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David Busch's Nikon D600 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition

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Introduction. 1. QUICK TOUR: SHOOTING YOUR FIRST NIKON D600 PICTURE. Selecting Shooting Mode. Focusing. Taking the Picture. Depth of Field Preview. Releasing the Shutter. Using the Self-Timer. Using Sequence Shooting. Reviewing the Image. Trashing the Duds. Transferring Images to Your Computer. Choosing an Image Format. 2. THE NIKON D600 ROADMAP. Front of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Back of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Top of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Viewfinder Display (picture + callouts). LCD Display. View and Playback Images. Activating the Onboard Flash. Basic Control Layout. Exposure Modes. Focus Modes. Shooting Modes. 3. SETTING UP YOUR NIKON D600. The Setup Menu. Date, Time, and Language. Setting LCD Brightness. Specifying Image Quality. Setting Autofocus Options. Choosing Drive Mode. Using Custom Settings Banks. Setting Your Viewfinder's Diopter Adjustment. Resetting the Camera. Updating Your Firmware. 4. SHOOTING BASICS. Metering Modes. Metering Techniques. Interpreting Histograms. Adjusting Exposures with EV. Bracketing Exposures and other Parameters. ISO Sensitivity. Setting White Balance. Working with High Speed Continuous Shooting Modes . Focus Modes. Image Parameters. 5. PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR NIKON D600. Understanding Exposure. ISO and Noise Control. Using Apertures. Controlling Depth of Field. Motion and Shutter Speed. 6. ADVANCED SHOOTING AND MOVIE MAKING. Shooting Full HDTV D-Movies. Editing Movies. Enhancing Sound. Capturing Continuous Sequences. Freezing Action. 7. WORKING WITH LENSES. Nikon lenses. Third-Party lenses. Lens compatibility. Using Zooms. Working with Prime Lenses. Applying the Lens Crop Factor to Your Pictures. Using a Wide-Angle Lens. Using Telephoto Lenses. Using Normal Lenses. Using Macro Lenses. Cool Special Features. Extending the Range of Any Lens with a Converter. Working with Autofocus . 8. WORKING WITH LIGHT. Nikon D600 Flash Basics. The Built-In Flash. Flash Modes. Using Manual Flash. Flash Exposure Compensation. External Flash Units. Nikon Flash. Third Party Flash. Using Studio Flash. Using Modeling Lights. Conquering Available Light. Incandescent Lighting Dealing with Fluorescents Infrared and UV. 9. DOWNLOADING AND EDITING. Software Utilities. Nikon Software. Third Party Software. Noise Reduction Software. RAW converters. 10. TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR NIKON D600. Charging and Maintaining Batteries. Battery Life. Using Alternate Power Sources. Checking your Internal Clock Battery. Cleaning the CCD. Troubleshooting. Glossary. Index.

From the Author

I hope you'll find this book was well worth the wait. I'm pleased that I've been able to fill it with the kind of information you won't find other guides for this sophisticated camera.  Whether you're a veteran dSLR owner, a pro, an advanced amateur who is switching to the Nikon D600, a budding enthusiast who wants to learn all of the camera's great features, or an ambitious beginner who wants to learn the basics of photography while mastering your Nikon D600 camera, sit down with me and we'll explore this camera together.  You're in for a great ride!

At nearly 600 pages, this book is the most comprehensive guidebook available for the D600, and the first of three books I'm writing about Nikon's pioneering full-frame camera.  I've organized my tips into six sections, so that, no matter what your level of expertise, you can quickly access the information you need to master the camera.

Frankly, this is an advanced camera, so I didn't want to fill it with basic, beginner stuff, nor pad it with general-purpose chapters on, say, how to shoot landscapes, or how to shoot sports. I do recognize that many aspiring photographers lured by the D600's high megapixel count may need and want additional information.  So, I've put as much of the background material as possible into a "bonus" section at the end of the book, where you'll find expanded set-up instructions, lens basics, software recommendations, and trouble-shooting.  Advanced shooters can refer to this information only as required, and jump right into the "meat" in the first 500 pages of my book.

I know many books on the D600 are being rushed to the shelves, but I've been stuffing mine full of things you won't find elsewhere, such as a printable/downloadable focus chart to use to fine-tune your autofocus (accompanied by step-by-step instructions), a simple, clear discussion of diffraction, and examples of shooting HDR with this camera.

There are thumbnail descriptions of virtually every lens Nikon offers, including the new, inexpensive 24-85mm mid-range VR zoom kit lens. I've got frank evaluations of the pros and cons of specific lenses (my comparison photos of the "non-breathing" 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I and "breathing" 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II are eye-openers!)

I'll show you the exact areas of the frame covered by the D600's RGB exposure sensor -- including a color-coded representation of the 8mm, 12mm, 15mm, and 20mm center-weighted zones.  I'll share with you some tricks for shooting your best movie clips ever, particularly with a brand-new mixing device that enables high quality microphones.

Confused by wireless flash?  Nikon's Creative Lighting System really deserves a full book of its own, but I pack all the basics you need to get started in my three lighting chapters.

Everything in this huge book is organized for easy access, with the beginner stuff tucked away in the "bonus" chapters at the end of the book, and everything else organized logically and up front.
  • Part I: Getting Started with Your Nikon D600. I won't insult you by giving you the newbie tour outlining the procedure for unboxing your camera and charging the battery. At least, not here. If you really do want the 50-cent introduction to your camera, you'll find it in the "bonus" material in Appendix A. Part I is devoted to letting you hit the ground running, with a quickie guide to exposure, autofocus, and other controls, a Streetsmart Roadmap that shows you what every component is, and how/when to use it, and a full chapter of recommended settings. Nikon's default settings for your D600 are okay, but mine are better.
  • Part II: Mastering Your Tools. The four thick chapters in this Part tell you everything you need to know about exposure (including my dismantling of the myth of the 18 percent gray card), autofocus, HDR, and other tools. There's a chapter where I evaluate most of the current Nikon lens line-up (and a few old favorites.) Beginners who need to know basics of using lenses can jump to Appendix B in the bonus section at the end of the book.
  • Part III: Working with Light. Three chapters here explain the nature of light, and how to use it, with a full chapter on electronic flash (even the basics), and another on using the Nikon Creative Lighting System's wireless/multiple flash modes.
  • Part IV: Configuring Your Nikon D600. Most guidebooks have a chapter near the front of the book that list all the menu options available, and what they do. Just like Nikon's own manual, only with more words. Part IV, more than 100 pages long, not only tells you when and why to use each of the dozens of shooting, custom, and setup options of your Nikon D600 - but when not to use them.
  • Part V: Introduction to Movies. How far we've come! When the Nikon D90 was introduced, I explained movie-making in part of a chapter that also discussed live view and other techniques. Now, with the Nikon D600's full HD video mode, I needed three full chapters to explain just what you need to know to get started. If you're serious about movie-making, this Part will ready you for more in-depth study. Entire books have been written about dSLR movie-making (I've written one myself with video guru Rob Sheppard), but these chapters offer a good summary of the tools and techniques at your disposal.
  • Part VI: Bonus Material. You'll find four appendixes here and a glossary, each with kernels of essential information that was better put at the end, keeping the main body of this humongous guidebook more streamlined. You'll learn about the D600 and its accessories; basics of wide-angle, telephoto, zoom, prime, and specialized lens technology; how to choose your software tools, from Lightroom 4 to Photoshop CS 6 to Nikon Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro 2. There's also an appendix on troubleshooting your camera, upgrading firmware, and cleaning your sensor.
Can you tell that I am really  excited about the Nikon D600? If you're fed up with dry, boring camera guides that simply rehash all the confusing information in the manual that came in the box with your Nikon D600, you'll enjoy exploring this great camera with me at your side. In addition to this book, I'm also finishing up David Busch's Nikon D600 Compact Field Guide, a spiral-bound digest for using the most important features of the D600, and David Busch's Nikon D600 Tip Cards, a how-to compendium for dozens of the most common shooting situations.
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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285428331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285428338
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JimT on February 4, 2013
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I have owned and used quite a few Nikon DSLRs over the past few years, so when I pick up a new one I know the basics. Nevertheless, I was glad to receive this book to help me quickly master the differences between the D600 and other Nikons I have owned. It did not disappoint.

This is a very complete and thorough book (566 pages!) which covers some of the basics of digital photography right up through advanced subjects, such as the difference between phase-detection and contrast-detection autofocus modes. I think a D600 owner at any level could benefit from having this book. In addition to covering all the features and settings of the camera, it includes a long section on available lenses and the author's personal choices. There is an excellent chapter on the Nikon flash system, with detailed instructions on how to use it. Every item in the extensive D600 menu is explained thoroughly. And to ice the cake, there are two chapters on using the advanced video capabilities of the camera.

The book is well-written and easy to read. Highly recommended!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Keith on January 22, 2013
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This book gets down to the basics. It goes way beyond the Nikon manual in helping to understand the camera. I highly recommend it for everyone from amateur to semi-pro photographer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vergil F. on February 2, 2013
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I loved the detailed specifics this book offers on how to get the most from my Nikon D600. While the manual that comes with the camera lists all the features in a dry manner, David Busch's book explores every feature fully, with plenty of examples showing when to use each option, when you should avoid it, and how to apply the settings to your photography. There is an entire chapter devoted just to recommended settings for certain types of photography, such as Basic, Studio Flash, Long Exposure, Sports Indoors, Sports Outdoors, Landscape, Bracketing/HDR, etc, plus his suggested alternates to the factory default settings for everyday shooting.

Two of the most difficult parts of learning to use an advanced D-SLR like the D600 are mastering exposure and using autofocus, and Busch includes chapters on each one that fully explain how the camera measures exposure and controls focus. There is even a focus chart you can use to fine-tune focus for specific lenses. And this is the first book I've seen that takes an entire chapter to discuss nearly all of Nikon's available lenses, explaining the advantages of each, including a few hard to find inexpensive gems. The book seems carefully structured to serve the needs of beginners, new FX users, and advanced photographers. Busch puts the background topics and general photography material in four appendixes in the back of the book where they can be easily referenced, with the first 500 pages devoted to D600 how to.

I tend to rate a book based on the quality of its content, and how well it provides insights into using the camera, rather than how it was edited or proofread. On that basis, I give this book five stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2013
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Got my Nikon D600 for Christmas, then went to Hawaii in January on vacation. Took mostly great photos, but messed up on several, and the video was pure guesswork. I needed a good guidebook. I had bought a Canon G15 for my wife and included David Busch's G15 book, and was impressed with the detail; so, my next Amazon order included Busch's D600 book. On first impression, it was huge and heavy, much thicker than the G15 book. Within an hour, I had figured out my big mistake (I had set the Exposure to Spot, when I wanted to set the Focus to single spot.) I also learned great tricks like showing the focus points in red during playback, an awesome feature. The in-depth part of the book is just that: every single detail that anyone could possibly set on this camera. I may never use most of them, but if I want to know about any of them, they are in this book. A nice touch at the end is 3 chapters on creating video, a fantastic intro for someone like me who has only used camcorders in the past. I can only echo many of the other reviewers here: if you bought a D600, you probably are an advanced amateur at the very least. Do yourselves a favor and get to know this full-featured, incredible camera. This book will open up all the secrets and will serve as a great reference for many years.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zx14hank on February 24, 2013
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I bought Busch's book along with the D600 for Dummies at the same time and reviewed them in parallel. Busch's experience in writing for this genre comes through especially in it's clear organization and thoroughness. The figures are clear and purposeful. His suggestions for camera use are obviously based on real experience as they are believable. Don't hesitate to purchase this book if you want to learn about this complex D600 camera, all about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard julian on April 16, 2014
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exceptional book !! encyclopedic without being overly technical !! very well written in easy to understand language and very well illustrated with appropriate diagrams and photographs !! i especially like the way that the author incorporates diagrams and photographs for further clarification and that they are easily and clearly seen !! i also appreciate the way that the author explains the various functions and capabilities of this camera !! this book will be very helpful for me to gain a better understanding of my camera`s functions and capabilities !!
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