Nikon D5600 For Dummies

Nikon D5600 For Dummies

by Julie Adair King


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An easy-to-follow Nikon D5600 photography class—in a book!

Your Nikon D5600 is a powerful tool equipped to take top-notch photos. But unless you know how to use it to its full potential, your professional-grade camera will produce underwhelming amateur-grade photos. And that's where Nikon D5600 For Dummies comes in! Packed with all the expert tips and tricks you need to get your Nikon to live up to its name, this guide shows you how to use it to get truly striking shots—in a flash.

Written by an expert on all things Nikon—and brimming with inspiring full-color photos—the step-by-step instruction offered inside arms shutterbugs of all skill levels with the know-how to turn any scene into a beautiful work of art. Whether you're looking to capture a cozy low-light shot or forever memorialize an awesome action scene, Nikon D5600 For Dummies will take your photography skills to picturesque new heights.

  • Discover all your camera's features and capabilities
  • Get better photos in auto or manual mode
  • Adjust focus on the fly
  • Start speaking photography lingo like a pro

Even Leonardo da Vinci had to learn to work with paints and brushes before he could create the Mona Lisa. Before you let your frustration get the best of you, take heed in the friendly guidance in Nikon D5600 For Dummies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119386339
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 100,460
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been teaching people about digital cameras and photography for more than 20 years. Along with several editions of Digital Photography For Dummies, she has written a variety of For Dummies guides covering Nikon digital SLR camera models. She also teaches master classes in photography and digital photo editing.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

How This Book Is Organized 2

Icons and Other Stuff to Note 3

Where to Go from Here 3

Part 1: Fast Track to Super Snaps 5

Chapter 1: First Steps, First Shots 7

Preparing the Camera for Initial Use 7

Checking Out External Controls 11

Topside controls 11

Back-of-the-body controls 13

Front-left features 16

Hidden connections 17

Enabling and Using the Touchscreen 18

Navigating Menus 21

Viewing Critical Picture Settings 24

Adjusting Settings via the Control Strip 27

Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens 28

Working with Memory Cards 32

Taking a Few Final Setup Steps 34

Cruising the Setup menu 34

Custom Setting options 36

Restoring default settings 37

Shooting Pictures in Auto Mode 38

Viewfinder photography in Auto mode 38

Live View photography in Auto mode 40

Chapter 2: Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options 45

Choosing an Exposure Mode 46

Beginner exposure modes 46

Advanced exposure modes: P, S, A, and M 49

Setting the Release Mode 49

Single Frame and Quiet Shutter modes 51

Continuous (burst mode) shooting 52

Self-timer shooting 54

Investigating other shutter-release options 55

Checking Image Size and Image Quality 61

Considering the Image Size setting (resolution) 61

Understanding Image Quality options (JPEG or Raw) 65

Setting Image Size and Image Quality 69

Adding Flash 72

Enabling and disabling flash 72

Choosing a Flash mode 73

Adjusting flash output 79

Controlling flash output manually 82

Part 2: Taking Creative Control 85

Chapter 3: Taking Charge of Exposure 87

Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 88

Aperture affects depth of field 90

Shutter speed affects motion blur 91

ISO affects image noise 93

Doing the exposure balancing act 94

Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M) 96

Checking the Exposure Meter 98

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 101

Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 103

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 103

Controlling ISO 107

Solving Exposure Problems 110

Applying Exposure Compensation 111

Expanding tonal range 115

Eliminating vignetting 121

Using autoexposure lock 123

Bracketing Exposures 124

Chapter 4: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field 129

Choosing Automatic or Manual Focusing 130

Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography) 131

Mastering the D5600 focus system 132

Focusing manually 143

Focusing in Live View Mode 145

Using Live View autofocus 146

Manual focusing in Live View mode 151

Zooming in to check focus 152

Manipulating Depth of Field 152

Chapter 5: Mastering Color Controls 157

Adjusting the White Balance Setting 157

Changing the White Balance setting 159

Fine-tuning White Balance settings 162

Creating white balance presets 163

Bracketing white balance 166

Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls 170

Chapter 6: Putting It All Together 177

Recapping Basic Picture Settings 178

Shooting Still Portraits 179

Capturing Action 185

Capturing Scenic Vistas 188

Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups 191

Coping with Special Situations 193

Chapter 7: Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies 197

Shooting Movies Using Default Settings 198

Adjusting Video Settings 202

Controlling Audio 206

Setting microphone sensitivity 207

Reducing wind noise 209

Exploring Other Recording Options 210

Manipulating Movie Exposure 212

Screening Your Movies 214

Trimming Movies 216

Saving a Movie Frame As a Still Image 218

Part 3: After the Shot 221

Chapter 8: Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos 223

Picture Playback 101 224

Choosing Which Images to View 225

Adjusting Playback Timing 226

Enabling Automatic Picture Rotation 227

Shifting to Thumbnails Display 229

Displaying Photos in Calendar View 230

Zooming in for a closer view 232

Viewing Picture Data 234

File Information mode 235

Highlights (blinkies) mode 237

RGB Histogram mode 238

Shooting Data display mode 241

Overview mode 242

Viewing Your Photos on a Television 244

Chapter 9: Working with Picture and Movie Files 247

Rating Photos and Movies 248

Protecting Files 251

Deleting Files 252

Deleting files one at a time 252

Deleting all files 253

Deleting a batch of selected files 253

Taking a Look at Nikon’s Photo Software 255

Downloading Pictures to the Computer 258

Connecting via USB 260

Starting the file-transfer process 260

Downloading using Nikon ViewNX-i 261

Processing Raw (NEF) Files 265

Processing Raw images in the camera 266

Processing Raw files in Capture NX-D 268

Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing 271

Prepping online photos using ViewNX-i 271

Resizing pictures in the camera 273

Part 4: The Part of Tens 275

Chapter 10: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera 277

Adding Comments and Copyright Notices 277

Adding an image comment 278

Adding a copyright notice 279

Creating a Custom Storage Folder 280

Customizing Filenames 281

Changing the Information Display Style 282

Keeping the Information Display Hidden 283

Creating Your Own Menu 284

Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing 286

Customizing a Few Buttons 287

Assigning a Touch Function Role 289

Reversing the Command Dial Orientation 290

Chapter 11: Ten Fun (And Practical) Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 291

Applying the Retouch Menu Filters 292

Removing Red-Eye 295

Fixing Tilting and Distorted Images 295

Manipulating Exposure and Color 297

Cropping Your Photo 298

Adding Special Effects to Existing Photos 300

Shooting in Effects Mode 302

Creating a Dust Reference File 306

Printing Directly from the Camera 307

Presenting a Slide Show 307

Appendix: Intro to Nikon SnapBridge 309

What Can I Do with SnapBridge? 310

Setting Up the Camera for SnapBridge 311

Connecting to Your Smart Device 312

Taking a Look at SnapBridge Functions 314

Connect tab 315

Gallery tab 315

Camera tab 315

Other tab 317

Index 319

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