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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Make the most of that amazing camera! Learn all it can do and create pix with pizazz

So you have the super-cool Nikon D3100 — how do you make the most of it? Read this book! Learn what all the controls do, what you can do with the auto modes, and how to gain full control of your camera with advanced exposure modes. Then you'll learn to play back, download, and share your photos, and how to unleash your creativity!

  • Get a quick start — try the Scene and Guide modes to automatically capture top-notch portraits, close-ups, and night shots

  • Get creative — master exposure, focus, color, and depth of field to create unique, artistic images

  • Focus in — harness the power of the autofocus system to achieve sharp focus on your subjects

  • Prepare to share — find out how to get the best prints of your pictures and how to get them ready for online viewing

  • Record movies — capture high definition digital movies, with or without sound

Open the book and find:

  • A guided tour of your camera's controls and buttons

  • Advice on setting flash and picture quality modes

  • Steps to shooting portraits,landscapes, and sports

  • The controls that manage aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

  • Tips for manipulating focus and color in your photos

  • How to shoot people, places, and close-ups

  • Filters and features that create unique photo effects

Learn to:

  • Take creative control of exposure, focus, and color

  • Step up from Auto mode to advanced photography options

  • Shoot full HD videos

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography for more than a decade. She is the author of several books on various Nikon and Canon cameras as well as Digital Photography For Dummies, and she teaches beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

More About the Author

Julie Adair King is the best-selling author of many books about digital imaging, including Digital Photography For Dummies and For Dummies guides to Nikon, Canon, and Olympus digital cameras. When not writing, she teaches at various locations, including such noted photography schools as the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
A native of Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University, King now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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This is a great book written in easy to understand terms.
Jeff Hofmeister
I no very little about cameras, and this book greatly helped me to learn about my new cam and how to take good pictures.
OKC Matt
This is a practical and helpful book for owners of the Nikon D3100 camera.
Larry

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Surgery100 on December 31, 2010
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A great simple, straight to the point, easy to understand book covers all the basics. Although the camera comes with a manual this book does a great job covering all the basics and where to find them in your camera. It also discusses which settings are more important to play with and which can be left to run on Auto (the camera has 1645 possible controls so this information is invaluable). Covers the basics for artistic creation as well. Between this book to learn to operate the camera and the Ken Rockwell site ([...]) is all you need to cover all the basics.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By KC Shocker on March 20, 2011
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This book was really helpful to me. It covers in excellent detail all of the features of the camera. The full-color photos are essential and greatly beneficial. I have not once thought, "I don't understand," while reading. The entire book has been really easy to follow, even for a beginner. The topic arrangement of the book is nice too.

The first five chapters are designed to get you familiar with the controls, buttons and features and also to get you started shooting using auto modes. This may sound straight forward, but there is alot of camera terminology that I didn't know before this book that is essential to understanding even basic controls. This book does a great job at explaining these terms in clear, everyday language. Even better, there is just enough repetition to remind you of things without being annoying.

The remaining chapters deal with advanced shooting modes. I haven't gotten to this part (I'm currently on Chap. 5), but I am assuming that it is just as good as the rest of the book. It should be noted, however, that I've ready 130ish pages already and I want to finish the rest. It is an easy-to-read, enjoyable book.

One thing this books doesn't do is discuss photography in general. It doesn't, for instance, go into color theory. I'm glad it doesn't; that would be way too much all at once! It is intended to introduce you to the camera, not the art of photography.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By n@nd0 on December 27, 2011
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After purchasing the D3100 SLR camera, this book proved to be a great reference and guide. It starts off with all the basics and explains all the features of the camera. The manual that accompanied the camera is nothing compared to this book. If you are a beginner, this book is perfect as it walks you through step by step. If you are an intermediate to expert SLR, this book is a great tool that shows you some of those forgotten tricks.

This book has tons of information and what made it great was that it was an easy read, no confusing camera technical verbiage. Simply put, you can not go wrong with this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tommyg on July 15, 2011
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I am new to DSL Cameras and this book is my constant companion when I am using my new camera and wanting to try some of the ideas in the book. I am 73 and sorry to say the new camera was above my head untill I got this book. These nwe DSL's can do mot every thing you could ever want to do with photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LuisCarlitos on June 5, 2012
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It is made for those who want to take advantage of NIKON D3100 camera, also is a easy to read book where you can quickly find any item of the camera you aare interested, also it enourages you to switch from automatic mode to manual mode so you can appreciate all the benefits and new options of the camera. I've enjoyed reading this book and I hope soon I will be taking full advantage of my Nikon d 3100.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herman on February 24, 2012
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This book is necessary if you want to take great pictures and understand every aspect of your D3100
I have read the book, I take great pictures but i still use it for reference.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ReneK on January 31, 2011
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I found this book to be very helpful to the first time SLR owner. Easy to understand and follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Pierce on April 6, 2014
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I had recently purchased this camera and was completely confused on how to use it and its functions. After downloading the kindle version I had a better understanding of what all my camera could do. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not familiar with this camera, it is very helpful.
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