Nikon D90 Digital Field Guide

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Capture spectacular images, even video, with your D90

Your Nikon D90 is simply revolutionary — the first dSLR that also lets you shoot live HD video straight from the image sensor by using Live View. With so much to know about this remarkable camera, you'll want to take this book along on every shoot. It covers all the settings, modes, and menus; explores the applications for every available lens; guides you through lighting essentials; and ...

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Overview

Capture spectacular images, even video, with your D90

Your Nikon D90 is simply revolutionary — the first dSLR that also lets you shoot live HD video straight from the image sensor by using Live View. With so much to know about this remarkable camera, you'll want to take this book along on every shoot. It covers all the settings, modes, and menus; explores the applications for every available lens; guides you through lighting essentials; and provides advice for capturing great still and video images in a dozen situations.

  • Learn to compose your photos with the LCD monitor for clear, vibrant shots
  • Shoot high-quality video, even in low light, with excellent sound quality
  • Make the most of the versatile AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm VR lens
  • Use Nikon's Creative Lighting System
  • Explore professional secrets for getting great shots of people, landscapes, products, wildlife, and pets
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470449929
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 964,171
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a professional photographer and author based in Austin, TX. He owns Dead Sailor Productions and has photographed for many notable clients. He has authored seven Digital Field Guides and has published articles in national photography magazines.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Quick Tour.

Selecting a Shooting Mode.

Focusing.

Using the Playback Mode.

Downloading Images.

Part I: Using the Nikon D90.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D90.

Key Components of the D90.

Top of the camera.

Back of the camera.

Front of the camera.

Sides and bottom of camera.

D90 CMOS Sensor.

From analog to digital.

CMOS versus CCD.

Pixels.

Viewfi nder Display.

Control Panel.

Shooting Info Display.

Chapter 2: Nikon D90 Essentials.

Exposure Modes.

Programmed Auto.

Aperture Priority.

Shutter Priority.

Manual.

Scene Modes.

Release Modes.

Metering Modes.

Matrix metering.

Center-weighted metering.

Spot metering.

Focus Modes.

How the D90 autofocus works.

AF-C mode.

AF-S mode.

AF-A mode.

Manual mode.

Autofocus Area Modes.

Single Point AF mode.

Dynamic Area AF mode.

3D Tracking mode.

Auto Area AF.

ISO Sensitivity.

Auto ISO.

Noise reduction.

White Balance.

What is Kelvin?

White balance settings.

Picture Controls.

Original Picture Controls.

Custom Picture Controls.

JPEG.

Image Size.

Image Quality.

NEF Files.

Live View.

Chapter 3: Using the Nikon D90 Menus.

Playback Menu.

Delete.

Hide image.

Display mode.

Image review.

Rotate tall.

Pictmotion.

Slide show.

Print set (DPOF).

Shooting Menu.

Set Picture Control.

Manage Picture Control.

Image quality.

Image size.

White balance.

ISO sensitivity settings.

Active D-Lighting.

Color space.

Long exp. NR.

High ISO NR.

Active folder.

Multiple exposure.

Movie settings.

Custom Setting Menu.

Reset custom settings.

CSM a Autofocus.

CSM b Metering/exposure.

CSM c Timers/AE lock.

CSM d Shooting/display.

CSM e Bracketing/flash.

CSM f Controls.

Setup Menu.

Format memory card.

LCD brightness.

Clean image sensor.

Lock mirror up for cleaning.

Video mode.

HDMI.

World time.

Language.

Image comment.

Auto image rotation.

Image Dust Off ref photo.

Battery info.

GPS.

Firmware version.

Retouch Menu.

My Menu.

Quick Settings Display.

Part II: Capturing.

Great Images with the Nikon D90.

Chapter 4: Selecting and Using Lenses for the Nikon D90.

Lens Compatibility.

Wide-Angle and Ultrawide-Angle Lenses.

When to use a wide-angle.

lens.

Understanding limitations.

Midrange Zoom Lenses.

Telephoto Lenses.

Special-Purpose Lenses.

Micro-Nikkor lenses.

Defocus Control lenses.

Fisheye lenses.

Using Vibration Reduction Lenses.

Chapter 5: Essential Photography Concepts.

Exposure Review.

Shutter speed.

ISO.

Aperture.

Understanding Depth of Field.

Rules of Composition.

Keep it simple.

The Rule of Thirds.

Leading lines and S-curves.

Helpful hints.

Lighting Essentials.

Hard light.

Soft light.

Chapter 6: Working with Light.

Natural Light.

D90 Flash Basics.

Guide Number.

Aperture.

Distance.

Guide Number/ Distance = Aperture.

Flash Exposure Modes.

i-TTL mode.

Manual mode.

Auto mode.

Auto Aperture mode.

Guide Number Distance Priority mode.

Repeating Flash mode.

Flash Sync Modes.

Sync speed.

Front-Curtain Sync mode.

Red-Eye Reduction mode.

Slow Sync mode.

Rear-Curtain Sync mode.

Flash Exposure Compensation.

Fill Flash.

Bounce Flash.

Nikon Creative Lighting System Basics.

Understanding the Creative Lighting System.

Speedlights.

Using the Built-In Speedlight.

Strobes and Monolights.

Continuous Lighting.

Incandescent and halogen.

Fluorescent.

HMI.

Light Modifiers.

Umbrellas.

Softboxes.

Diff usion panels.

Other light modifiers.

Chapter 7: D-Movie.

About Video.

Progressive versus interlaced.

Frame rate.

Shutter.

Setting up D-Movie.

Recording.

Tricks, Tips, and Workarounds.

Video-Editing Software.

Chapter 8: Advanced Shooting Techniques.

Action and Sports Photography.

Inspiration.

Action and sports photography practice.

Action and sports photography tips.

Architectural Photography.

Inspiration.

Architectural photography practice.

Architectural photography tips.

Concert Photography.

Inspiration.

Concert photography practice.

Concert photography tips.

Landscape and Nature Photography.

Inspiration.

Landscape photography practice.

Landscape photography tips.

Macro Photography.

Inspiration.

Macro photography practice.

Macro photography tips.

Night Photography.

Inspiration.

Night photography practice.

Night photography tips.

Pet Photography.

Inspiration.

Pet photography practice.

Pet photography tips.

Portrait Photography.

Studio considerations.

Portrait lighting patterns.

Posing and composition considerations.

Indoor.

Outdoor.

Portrait photography practice.

Portrait photography tips.

Still-Life and Product Photography.

Inspiration.

Still-life and product photography practice.

Still-life and product photography tips.

Chapter 9: Viewing, Downloading, and In-Cameran Editing.

Viewing Your Images.

Downloading Images.

Using Nikon Transfer.

Transferring your images.

Using the Retouch Menu Options.

D-Lighting.

Red-Eye correction.

Trim.

Monochrome.

Filter effects.

Color balance.

Small picture.

Image overlay.

NEF processing.

Quick retouch.

Straighten.

Distortion control.

Fisheye.

Side-by-side comparison.

Part III: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Accessories.

MB-D80 Battery Grip.

ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control.

MC-DC2 Remote Cord.

GP-1 GPS Unit.

Tripods.

When to use a tripod.

Which tripod is right for you?

Camera Bags and Cases.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Excellent Tutorial

    This is a well organized and informative guide to the Nikon D90. The author covers many topics more clearly than the Nikon manual.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Extremely useful

    This is valuable, especially for someone switching from a film to digital SLR. Although a complete beginner may have some difficulty, it provides very helpful hints andhas as much information an amateur photographer can use. It even provides some interesting and helpful details e.g. the role of photons/electrons causing noise. Overall, excellent

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    If you own a D90 you should own this book

    The D90 is quite a step up from my D40. There are many extra dials, buttons and menus. This book give an easy to follow and understand explaination of not only how they work but in most cases why it is like this. It is always in my camera bag.

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    Great Guide, easy to understand. Goes way beyond your manual.

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