Nikon D3500 For Dummies

Nikon D3500 For Dummies

by Julie Adair King


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Use your Nikon D3500 camera like the pros

Capturing frame-worthy photos is no easy feat — until now! Inside, author Julie King shares her experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher to help you get picture-perfect landscapes, portraits, action shots, and more with your Nikon D3500 digital SLR camera.

It takes more than a good eye and an amazing camera to get shots like the pros. With the help of Nikon D3500 For Dummies, you’ll find all the expert advice and know-how you need to unlock your camera’s capabilities to their fullest potential. From working with the basics of lighting and exposure to making sense of your camera’s fanciest features, you’ll be snapping professional-grade photos in a flash!

  • Learn the five essential options for shooting quality photos
  • Understand the settings that control exposure
  • Take charge of color and focus features
  • Put your skills together to shoot portraits, close-ups, and action shots

Whether you’re shooting in automatic mode, scene mode, or manual mode, you’ll get all the guidance you need to take photos you’ll be proud to share.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119561835
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/14/2019
Series: For Dummies Books
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 191,470
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julie Adair King is a veteran educator and bestselling author in the field of digital photography. Through her books including Digital Photography For Dummies and several For Dummies guides to dSLR cameras, she has helped readers to explore the joy of photography.

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 4

Part 1 Fast Track to Super Snaps 5

Chapter 1 Getting Up and Running 7

Preparing the Camera for Initial Use 7

Exploring Basic Camera Features 11

Checking out external controls 11

Ordering from camera menus 19

Switching to Live View mode 23

Viewing critical picture settings 26

Adjusting settings via the control strip 28

Displaying Help Screens 29

Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens 30

Working with Memory Cards 35

Taking a Few Final Setup Steps 37

Restoring Default Settings 40

Chapter 2 Reviewing Five Essential Picture-Taking Options 43

Choosing an Exposure Mode 44

Fully automatic exposure modes 44

Semiautomatic modes (P, S, and A) 45

Manual exposure mode (M) 46

Specialty modes (Effects and Guide modes) 46

Setting the Release Mode 47

Single Frame and Quiet Shutter Release modes 48

Continuous (burst mode) shooting 49

Self-timer shooting 50

Checking Image Size and Image Quality 52

Considering the Image Size setting (resolution) 52

Understanding Image Quality options (JPEG or Raw) 56

Setting image Size and Image Quality 61

Adding Flash 64

Enabling and disabling flash 64

Choosing a Flash mode 65

Adjusting the flash output 71

Chapter 3 Taking Great Pictures, Automatically 77

Shooting in Auto and Auto Flash Off Modes 77

Viewfinder photography in Auto and Auto Flash Off modes 78

Live View photography in Auto and Auto Flash off modes 81

Taking Advantage of Scene Modes 83

Portrait mode 85

Sports mode 86

Close Up mode 88

Night Portrait mode 89

Accessing a Few Hidden Scene Types 89

Part 2 Beyond the Basics 93

Chapter 4 Taking Charge of Exposure 95

Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 96

Aperture affects depth of field 98

Shutter speed affects motion blur 100

ISO affects image noise 101

Doing the exposure balancing act 103

Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, S, A, and M) 104

Checking the Exposure Meter 106

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 109

Setting Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 112

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 112

Controlling ISO 115

Solving Exposure Problems 119

Applying Exposure Compensation 119

Expanding tonal range with Active D-Lighting 124

Eliminating vignetting 127

Using autoexposure lock 129

Chapter 5 Controlling Focus and Depth of Field 131

Choosing Automatic or Manual Focusing 132

Exploring Standard Focusing Options (Viewfinder Photography) 134

Mastering the autofocusing system 134

Focusing manually 144

Focusing During Live View and Movie Shooting 147

Understanding Live View autofocusing 147

Manual focusing during Live View and movie shooting 155

Manipulating Depth of Field 156

Chapter 6 Mastering Color Controls 161

Understanding White Balance 161

Changing the White Balance setting 163

Fine-tuning White Balance settings 166

Creating white balance presets 168

Choosing a Color Space 171

Taking a Quick Look at Picture Controls 172

Chapter 7 Putting It All Together 179

Recapping Basic Picture Settings 179

Shooting Still Portraits 181

Capturing Action 187

Capturing Scenic Vistas 190

Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups 194

Chapter 8 Shooting, Viewing, and Trimming Movies 197

Shooting Movies Using Default Settings 198

Adjusting Video Settings 203

Controlling Audio 207

Choosing the Microphone setting (volume control) 208

Reducing wind noise 210

Exploring Other Recording Options 211

Manipulating Movie Exposure 213

Screening Your Movies 215

Trimming Movies 218

Saving a Movie Frame as a Still Image 220

Part 3 After The Shot 223

Chapter 9 Playback Mode: Viewing Your Photos 225

Picture Playback 101 226

Choosing Which Images to View 227

Adjusting Playback Timing 228

Enabling Automatic Picture Rotation 230

Shifting from Single-Image to Thumbnails Display 231

Displaying Photos in Calendar View 233

Magnifying Photos During Playback 234

Viewing Picture Data 236

File Information mode 237

Highlights ("blinkies") display mode 240

RGB Histogram mode 241

Shooting Data mode 244

Overview mode 245

Creating a Digital Slide Show 247

Viewing Your Photos on a Television 249

Chapter 10 Working with Picture and Movie Files 251

Rating Photos and Movies 252

Deleting Files 254

Deleting files one at a time 255

Deleting all files 255

Deleting a batch of selected files 255

Protecting Photos and Movies 258

Taking a Look at Nikon's Photo Software 259

Downloading Pictures to the Computer 262

Connecting via USB 264

Starting the file-transfer process 265

Downloading using Nikon ViewNX-i 266

Processing Raw (NEF) Files 270

Processing Raw images in the camera 271

Processing Raw files in Capture NX-D 274

Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing 277

Prepping online photos using ViewNX-i 278

Resizing pictures from the Retouch menu 278

Part 4 The Part of Tens 281

Chapter 11 Ten Fun (And Practical) Ways to Manipulate Your Photos 283

Applying the Retouch Menu Filters 284

Removing Red-Eye 287

Straightening Tilting Horizon Lines 288

Removing (Or Creating) Lens Distortion 289

Correcting Perspective 291

Adjusting Exposure and Color 292

Cropping Your Photo 295

Applying Effects to Existing Photos 297

Shooting in Effects Mode 301

Combining Two Photos with Image Overlay 307

Chapter 12 Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 309

Adding Hidden Image Comments 310

Adding a Copyright Notice 311

Creating Custom Image Folders 313

Customizing Filenames 314

Turning Off the AF-Assist Illuminator 316

Adjusting Automatic Shutdown Timing 316

Changing the Look of the Information Display 317

Keeping the Information Display Hidden 319

Customizing the AE-L/AF-L Button 319

Using the Shutter Button to Lock Exposure and Focus (or Not) 320

Appendix: Intro to Nikon Snapbridge 323

Index 339

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