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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide 1st Edition

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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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118438221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118438220
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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There is a lot of information here that you do not get from the product manual and it is easy to read and understand. The only thing that I do not like is that there was not enough info on properly using the video function and the recommended method of using the manual method ruins your movies especially on very low light situations.
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Excellent book, glossy pages, plenty of graphics and pictures to illustrate the camera's features and operation. If I can make room in my camera bag, I'll pack it in there. An excellent reference to learn the camera inside out.
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great book for the starter wanting to learn more. If you're new to photography (me) nothing covers everything exactly as you want so you need to touch a couple of books, not least to decipher owners manual. This is a great place to start
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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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I am new to Digital Cameras and was very glad to have this reference book written just for my new camera. It is very helpful to a novas like me. I have used it quite a bit, and it has really been a great help. My thanks to Mr. Hess for taking the time to put this information out there.
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