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Nikon D5100 Essential Training

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Details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D5100.

This course details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D5100 camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and reviews the Nikon D5100 camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera's LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.


  • Welcome
  • What is an SLR?
  • How to use this course
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon Digital SLR
  • Basic camera anatomy
  • Attaching a lens to your camera
  • Batteries and media cards
  • Powering up
  • Menu navigation and factory defaults
  • Setting the date and time
  • Setting the language
  • Formatting the media card
  • Holding the camera
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
  • Setting auto mode
  • The viewfinder display
  • The LCD screen
  • Autofocus basics
  • Lens controls
  • Using flash in Auto mode
  • Image review
  • Image playback
  • The Info Edit button
3. Shooting in Program Mode
  • Program mode
  • Exposure compensation
  • Metering revisited
  • Changing ISO
  • Flexible program
  • Image format and size
4. Controlling Autofocus
  • Autofocus, Area mode, and focus points
  • Focus modes
  • Manual focus
5. Controlling White Balance
  • Auto white balance
  • White balance presets
  • Manual white balance
6. Understanding Release Modes
  • Continuous mode
  • Quiet mode
  • Self-timer
  • Remote controls and Bulb mode
7. Understanding Exposure Control Options
  • Metering modes
  • Exposure lock
  • Aperture Priority mode
  • Shutter Priority mode
  • Manual mode
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Active D-lighting
  • Auto distortion control
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • High ISO noise reduction
  • HDR
  • Multiple exposures
  • Interval timer shooting
8. Learning More Playback Options
  • Metadata display
  • Monitor brightness
  • Protecting and deleting images
  • Creating folders
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
  • What is a scene mode?
  • Scene modes and image format
10. Shooting with Flash
  • Fill flash
  • Flash exposure compensation
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Slow sync flash
11. Shooting with Picture Controls
  • Picture controls defined
  • Selecting a picture control
  • Modifying a picture control
  • Monochrome picture controls
12. Using Live View
  • Activating Live View
  • Focusing in Live View
  • Live View drawbacks
13. Shooting Video
  • Configuring and activating video
  • Focusing and menu options
  • Movie playback
14. Customizing Menus and Settings
  • What are custom settings?
  • AF-C priority selection
  • The built-in AF-assist illuminator
  • Self-timer
  • ISO display and adjustment
  • File number sequence
  • Exposure Delay mode
  • Assign Fn button
  • Assign AE-L/AF-L button
  • Reverse indicators
  • Reverse dial rotation
15. Retouching Images
  • What image retouching does
  • Applying image retouching
  • NEF (RAW) processing
16. Taking Care of Your Camera
  • Camera and sensor cleaning
  • Operating conditions and temperatures
  • Firmware updates
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Ben Long

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