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  • by Rajib Mukherjee

    A

    Beginners

    Guide To

    DSLR Camera

    Controls

    By PhotoWorkout.com

    http://photoworkout.com

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    Disclaimer

    For the purpose of keeping the contents of this book uniform and easy to relate,

    the author has kept all references to actual menu and buttons to those available

    on the Nikon D7000. Please check the corresponding buttons and dials on your

    specific model and make. Wherever possible, the author has made an attempt to

    refer to actual buttons, dials and menu on other cameras as well.

    Image Credits – Rajib Mukherjee

    Additional legal Material and any other disclaimer content comes here.

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     Table of Contents Getting Started – Unboxing ................................................................................1

    Getting Familiar with Your New Camera ............................................................. ii

    The Main Command Dial ....................................................................................3

    The Sub-command dial .......................................................................................5

    The White Balance Button ...................................................................................6

    The ISO button ...................................................................................................7

    The Quality Button .............................................................................................8

    The BKT Button or Exposure Bracketing ..............................................................9

    The Flash Exposure Compensation Button ........................................................12

    The AF mode selector .......................................................................................13

    AF-area Mode selector ......................................................................................15

    • The methodology of using the Focus Lock Button .......................................15

    • The Art of Using the Manual Focusing Option of your DSLR ........................16

    Basic Camera Functions ....................................................................................19

    • How to Charge your Camera Battery ...........................................................19

    • Inserting the Battery into the Battery Compartment ....................................19

    • I nserting the Memory Cards into the Memory Card Slots ............................20

    • Different uses of the two memory card slots ................................................21

    • How to format a memory card in-camera ....................................................21

    • Attaching a lens ...........................................................................................22

    • Detaching a Lens from a Camera .................................................................23

    • The Diopter Adjustment ..............................................................................23

    The Main Shooting Mode Dial ..........................................................................24

    • P – Programed Auto ....................................................................................25

    • A – Aperture Priority ....................................................................................26

    • S – Shutter Priority .......................................................................................28

    • M – Manual Mode .......................................................................................29

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    Other Important Shooting Modes on Your Camera ...........................................31

    • The Release Mode Dial ................................................................................32

    Looking Through the Viewfinder .......................................................................35

    • The AF area mode .......................................................................................35

    • Auto-focus mode .........................................................................................35

    • Focus Indicator ............................................................................................35

    • Battery power status ....................................................................................36

    • Shutter Speed ..............................................................................................36

    • Aperture .....................................................................................................37

    • ISO indicator ...............................................................................................37

    • Memory Indicator ........................................................................................37

    • Memory Card Indicator ...............................................................................38

    • Buffer Indicator ............................................................................................38

    • Black and White ...........................................................................................38

    • Flash Ready Indicator ...................................................................................38

    • The Exposure Meter ....................................................................................38

    White Balance Adjustment – An Introduction ....................................................41

    ISO number and its correct Usage .....................................................................43

    Interval Shooting with your DSLR .....................................................................45

    • Using the Live View Mode ...........................................................................46

    • Video Recording ..........................................................................................46

    Metering Modes ...............................................................................................47

    • Matrix metering ..........................................................................................47

    • Center-Weighted Metering ..........................................................................48

    • Spot Metering .............................................................................................49

    Image Transfer ..................................................................................................50

    • Via the USB Cable ........................................................................................50

    • Via a Wireless Transmitter ............................................................................51

    How to Print Photos ..........................................................................................52

  • Getting Started – Unboxing

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     Getting Started – Unboxing

    Depending on the country of your residence the package containing your D7000

    would include the following items –

    • The D7000 camera body

    • The Nikkor AF-S 18-105mm DX ED VR lens

    • The EN-EL 15 Lithium-ion battery

    • The battery charger

    • Camera strap

    • Cables

    • Lens and body caps

    • Lens hood

    • 4 GB Memory card

    • Software CD

    • Eyepiece

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     Getting Familiar with Your New Camera

    This can be a bit boring at times but nevertheless there are some things which are

    very important to know. They are –

  • The Main Command Dial

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     The Main Command Dial

    The main command dial generally sits at the back of the camera. Canon models

    are famous for their diverse and easy to use command wheels. It is the second

    most important feature which dominates the area at the back of the camera. The

    first one, obviously, is the display monitor. Nikon command dials are functional

    but a lot of photographers have complained about their lack of ease of use. This is,

    however, subjective and your own personal experience may likely be the complete

    opposite of what the experts say.

    As every photographer would recommend, pick up a camera, take a few test shots,

    and if you don’t like what you see try another model or make till you have the right

    camera in your hand.

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    Remember, most entry level cameras are good enough for everyday photography

    moments. Weddings, portraits, kids, flower, landscape, travel, indoors, you name it

    and any DSLR in the market would be able to handle most requirements. However,

    that being said, professional bodies have their own requirement. Trickier and

    specialized types of photography such as fast sports, wildlife, underwater and or

    challenging environments are some of the areas where professional bodies tend to

    score heavily over the entry level ones.

    If you have some spare money invest it in the lens. It is the quality of the lens that

    you should not compromise with. Don’t settle for anything else other tha