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Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide [Paperback]

J. Dennis Thomas
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May 12, 2008 0470260920 978-0470260920 1
With 12.3 megapixels, a three-inch LCD, Live View, and the ability to shoot up to eight frames per second, your D300 is an awesome camera. The more you know about using it, the more you'll get for your money, so take this guide with you on every shoot. Along with detailed instructions on using every feature, it provides full-color images of menu screens, helps you select lenses, and offers guidance for getting magnificent images in many situations.


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Citing the Nikon D300's high-ISO performance, sophisticated autofocus system, 6 frames per second shooting speed, and an astoundingly sharp 3-inch LCD screen, all for less than $2,000, PopPhoto declared the Nikon D300 the camera of the year for 2007. Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know in order to take amazing photographs using your Nikon D300. This full-color portable guide walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D300 digital SLR using step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen. This robust guide not only shows you how to adjust white balance, autofocus, exposure, and choose lenses, it also teaches you when and why you should adjust each of these key settings. The Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide goes beyond camera settings to offer you a refresher guide to the principles of digital photography, covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. Filled with amazing examples, this book also presents a variety of tips and tricks to capturing portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more.


Photo Tips and Bio from Author J. Dennis Thomas

About the Author

Top 10 D300 Accessories

Macro Photography Lighting Tips


From the Back Cover

Harness the power and potential your D300 promises

With 12.3 megapixels, a three-inch LCD, Live View, and the ability to shoot up to eight frames per second, your D300 is an awesome camera. The more you know about using it, the more you'll get for your money, so take this guide with you on every shoot. Along with detailed instructions on using every feature, it provides full-color images of menu screens, helps you select lenses, and offers guidance for getting magnificent images in many situations.

  • Become familiar with the function of the D300's controls

  • Refresh your knowledge of photography basics such as ISO, aperture, and depth of field

  • Explore the possibilities with each type of lens and a variety of light sources

  • Experiment with useful tips and advice for more than 15specific shooting situations

  • Learn the secrets of getting great portraits, action shots, or night photos


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470260920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470260920
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer and author based out of Austin, Texas. He has nearly 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon cameras. His work has been published in many regional and national publications including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Elle, Ebony, W magazine, Country Weekly, and Thrasher magazines. He has written twelve highly successful Digital Field Guides for Wiley publishing and a comprehensive book about concert and live music photography for Focal Press.

Customer Reviews

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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion guide for my new D300 June 20, 2008
By Cassie
Format:Paperback
I found this Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide to be a perfect companion to the D300. It's concise, portable and packed full of great advice to help you take great photos.

The first section starts out with the Quick Tour, which gives you a nice overview to get you started. If this isn't your first DSLR you may not find this as helpful as a dSLR rookie would, but it is filled with the right information to get you familiar with the camera quickly.

The next few chapters are the nuts and bolts of the book. These chapters break down what all of the buttons do as well as tell you about all of the modes and other features. The author describes them in good detail and points you to other sections of the book if the option is described in further detail elsewhere. I found this very helpful. Chapter 2 also has a great description of histograms and how to best use them to help you get the best exposure. Personally, this description of histograms really helped me a lot.

The last chapter in the first section deals in depth with all of the menu screens and options. There are a lot of menus and custom settings and they are laid out in the same fashion as they are on the camera, which makes things easy. The section that covers the Custom Settings also gives you advice on when you might want to use or modify these settings.

One section that I really need to point out is part about the AF fine-tuning. The manual does little in the way of clarifying how this works. The author really goes into detail here explaining how to use this. If you need to fine tune any of your lenses this is the book to buy to figure out where to start.

The second section is comparable to taking a short course in digital photography basics.
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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great D300 book for on the go May 21, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is perfect for use in the field. I bought this book specifically because it was a small format book I could take along with me for guidance. When I am unsure what menu settings to use, I take this book out of my bag, look up the options, and make adjustments quickly. When I see an opportunity for a great shot, I can look up specifics about shooting different objects in different environments and read three or four pages of advice, illustrated with awesome full color pictures. This book covers all the digital photography basics. It does include all the settings you need for the practice photos, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO setting, etc. Plus the lens used is listed. This book was a great investment - it's helped me get more comfortable with my D300 and I expect that my pictures are just going to keep getting better as I keep using the book to build my knowledge of the camera and of photography in general.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Real World Guide June 5, 2008
Format:Paperback
The amount of features that a D300 has can be overwhelming, especially to someone who is moving up from an entry level Nikon or other brand DSLR. This guide really helps flesh out what the manual gives you with real world and practical examples. The D300 Digital Field Guide is especially great for explaining, and walking through the different custom functions, with easy to read images getting you through the menu. I also think the explanation of all the flash options--the commander mode and how to use multiple flashes--and slow sync operations really will help make using the D300 easier.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have D300 Guide May 20, 2008
Format:Paperback
This guide to the D300 is aimed at the amateur to prosumer digital SLR photographer, and even has some excellent information for advanced users.

It is well-written, well-illustrated, and covers the subject in depth. I recently purchased a D300, and learned many things here that were nowhere to be found in the user's manual. Additionally, the book is the perfect size to fit in my camera bag - whenever I have a question about a setting, this book is conveniently there with me.

The first part of the book explains all of the features and settings of the camera in clear, well-illustrated format. I found the step-by-step instructions and corresponding pictures of the menus especially helpful. The remainder of the book provides basic information on photographic techniques, and specific suggestions for many types of photography. I found lots of helpful suggestions about everything from portrait to macro photography and more. The photography throughout the book is top notch too!
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have May 22, 2008
Format:Paperback
Excellent read, well written, easy to navigate - this is a must have if you own the D300. As mentioned, in another review, this book is extremely helpful in learning the menus, settings, features FAST.
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful and succinct May 15, 2008
By JKray
Format:Paperback
When I bought my D300, I had the best intentions to read through the
manual that came with it - I promised myself that if I was spending
this much on a new camera that I'd really take advantage of its full
potential. But I found the manual to be frustrating and not
surprisingly, boring. My biggest complaint was that the manual
explained the function of a button or setting without ever teaching me
how it would actually affect my photos. So I bought this book hoping
it would increase my understanding of how to use my D300's controls to
get the best possible pictures. I wasn't disappointed. This book
takes you through your camera's settings and menus step-by-step,
explaining not only the function of each setting, but also when you
should use it and how it will make your pictures better - exactly what
I was looking for. It also has a large section that talks about the
basics of digital photography. While I had heard a lot of these basic
rules of photography before, I felt like it was a great refresher
course and I learned some new tips for getting great pics. I
feel more confident using my D300 after reading this book and my
pictures have improved as a result. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow
Clear, easy to follow, lots of illustrations.......a good guide to learn the most of what the amazing D300 is capable of!
Published 2 months ago by J. Dooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this who has a D300
If you really want to learn how to use your D300 camera, this is the book to purchase. It is a complete reference on this model.
Published on January 14, 2011 by J. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon d300 field guide
The book is easy to follow and well written. I would not recommend for accomplished photographers. It is too basic. It was perfect for me.
Published on September 25, 2010 by Myron C. Peck
2.0 out of 5 stars HARDLY DIFFERENT FROM THE MANUAL
The way this book was written was hardly different from the manual, i. e., I, myself could have written it. Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by rubenpjr40
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book for Learning About the D300
"Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide" has become my photography bible. It is concise and to the point; making it an excellent book for someone who just pulled a D300 out of the box and... Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by B. Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this rag - Buy Busch's D300 guide!
I've owned the Nikon D50, D70s, D80 and most recently, and currently, the D300. For the D50 and D80, I purchased the Digital Field Guides by David Busch. Read more
Published on January 4, 2010 by Patrol Navigator
5.0 out of 5 stars D300 FIeld Guide
Well-done. Clear and concise description of how to use the mind-boggling number of D300 features. A definite improvement over the Nikon Manual that comes with the camera. Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by Russell W. Sims
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Good Book compare to the original manual D300. It also arrived early then expected. The good things about this book is that it has clear picture colour with detail instruction. Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by Mr. Mohammad I. Haji Jani
2.0 out of 5 stars Just read the manual, nothing new here
Can't really recommend to anyone with any earlier experience with digital SLR's...perhaps for beginners purchasing D300 as their first DSLR? Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by Markku Ojala
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D300 Camera body
I found this camera very easy to opporate, even with many multi-function buttons. Having used a F3 for most of the last 20 years and a D50 for the last couple. Read more
Published on June 1, 2009 by Christopher Higbee
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