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Nikon D7100 For Dummies

By: Julie Adair King Published: 06-24-2013

A must-have, full-color guide to the Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 is an ideal camera for beginning photographers who may lack structured photography training but are still eager and determined to take great photos. And that?s where this fun-and-friendly guide comes in handy! Packed with more than 300 full-color photos, this introductory guide begins by helping you get a feel for the camera, get comfortable shooting in auto mode, managing playback options, and handle basic troubleshooting strategies. Veteran author Julie Adair King walks you through the D7100's features and encourages you to take creative control so that you can start capturing stunning pictures immediately.

  • Packs in more than 300 full-color photos that exemplify the basic photo skills needed to get great shots
  • Shares a wealth of information from one of the most popular digital photography authors
  • Walks you through adjusting manual settings to get better results from exposure, lighting, focus, and color
  • Contains an entire chapter on video mode
  • Explains how to send images to a computer for organizing, editing, and sharing

Nikon D7100 For Dummies helps you get a grasp on your camera's controls so you can start taking memorable photos today!

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Nikon D7100 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-11-2022

With the D7100 digital camera, Nikon proves once again that you don't have to give an arm and a leg — or strain your back and neck — to enjoy dSLR photography. The D7100 addition to the Nikon family of dSLRs doesn't skimp on power or performance, offering a great set of features to help you take your photography to the next level. To help you get started using your D7100 camera, here's a handy reference to your camera's buttons and dials and automatic and advanced exposure modes.

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3 Ways to Monitor Picture Settings on the Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Your Nikon D7100 gives you three ways to monitor picture settings such as battery status and shots remaining: through the Control panel, from the Information screen, and through the viewfinder.

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Automatic Time-Lapse Photography on Your Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Self-Timer mode enables you to take up to nine pictures with one press of the shutter button, timing the frames at intervals of a half second to 3 seconds. If you want to record more frames or enjoy more flexibility over the interval between images, bail out of Self-Timer mode and instead enable Interval Timer Shooting. With Interval Timer Shooting, you can record a whole memory card full of images and space the shots minutes or even hours apart. This feature enables you to capture a subject as it changes over time — a technique commonly known as time-lapse photography. Here’s how to do it:

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How to Record Movies with the Nikon D7100's Default Settings

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Video enthusiasts will appreciate the fact that the Nikon D7100 enables you to tweak a variety of movie-recording settings, such as frame size, frame rate, microphone volume, and the like. But if you're not up to sorting through all those options, just record your movies using the default settings. (You can restore the critical defaults by opening the Shooting menu and choosing Reset Shooting Menu.) At the default settings, you get a full HD movie with sound enabled. Microphone volume is adjusted automatically, and the movie file is stored on the memory card in slot 1. Here's how to shoot movies with the defaults:

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The 16 Scene Modes on Your Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Your Nikon D7100 camera offers 16 Scene modes, each designed to produce a specific result in terms of lighting, color, and focus. Before you start exploring the Scene choices, note these general pointers: For modes that permit flash, you may be able to select a different Flash mode; press the Flash button while rotating the Main command dial to cycle through the available settings. For most Scene modes, the default autofocusing settings work as they do when you use the Auto mode. The Autofocus mode is set to AF-A, which means that focus is locked when you depress the shutter button halfway unless the camera senses a moving subject, in which case it adjusts focus until the time you take the picture.

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Download Files from Your Nikon D7100 Using ViewNX 2

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Built into the ViewNX 2 software for your Nikon D7100 is a handy image-downloading tool called Nikon Transfer 2. Follow these steps to use it:

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How to Process Raw Images in the Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Through the NEF (RAW) Processing option on the Retouch menu of your Nikon D7100, you can create a JPEG version of a Raw file right in the camera — no computer or other software required. Follow these steps to get the job done:

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How to Resize a Batch of Images from Your Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

With your Nikon D7100's Resize tool, you can resize single images or batches of images. To create small copies of several photos on your Nikon D7100's memory card, use the following alternative in-camera resizing process:

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How to Process Raw Files in ViewNX 2

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

In Nikon ViewNX 2, you can convert your Raw files to the JPEG format or, for top picture quality, to the TIFF format. Although the ViewNX 2 converter isn’t as full-featured as the ones in Nikon Capture NX 2 and some other photo-editing programs, it does enable you to make some adjustments to your Raw images. Follow these steps to try it out:

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How to Resize a Single Photo from Your Nikon D7100

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The Resize tool is found on the Retouch menu of your Nikon D7100. Your resized images are saved in the JPEG format, which is the web-friendly format. To create a small copy of just one image, take these steps:

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