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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435459423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435459427
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The Third Most Important Digital Camera Nikon Has Ever Introduced?

In my blog entry that lists Nikon's 10 top digital camera introductions, I ranked the new Nikon D7000 at #3.  I was absolutely blown away by this camera's resolution, high ISO performance, and abundance of advanced features.  It made other models costing as much as $600 more instantly obsolete.

That's why I decided that, rather than rush to be first on the shelves with a cursory overview of the D7000, I would take a few extra months putting together this comprehensive, 550-page guide that answers all the questions that both beginners and advanced amateurs will have about this sophisticated camera.  If you're serious about photography, you need:
  • Detailed coverage of the D7000's autofocus features.  Learn how to choose focus modes and zone selection methods to snap into sharp focus every time.  You'll find explanations of exactly how phase detection and contrast detection work, and step-by-step instructions for using pro techniques like trap focus and stack focus.  I included a full-page focus chart you can use to eliminate front-focus and back-focus problems with individual lenses.
  • Essential advice on settings options.  You need more than just a recap of menu options and settings.  You want advice on when you should use (or not use) each option.  I've included three full chapters (140 pages) of tips so you can set up your camera with confidence.  If that's not enough, a fourth chapter includes ten pages of tables with my recommended Shooting and Custom menu settings for the most common situations, such as indoor and outdoor sports, landscapes, portraits, long exposures, etc.
  • A full chapter on shooting D-Movies and Live View.  My tips go beyond just the camera controls to show you how to get better movies and audio using storyboards, establishing shots, close-ups, two-shots, and more.  Get the most from your D7000's full HD video capabilities.
  • First-hand experience with the full array of Nikon lenses for the D7000.  I own and use virtually every lens in the Nikon line, and have summarized my recommendations on a full chapter that evaluates the available lenses, and describes both the "old" and "new" Magic Trio -- a triad of must-own do-everything optics.
  • The latest technology. I'm always looking at new stuff, like Eye-Fi cards, GPS, and smartphone/tablet apps, and provide the latest news in my books.
  • Entire chapters on exposure and histograms, flash and other topics. Improve your photography skills as you learn to use your D7000.
I know you'll enjoy using your new D7000 as much as I have.  Sit down with me and let me show you how to get the most from your camera.  And if you need a camera-bag-friendly guide to take with you everywhere, I have written a Compact Field Guide for this camera, too.

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's 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 photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.

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 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.

Customer Reviews

It's well written in a clear and concise style that is easy to read.
J. Jacovides
All one would ever want to know about the D7000 - in depth coverage of all the features & proper use of the camera in easily understandable format.
Frederic Goldberg
Com is this rather informative book by David Busch called Nikon D7000.
Ellie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have had my D7000 since Christmas of 2010. I've read the User's Manual which came with it several times (the User's Manual is several hundred pages long in its own right).
The problem with the D7000 documentation is that, while thorough, it does not explain the "why" of various settings, and how they can be used together to get better pictures. I've been looking for a clearly-written book which is not just a regurgitation of the user's manual (as many of them are) and yet doesn't go into extreme detail about the concepts of photography in general. I needed something that was worth the money, because it was full of information about the camera. This is the book. While there are certainly some quick discussions about things like what an f-stop is and how that number relates to the position of the aperature mechanism in the lens, those discussions are written to lay the foundation for extremely clear descriptions of all the camera's functions and how they actually work together. The intro section is rather long, but the book is huge, and if it doesn't answer your questions, probably nothing but a very experienced D7000 user will. This book is HUGE. It's large and thick (550 pages) and full of full-color illustrations and diagrams that will have you saying, "Ohhhh! So THAT's how that works!" over and over again. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is not a pro photographer. Since the camera is not a pro camera, that would be pretty much anyone who owns a D7000. The only downside of this book is it's size. It's not something you're going to want to lug around with you when you go out on photo shoots. Read it at home, make notes in the Nikon User's Manual and take THAT with you. Just as an aside, if you decide not to buy this book, beware when you look at others. Many are either just rehashes of the User Manual or books about photography with a few pictures of a D7000 to get you interested in them.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on June 2, 2011
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Just published and only recently available on Amazon.Com is this rather informative book by David Busch called Nikon D7000. Unless you are a very experienced Nikon photographer and have used similar late model Nikons, this will be quite useful and possibly save you disappointment and money both.

In order of what I've learnt so far:

1) Shows how to clean the sensor without damaging it.

2) Set it not to shoot if there is no SD card in either slot.

3) SD card recovery software.

4) Firmware update procedure.

5) Software recommendations such as Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro 2 (of course) along with the usual suspects: DxO Optics Pro, C1 Pro, Bibble Pro, BreezeBrowser Pro, and PhotoShop.

6) Lighting gear and techniques - a long chapter on the most vital subject including flash and studio lighting.

7) Getting the most out of your lenses - unless you are a pro, you could always learn more.

8) Setup menus including that surprisingly versatile Retouch menu - the menus are where the action is on a complex camera like this - get to know them.

9) Initial setup is important - pay attention to this and much of the rest of your shooting will be much more productive.

10) Recommended settings chart and the use of advanced techniques and gear like GPS.

11) Live View, Movies, and editing.

12) Getting the most out of the auto-focus - not as easy as it seems.

13) Exposure and extensive descriptions of the physical camera and its menus.

In the camera use itself here's a strange tidbit. An additional caution: Some reviewers complained the resolution was not as high as they expected.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Neiman on June 21, 2011
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The D7000 is more sophisticated than the D70, D80, and D90, which I was already familiar with. I had looked at the D7000 Nikon manual for answers to specific questions that I had, only to get very frustrated and not find an understandable explanation. I had read a Peter Innova ebook as well as a Thom Hogan ebook for two of the previous Nikon DSLRs that I owned, but the David Busch book is by far my favorite. I also like the portability of having a book with me. I find that he explains things well, but not to a point where it is condescending to the reader. Although I'm only around page 60 right now, I feel I have already learned a lot. I like the full color pictures of the camera as well as how menu items are displayed in full color and cover most of the page. He gives practical reasons why you should/shouldn't use certain settings. When I own a camera, I want to know how to use everything on the camera. Although this is going to take a very long time to read, I feel it is well worth my time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carrell Van Deacon, Jr. on June 20, 2011
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This manual,David Busch's Nikon D7000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography, provides the information (and techniques) that Nikon should've!

I'm one of his "ambitious amateurs" who purchased the D7000 as my first digital SLR, albeit after months of research, and was put off by the 326 page Nikon manual.

Although over 530 pages in length, David's Guide is an enjoyable read. His obvious expertise, research, organization, clarity, and thoroughness make this book indispensable as a readable and usable guide to the D7000. Get this guide, and throw the product manual back in the closet where it belongs!

The guide, like the D7000, is the best of its kind!

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