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ISBN-13: 978-0470239469 ISBN-10: 0470239468 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470239468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470239469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with tips on using your Nikon D40/D40x

Get the information you need to capture the photos you want

The Nikon D40/D40x comes equipped with features that enable you to take amazing digital photos. If you're not familiar with the controls of a digital SLR camera, this book will get you up to speed and shooting like a pro in no time. Illustrated with over 200 full-color images, this book demonstrates when, where, why, and how to put each feature to its best use.

Discover how to:

  • Get creative with exposure and lighting

  • Manipulate focus and color

  • Control picture quality and size

  • Download, organize, and archive your photos

  • Print and share your photos

  • Use photo-retouching tricks

About the Author

Julie Adair King is the author of many books about digital photography and imaging, including the best-selling Digital Photography For Dummies. Her most recent titles include Digital Photography Before & After Makeovers, Digital Photo Projects For Dummies, Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop For Photographers, Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop Elements, and Shoot Like a Pro!: Digital Photography Techniques. When not writing, King teaches digital photography at such locations as the Palm Beach Photographic Center. A graduate of Purdue University, she resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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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It is very comprehensive and easy to understand.
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If you really get into photography and easily learn by reading a book, this is not the only book you will ever want/need.
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I was very intimidated by my new Nikon D40 camera - so needed a good book to help me start to use it regularly.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ken on November 5, 2008
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There are Dummies books, and then there are Dummies books. "Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D for Dummies" is pretty close to perfect. Written specifically for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D, it's not just a generic manual with a chapter or some added info on a specific camera, but absolutely specific to this particular camera from cover to cover.

And when was the last time you saw a Dummies book with every photo in color? Every single photo in the book is full color - even The 5th Wave by Rich Tennant comics preceding chapters are in brilliant color.

This book covers every imaginable feature of the camera, and all the possible settings, with photo examples of their effects. It discusses connecting the camera to a computer to use the software that comes with the camera, and all the ins and outs of taking photos in RAW format, JPEG format, or both.

The Rebel XSi is a reasonably priced digital SLR with everything but the kitchen sink included. This book completes the set. I may never get to the other two books I bought on the subject. We'll see.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Photomom on March 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very good book, easy to use. The best so far that explains how the D40 features work, especially for a beginner. I tried a couple of other books,I am new to the world of slr cameras and have not understood enough to venture away from the auto setting!! The other books I bought was supposed to be for beginners,but I had to look up every word to figure out what they were trying to tell me.
This author, actually goes through the menus and each function very carefully and in PLAIN language. Everything I wanted to know was in this book, even some things that I didn't know I needed to know.
I highly recommend this book if you are going from digital point aand shoot to slr cameras. The book tells you all about the Nikon D40, This is an AWESOME camera!!!!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2009
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I got this book immediately after ordering my XSi. I was always a point and shoot (P&S) camera person before getting my first digital SRL camera. My wife had been wanting a DSRL for a while and I finally got one about 9 months ago. I became hooked on photography thanks in large part to this book, the XSi's capabilities, and having good subjects to photograph.

This book has everything you need to get up to speed and taking great pictures with your XSi. Let me make a couple of additional comments related to that statement.
1) A lot of the material in this book applies to other Canon cameras (and photography in general) but it is specific to the XSi features and layout. I've used what I learned from this book with my P&S Canon A590IS too. Never before this book had I used any settings other than the fully automatic ones on the P&S cameras.
2) Way better than the manual, which just matter-of-factly lists features. This book EXPLAINS the features and how they relate to one another (very important).
3) If you really get into photography and easily learn by reading a book, this is not the only book you will ever want/need. There are other books that get into the artistic aspects of photography you will likely want once you have mastered your camera, or at least become comfortable in the manual or semi-automatic modes.

What it doesn't cover:
1) Which specific lenses to get with your XSi. Very hard to answer so it's fair to be out of scope of a dummies book. So many reviews are conflicting on the topic anyway.
2) As mentioned, if you really want to get into artistic composition or advanced accessories, those are the topics of other books/websites.
This is definitely the book to jumpstart your DSRL picture taking with the XSi.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harirajah A. Thavendrarajah on July 26, 2008
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Excellent book for beginners easy to read and understand with clear illustrations.better than the magic lantern series. I always buy from Amazon for there low price and fast shipping.
H A Thavendrarajah.
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MD.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marsha on June 15, 2008
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Everyone who purchases a D40 or D40x camera should read this book. The information in this book will help you use your camera to the best advantage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Felix on May 9, 2009
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I got this book a week ago, and so far I only read 1/3 of it. Guess what? I should have bought this on the day I got my XSI! It is like a XSI Bible, with all features discussed in a broken language that anyone can understand. many buy the camera and use only the basic modes that enable them to get better pictures than the average point and shoot, and if that is the only thing you are looking for, get your-sefl this book, and you will go much further. Now, if you want to really enjoy all the things that you paid for, READ it fully, and this book will maximize the investment you did! I read the Canon manual for the XSI twice, and did not get much more than I already know about photography. With this book, I am really ahead of my game.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tom on January 29, 2009
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Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)This is a great book for the novice as well as the established photographer. The Rebel XSi camera is the first big step from the point and shoot camera. Easy step by step understandable reviews of the camera is given with excellent photo descriptions of what is happening. The flow of the books builds your knowledge in a usefull way that gets you started quickly while enjoying you camera purchase. The review of the accompaning editing software gives the novice more knowledge of what the camera can do as well as enhanse the photographic experience. Read the entire book. Will continue to use as a reference.

Tom
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