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Introduction to the Nikon D80 Digital SLR (1900)

Graham Sterling , Blue Crane Digital  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Graham Sterling
  • Directors: Blue Crane Digital
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Blue Crane Digital
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M9BPJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Take great pictures with your Nikon D80! All you need is this training DVD and about 2 hours, and you will have the knowledge and the confidence to create the images you want. The topics are arranged in chapters, so you can move at your own pace, and return later to individual subjects.

Topics include:
* Be prepared (to get the shot)
* Shutter priority
* Aperture priority/Depth of field
* Focus alternatives
* Metering and bracketing
* White balance/Color temperature
* ISO
* Playback and image review
* Creating your own menus
* Understanding histograms
* Exposure compensation
* Flash overview
* Custom settings
* Programmable buttons
* RAW (NEF) files
* Composition
* Self timer and shutter delay
* And much more!

The Nikon D80 is a powerful piece of equipment. A solid understanding of its features and controls can really unleash its potential. Once you learn how the camera components work together, you will have all the tools you need to capture the best image under all conditions.

This DVD is for new to intermediate users.

Product Description

Take great pictures with your Nikon D80! All you need is this training DVD and about 2 hours, and you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to create the images you want. The topics are arranged in chapters, so you can move at your own pace, and return later to individual subjects.

Topics include:
*Be prepared (to get the shot)
*Shutter priority
*Aperture priority/Depth of field
*Focus alternatives
*Metering and bracketing
*White balance/Color temperature
*ISO
*Playback and image review
*Creating your own menus
*Understanding histograms
*Exposure compensation
*Flash overview
*Custom settings
*Programmable buttons
*RAW (NEF) files
*Composition
*Self timer and shutter delay
*And much more!

The Nikon D80 is a powerful piece of equipment. A solid understanding of its features and controls can really unleash its potential. Once you learn how the camera's components work together, you'll have all the tools you need to capture the best image under all conditions.


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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD COULD BE BETTER May 18, 2007
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This DVD on getting better results from your Nikon D80 is a good source of information and useful pointers and tips. As is pointed out in the video, the manual tells you how the camera operates, not how you should use it. What I have to say next should not be taken to mean that this video isn't useful, only that it could be better, and that not everything it passes on should be accepted without thought.

The first thing I noticed was that when the camera is not on the speaker the sound quality changes - this was disconcerting until I got used to it. In any case, it seems unnecessary.

It is stated that the flash indicator in the view finder tells you if the built-in flash is ready. No reference is made to the possibility of an external flash. They could just as easily have said that the indicator tells you when the flash is ready, rather than "the built-in flash."

The assertion is made that [r06] in the view finder tells you the number of exposures that can be taken in continuous shooting mode (for your picture size and quality settings). This is grossly wrong, it tells you the remaining buffer capacity. Since the buffer is simultaneously being filled and emptied while you are shooting you can certainly take more than, say, six or nine pictures before the camera needs to slow down.

In chapter 12, it is stated that you need to shoot at least as fast as the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens when holding the camera in your hands. This is a D80 with a "DX" sensor that's only two thirds the size of a 35mm frame. It would, therefore, be advisable to shoot 1.5 times faster than the rule used for film cameras. For example, with a 100mm lens you might try 1/150 sec or faster, not 1/100.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the D80 February 5, 2007
I purchased this DVD at the same time I purchased my D80. I am familiar with film photography having used a Nikon FM2 for years. This DVD was a tremendous help in learning the specific functions of the D80. But don't expect to watch it once and absorb it all. I've watched it twice now and will probably benefit even more from multiple viewings as I become more familiar with my new camera. The only thing I might add is that the DVD states it is for beginners through intermediate photographers. If I was a true beginner I really think I'd be quite lost with this DVD. But the beauty of the DVD is that you can rewind and replay as often as you like! And it's really about the functions and capabilities of the D80 -- it's not a DVD about photography. Well worth the money. I'd certainly recommend it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Sam
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The speaker is professional. Very articulate and doesn't make any mistakes. Good lighting and photography.

The section on how to create good photographs could have been slapped into any book/DVD. It was not at all relevant to any particular camera.

However, the whole DVD goes way too fast (it's fast but not because I don't understand photography or digital cameras; I'm quite experienced in both areas). If only the speaker talked a little slower and they added brief pauses between topics, the video wouldn't have felt so exhausting.

The DVD would have benefited from some additional explanations. For example, the DVD says to use the diopter to adjust for your vision but doesn't explain that you're supposed to focus on the grid. The D80 manual does explain it (with a silly warning not to poke your eye out).

I was hoping that the DVD would explain and expand upon some more of the menu settings but it didn't.

I also bought the Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide by David D. Busch. Interesting, it too doesn't mention how to set the diopter and there are a number of typo errors but it's in full color, good type face with a lot of white space for easy reading and 1/2 the price of the DVD. I haven't finished the book so I can't really critique it yet.

All in all, the DVD is not nearly worth $26. There's a lot of good free D80 tutorials on the Internet. I'm going ebay the DVD and try to recover some of the money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite April 11, 2007
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All in all a good product and it would be a good investment for those that want more than they can get from web sites and the Nikon manual. Where it falls a little short is in the lack of practical applications of the product. Needed a little more "how to" rather than "how it is". For instance, the D80 has a very good feature called Auto ISO and it would have been helpful to have more practical information on how to use that feature with Aperature Priority, Shutter Priority, etc. Instead it seemed like the book was a cut a paste of most of the stuff that was from the D70 manual with a little on the new D80 material.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I could have done without the nothing-to-do-with-the-D80 "how to be a photographer" section at the start of the DVD. However, it is short and bothered me less on a second viewing.

This DVD expands on the manual by providing some idea as to why you might want to change a camera setting or use some feature. I watch a DVD or read a book for this. Most manuals, including the D80's, limit themselves to what there is, not why. Maybe that is what another reviewer referred to as, "how to" rather than "how it is". It is what I seek and I found it in this Blue Crane DVD; more so on a second viewing.

This is a fast way to become familiar with the D80's settings and features. It does a good job of spending time on the most important ones. For example, focusing settings and features are covered in detail while the D80's retouching features are just touched on.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Visual instruction on use of Nikon D80
This is a helpful guide to familiarize you with the operating system of the Nikon D80. A visual learning tool to reinforce the applications. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D80 Training Video
The Blue Crane Nikon D80 Training Video is a superb learning tool. While it does not replace the handbook that came with the camera, it is an excellent adjunct to it. Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by James Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I purchased this DVD for my wife who has recently upgraded from a compact digital camera. It primarily covers the use of the four manual modes on the camera as apposed to the... Read more
Published on November 14, 2009 by Kiwikid
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D80 Book hits the mark!
Great video review of this cameras standard settings. Well explained. Have your camera with you so you can hit pause on the DVD and try things out.

Thanks!
Published on May 1, 2009 by Dan Istead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Buy this if you own the Nikon D80. This is 50 times better than the manual that came with the camera. I recommend this to ALL D80 owners.
Published on December 26, 2008 by R. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative introduction to the D80
This video is very informative, almost like sitting in a classroom. Very clear presentation of subjects.
Published on July 14, 2008 by Nelson Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and easy to understand
I bougth a series of books and manuals but this is the easiest way to understand the cameras's capabilities.
Published on April 29, 2008 by Enrique Mier Camargo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the novice
I liked this book and still refer to it from time to time. Has good points and explains things especially to a Nikon noive such as myself.
Published on April 1, 2008 by Stuart Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have.
If you are going from a point and shoot to a DSLR, buy this DVD.
Published on July 14, 2007 by Geary J. Plateroti
5.0 out of 5 stars intro to the nikon d80
great dvd. i learned so much. this is much better than trying to read the owners manual.
Published on May 13, 2007 by Michael S. Smith
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