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Nikon D300s Digital Field Guide 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470521274
ISBN-10: 0470521279
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J. Dennis Thomas

Nikon® D300s Digital Field Guide

Learn to get the best from your D300s, every time

Even an incredible camera like the Nikon D300s can only do what you ask it to. Learn to get all it has to offer with this colorful, step-by-step guide. It explains how, when, and why to adjust every setting, how to select lenses, the essentials of lighting, exposure, and white balance, and more. Finally, it's packed with tips and techniques for capturing great photos and video in various situations, and it fits in your camera bag to go where you go.

  • Set up your camera and use the settings banks

  • Discover how to maximize the 7 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting feature

  • Shoot video using D-Movie with autofocus and external microphone input

  • Refresh your knowledge of digital photography principles and working with flash

  • Learn to capture great shots of events, landscapes, action, night scenes, and more

Inside—your free gray card and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas has been an avid photographer since his teens. He owns Dead Sailor Productions, a photography and graphic design business, where his clients have included RedBull Energy Drink, Obsolete Industries, Secret Hideout Studios, and Digital Race Photography. Denny's work has been published in several regional publications and shown in various galleries throughout the country.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470521279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470521274
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer and author based out of Austin, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon and Leica cameras. His work has been published in many regional and national publications including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Elle, Ebony, People, Time, National Geographic, W magazine, Us Weekly, The New York Post, Premier Guitar, Music Radar,Country Weekly, and Thrasher magazines. His still photography has been featured in television documentaries such as Unsung: The Geto Boys and in the opening credits of the HBO series LUCK. He has written over a dozen highly successful Digital Field Guides for Wiley publishing as well as a book on product photography. He has also written a comprehensive book about concert and live music photography and decay photography for Focal Press.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Packratt on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased a D300s as an upgrade from my D90 because I was trying to get away from the Auto modes and I figured that the D300s would make me step up my game. Well, I didn't realize that the learning curve was going to be so steep.

A friend of mine has bought a few of the digital field guide books and loved them (the new Creative Lighting System guide in particular). She told me that the writing was straight, to the point and super easy to understand, and she was spot on. This book breaks down all of the technical aspects and explains them in a no-nonsense and easy to understand way.

Not only does the author go through and explain every button and menu option, he explains situations where you might want to use them. My favorite part of the book is the real world applications. These chapters explain a bunch of different types of photography and give real in depth advice on how to achieve pictures just like the pros do. There is also a great chapter on lenses which is very helpful especially because the author doesn't simply recommend the high end Nikon models but also gives you advice on some great lenses from other companies. Let's face it, not all of us can afford Nikon's pro lenses, but we would still like a piece of quality glass.

To put it bluntly I was on the verge of getting rid of the D300s and going back to the D90 and the Auto modes, but this book has helped me get over that learning curve, stop being frustrated with my camera and start taking great shots!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By suenico on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
At last my copy of the D300s Digital Field Guide has arrived! Anytime I get a new camera I can't wait for the "DFG" to come out. The book describes all of the bells, whistles, knobs, and buttons so I can easily figure out what each thing does.
Not only does this book cover all of the camera functions, but it also helps you learn how to do all kinds of different types of photography from action shots to weddings AND it even helps you to pick out the perfect lenses for your favorite type of photography.
This book is a great learning tool filled with practical easy to understand info about the camera and much, much more.
PS: The gray card / color checker that comes free with the book is an awesome bonus. It has made my color balancing SO much easier.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Marsco on November 16, 2009
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This guide covers just about everything you need to learn about your D300s. I found it to be quite technical without going overboard with jargon so that it's easy enough for the layperson to understand. The section on lenses is completely up to date and even includes the newest lenses some of which aren't even available to the general public yet (the 85mm DX macro lens). The real world applications cover things very in depth, but seem to follow the author's general interests. Not that that's a bad thing, he's very well versed in the topics he knows and the expertise comes through. At the end of the day this book is much more useful than the guide the camera came with and the full color photographs and concise explanations make this book a must have for anyone wanting to expand the knowledge of their camera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Grayson on December 10, 2010
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It's a field guide, as the title implies. Very boring read with not much insight over what the product manual offers. Good to have around for finding hidden features but I was hoping to get some proffesional advice regard the use of the features, not just a description of them.

If you have trouble reading the user manual or want a little better description of features this is a great book. I bought it used (new with shelf wear) for less than a dollar so no complaints.

If you're like me and want to understand HOW to use each feature (or not) to improve your photographic prowess with the D300s then this IS NOT the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elise Yanicko on November 16, 2009
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I've been wanting to make the switch to digital photography for a awhile now and my husband just bought me a brand new D300s. Along with this awesome camera he bought the D300s Digital Field Guide and I have to say, without this book I'd be a little lost.

I've been using a Nikon N90s for many years and being that this was a top of the line camera when I bought it. I thought that I'd be able to pick up the D300s and just go with it. Not quite! There are SO many more buttons and features on these digital SLR's that I was just about overwhelmed.

This book has helped me so much. The first few chapters go into all of the buttons and controls and tell you exactly what they do. I was really grateful for the chapter on the menus. There are so many options in there that I was afraid to change anything lest I mess up something that I wouldn't know how to fix. Reading through this book has demystified what these menu options do and it also gives you advice on when to change the settings and why. I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants a great easy to read, in-depth guide to their camera. Mr Thomas is a wonderful author. I would love to meet him one day.

Next up on the list for me is the Creative Lighting System guide for the new SB-900 I'm about to get! ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reali on February 22, 2015
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I bought this guide by mistake as I have a Nikon d300 not the 300s. But it appears to be as good as the D300 manual written by J.D. Thomas. Like all prosumer digital cameras the manuals are difficult to read and offer few tips to overcome the endless menu's. The manuals have tiny text and poor illustrations. These field guides are great to help you get up to speed quickly. I must say that the Nikon manual is not too bad compared to some of the others I have read. It is very complete and you can find details fairly quickly once you understand the basics of the camera. I like the field guides for getting started though and the shortcuts and tips that are not in the manual.
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