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Nikon D5100 Digital Field Guide 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Capture the world with your Nikon D5100

Your Nikon D5100 has a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a vari-angle LCD monitor designed for creativity, and Nikon's history of superb image quality. Whether you're a dSLR beginner or a veteran, you'll find everything you need in this portable guide. Master every button and dial on your camera, get tips on working with light and fine-tuning exposure, explore different lenses, and learn to shoot video. Grab your D5100 and this book, and go capture the world.

  • Become familiar with all the controls and components as well as the many specialized exposure and scene modes

  • Understand exposure, the different flash exposure modes, and flash exposure compensation

  • Explore camera techniques for photographing action, events, nature, portraits, close-ups, nighttime views, and food

  • Learn to view and retouch images in the camera

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

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer, author, and musician with nearly 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon cameras. His work has appeared in regional, national, and international publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Weekly, Elle, W Magazine, and US Weekly. He has written 12 other Digital Field Guides.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470633522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470633526
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martina Holliday on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
There is always going to be a learning curve with a new camera but having a book like this will help speed up the process. The first three chapters cover the basic functions of the D3100 and essential information about everything from lighting to lenses is also included. The best part of this field guide, however, is Chapter 8: Real World Applications. The inspiration photographs in this chapter are beautiful and if you are willing to go out in the field and work through the practice exercises you will have a better understanding of the D3100's capabilities, as well as your own capabilities as a photographer.

The book's format is user friendly: tips, notes, caution, and cross reference icons highlight important information, bulleted lists and diagrams make for easy reference. Thomas' writing is clear and to the point and he throws in a bit of humor to keep the prose from becoming overly clinical, which is refreshing.

Overall, the Nikon field guide series of books by J. Dennis Thomas have been extremely helpful as I have made the transition from analog to digital photography. I started experimenting with digital photography a few years ago when my fiance gave me a Nikon Coolpix P5000 camera and Thomas' Coolpix field guide as a birthday present. I worked through the practice photo exercises in that book and played around with the camera a lot. As a result, I learned how to take better pictures with a point and shoot digital camera and how to work with digital files. Still, I missed the flexibility that a traditional SLR camera offered and knew that if I wanted to take my digital photography to the next level I would have to purchase a dSLR camera.
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Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide Review

J Dennis Thomas _JDT0505 is a trusted voice on flickr answering questions that photographers have about using their cameras, as well as a darn good photographer. Nikon D3100 Field Guide, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc, and is his 11th book.

At first I thought it was going to be another "What this button or setting does." book. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a serious "how to" book about using your Nikon D3100 dSLR camera for photography. In the book Dennis goes in to detail about how he would approach shooting subjects and what settings he would use tackle that task. Not only does he teach you what each setting does in plain english, he talks about basic photography concepts that would apply to any camera. A nice addition to be book is a color checking card, which you can use to make sure that your color correction is correct when you get back home.

The later sections of the book are separated by subjects of photography. These parts are great when you are in the field getting ready to shoot sports for example. Dennis gives you helpful hints, suggests settings and other equipment you should bring with you.

Because the Nikon D3100 is also capable of capturing hi-definition video, this book also talks about how to capture video. He talks about the basics of shooting video using your Nikon D3100. Because Nikon's D3100 does not have many controls for video he talks about the terminology and how you can utilize the few controls you have to capture great videos.

If you are new to photography or new to the D3100 you will find Nikon D3100 Field Guide of value and true it its title, a field guide. Overall it's a great book for learning about you Nikon D3100 and photography.

Bill Debevc
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Having just bought the D3100 and being new to DSLR cameras on a whole I had a bit of a learning curve to deal with. I knew I wanted to do more than use the scene settings but I had no idea where to start. A quick trip to the bookstore and I found this book.

I love it! It's got me out shooting everyday so that I can try out all the techniques outlined in it. It covers all the functions and menus and then some, including tips on how to take almost any kind of picture as well as covering the basics of apertures and depth of field.

It's a great book for anyone starting out!
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I just picked up a copy of the D3100 field guide and I'm really happy with it. There is so much great information in it on how to get the most out of my new camera. This book does a great job of not only helping you navigate the maze of menus and buttons, but it also tells you all about lenses and flashes too.

The guide also includes A LOT of instructions on how to take different kinds of pictures, from action to portraits and my favorite macros.

As a beginner, I have to say this is the best guide out there for getting you on the road to taking awesome pictures right away!
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A good solid ... basic guide book for the D3100 ... not a comprehensive detailed manual ... but just what one needs to understand what you are getting with your camera. Especially helpful for reference back to those little used functions you might need to remind yourself about on the camera.

I like the format and the easy of use. I think it is well put together and helpful for a new owner of the particular camera. It is what it says it is ... a field guide. Small enough to tote with you on a trip. A bit to large to carry in the field ... but serves it's purpose well.
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