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Mastering the Nikon D5000 1st Edition

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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.

Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon's newest digital cameras.

Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.

He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians.org community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952529
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,314 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 Nikonians.org 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 www.PictureAndPen.com. Thank you for buying my books on Amazon.com, the world's best place to buy books and camera equipment.

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

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although I've owned the D5000 for 8 months, I never realized its full potential until reading this book. I've been going through the book step by step, trying out and setting up all of the many menus in the camera. The author explains each setting in great detail. Illustrations are small but useful. If you're looking for a book of pretty photographic examples, this is not the one you want, but if you're wanting to use your D5000 to the max, this is the best book on the market.
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This book is EXCELLENT for those who are ambitious enough to want to take great pictures with their D5000. Having just crossed into the DSLR realm, I was dumbfounded by all the settings that the camera offers. This book takes you option by option how to set up the camera to take the best pictures for YOUR subjects. It explains fully what each setting is for, but then will tell you that if you are, for example, just shooting pictures of your family around the house and such set this to X. The best line in the book is "set it and forget it" when referring to an obscure setting that most people will never have to change. If you are a novice or intermediate photographer, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. After reading it and learning so much, I would have paid double for it.
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I recommend it very much. I'm an enthusiast photographer for over 25 years, and wanted a complementary reading to the D5000 I was buying. The author is well humored and technically skilled. What I like most is the "I recommend" line at the end of each topic: his experience truly shows helpful. I've been able to explore several new possibilities for the camera that the original manual didn't really explain clearly. The reason I don't give it five stars is that is is a bit expensive.
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I purchased this along with the Nikon d5000 for Dummies book. The Dummy's book is more in layman's term than this one is an is better for someone who knows nothing about Digital photography. The Mastering book is a bit more technical, but also has a number of good illustrations that make understanding the camera helpful. One thing this book does that Dummies doesn't is tell you where to find the information being discussed in the manual that came with the camera. Mastering makes the camera manual understandable. I think buying both books was a worthwhile investment. If you only want one and want a simple explanation (but still thorough) get the Dummy Book. I find myself using this one more. But once I understand something, the Mastering Book is good at going into a little more depth and bringing another aspect to what it is I am trying to learn.
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When I first got my Nikon D5000 in 2010, I did not know how to use the camera, I had to maintain everything set to Auto. I did't knew anything about photography at that time. Three years later, I went to a photography session where I was introduced to just to the three variables of the camera. I was intrigued, so I searched a book that could help me understand my old camera (old because better cameras exist now ). This by far, is the best book.
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This is an excellent book for those purchasing a used Nikon D5000, especially if the book is in the Kindle digital form. Young does a masterful job explaining all of the features of the camera body, both limitations and usefulness. If you take advantage of purchasing used or obsolete camera bodies in order to focus your budget on fast lenses, Young's book will help you immensely. Well worth the money paid!
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So many tips and tricks! Love that I can now throughly enjoy using my NIkon D5000 the way it was meant to be used. Easy to understand and shows pictures of actions for reference. If you really want to get more out of your Nikon D5000, this is a must have!
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Great product , I'm about half way threw it. Lots of helpful hints. I have this book downloaded to my Kindle Fire and review settings easily. I'm taking better photographs since I got this app. Thanks
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