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Mastering the Nikon D90 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 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: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1st edition (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952505
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,938 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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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Bass on November 28, 2009
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Manuals and guidebooks for cameras often look like they were written by the people who used to write VCR manuals. They are in black and white. There are some illustrations but they are either too simple or too complicated. The grammar is often mangled and the language is dense. Darrell Young's book, "Mastering the Nikon D90" is the exact opposite.

"Mastering the Nikon D90" is a marvelous book. And no, I am not related to Mr. Young or his publisher. I have read a lot of guidebooks over the years and this is one of the best. It is full of color photographs not only illustrating the controls of the D90 but also the application of principle to practice. The topics are arranged in logical order and thoroughly addressed. The language is clear and concise. Mr. Young describes the settings that he uses and why they may or may not be appropriate depending on the photographic style of the reader.

This should be the first book you buy when you get your D90. It will get you up and running in an efficient and enjoyable manner. If you feel compelled to read the manual, Mr. Young even refers to the appropriate pages in his book.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By John F. Taylor on November 5, 2009
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I have found this book to be more than a re-write of the manual and in every way helpful for someone anxious to develop better photographic techniques. I have now read it cover to cover and have employed most of what is recommended with the goal of getting more out of the D90 and better results. I can now say the book has helped me raise my abilities to take better pictures. In particular, the description of the autofocus system was very helpful in decoding the multiple decisions on how to set the camera for my kind of photography. If there was a short section, it would be the chapter on use of flash photography and my guess that is covered in the other "Mastering..." book on the subject, which I will buy. I would recommend this to the individuals who are intermediate to advanced amateurs who are anxious to take full advantage of their equipment.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Roy Bertalotto on December 6, 2009
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I'd just like to thank the author for ruining the last two days of my life...........My version of this excellent book arrived and I've not been able to put it down. No bathing, no eating, no shaving.......I'm a wreck! I hope you are pleased with yourself!!!!!!

I bought my D90 and then bought two books and a DVD on how to use it. All helpful, but if I had bought this book first, I would have saved my money on all the other literature.
This book is much more than a re-written owners manual. It takes you through all the functions with "cause and effect" and then it gives you recommendations which are VERY helpful to a new owner of the D90.
My photographs have improved greatly after my first pass. Highly recommended!

Dartmouth, MA
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nick Vanmatre on January 17, 2010
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I got my Nikon D90 right before Christmas and quickly read the user manual. Ugg. Yes, it tells you what the buttons do, but why? Or when? I also got Darrell's Mastering the D90 book just a few days later, via Amazon, thank you very much, and just love it. Young's book is easy to read, well laid out, and it is easy to use later when trying to look up just one factor. This book really tells you what different options are and why you would want to use each of them. Of course it SHOWS you how to adjust the buttons/menus in order to apply each option. It is an especially good book to use over and over as you gradually acquire skills with the D90. And believe me, it does take time, as this camera is a complex camera with amazingly "pro" features.

Each time I would go to the book and read about some function or feature,it would then be translated into much better camera skills on my part. I didn't know how good this camera was until reading this book.

The book is particularly good for anyone who is relatively new to DSLRs and moving from the point and shoot world to the DSLR environment. I particularly liked the sections on focusing (how to and when to change the different focusing types: single point, matrix, etc...) Also the sections on white balancing and exposure are extremely helpful.

My suggestion for a person new to the D90 is to: read the user manual, start reading Young's mastering book, and start shooting. You don't even have to finish the book before you start shooting. Why? Because when you encounter a shooting problem or mystery, just go to the book, look up the index, and then seriously read that section, then go shoot again.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Coombes on December 16, 2009
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All you need to start photography is a D90, a kit lens and this book. The rest is up to your creative mind. I've owned my D90 since February 2009 and would call myself an advanced amateur, just for the fact that I use the camera everyday and know it inside and out. I received a free advance copy of this book because one of my photos was published in it. I was over the moon that one of my photos had made it in the book and as I sat down and fingered through the pages, it wasn't long before i realized that I didn't know or understand half of what my camera was capable of. This book is a wealth of knowledge and it's presented in a way that is very easy to understand.
I'm in no way connected to the author or do I receive any compensation for extra book sales or for writing a nice review. This book is worth every penny and should be considered before wasting your money on another glorified manual.
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