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Mastering the Nikon COOLPIX A

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Mastering the Nikon COOLPIX A by Darrell Young provides experience-based information for owners of the new COOLPIX A camera. In this ebook, Darrell helps the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with learning to use complex camera equipment.

This ebook explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It includes an in-depth look at the camera’s controls and functions. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed explanations for each option. Every button, dial, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell’s friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions. In this new COOLPIX A manual, Darrell provides information on the camera’s functions, as well as basic photography techniques, as part of the complete learning experience.


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Mastering the Nikon COOLPIX A Darrell Young
Darrell Young(DigitalDarrell)is a professional nature and event photographer and an active member of Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). 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 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 the natural environment and a deep interest in nature photography. He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians Online community (www.Nikonians.org). He joined the community in the year 2000, and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become the Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.
Darrell Young (aka Digital Darrell) Editor (Rocky Nook): Gerhard Rossbach Editor (Nikonians): Tom Boné Production Editor: Jocelyn Howell Copyeditor: Jeanne Hansen Layout: Darrell Young Cover Design: Helmut Kraus, www.exclam.de Cover photo: Nikon USA ASIN: B00E3BYX7I 1st Edition 2014 © 2014 Darrell Young Rocky Nook, Inc. 802 E. Cota Street, 3rd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93103 www.rockynook.com Distributed by O‘Reilly Media 1005 Gravenstein Highway North Sebastopol, CA 95472 All rights reserved. No part of the material protected by this copyright notice may be reproduced or utilized in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission of the publisher. Many of the designations in this book used by manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products are claimed as trademarks of their respective companies. Where those designations appear in this book, and Rocky Nook was aware of a trademark claim, the designations have been printed in caps or initial caps. All product names and services identified throughout this book are used in editorial fashion only and for the benefit of such companies with no intention of infringement of the trademark. They are not intended to convey endorsement or other affiliation with this book. Adobe Photoshop™ and Adobe Lightroom™ are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. While reasonable care has been exercised in the preparation of this book, the publisher and author(s) assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein or from the use of the discs or programs that may accompany it.
This book is dedicated to: My wife of many years, Brenda; the love of my life and best friend … My children, Autumn, David, Emily, Hannah, and Ethan, five priceless gifts … My mother and father, Barbara and Vaughn, who brought me into this world and guided my early life, teaching me sound principles to live by … My Nikonians editor, Tom Boné, without whose assistance I could not possibly write books … My friends J. Ramon Palacios and Bo Stahlbrandt, who make it possible to belong to Nikonians.org, the world’s best Nikon Users’ Community … The wonderful staff of Rocky Nook, including Gerhard Rossbach, Joan Dixon, Jocelyn Howell, and Matthias Rossmanith … My copyeditor, Jeanne Hansen (www.hansenedits.com), whose eye for detail and knowledge of the English language made this book much nicer for its readers … And, finally, to Nikon, who makes the world’s best cameras and lenses. Special Thanks to:
Brad Berger ofwww.Berger-Bros.com(800-542-8811) for helping me obtain a Nikon COOLPIX A early in its production cycle so that I could write this book. I personally buy from and recommend Berger-Bros.com for Nikon cameras, lenses, and accessories. They offer old-time service and educational classes for your photographic needs.
Will Thompson ofwww.atomos.com(503-388-3236) for allowing me to use the powerful Atomos Ninja-2(HDMI) and Samurai Blade(HD-SDI)external video recorders. These revolutionary recorders are the go-to ‘‘Smart Production Weapons’’ for Nikon camera owners who want to record the highest quality, uncompressed video their camera can output.
Michael Tapes ofmtapesdesign.com(321-752-9700) for providing samples of their excellent products:WhiBalfor white balance ambient light (PRE) readings and accurate white balance control;LensAlignandFocusTunefor calibrating and fine-tuning autofocus in Nikon DSLRs.
Table of Contents Chapter 1: Basic Camera Setup Who was the COOLPIX A designed for? First Use of the Camera Battery and Memory Card Five Steps to Basic Camera Configuration Step 1: Setting the Language Step 2: Setting the Time Zone Step 3: Setting the Date Format Step 4: Setting Daylight Saving Time Step 5: Setting the Date and Time Sidebar: 12- to 24-Hour Time Conversion Chart Accessing the Information Display and Menus Information Display (Quick Menu) Camera Menus Camera Settings Recommendations Chapter 2: Live View, Information Display, and Quick Menu Introduction to the Live View Display Adjusting the Exposure Controls in the Live View Monitor Shutter Speed Aperture ISO Sensitivity Introduction to the Information Display and Quick Menu Information Display Shutter Speed Aperture Quick Menu Exposure Mode (Mode Dial Setting) Image Quality Image Size White Balance ISO Sensitivity Release Modes Autofocus Modes AF-Area Modes Metering Active D-Lighting Auto Bracketing Set Picture Control Exposure Compensation Flash Compensation Flash Mode List of Flash Modes by Shooting Mode
Scene Modes Selecting a Flash Mode Author’s Conclusions Chapter 3: Playback Menu Playback Menu Function List Sidebar: Technical LCD Monitor Information Delete Function Selected Select Date All Sidebar: Recovering Deleted Images Playback Folder Current All Playback Display Options None (Image Only) Highlights RGB Histogram Shooting Data Overview Basic Display Screen Image Review Sidebar: Are You a Chimper Too? Rotate Tall Sidebar: Rotate Tall versus Auto Image Rotation Slide Show Exiting a Slide Show DPOF Print Order Sidebar: In-Camera Printing: Not for RAW Images DPOF Printing Sidebar: Single DPOF Print Order Only PictBridge Printing Author’s Conclusions Chapter 4: Shooting Menu Shooting Menu Function List User Settings U1 and U2 Configuring the Shooting Menu Reset Shooting Menu Storage Folder Selecting an Existing Storage Folder Manually Creating a New Storage Folder Renaming an Existing Storage Folder Deleting an Existing Storage Folder Image Quality NEF (RAW) Image Quality Format
NEF (RAW) Conversion Software Viewing RAW Files as Thumbnails on Your Computer Nikon Software Included with Your Camera A RAW File Is Not an Image, Yet! NEF (RAW) Positives NEF (RAW) Negatives JPEG Image Quality Format JPEG Positives JPEG Negatives Combined NEF and JPEG Shooting (Two Images at Once) Image Format Recommendations Image Size White Balance Set Picture Control Modifying an Existing Picture Control Examining Picture Controls MC Picture Control Filter Effects and Toning Filter Effects Toning Picture Control Grid Screen Resetting a Nikon Picture Control Manage Picture Control Save/Edit a Custom Picture Control Rename a Custom Picture Control Delete a Custom Picture Control Load/Save a Custom Picture Control Copy to Camera Delete from Card Copy to Card Sidebar: Memory Cards and Custom Controls Color Space Which Color Space Should I Choose? Sidebar: Which Color Space is Best, Technically? Active D-Lighting Long Exposure NR High ISO NR Sidebar: What is Noise? ISO Sensitivity Settings Configuring the ISO Sensitivity Settings ISO Sensitivity Auto Setting Auto ISO Sensitivity Control Maximum Sensitivity Minimum Shutter Speed Auto ISO Sensitivity Control from the Camera’s Perspective When and Why Should I Use Auto ISO Sensitivity Control? Are There Any Drawbacks to Using Auto ISO Sensitivity Control? Sidebar: What is ISO? Release Mode Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator
Exposure Comp. for Flash Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash (and Optional Flash) Auto Bracketing Set Steps to Use AE Bracketing Steps to Use WB Bracketing What is Mired? Steps to Use ADL Bracketing Canceling a Bracketing Session Interval Timer Shooting Movie Settings Sidebar: Video Compression Type and Audio Author’s Conclusions Chapter 5: Setup Menu Setup Menu Function List Format Memory Card Save User Settings Reset User Settings Monitor Brightness Photo Info HDMI Output Resolution Device Control Flicker Reduction Time Zone and Date Time Zone Date and Time Date Format Daylight Saving Time Language Image Comment Auto Image Rotation Self-Timer Auto Off Timer Image Review Time Sidebar: What is Chimping? Remote On Duration (ML-L3) Beep Shutter Sound File Number Sequence MF Distance Indicator Units Reverse Indicators Assign Fn1 Button Assignable Function List Assign ISO/Fn2 Button Assignable Function List Reverse Dial Rotation Slot Empty Release Lock
GPS Using a GPS Unit with Your COOLPIX A Preparing the Camera for GPS Usage Auto Off Position Use GPS to Set Camera Clock Using the GPS Unit Eye-Fi Upload Enabling Eye-Fi Uploads on the COOLPIX A Firmware Version Author’s Conclusions Chapter 6: Retouch Menu Retouch Functions List Retouched File Numbering Accessing the Retouch Functions: Two Methods Playback Retouching Sidebar: Limitations on Previously Retouched Images Using Retouch Menu Items Directly D-Lighting Red-Eye Correction Trim Monochrome Filter Effects Skylight Filter Effect Warm Filter Effect Red Intensifier Filter Effect Green Intensifier Filter Effect Blue Intensifier Filter Effect Cross Screen Filter Effect Soft Filter Effect Color Balance Image Overlay NEF (RAW) Processing Image Quality Image Size White Balance Exposure Compensation Set Picture Control High ISO NR D-Lighting EXE Resize Quick Retouch Straighten Fisheye Color Outline Color Sketch