Nikon D7200 For Dummies

Nikon D7200 For Dummies

by Julie Adair King


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Your plain-English, full-color guide to the Nikon D7200

Your Nikon D7200 comes packed with enough power to satisfy even seasoned photographers. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with an easy guide on how to adjust the camera's settings to get the photos you want. That's where Nikon D7200 For Dummies comes in! Brimming with the tips, tricks, and friendly instruction you'd gain in a basic photography course, it shows you how to get the very most out of your new Nikon D7200—without losing your cool.

Written by an experienced photographer and photography teacher, this fun, no-nonsense guide quickly gets you up and running on taking your first photos in automatic mode, then moves on to help you grasp more advanced features, like controlling exposure, adjusting color and focus for better results, using scene modes and priority modes, shooting portraits, action shots, outdoor shots, and night images—and so much more.

  • Navigate your camera's buttons, dials, and settings
  • Apply pro tricks to get better color, focus, and sharpness from your images
  • Control exposure settings and jump from auto mode to manual
  • Make sense of tricky material through full-color explanations of core photography concepts

If you're the proud new owner of a Nikon D7200, but don't have a ton—or any—experience with cameras, this hands-on guide will have you taking photos like a pro in no time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119134152
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 349,865
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Adair King's history as a digital photography author dates back to 1997 with the publication of the first edition of Digital Photography For Dummies. Since then she has authored over 50 books on digital photography, cameras, and photo editing and design software. She also teaches workshops at various locations including the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A Quick Look at What's Ahead 1

Icons and Other Stuff to Note 3

Beyond the Book 4

Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun! 4

Part I Fast Track to Super Snaps 5

Chapter 1 First Steps, First Shots 7

Preparing the Camera 7

Navigating Menus 15

Decoding the Displays 19

Exploring More External Controls 23

Back-of-the-body controls 23

Topside controls 27

Left-front features 29

Front-right controls 30

Hidden connections 31

Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens 32

Working with Memory Cards 36

Taking advantage of the two-card system 36

Buying and maintaining memory cards 38

Taking a Few Final Setup Steps 39

Cruising the Setup menu 40

Exploring Custom Setting menu options 42

Restoring default settings 43

Shooting in Auto and Auto Flash Off Modes 44

Viewfinder photography in the Auto modes 44

Live View photography in Auto mode 47

Chapter 2 Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options 51

Choosing an Exposure Mode 52

Fully automatic exposure modes 52

Semi-automatic modes (P, S, and A) 55

Manual exposure mode(M) 56

U1 and U2 56

Setting the Shutter-Release Mode 56

Single Frame and Quiet modes 58

Continuous (burst mode) shooting 58

Self-timer shooting 60

Mirror lockup (MUP) 61

Off-the-dial shutter release features 62

Selecting Image Size and Image Quality 66

Considering Image Size (resolution) 66

Understanding Image Quality options (JPEG or Raw/NEF) 70

Adjusting the Image Size and Image Quality settings 75

Reducing the Image Area (DX versus 1.3x Crop) 78

Chapter 3 Adding Flash 81

Understanding Flash Limitations 82

Turning the Built-In Flash On and Off 83

Choosing a Flash Mode 84

Investigating Flash modes 84

Changing the Flash mode 88

Adjusting Flash Strength 91

Applying Flash Compensation 91

Switching to manual flash-power control 93

Enabling High-Speed Flash (Auto FP) 94

Using Flash Value Lock (FV Lock) 96

Exploring Additional Flash Options 97

Part II Beyond the Basics 99

Chapter 4 Taking Charge of Exposure 101

Meeting the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 102

Aperture affects depth of field 104

Shutter speed affects motion blur 105

ISO affects image noise 106

Doing the exposure balancing act 108

Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M) 109

Reading the Exposure Meter 111

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 115

Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 118

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 118

Controlling ISO 121

Solving Exposure Problems 125

Applying Exposure Compensation 126

Expanding tonal range 129

Eliminating vignetting 137

Using autoexposure lock 139

Taking Advantage of Automatic Bracketing 140

Chapter 5 Controlling Focus and Depth of Field 145

Setting the Basic Focusing Method (Auto or Manual) 145

Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography) 147

Setting the Focus mode (AF lock or continuous AF) 147

Choosing an AF-area mode: One focus point or many? 149

Autofocusing for still subjects: AF-S + Single Point 153

Focusing on moving subjects: AF-C + Dynamic Area 155

Focusing manually 157

Mastering Live View Focusing 159

Choosing a Live View Focus mode 161

Selecting the AF-area mode 161

Stepping through the Live View autofocusing process 164

Manual focusing during Live View and movie shooting 166

Manipulating Depth of Field 166

Chapter 6 Mastering Color Controls 171

Understanding White Balance 171

Changing the White Balance setting 173

Fine-tuning white balance 177

Creating Custom White Balance Presets 180

Setting white balance with direct measurement 180

Matching white balance to an existing photo 182

Selecting the preset you want to use 183

Editing presets 183

Bracketing White Balance 185

Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls 188

Chapter 7 Putting It All Together 193

Recapping Basic Picture Settings 193

Shooting Still Portraits 194

Capturing Action 200

Capturing Scenic Vistas 203

Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups 206

Chapter 8 Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies 209

Shooting Movies Using Default Settings 210

Adjusting Basic Video Settings 215

Controlling Audio 218

Manipulating Movie Exposure 222

Exploring Other Recording Options 225

Screening Your Movies 227

Trimming Movies 229

Saving a Movie Frame As a Still Image 231

Part III After the Shot 233

Chapter 9 Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos 235

Picture Playback 101 235

Choosing Which Images to View 237

Adjusting Playback Timing 239

Enabling Automatic Picture Rotation 240

Shifting from Single-Image to Thumbnails Display 241

Displaying Photos in Calendar View 242

Magnifying Photos During Playback 244

Viewing Picture Data 245

Enabling and changing playback display modes 246

File Information mode 248

Highlights display mode 250

RGB Histogram mode 252

Shooting Data display mode 254

Overview Data mode 255

Chapter 10 Working with Camera Files 257

Protecting Photos 258

Hiding Photos During Palyback 259

Deleting Files 261

Deleting files one at a time 261

Deleting all files 261

Deleting a batch of selected files 262

Taking a Look a Nikon's Free Photo Software 263

Downloading Pictures to Your Computer 265

Processing Raw (NEF) Files 269

Processing Raw images in the camera 270

Processing Raw files in Capture NX-D 273

Making Copies for Online Sharing 275

Copying Files from One Card to Another 278

Taking Advantage of Wi-Fi Transfer 280

Connecting the camera to your device 281

Connecting via NFC (Android Only) 284

Viewing photos on the smart device 284

Selecting photos for transfer 284

Part IV The Part of Tens 287

Chapter 11 Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera 289

Creating Custom Exposure Modes 289

Creating Your Own Menu 291

Adding Hidden Comments and Copyright Notices 293

Customizing Filenames 294

Customizing Folder Names 295

Changing the Purpose of the OK Button 297

Customizing the Command Dials 298

Assigning New Tasks to a Few Buttons 300

Customizing buttons for still photography 300

Customizing buttons for movie recording 303

Modifying the Role of the Shutter Button 303

Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing 304

Chapter 12 Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 305

Investigating the Retouch Menu 305

Straightening Crooked and Distorted Photos 308

Manipulating Exposure and Color 310

Cropping Your Photo 312

Three Ways to Play with Special Effects 314

Applying special effects via the Retouch menu 314

Shooting in Effects mode 317

Two roads to a multi-image exposure 321

Using a Smart Device as a Wireless Shutter Release 322

Connecting Your Camera to an HDTV 324

Creating a Digital Slide Show 325

Index 327

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