area Mode;
11.11 Dynamic-Area Autofocus;
11.12 Auto-Area Autofocus;
11.13 3D-Tracking (11 Points) Autofocus;
11.14 Release Modes in Detail;
11.15 Single Frame Mode;
11.16 Continuous Mode;
11.17 Three Additional Release Modes;
11.18 My Conclusions;
Chapter 12: Speedlight Flash Photography;
12.1 What is a Guide Number?;
12.2 Using the D3000’s Flash Settings;
12.3 Shutter Curtain Information;
12.4 Understanding the Flash Modes;
12.5 What is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?;
12.6 How Does the D3000 Fit into the CLS Scheme?;
12.7 Selecting a Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit;
12.8 My Conclusions about Flash;
12.9 Conclusion;
Credits for Chapter Opening Images;
Chapter 1;
Chapter 2;
Chapter 3;
Chapter 4;
Chapter 5;
Chapter 6;
Chapter 7;
Chapter 8;
Chapter 9;
Chapter 10;
Chapter 11;
Chapter 12;
Nikonians Gold Membership;

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