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David Busch's Nikon D300s Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition
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More About the Author
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 Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com 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 http://www.dbusch.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I have several Post-it notes on various sections of this book - this is a manual that you should keep in your camera bag!
However, I'm always leery when any book starts off in detail on things like how to install the battery or put a lens on. You would assume the book is intended for the beginner but it never works out that way. The advanced items are usually skimmed over. And, unfortunately, that is true with this book. I'm still confused on several items.
One problem is he goes through every menu and button with minimal detail always stating it will be explained further in chapter such and such. There are two problems with that. Since I have no use of the item at the time I can't really try it out expecting to wait until chapter... But then I forget what menu it was and have to go back and find it. And in most cases the extra detailed explanations are very brief or just a repeat. For instance, interval timing on page 311 provides no additional (useful) information. In fact, there is an entire paragraph on an "affordable add-on" but he doesn't explain what it is exactly. There is information left out or too difficult to find. For instance, I couldn't access the interval menu item. Turns out I had the release mode dial in a setting that turns it off but I couldn't find that in the book.
The book is over 500 pages including the index. It could have been cut down significantly without the repeat of why his books are better and the references to different cameras - I guess he is trying to appeal to previous Nikon owners but that limits his audience. Another example, he spends a great deal of space explaining why he thinks the built-in level is a toy because his tripod has a level and it doesn't do fore/back leveling.Read more ›
I truly enjoy going through them from the beginning althought I do skip to specific topic from time to time.
In my humble opinion, this is almost a flawless book. Why "almost"? There are still a bit of referencing errors in this book, like for instance, asking us to refer to Chapter for certain topic, which in fact it is in Chapter 10.
As mentioned elsewhere, I am in the process of converting from film to digital photography and there are certain aspects which I have found quite daunting. Over the past few months I have studied several books and tutorial DVDs on the subject as that process of conversion continues. I have also attended courses run by Nikon (UK) and it was on the first of those I was introduced to this book. My fellow student insisted this was the best available on the subject and I have come to the conclusion he was right.
Of course, there are those whose expertise is already at a well advanced level who seem to delight in purchasing products such as this just to write a less than praiseworthy review. It's called showing off! Take it from someone who has studied the field, whatever you want or need to know about this camera, the answer really is found in this product.
Laid out in an easy-to-follow format with plenty of excellent illustrations this book begins at the BEGINNING by helping you set up your camera. Slowly, the author builds upon each item shown as we work our way through the book to learn all, there is to learn about the Nikon D300.
I always find it better to read a number of books on the same subject - if only because a different approach often helps to explain a difficult point in an alternative way. If, however, you can only afford one book on this subject, then "This" is the one to buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WINNER WINNER!!! I keep this in my camera bag at all times. Easy to understand with illustrations and tells you what you should have your settings on! Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Adams
The guide has alot of good info. I was hoping for a shot story and I got a novel. There is alot of reading to do before you get to the point of operation of the meany functions the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fred Grunder
Best reference out there on the D300. David Busch books are easy to read, highly explanatory and a great reference.Published 16 months ago by N. McCreary
This got me started with my D300s very quickly which is what I wanted it to do. It is written by a user instead of a manual written by Nikon which is factual, but dry. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by RowlandD Hetrick
I have the hard cover of this book and just got the ebook for when I am out on a photo shoot and don't want to drag a great big book along with me. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I have been using my Nikon 300s for several years now, and I have to say that when an aquaintance recommended I purchase this guide, I was skeptical. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by P. Hammesfahr