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Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S [Paperback]

by Darrell Young
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Book Description

November 25, 2010 1933952644 978-1933952642 1

Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S, by Darrell Young, provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of these powerful and sophisticated cameras. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with complex but powerful new professional camera equipment.

The book explores the features and capabilities of the two cameras in a way that completely surpasses user's manuals. It guides readers through the DSLR camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments, color illustrations, and detailed explanations for each option. Each button, dial, switch, screen, and menu configuration option is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell Young's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions, while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for D300/D300S beginners-and refresher information for professionals-goes beyond just the camera itself. Detailed explanations cover White Balance, the Histogram, the Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus system, and how the Live View and D-Movie modes work. Camera accessories such as Speedlight flash and GPS units are also considered.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I want to personally thank each and every one of you who buys one of my books, either in print or Kindle format. Your purchase allows me to create future books and articles. The Nikon D300 and D300S are fine cameras with a robust quality that is quite addictive. Once you've used one it's nearly impossible to go back to a lesser camera. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of your camera and my book. Remember my Mastering the Nikon DSLR series in the future when you get your next Nikon (assuming you are like me, with an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrome).  - Darrell Young, February 6, 2011.

About the Author

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

He has been an avid Nikon photographer since the early 1980s when he acquired his first Nikon, an FM. Since that time he has owned and used virtually every Nikon body, both film and digital. When a new Nikon is released, Darrell is first in line to get the new camera body. He has one of the worst cases of Nikon Acquisition Syndrome (N.A.S.) ever diagnosed--and it leads him to not only take pictures, but also write books and articles.

Darrell has been an author for the community since 2000 and is often seen in the forum and other forums around the Internet. As a technical writer Darrell's specialty is explaining complex things in everyday language. Before he writes about a camera he first fully reads the user's manual, testing each setting and noting any improvements or differences from previous Nikon cameras. He then takes the camera out into the real world, shooting nature scenics, portraits, events, and action to discover how the camera performs for each style of photography. Next, he tests the camera with various lenses, flash units, and Nikon accessories. Only then does he start writing the book about the camera. His books are based on real-world experience and knowledge.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I grew up looking at pictures.

Since I was a baby--way back in 1958--my mother took hundreds of photographs of our family life throughout the years, capturing small pieces of time frozen in little negative squares. Today, I can still look back with those images and they awaken memories that would be forgotten without them.

In 1968 my dear Mom gave me a Brownie Hawkeye camera and started a fire in me for taking pictures. I remember her words of instruction, "Load the film in a dark place, never open the film door until you rewind, and keep the sun behind you when you shoot."

From that day forward I carried a camera with me often. I took 13-year-old style fuzzy pictures of my hikes up Roosevelt Mountain in Rockwood, Tennessee, USA, with my brother Steven and a friend named Scott Haley. Every major event of my life has a few frames attached.

I photographed my own family starting in 1979 and documented the growth of my five children up until today. Photography has been a part of my life all the way back to my earliest memories. I'll keep on shooting until I'm unable!

The year 1980 was a milestone; the year I got my first Nikon camera. It was a nearly new Nikon FM and I reveled in its incredible build and the unbelievable images it made. Before then, I had been shooting with Kodak 110 and 126 cameras, and although the images have amazing personal value, they would win no contests. I graduated from negatives to transparencies in 1981 as I realized that even sharper and less grainy images could be created in those delightful little two-inch squares. I loved film and shot a lot of it. I wanted to shoot even more, but the cost of raising kids took precedence.

The year 2002 changed everything for me photographically. I had been playing around with a Kodak P&S digital, and finally, a Nikon Coolpix 990. While the images were fun and easy to make, they didn't equal 35mm and medium format in quality, so I viewed digital as a toy. Then Nikon released the 6MP D100® and I became Digital Darrell. Never before had I shot so many images. With no significant processing costs, I took thousands of photographs that I would never have considered taking with expensive film, and I moved to a new level of photography in the process. Digital cameras are an educational course in photography all by themselves.

Since that year my love of photography and cameras has grown tremendously. When I get a new camera, I spend a lot of time with it--getting to know its features and personality. Often, I'll be commissioned by and Rocky Nook to write a book about the latest Nikon camera. What a great way to make a living. I get to own new cameras and write books to help others enjoy their chosen brand.

I'm a full-time traditional stock photographer and have a nicely equipped studio. Between writing books you'll often find me in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina USA--capturing lots of great images. Drop me a line from the contact link of my website Thank you for buying my books on, the world's best place to buy books and camera equipment.

Keep on capturing time...
Darrell Young, a.k.a Digital Darrell

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Look no further, as this is the best and most comprehensive guide to mastering your Nikon D300 or D300s. I recently upgraded my camera body from a D200 to the D300s and I was looking for something to guide me through the additional settings and functions of my new camera. This book is everything that I look for in a photography instruction guide of this kind. Overall, this book is well laid out. There are plenty of photos that are well numbered, with easy step by step instructions to guide you through the menus and settings. Cameras are getting more and more sophisticated and even a seasoned digital photographer will find this guide extremely handy. Highly recommended for beginners to seasoned shooters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A top pick for Nikon collections is Darrell Young's MASTERING THE NIKON D300/D300S, providing a wealth of experience-based information for owners of these Nikon models. Chapters explore each camera's features with an eye to exploring adjustments, tweaking, options, and all possibilities inherent in the complex systems. Color screen shot examples throughout make for a winning reference!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I CAN master the D300s! November 24, 2010
I can only echo the previous reviews left before me, and I am sure that there will be many more 5 star reviews to come.

Without doubt, this is one of the most well written guides for any product (photographic or otherwise) I have ever read, let alone the D300s. Darrell's style is informative yet easy going. His manner of explanation inspires confidence in a way the that will allow you to develop your owns style without tying you down to rigid rules or ideas.

The supplementary information avaliable on the book's companion web-site is actually useful (unlike many books) and further extends on the background knowledge required to understand every aspect of the D300 and digital photography in general.

Although far from being a camera designed for the novice, this book is good enough to make a novice user understand how to use it.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy The Kindle Edition January 3, 2014
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This hard copy book is great in color. Color adds a lot to understanding the difference between the D300 and the D300S. I made the mistake of buying the Kindle version, but my Kindle DX does not print color. I own the Nikon D300; the author shows us the difference between the two cameras. A great book. Buy the hard copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Update June 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The kindle edition has no table of contents which maes it essentially useless as a resource....
I would not recommend this book...

The publisher has added the table of contents.good information for nikon D300/300s users.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering the Nikon D300s November 23, 2010
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I recently purchased a Nikon D300s when my four-year old Nikon D40 failed to power up. Hoping to learn as quickly as possible how to navigate the wealth of new features and settings that this professional camera might bring to my photography, I pre-ordered Darrell Young's "Mastering the Nikon D300/D300s". I was not disappointed when it arrived. The book's thoughtful organization, friendly writing style and detailed explanations of some of the camera's most advanced features, such as `Shooting Menu Banks', `Custom Picture Controls' and `Active D-Lighting', had me using the camera comfortably in no time. The author's own personal D300s settings and how to use them, which are found at the end of most chapters under the title `My Recommendations', proved to be an excellent starting point while I was becoming familiar with the camera. I have since configured some of the camera's settings to reflect my own style and requirements, a sign that the book achieved its principle objective of "...mastering the Nikon D300s". The book is `Highly Recommended'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good info, helpful September 16, 2013
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Seems one can never fully master the newer, high-end digital SLR's but this is a great book to keep close to your D300S (in our case). My hubby reads it when time permits and is always learning a new technique or tip. Easy to follow wording which is most imperative as if one doesn't have the ability to get a point across, then you've wasted time & money. Young does a great job! Now hubby is looking to move up to the FX, so I will likely inherit this one when he does, as I did with his old D80 that I enjoy immensely, thanks to helpful books by good authors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy Little Book August 3, 2013
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This compact but well illustrated book is handy when a quick refresh of the memory is needed to remember exactly how a certain function is performed. I got mine used, it was shipped quickly and the book is in good condiotion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars stering the Nikon D300/D300S
This should be a good book but I have the manual and I read that more than this one. This is only a supplement to what I already have so far of my books on Nikon cameras that I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Izzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book for all levels
This is a very helpful, colorful, and insightful book on the use of a d300s. It is for all levels of expertise- meaning- that one can get as down to the nuts and bolts of this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grear Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent manual
I own two of Mr. Young's manuals, and they are excellent. They will tell you everything there is to know about your camera, and they are much more detailed than the manual that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by GWH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative to the Nikon Manual!
I always buy one of these "Field Guides" when I buy a camera. As a result, I've gotten to the point where I never even open the poorly written Nikon manuals. A must have!
Published 15 months ago by Patrol Navigator
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is another well written reference book specifically to the Nikon D 300. It completely covers everything about the Nikon D 300 that you need to know.
Published 16 months ago by TLC Photography By Ed>com
4.0 out of 5 stars great book on D300/D300S
it is clear and informative....sometimes wordy but I would recommend it to anyone with a D300/D300s... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David M
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Nikon D300(S)...
A more than through, wonderfully organized exploration of the Nikon D300s. The book that should have come with the camera but didn't. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Mel Wittenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Great book, this book should not be far from your camera at anytime.
A lot of how to and why you should here.
Published on August 23, 2011 by ColBuckshot
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book if you own a D300
I purchased this book after looking through some threads at the website about some particular information regarding the Nikon D300. Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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