Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide

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Everything you need to know to take full advantage of your Nikon D7100

As a well-rounded, feature-rich dSLR, the new Nikon D7100 is a compact lightweight camera that is loaded with sophisticated features. This full-color guide is packed with expert advice that will both educate and inspire you to take amazing photographs with your Nikon D7100. Filled with stunning images by author and photographer J. Dennis Thomas, this guide goes beyond the owner's manual to offer you helpful ...

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Everything you need to know to take full advantage of your Nikon D7100

As a well-rounded, feature-rich dSLR, the new Nikon D7100 is a compact lightweight camera that is loaded with sophisticated features. This full-color guide is packed with expert advice that will both educate and inspire you to take amazing photographs with your Nikon D7100. Filled with stunning images by author and photographer J. Dennis Thomas, this guide goes beyond the owner's manual to offer you helpful tips, tricks, and techniques for using the camera's many features and explains when and how to use each function.

  • Features a handy trim size so the book can go where you go, allowing you to frequently refer to the professional-level techniques for capturing memorable photos and handling tricky situations
  • Includes full-color images of each menu screen to reinforce your understanding
  • Contains a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect white balance and color in any environment
  • Shares helpful examples that offer advice on taking portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more

Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide is the perfect portable companion to your new Nikon D7100!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118708743
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a professional photographer and the author of 20 Digital Field Guides. He does freelance photography for Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Veri.Live magazines, and his photographs have also appeared in People, Us Weekly, Elle, Ebony, New York Post, and many other notable periodicals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Introduction xv

CHAPTER 1 Exploring the Nikon D7100 1

Key Components of the D7100 2

Top of the camera 2

Back of the camera 5

Front of the camera 10

Left side of the camera 12

Right side of the camera 14

Viewfinder Display 15

Control Panel 19

Information Display 24

CHAPTER 2 Nikon D7100 Essentials 31

Exposure Modes 32

Auto modes 32

Auto 32

Auto flash off 33

Programmed auto 33

Aperture-priority auto 34

Shutter-priority auto 36

Manual 37

Scene Modes 38

Special Effects Modes 43

Metering Modes 48

Matrix 48

Center-weighted 50

Spot 50

Autofocus 51

Phase detection 51

Contrast detection 52

Autofocus Modes 52

Auto Servo AF 53

Continuous Servo AF 53

Single Servo AF 53

Autofocus Area Modes 54

Auto-area AF 55

Single-point AF 55

Dynamic-area AF 55

Dynamic-area AF 9 56

Dynamic-area AF 21 56

Dynamic-area AF 51 56

3-D tracking 57

Release Modes 57

ISO Sensitivity 58

Auto ISO 59

Noise reduction 60

Long exposure Noise Reduction 60

High ISO Noise Reduction 61

White Balance 62

The Kelvin scale 62

White balance settings 62

Picture Controls 64

File Formats, Size, and Compression 72

NEF (RAW) 72


Image size 74

Image quality 75

CHAPTER 3 Setting up the Nikon D7100 77

The Playback Menu 78

Delete 78

Playback folder 79

Hide image 80

Playback display options 81

Copy image(s) 82

Image review 83

After delete 84

Rotate tall 84

Slide show 85

DPOF print order 85

The Shooting Menu 86

Reset shooting menu 87

Storage folder 87

File naming 88

Role played by card in Slot 2 89

Image quality 89

Image size 90

Image area 91

JPEG compression 92

NEF (RAW) recording 92

White balance 93

Choosing a color temperature 94

Preset manual white balance 94

Copy white balance from an existing photograph 96

Set Picture Control 97

Manage Picture Control 97

Color space 99

Active D-Lighting 99

High Dynamic Range (HDR) 100

Auto distortion control 101

Long exposure NR 102

High ISO NR 102

ISO sensitivity settings 102

Remote control mode (ML-L3) 103

Multiple exposure 103

Interval timer shooting 104

Movie settings 105

The Custom Setting Menu 106

Reset custom settings 106

Custom Settings menu a: Autofocus 106

a1: AF-C priority selection 107

a2: AF-S priority selection 107

a3: Focus tracking with lock-on 107

a4: AF point illumination 108

a5: Focus point wrap-around 108

a6: Number of focus points 108

a7: Built-in AF-assist illuminator 108

Custom Settings menu b: Metering/exposure 109

b1: ISO sensitivity step value 109

b2: EV steps for exposure cntrl 109

b3: Easy exposure compensation 109

b4: Center-weighted area 110

b5: Fine-tune optimal exposure 110

Custom Setting menu c: Timers/AE lock 111

c1: Shutter-release button AE-L 111

c2: Standby timer 111

c3: Self-timer 111

c4: Monitor off delay 112

c5: Remote on duration (ML-L3) 112

Custom Setting menu d: Shooting/display 112

d1: Beep 113

d2: Viewfinder grid display 113

d3: ISO display and adjustment 113

d4: Screen tips 113

d5: CL mode shooting speed 114

d6: Maxcontinuous release 114

d7: File number sequence 114

d8: Information display 114

d9: LCD illumination 115

d10: Exposure delay mode 115

d11: Flash warning 115

d12: MB-D15 battery type 115

d13: Battery order 116

Custom Setting menu e: Bracketing/flash 116

e1: Flash sync speed 116

e2: Flash shutter speed 116

e3: Flash cntrl for built-in flash 117

e4: Exposure compfor flash 117

e5: Modeling flash 118

e6: Auto bracketing set 118

e7: Bracketing order 118

Custom Setting menu f: Controls 118

f1: OK button 118

f2: Assign Fn button 119

f3: Assign preview button 122

f4: Assign AE-L/AF-L button 123

f5: Customize command dials 123

f6: Release button to use dial 124

f7: Slot empty release lock 124

f8: Reverse indicators 125

f9: Assign MB-D15

AE-L/AF-L button 125

Custom Settings menu g: Movie 125

g1: Assign Fn button 125

g2: Assign preview button 126

g3: Assign AE-L/AF-L button 126

g4: Assign shutter button 126

The Setup Menu 127

Format memory card 127

Save user settings 127

Reset user settings 128

Monitor brightness 128

Clean image sensor 128

Lock mirror up for cleaning 128

Image Dust Off ref photo 129

Flicker reduction 129

Time zone and date 130

Auto image rotation 130

Battery info 130

Image comment 131

Copyright information 131

Save/load settings 131

Virtual horizon 132

Non-CPU lens data 132

AF fine-tune 132

HDMI 135

GPS 136

Wireless mobile adapter 136

Network 136

Eye-Fi upload 136

Firmware version 137

The Retouch Menu 137

D-Lighting 138

Red-eye correction 139

Trim 139

Monochrome 140

Filter effects 140

Color balance 141

Image overlay 142

NEF (RAW) processing 143

Resize 144

Quick retouch 144

Straighten 145

Distortion control 145

Fisheye 145

Color outline 145

Color sketch 145

Perspective control 146

Miniature effect 146

Selective color 147

Edit movie 147

Side-by-side comparison 148

Recent Settings/My Menu 148

CHAPTER 4 Selecting and Using Lenses with the Nikon D7100151

Deciphering Nikon Lens Codes 152

Lens Compatibility 153

The DX Crop Factor 154

Third-Party Lenses 156

Types of Lenses 158

Wide-angle lenses 158

Standard zoom lenses 162

Telephoto lenses 164

Close-up/Macro lenses 167

Fisheye lenses 169

Lens Accessories 170

Teleconverters 170

Extension tubes 172

Close-up filters 172

Ultraviolet filters 173

Neutral density filters 174

CHAPTER 5 Controlling Exposure 177

Defining Exposure 178

ISO 179

Shutter speed 180

Fast shutter speeds 181

Slow shutter speeds 181

Aperture or f-stop 182

Fine-Tuning Your Exposure 185

Exposure compensation 186

Using histograms 187

CHAPTER 6 Working with Light 193

Lighting Essentials 194

The quality of light 194

Soft lighting 194

Hard lighting 195

Lighting direction 195

Frontlighting 196

Sidelighting 196

Backlighting 197

Natural Light 199

Continuous Light 200

The D7100 Built-in Flash 202

Built-in lash exposure modes 202

i-TTL and i-TTL BL 202

Manual 203

Repeating Flash 204

Commander 204

Flash Sync Modes 205

Sync speed 206

Front-curtain sync 206

Slow sync 207

Red-Eye Reduction 208

Rear-curtain sync 208

Flash compensation 209

Creative Lighting System Basics 209

Light Modifiers 210

CHAPTER 7 Working with the Live View and Video Modes213

Live View Mode 214

Focus modes 214

Single-servo AF 215

Full-time Servo AF 215

AF-area modes 215

Using Live View mode 217

Shooting and Editing Video 220

Frame size and frame rate 224

In-camera video editing 226

CHAPTER 8 Viewing, Downloading, Managing, and Editing Images229

Viewing Your Images 230

Downloading Your Images 232

File Management and Workflow 233

Folder structure 234

Editing 234

Filenames and metadata 235

CHAPTER 9 Advanced Topics 237

U1/U2 User Settings 238

Working with Off-camera Flashes 252

Gear 253

Speedlights or flashes 254

Light stands and brackets 255

Umbrellas 256

Manual flash exposures 257

Guide Number 257

Distance 257

Aperture 258

GN/D = A 258

Technique 259

Portraits 259

Small product and still-life 261

HDR and Tone Mapping 263

Bracketing 264

In-Camera HDR 265

Tone mapping 266

Processing Options 267

Tonal Adjustments and Color Corrections 269

APPENDIX A General Composition Tips 271

Keep It Simple 271

The Rule of Thirds 272

Leading Lines and S-Curves 273

The Odd Rule 273

Using Color 274

Helpful Hints 275

APPENDIX B Accessories 277

Nikon MB-D15 Battery Grip 277

Speedlights 278

Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit 279

Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone 280

WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter 280

ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control 281

Wireless Remote Controllers WR-10/WR-1 281

APPENDIX C Color Checker 283

Glossary 285

Index 292

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