Mastering the Nikon D700 provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D700 in detail, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations and logical explanations for each option. The authors' writing style allows the reader to follow directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experienced knowledge without "talking down" to you, explaining the how and the why.
The learning experience for D700 beginners (and refresher information for professionals) goes beyond the camera itself. When camera features and options expand to additional Nikon equipment (such as with the use of optional Speedlights) the authors add the necessary information. Their frequent references to user manuals provided by Nikon (complete with specific page references) allow the reader to easily navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with new equipment.
Mastering the Nikon D700 is another title in the Nikonians Press series-the exciting, new, joint venture between Nikonians and Rocky Nook.
Chapter 1 Using the Nikon D700
Nikon D100 - Generation 1
Nikon D200 – Generation 2
Nikon D300 – Generation 3
Nikon D700 – Generation 4
EXPEED Image Processor
FX vs DX Image Sensor
12.1-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Five or Eight Frames per Second
Sensor Dust Cleaning
12-Bit or 14-Bit Color Depth
Lossless Compressed NEF (RAW)
Exposure Delay Mode
95% Viewfinder Frame
Rubber Covers Instead of Lost Screw-On Caps
HDMI Device Port
Chapter 2 Exposure Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
3D Color Matrix II Meter
Fine-Tuning Matrix Metering
Using Flash with Matrix Metering
Where’s the Circle?
What About the Averaging Meter?
P – Programmed Auto Mode
Get Down, Grandpa!
S – Shutter Priority Auto Mode
A – Aperture Priority Auto Mode
Understanding Depth of Field
M – Manual Mode
Understanding the Histogram
How Does the Eye React to Light Values?
Computer Adjustment of Images
Chapter 3 Multi-CAM 3500FX Autofocus
What Is the Multi-CAM 3500FX Autofocus Module?
Understanding the Focus Modes, AF-Area Modes, and Release Modes
Focus Modes in Detail
AF-Area Modes in Detail
Release Modes in Detail
Chapter 4 White Balance
How Does White Balance (WB) Work?
Method 1 – Manual White Balance Using the WB Button
Method 2 – Manual White Balance Using the Monitor LCD’s Shooting Menu
White Balance Bracketing
AUTO White Balance
White Balance Tips and Tricks
Chapter 5 Shooting Menu Banks
Setting Up Shooting Menu Bank A
Shooting Menu’s 20 Item Review
NEF (RAW) Format
Combined NEF and JPEG Shooting
Notes on the Image Formats: RAW, TIFF, and JPEG
Chapter 6 Custom Setting Banks
Setting Up Custom Setting Bank A
Configuring the Custom Settings
How to Use the Auto Bracketing System
My Conclusions – Using the Shooting Banks and Custom Banks Together
Chapter 7 Playback Menu
Print Set (DPOF)
Chapter 8 Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu
Section 1: Setup Menu
Section 2: Retouch Menu
Section 3: My Menu
Chapter 9 Nikon Creative Lighting System
What Is the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)?
How Does the D700 Fit into the CLS Scheme?
What Is Commander Mode and How Does it Work?
Using the Nikon D700 in Commander Mode
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Slave Configuration
Using the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight as a Commander Device
Examining the Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.
Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (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 Nikonians.org community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.