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Shooting with the Nikon D5100

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

Details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D5100.
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  1. 7m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      3m 50s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 46s
  2. 20m 46s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 48s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 33s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 41s
    4. Powering up
      1m 28s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 54s
    6. Setting the date and time
      2m 20s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 0s
    8. Formatting the media card
      1m 22s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 40s
  3. 18m 50s
    1. Setting auto mode
      1m 31s
    2. The viewfinder display
      3m 56s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 14s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 32s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 5s
    6. Using flash in Auto mode
      1m 37s
    7. Image review
      2m 2s
    8. Image playback
      2m 49s
    9. The Info Edit button
      1m 4s
  4. 14m 52s
    1. Program mode
      1m 3s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 48s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 51s
    4. Changing ISO
      1m 51s
    5. Flexible program
      2m 59s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 20s
  5. 8m 41s
    1. Autofocus, Area mode, and focus points
      3m 54s
    2. Focus modes
      2m 9s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 38s
  6. 8m 22s
    1. Auto white balance
      2m 16s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 5s
    3. Manual white balance
      4m 1s
  7. 9m 54s
    1. Continuous mode
      3m 31s
    2. Quiet mode
    3. Self-timer
      1m 40s
    4. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 48s
  8. 31m 7s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 32s
    2. Exposure lock
      1m 22s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      3m 50s
    4. Shutter Priority mode
      3m 26s
    5. Manual mode
      2m 37s
    6. Exposure bracketing
      2m 17s
    7. Active D-lighting
      2m 9s
    8. Auto distortion control
    9. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 25s
    10. High ISO noise reduction
      2m 21s
    11. HDR
      2m 47s
    12. Multiple exposures
      1m 26s
    13. Interval timer shooting
      4m 0s
  9. 9m 34s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 31s
    2. Monitor brightness
    3. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 35s
    4. Creating folders
      1m 31s
  10. 3m 31s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image format
      2m 23s
  11. 6m 47s
    1. Fill flash
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 32s
    4. Slow sync flash
      2m 34s
  12. 6m 9s
    1. Picture controls defined
      1m 56s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 54s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      1m 18s
    4. Monochrome picture controls
      1m 1s
  13. 7m 23s
    1. Activating Live View
      2m 24s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      2m 54s
    3. Live View drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 8m 34s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 6s
    2. Focusing and menu options
      3m 17s
    3. Movie playback
      1m 11s
  15. 11m 47s
    1. What are custom settings?
      1m 42s
    2. AF-C priority selection
    3. The built-in AF-assist illuminator
    4. Self-timer
      1m 20s
    5. ISO display and adjustment
      1m 2s
    6. File number sequence
      1m 18s
    7. Exposure Delay mode
      1m 9s
    8. Assign Fn button
    9. Assign AE-L/AF-L button
      1m 18s
    10. Reverse indicators
    11. Reverse dial rotation
  16. 3m 52s
    1. What image retouching does
    2. Applying image retouching
      1m 32s
    3. NEF (RAW) processing
      1m 32s
  17. 5m 5s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 32s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 54s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 39s
  18. 22s
    1. Goodbye

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Shooting with the Nikon D5100
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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.

Topics include:
  • What is an SLR?
  • Attaching a lens to a camera
  • Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
  • Setting Auto mode
  • Changing ISO
  • Changing image format and size
  • Manually selecting a focus point
  • Correcting exposure while shooting
  • Controlling white balance
  • Using a driver and self-timer
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Selecting a picture style
  • Using Live View
  • Shooting video
  • Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
  • Cleaning the camera and sensor


Hi! My name is Ben Long. Understanding your gear is essential to consistently taking good photos. Yes, you can throw your camera into auto mode and get good shots most of the time, but you will run into situations that will flummox your camera's auto features, and in those instances you need to know how to adjust your camera to get good results. In this course, you're going to explore all of the critical features of your Nikon D5100, the features that any beginning-to- intermediate shooter will need to know. You'll see what the D5100's different modes do, how you can alter and tweak those modes, how to shoot video using the cameras amazing HD video features, how to customize the camera to make it easier to use for your particular shooting tasks, and how to use the camera's various exposure controls to correct exposure while you shoot.

Now this is not a photography course; we will not be going into detail, into exposure theory and the other fundamentals of photography, but we will give you reminders about specific terms and processes, and tell you when it's a good idea to watch an additional lynda course that might help with the fundamentals. This course, combined with a couple of other courses, will provide you with a full photo curriculum, but one that's build around the D5100. This means that you can learn photography in terms of the specific buttons and controls on your exact camera. So get your camera close to hand as we delve into the particulars of the Nikon D5100.

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