From the Author
Whether you're an enthusiast, just hope to become one, or simply want to take better pictures you really need this book written specifically for your camera to show exactly how to use every feature and option of the J1. If you're in love with photography, but so far haven't been in love with learning to use cameras, let me help you get the most from your Nikon J1.
Although I also wrote a book for the Nikon V1, this one takes a kinder, gentler approach that's easier on those who are new to photography or to mirrorless cameras. Indeed, I moved the most technical descriptions on autofocus and other features to an optional "Nuts and Bolts" appendix, and concentrate on how-to and what-to information in the main body of this book.
My Nikon J1 Guide to Digital Movie Making and Still Photography is divided into four parts. Part I, "Getting Started with your Nikon J1" includes three chapters that will help you set up your camera, start shooting great pictures and movies in minutes, and explain every control, button, and dial, and how to use them.
Part II, "Beyond the Basics," has four chapters that show you how to use the V1's amazing Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector modes, and the best settings to use for the Still Image and Movie modes -- including how to shoot incredible slow motion movies at 400 and 1200 frames per second. Other chapters explain how to fine tune exposure, and use the V1's lightning-fast autofocus to get sharp images every time. An additional chapter zeroes in on movie-making techniques and tips.
In Part III, "Advanced Tools" I guide you through every menu option and offer advice on what each does -- or does not do -- and when you should, or should not, use a particular setting. Rather than re-hash the Nikon menu, I provide a wealth of useful tips. There's a full chapter on using lenses, with an analysis and review of every lens available for the J1, and another chapter on working with available light and flash.
Read Part IV, "Enhancing Your Experience," to pick up tips you'll find nowhere else on using accessories like iPads/tablets, iOS/Android smart phones, using GPS, and working with WiFi to share your images. There are also introductions to available software, and some trouble-shooting/preventive tips.
Whether you're a dSLR owner who has picked up the Nikon J1 as a compact or backup camera, a would-be enthusiast who wants to learn all of the camera's great features, or a beginner who wants to absorb the basics of photography while mastering the Nikon J1, sit down with me and we'll explore this camera together. You're in for a great ride!
UPDATE: The FT-1 lens adapter was not available when I wrote this book. It requires a camera firmware update to operate with the Nikon J1. The firmware update also adds pixel mapping to the Setup menu. This information came to light after the book had gone to press.