Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S

Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S


417 Pages


Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S, by Darrell Young, provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of these powerful and sophisticated cameras. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with complex but powerful new professional camera equipment.

The book explores the features and capabilities of the two cameras in a way that completely surpasses user's manuals. It guides readers through the DSLR camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments, color illustrations, and detailed explanations for each option. Each button, dial, switch, screen, and menu configuration option is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell Young's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions, while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for D300/D300S beginners-and refresher information for professionals-goes beyond just the camera itself. Detailed explanations cover White Balance, the Histogram, the Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus system, and how the Live View and D-Movie modes work. Camera accessories such as Speedlight flash and GPS units are also considered.



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Published 15 November 2010
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EAN13 9781457100789
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Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S
Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S
Darrell Young – Author
dàrrellYoNUg(DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawk-eye camera. Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrome (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon’s newest digital cameras. Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography. He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the community. He joined the community in the year 2000, and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.
Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S
Darrell Young
Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S
Darrell Young (aka Digital Darrell)
Editor (Rocky Nook): Gerhard Rossbach Editor (Nikonians): Tom Bone´ Production editor: Jocelyn Howell Copyeditor: Jocelyn Howell Layout and type: Darrell Young Cover design: Helmut Kraus, Printer: Lifetouch, Inc. through Four Colour Print Group, Louisville, Kentucky Printed in USA
Cover photo: Nikon USA Back cover photo: Darrell Young
1st Edition © Nikonians North America 2011 Rocky Nook Inc. 26 West Mission Street Ste 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432
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Young, Darrell, 1958-Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S / Darrell Young. -- 1st ed.  p. cm. ISBN 978-1-933952-64-2 (soft cover : alk. paper) 1. Nikon digital cameras. 2. Single-lens reex cameras. 3. Photography--Digital techniques. I. Title. TR263.N5Y67 2011 771.3’2--dc22  2010028380
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This book is dedicated to:
My wife of 32 years, Brenda, He love of my life and best friend...
Darrell Young
My children, Autumn, David, Emily, annah, and Ethan Ive priceless gifts, growing wings …
My mother, Barbara, who birthed me …
My father, Joe, who guided my early life …
My Nikonians editor, Tom Boné, without whose assistance ï could not possibly write books …
My friends, J. Ramon Palacios and Bo Stahlbrandt, who make it possible to belong to, the world’s best Nikon User’s Community …
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Camera Body Reference
Colors and Wording Legend
2 3
4 5 5 7
Basic Camera Setup D300S and D300 Reference Material First-Time DSLR Users Shoot Now Camera Conîguration Accessing the Camera Menus Camera Functions for Initial Conîguration Author’s Personal Camera Setting Recommendations My Conclusions
10 12 15 16 18 23 28 29 31 32 35 35
Playback Menu Delete (images) Playback Folder Hide Image Display Mode Copy Images (D300S) Image Review After Delete Rotate Tall Slide Show Print Set (DPOF) My Conclusions
36 39 43 44 45 48 49 50 60 61 63 68 70 79 88 90 92 95 97 104 106 109 111 115
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Shooting Menu Shooting Menu Bank Reset Shooting Menu Active Folder File Naming Primary Slot Selection (D300S) Secondary Slot Function (D300S) Image Quality Image Size JPEG Compression NEF (RAW) Recording White Balance Set Picture Control Manage Picture Control Color Space Active D-Lighting Long Exp. NR High ISO NR ISO Sensitivity Settings Live View Mode Multiple Exposure Movie Settings (D300S) Interval Timer Shooting My Conclusions
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116 117 119 120 138 149 155 172 193 216
Custom Setting Menu Renaming a Custom Setting Bank Reset Custom Settings (a) Autofocus – a1 to a10 (b) Metering/Exposure – b1 to b6 (c) Timers/AE Lock – c1 to c4 (d) Shooting/Display – d1 to d12 (e) Bracketing/Flash – e1 to e7 (f) Controls – f1 to f11 My Conclusions
Note: There are over 50 functions discussed in this large chapter. For specific page numbers on each setting please see theCustom Settingsentry in the Index.
218 221 224 225 227 228 229 230 233 234 236 237 238 241 243 244 245 247 249 254 254 257 260 261 263
Setup Menu Format Memory Card LCD Brightness Clean Image Sensor Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning Video Mode HDMI Time Zone and Date or World Time Language Image Comment Image Rotation USB (D300) Image Dust O Ref Photo Battery Info Wireless Transmitter Image Authentication Copyright Information (D300S) Save/Load Settings GPS Virtual Horizon (D300S) Non-CPU Lens Data AF Fine Tune Eye-Fi Upload (D300S) Firmware Version My Conclusions
264 267 267
267 268 269 270 271 272 273 275 281 283 284 285
Retouch Menu Playback Retouching Using Retouch Menu Items Directly D-Lighting Red-Eye Correction Trim Monochrome Filter Eects Color Balance Image Overlay NEF (RAW) Processing (D300S) Resize (D300S) Edit Movie (D300S) Side-By-Side Comparison My Conclusions
286 287 288 288 290 290 291 292 293 293
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My Menu and Recent Settings Two Specialty Menus My Menu Add Items Remove Items Rank Items Choose Tab Recent Settings (D300S) My Conclusions D300S Sample Image