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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide


A colorful, portable guide to all the features of Nikon's D3200 dSLR

The Nikon D3200 dSLR camera is packed with fabulous features like a 24-megapixel sensor, full HD video capability with fulltime autofocus, and 4 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode. This full-color guide provides instructions for all the buttons, dials, modes, and menus plus a refresher course in photography basics. It illustrates the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure with plenty of ...

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A colorful, portable guide to all the features of Nikon's D3200 dSLR

The Nikon D3200 dSLR camera is packed with fabulous features like a 24-megapixel sensor, full HD video capability with fulltime autofocus, and 4 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode. This full-color guide provides instructions for all the buttons, dials, modes, and menus plus a refresher course in photography basics. It illustrates the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure with plenty of examples, and author Alan Hess, veteran concert photographer, even includes professional tips on improving portraits, candids, sports and travel photos, and much more.

Sized to fit in a camera bag, the book includes a bonus gray and color checker card to help dSLR newcomers capture perfect white balance and color every time.

  • Nikon's exciting D3200 dSLR offers a 24-megapixel sensor, full HD (1080p) video recording with fulltime autofocus and 4 fps high-speed continuous shooting mode, and a host of other features
  • This full-color guide, in a portable 6 x 9-inch trim explains all the camera's settings, buttons, menus, and modes with step-by-step directions
  • Explains how to choose lenses, adjust white balance, use autofocus, and manage exposure
  • Author and professional photographer Alan Hess provides advice on improving your candids, portraits, sports and travel photos, macro photography, and more, with exquisite examples
  • Includes a gray and color checker card to help you achieve perfect color

Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide is your new Nikon's best friend. Take it everywhere you take your camera and have expert advice at your fingertips.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118438220
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Digital Field Guide Series , #260
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 406,960
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Hess is a commercial photographer who specializes in concert and live-event photography. He is the house photographer for a large concert venue in Southern California, and is considered an expert on Nikon cameras. Alan's other books include All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography, Exposure Digital Field Guide, and Composition Digital Field Guide, all published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

QT Quick Tour 1

Getting Started 2

Setting the exposure mode 2

Focusing 4

Playback 4

Downloading Images 6

Chapter 1 Exploring the Nikon D3200 9

Key Camera Controls 10

The top of the camera 10

The back of the camera 13

The front of the camera 17

The left side of the camera 18

The right side of the camera 20

The bottom of the camera 21

The Viewfinder Display 21

The Information Display 24

The Guide Mode 28

The Shoot guide 28

The View/delete guide 29

The Set-up guide 30

Chapter 2 The Nikon D3200 Essentials 31

Exposure Modes 32

Scene Modes 36

Portrait 37

Landscape 37

Child 38

Sports 39

Close-up 40

Night Portrait 42

The Picture Control System 43

Working with Focus and AF area modes 44

How autofocus works for still images and video 44

Focus modes 45

AF area modes 47

Live View 48

Release Modes 49

Flash Modes 50

Setting the White Balance 52

Setting the ISO 59

Auto ISO 61

Noise reduction 61

File Types 62

RAW files 62

JPEGs 63

Chapter 3 Setting Up the Nikon D3200 65

The Playback Menu 66

Delete 66

Playback folder 68

Playback display options 68

Image review 69

Rotate tall 70

Slide show 70

DPOF print order 71

The Shooting Menu 72

Reset Shooting menu 72

Set Picture Control 72

Image quality 74

Image size 75

White balance 76

ISO sensitivity settings 77

Active D-Lighting 78

Auto distortion control 78

Color space 78

Noise reduction 79

AF-area modes 79

The built-in AF-assist Illuminator 80

Metering modes 81

Movie settings 81

Flash control for built-in flash 82

The Setup Menu 82

Reset setup options 83

Format memory card 83

Monitor brightness 83

Auto info display 84

Clean image sensor 84

Lock mirror up for cleaning 84

Video mode 85


Flicker reduction 86

Time zone and date 86

Language 86

Image comment 86

Auto image rotation 87

Image Dust Off ref photo 87

Auto off timers 88

Self-timer 88

Remote on duration 89

Beep 89

Rangefinder 89

File number sequence 89

Buttons 90

Slot empty release 91

Print date 92

Storage folder 92

GPS 92

Firmware version 93

Chapter 4 Lenses and Accessories 95

Lens Basics 96

Nikon lens codes 96

Focal lengths 98

Aperture and depth of field 104

Vibration Reduction 104

Focusing motors 106

Lens Compatibility 106

The DX Crop Factor 107

Prime versus Zoom Lenses 109

Understanding prime lenses 109

Understanding zoom lenses 109

Picking the Right Lens 110

The Nikon Creative Lighting System 112

Available flashes 112

The Close-up Speedlight System 114

Using multiple flashes 114

Microphones 117

The built-in microphone 117

Stereo microphones 118

Shotgun microphones 118

Lavalier microphones 119

The WU-1 a Wireless adapter 120

Chapter 5 All About Lighting 121

The Importance of Light 122

The Quality of Light 123

The Direction of Light 125

The Intensity of Light 129

Types of Light 131

Natural light 132

Continuous light 134

Flash basics 135

Measuring Light 137

Light meters 137

Metering modes 138

Chapter 6 Exposure and Composition 143

Exposure Basics 144

Shutter speed 145

Aperture 148

ISO 150

Equivalent exposures 151

Exposure compensation 152

Exposure for video 154

Composition 156

Rule of Thirds 157

Leading lines 160

Keeping it simple 161

Tips 162

Composition and video 163

Chapter 7 The Live View Mode and Video Basics 165

The Live View Mode 166

Focus modes and autofocus areas 170

Single-servo AF 170

Full-time-servo AF 171

Manual focus 171

Autofocus (AF) area modes 171

Taking still photos 172

Video 173

Shooting video 173

Types of video 174

Frame rate 174

Shutter speed 174

Setting up to shoot video 176

Sound 177

Recording video 178

Playing back video 178

Chapter 8 Using the Nikon D3200 179

Abstract Photography 180

Inspiration 180

Practice 180

Tips 182

Action and Sports Photography 183

Inspiration 184

Practice 186

Tips 188

Concert Photography 188

Inspiration 189

Practice 191

Tips 194

Landscape and Nature Photography 195

Inspiration 196

Practice 197

Tips 199

Macro Photography 200

Inspiration 201

Practice 201

Tips 203

Night and Low-light Photography 203

Inspiration 205

Practice 206

Tips 208

Portrait Photography 209

Shooting indoors 210

Shooting outdoors 212

Photographing children 213

Choosing the right focal length 214

Inspiration 214

Practice 216

Tips 217

Travel Photography 218

Inspiration 220

Practice 221

Tips 223

Chapter 9 Viewing and Editing In-camera 225

Viewing Your Images 226

On the camera 226

Connecting to a standard TV 228

The HDMI HDTV connection 228

Viewing images on a smart device 229

Downloading Your Images 230

Editing in the Retouch Menu 231

D-Lighting 231

Red-Eye Reduction 232

Trim 232

Monochrome 233

Filter effects 234

Color balance 235

Image overlay 235

NEF processing 236

Resize 238

Quick retouch 239

Straighten 239

Distortion control 239

Fisheye 240

Color outline 240

Color sketch 240

Perspective control 241

Miniature effect 241

Selective color 241

Edit movie 242

Printing from the camera 244

Appendix A Postproduction 247

Still-photo Editing 247

Nikon software 247

iPhoto 252

Photoshop Elements 254

Video Editing 257

Nikon software 257

iMovie 259

Premiere Elements 261

Appendix B Accessories 263

Memory Cards 263

Remotes 264

Video Accessories 265

Tripods 266

Tripod heads 267

Tripod legs 269

Materials 271

Monopods 272

Global Positioning Systems 272

Appendix C How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker 273

The Gray Card 273

The Color Checker 274

Glossary 275

Index 280

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