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
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.