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Mastering the Nikon D700 [Paperback]

Darrell Young , James Johnson
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Book Description

June 7, 2009 1933952237 978-1933952239 1

Mastering the Nikon D700 provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D700 in detail, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations and logical explanations for each option. The authors' writing style allows the reader to follow directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experienced knowledge without "talking down" to you, explaining the how and the why.

The learning experience for D700 beginners (and refresher information for professionals) goes beyond the camera itself. When camera features and options expand to additional Nikon equipment (such as with the use of optional Speedlights) the authors add the necessary information. Their frequent references to user manuals provided by Nikon (complete with specific page references) allow the reader to easily navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with new equipment.

Mastering the Nikon D700 is another title in the Nikonians Press series-the exciting, new, joint venture between Nikonians and Rocky Nook.

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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 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (June 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Book, Rich in Details June 2, 2009
Every Nikon D700 owner can profit from this splendid book. The authors have gone to great effort to ferret out extra possibilities in the buttons and knobs, and most especially in the menus. Did you know that the center nib of the multi-selector can be programmed to bring up the histogram in Playback with a single poke? How very nice!
The authors start out with an overview of special new features like Live View and full frame, and then review some basics of photography, white balance and histograms and so forth, but very soon they are on their way into the menus where they have done their most excellent work.
The D700 menus are vast, involving at least 250 choices, too many to count. In many cases the authors have written little essays of advice in addition to their descriptions of the actual choices themselves. The reader gets a much clearer understanding of what the choices are and how and when to use them, and this is invaluable.
But better still are the 100s of little black and gold screenshots that follow along with each menu item, page after page in this book, on almost 200 pages in all. From these screenshots, the reader can navigate more readily through the myriad of menu choices and arrive at the exact spot. How very much this reduces the confusion of dealing with so many features that are available in this wonderful camera. Many readers will also find new capabilities in this camera that they might never have ferreted out for themselves.
The authors are quite determined that every reader learn (and use) the shooting and custom banks which store little collections of settings so that no one need to wade through pages of menu choices to find those exact bits needed that instant when a different shooting opportunity arises.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Own the Camera, You Need the Book June 28, 2009
O'Reilly is famous for publishing missing manual books. This book is published by Rockynook under the NikoniansPress label. It is a book sponsored by Nikon enthusiasts, and presents the many features of the Nikon D700 in a clear readable format. The Nikonians is a Nikon user group numbering over 170,000 members. Their web site, [...] is chock full of valuable information about shooting photos with Nikon cameras and is frequented by both amateurs and professionals. If you own a Nikon camera and are not a Nikonian, you should join. Their forums are particularly valuable in solving your photographic problems.

The owners manual for the D700 is actually well written, clear and concise. This book adds a practical adviser to the mix, explaining why using a certain choice in a certain situation will produce an outstanding photograph. It has appropriate photos of both camera menus and photographs explaining the results of the menu choices that one makes.

When you make the decision to purchase a camera body that will set you back north of 2 G's, you'll appreciate knowing all the tricks and methods that will reinforce the wisdom of that decision. This book does that, and should be part of your library.

Highly recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best D700 guide available to date June 16, 2009
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This is by far the best Nikon D700 guide available to date. With clear writing, great illustrations and menu instructions, and plenty of person experience, it is clear that the authors know their business and are happy sharing it with the rest of us. There is no comparison between this and the Magic Lantern Guide for example, and the Digital Field Guide for the D700 is just far too incomplete.

This is a great manual, and you will find yourself leaving it on your coffee table and referring back to it from time to time as you make your D700 your own.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING - Very incomplete. December 24, 2009
By phaedra
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This book is a waste of time.. There are no master lessons here....
1. The reason I bought the book was so I could get a different perspective from the manual, not always written clearly, that comes with the Nikon D700. Instead what I received was a rudimentary book that told me repeatedly to refer to the manual. Thanks for making me read two books at once. Hint: No one wants to constantly be referred to the manual, which gave much more information that this book gave me, but not in a very readable manner. Having to refer to the manual while reading this book is clumsy for the reader, and it shows laziness on the author's part.
2. It seems to me the authors were trying to make Brownie points with Nikon. The book barely scratches the surface which the manual does very well. Not once did they criticize any of the many features on this wonderful camera. But there are certain improvements that Nikon could make to their menu. Only accolades for Nikon in this book, by the authors. There is no in-depth discussion of the benefits / disadvantages of certain settings and menu items. More importantly, there is no discussion on why you would want to use certain settings and in which situations.
3. I thought this was a book on mastering the Nikon D700, not on basic photography. For some reason the authors digress for pages on what depth of field is. They don't do a very good job and this is not what I bought the book for. I know what depth of field is. I want to know more about the camera.
4. I am saddened that Nikonians, a web based site for Nikon users, allowed this book to be published with their name on it. It is so incomplete.
5. A very thin overview of the D700 in a very thin book, with lots of nice pictures of the camera and settings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mastering The Nikon D700
I was looking for a "dummies" book on this camera and never did find one so purchased this. It's ok .. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Da Lowrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering the Nikon D700
When I bought the Nikon D700, I discovered there were a LOT of menu items on this particular camera. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for D700 owners
If you have one of these cameras, you NEED this book. It is much better than the manual and the definitive guide to using the D700.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to have
Simply excellent ! Wish I had purchased this book earlier. Gives a detailed description of the D700 functions in an interesting and understanding words.
Published 8 months ago by Miran Wickramasuriya
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the same as the Owners manual
Pretty much the same as the Owners manual maybe with a the authors opinion thrown in more for the beginner
Published 9 months ago by Gary L. Hamden
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
This is just what I needed to start with the D700, I would like a better overview on the flash, but the rest was great, WAY better to read only the manual.
Published 10 months ago by Claudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instructions.
This book provides unusual advice that you would probably not find elsewhere. However, I wish they'd make the print a little larger. Yes, I recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Fotoperson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Walks you through what you don't want to bother with in the manual. I think I finally got my 700 setup.
Published 15 months ago by James King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book !!!
I've just move to D800, and this book, among other kindle "Dnnn" ones have been part of my quick research in order to define either to stay with my D700 (amazing Camera !!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Burden
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the manual!
As usual, Darrell has made the manual seem like an exercise in frustration. This is clear and very helpful. His own insights are very useful, even if you differ with them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Harry S
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