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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide Paperback – September 25, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118438220 ISBN-10: 1118438221 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118438221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118438220
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author: Top 5 Camera Features of the Nikon D3200

24.4 Megapixel sensor: The Nikon D3200 has a brand new sensor, a new 2.4.4 megapixel CMOS sensor that offers the highest output resolution for a DX camera (cropped sensor) in the Nikon camera line. The amazing part is that Nikon has increased the pixel count over the D3100 and at the same time has managed to improve on the image and video quality as well.

4 frames per second: In the continuous release mode, the D3200 can take up to 4 frames per second as long as the buffer isn't full. This allows you to capture fast moving action and sports shots easily. I really like to use the continuous shutter release mode which will keep taking photos as long as the shutter button is held down (up to a 100 images in a row). This allows me to capture action shots that I would have missed inthe past.

EXPEED 3 processor: The Expeed 3 is the latest image processing engine from Nikon and is the same technology used in the top-of-the line Nikon D4 and the D800. The D3200 takes advantage of this technology both in creating great still images and in the video capture.

ISO Range: The D3200 has a wide ISO range from ISO 100 - ISO 6400 and can even be pushed to Hi1, the equivalent to ISO 12,800. Even more impressive is that relatively low amount of digital noise at the high ISO settings. This allows you to use the camera in low light situations without using the built in flash or an external flash unit. USing ISO 100 - ISO 400 will produce images that are virtually noise free and even at the higher ISO settings 800 - 1600 the noise is very low. At the three top ISO settings, there is more noise but even at ISO 6400, the noise can be dealt with in post production and usable images can be taken.

HD Video: The Nikon D3200 can shoot full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and while the built in microphone is not that great, the D3200 can utilize a wide variety of external microphones that will produce great sound as well as video. Taking video is as simple as pressing the Live View button and then pressing the dedicated video record button located behind and to the left of the shutter release button.

Selected Photos from the Book

Dog
ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/1000 second. When taking photographs of animals and pets, get down on their level it will make for a better image since it avoids the common "looking down" perspective. I used a very shallow depth of field to make the subject stand out from the background and a long focal length which kept me a safe distance from the dog. View larger.
Motorcross
ISO 400, f/28 and 1/3200 second. Using a very fast shutter froze this motorcross rider as he flew through the air. To use the 1/3200 second shutter speed, I used a wide aperture of f/2.8 and am ISO of 400 since it was a really bright day. If there was any less light, I would have had to use a higher ISO to achieve the 1/3200 shutter speed. View larger.
Pier
ISO 100, f/16, 30 second exposure. Using a very long shutter speed allowed me to capture this scene long after the sun had set. The water is rendered as smooth and there is no sign of the waves that were present during the exposure. The camera was locked into a tripod so it didn't move during the exposure and the optional remote was used to trigger the shutter so I didn't even have to touch the camera. View larger.

From the Back Cover

Master the D3200 and you'll be amazed at the images you can capture

You have chosen an awesome dSLR, but so many of its powerful features will be wasted if you don't master all of the technology at your disposal. Start with the Quick Tour in this book to get a feel for the camera right away. Then learn to use each control, button, dial, and menu. Review basic photographic principles as you practice with your D3200, experiment with HD video and common shooting situations, use the Retouch menu, and much more.

  • Master the varying functions of the D3200 buttons and dials
  • Learn about the lenses, flashes, and microphones available for your D3200
  • Experiment with Live View and different focus modes
  • Get shooting advice for abstract, sports, concert, nature, low-light, portrait, and travel photography
  • Learn how to view and edit images in the camera

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


More About the Author

Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He has photographed hundreds of concerts three songs at a time. From small club shows to big arenas, Alan enjoys the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the "show" in the images of first three songs. 



The wide variety of bands that Alan has shot include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Weir and RatDog, Bruce Hornsby, Bullet for my Valentine, Citizen Cope, The Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Derek Trucks Band, The Grateful Dead, Jackie Greene, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Mickey Hart Band, Robin Williams, Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, and Willie Nelson.

Alan's work has been published online and in print in the following outlets:Soundspike.com Associatedcontent.com, Bruuce.com, Dead.net, Glidemagazine.com, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, MarkKaran.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Otherones.net, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Rat-dog.com, Ratdog.org, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. His images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work.

Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert venue in Southern California and when he isn't out shooting concerts, he is writing photography books.

He is the author of the best selling "Exposure Digital Field Guide" and "Composition Digital Field Guide", and has written two books on Sony DSLRs the "Sony Alpha A700 Digital Field Guide," and the "Sony Alpha A200 Digital Field Guide." Alan is also the Author of the iPad Fully Loaded series and theNight an dLow Light Photography Photo Workshop all for Wiley Publishing. Alan has contributed to Photoshop User magazine and is a key contributor to the Lexar.com website.

Alan a regular blog at www.alanhessphotography.com

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Very well written and easy to follow.
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Knowing nothing about the D3200 or photography, I purchased this book.
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Get this book and take your DSLR photography to the next level!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By howard l. stern on April 18, 2013
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When I purchased the Nikon D3200, I also purchased three different books to help me understand how to best use the camera. This book does a good job of explaining the various camera settings and how to use them. The main fault I have with this book is that the author also wants to provide an introduction to photography in general. While I believe that laudatory, my goal was to better understand the camera. I would have preferred more discussion about the camera itself along with recommendations regarding the various settings.

H. Stern
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary H. Gamble on June 18, 2013
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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess
I love the new icon referencing system used in this Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide! I highly recommend the "Digital Field Guides" in the Wiley Publishing Co. Series. I own and have used photography related Digital Field Guides, such as travel, composition, exposure, lighting and the D80 field guide . Having the new icon feature to refer to in this guide, it took away the time I had to use to research and understand functions and concepts presented in the book. The learning curve is much easier and the reinforcing of presenting the icons throughout the book made the process of learning the new camera functions much quicker as well. The author starts off with exploring the camera then moves on to functions and essentials of the camera such as automatic mode, white balance, ISO, scene modes, use of flash, etc. He thoroughly covers the menus including set up, shooting and playback. Once learning the camera, Hess also covers composition, exposure and post processing. This book is a wonderful manual replacement and reference tool! And again, LOVE the new icon feature!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Poulos on November 16, 2012
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I first came across Alan's teaching style on Kelby Training. He has a way of explaining difficult subjects in plain English. Getting into photography can seem daunting, so I really was looking for a book like this.

This book helped me to get started, with concepts, with understanding the D3200, and with getting past the "auto" setting. It's organized in great chapters with information on all of the important topics. It takes you step by step around the camera and around photography!

Get this book and take your DSLR photography to the next level! I know I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2013
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Knowing nothing about the D3200 or photography, I purchased this book. They take it step by step an explain it in layman's terms.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Pifano on November 18, 2012
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Very usefull and instructive, I find myself consulting it very often, and always find an answer to what I am looking for...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Aradillas on January 28, 2014
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This book really helped me understand my new camera and ease the transition from 32mm film photography done 25 years ago to the new digital world, refreshing my memory on all the basics along the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Bowen on September 5, 2014
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Sent to my son to help him learn his new camera. He said it has help a lot. It is written in a very understandable manner---unlike the manual which came with the camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JDS on January 3, 2014
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FOLLOWS THE WISE PRINCIPLE OF "KEEP IT SIMPLE"!! GOOD EXAMPLES AND SUGGESTIONS!! WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT!! HAVE YOUR CAMERA HANDY WHEN READING!!
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