Nikon D80 resources
By arungupta on Dec 26, 2006
- Nikon D80 Landing page
- Nikon USA English-language manual
- Nikon Corp D80 Digitutor, interactive tutorial and excellent for all levels.
- D80 Users Group at nikonians.org: Great resource on a wide variety of topics ranging from product reviews, personal experiences, how-tos, glossary, and much more. The facility to post your question to multiple Nikon users (all levels) is extremely useful. It helped me to gain confidence in my purchase.
These four links should provide enough material to explore (and exploit) the camera. Few more links for digital SLR beginners (like me) :
- Although Enjoy! Digital SLR Cameras is by Canon but Part 1 & 2 cover the basics very well. Part 3 & 4 uses Canon cameras for showing some of the options but explain the concepts in simple language using pictures for different settings.
- A basic knowledge about how Shutter speed (time for which the shutter is held open to allow the light to reach the sensor), Aperture (hole or light through which light is admitted), Film speed (a.k.a. ISO speed), Depth of field (distance in front of and beyond the subject that appears to be in focus), Exposure (total amount of light allowed to fall on sensor), Image sensor (device that converts visual image to an electrical signal, an array of CCDs in digital cameras), and White balance (a.k.a. Color temperature) work with each other can make all the difference in capturing great photographs. Three gateways of light explains the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed.
- Knowing the difference between Optical vs Digital zoom is only relevant for compact digital cameras. For digital (or any) SLR, digital zoom can be performed during post processing using any image editing software.
This page shows a picture taken with different apertures. A lower aperture is indicated by a higher f/ number (or broader depth-of-field) and vice versa. This page shows the effect of shutter speed on a picture.