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Nikon D5100 Experience - The Still Photographer's Guide to Operation and Image Creation with the Nikon D5100 [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Klostermann
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nikon D5100 Experience is an eBook user's guide for the new Nikon D5100 digital SLR.  Learn to use the D5100 quickly and competently to improve your photography and capture better images.  Take control of your camera and the photos you create.

This guide covers the settings, functions and controls of this advanced dSLR, plus explains when and why to use them. Read this eBook on any device including your Kindle, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry with free Kindle Reading Apps available on Amazon.

Nikon D5100 Experience is for intermediate and first time dSLR users who wish to get more out of their D5100 and to go beyond Auto and Program modes and shoot in Aperture, Shutter, and M modes.  It covers basic camera functions and exposure concepts and explains advanced camera controls including using the metering modes for correct exposure, controlling autofocus for sharp focus, and utilizing dramatic depth of field for better images.  This book focuses on still-photography with an introduction to video settings. Sections include:
  • Setting Up Your D5100 - All the Custom Settings, Playback, Shooting, and Setup Menu settings, with descriptions and recommended settings.
  • Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority Modes - How and when to use them to create dramatic depth of field or to freeze or express motion.
  • Auto Focusing Modes, Area Modes and Release Modes - How they differ, how and when to use them to capture sharp images of still and moving subjects, plus using focus lock.
  • Exposure Metering Modes - How they differ, how and when to use them for correct exposures in every situation, plus using exposure lock.
  • Histograms, Exposure Compensation, Bracketing, and White Balance - Understanding and using these features for attaining the proper exposure in all lighting situations, plus setting custom white balance.
  • Composition - Brief tips, techniques, and explanations including creative use of depth of field.
  • The Image Taking Process - A tutorial for using these settings to take photos.
  • Photography Accessories
  • Introduction to Video Settings
This digital field guide for the Nikon D5100 is an 80 page (in original PDF format) illustrated guide that builds upon the information found in the manuals, to help one begin to master their dSLR and learn to use the Nikon D5100 to its full capabilities.


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

What readers are saying about Doug's previous guide Nikon D7000 Experience:

"This book, together with the manual that came with your camera, is all you need to start discovering all the potential of the D7000."
-Max


"It's the first guide I've read which has taken me through all the settings in an understandable way. I now feel that I have control over the camera."
-Peter


"This manual is a clearly written, concise and useful explanation of the rationale for the seemingly infinite and often confusing settings options for the D7000. Used in conjunction with the Nikon manual I feel a bit more confident in understanding how to at last proceed in getting better photographs."
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WLS

"I found the Nikon manual good for understanding how to set things up but not much on the why - this book really focuses on the WHY."
-Benoit

"It's clear, concise and gets to the heart of the camera's multiple and often confusing options. Very highly recommended - for experienced user and beginner alike. The official manual is very good on what to do, but not so clear on why."
-GSA

About the Author

Doug Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer dedicated to documenting the work of international aid organizations. He has photographed for numerous organizations in Latin America and the United States, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. He also lectures and gives individual instruction on digital photography. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Learn more about photography techniques and equipment on his blog Picturing Change at blog.dojoklo.com and view his photography at dojoklo.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 10498 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Full Stop. (April 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQVG68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From beginners to experienced users May 12, 2011
By Oliver
Format:Kindle Edition
This guide is very useful for beginners to experienced users that bought the brand new Nikon D5100.
Through the main lines of the Nikon manual you'll know "this button activates this function". When you buy this kind of camera you want to understand the best ways to freeze moments which is exactly explained in this book.

This book is written in a human way by an experienced photographer who gives you the tips you need to create a beautiful picture.
How to prepare your camera, create shortcuts or activate such options make you efficient on field.
"There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them." ... so react correctly by knowing how the picture is taken by your camera !

I would recommend this ebook to every new Nikon D5100 buyer !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Newbie to DSLR Cameras and Photography August 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book after buying a Nikon D5100 DSLR.

This book covers EVERY single button on your camera and every menu item on your camera. It did help me, but as newbie to DSLR photography (the 5100 is my first) many of the items were way above my head and I hadn't a clue what the author was talking about. I am sure that will change over time especially since after having the camera for about three weeks I've already started dabbling in aperture and shutter priority modes, taking speed pictures and bokeh (blurry background) photography.

This book helped my familliarize myself with the camera and I would buy it again. I, however, need more, in detailed explanations of each button and EXACTLY what they do, especially because the only other cameras I have ever owned are point and shoot. I plan on purchasing the Nikon D5100 for newbies and hopefully that will give me an added bonus. The web has also been a great help as many people have given of their time to teach photography which has been a great plus for me.

At the time of my purchase, this book was the ONLY book available for the D5100. At current there are more books coming out on this model. Check reviews and see what works for you depending on what level of photography you are at.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to get you going July 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought a Nikon D5100 after years of using point-and-shoot cameras. I used SLRs in the far past, but the D5100 had features I was totally unfamiliar with, such as focus tracking modes. After mixed results trying out the camera at a parade, I started to hunt through the Nikon manuals (the printed one that came with the camera and the one that can be downloaded from Nikon). I'm sure the downloadable manual describes every feature I need to know about, but it is huge, and it doesn't make many real-world suggestions and recommendations. So I purchased this ebook.

I read it from front to back in one sitting, playing with the camera as I went along, and I found it covered all the major things I was having trouble with. It left me much more confident about focusing and exposure issues particularly. It is not tremendously long, so if you already know modern DSLRs and want an extremely detailed list of features, this may not be the best book for that. But if you are new to DSLRs or want to bypass hours of hunting through manuals, this is great. He explains the critical features for still photography (less so for video, so look elsewhere if that is your concern). There are many sensible real-world suggestions for configuring the camera that are very helpful. For what it is -- an introductory book -- it is excellent.

The author writes clearly and concisely, and is not prone to belief in the religious issues of photography (True Photographers Use Manual Mode...). His approach is accessible and friendly. If you're having trouble getting going with your new camera, I think this is well worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great manual! July 6, 2011
By GK172
Format:Kindle Edition
This book made it much easier to operate my new Nikon D5100. It basically expands on the manual that comes witht he camera and tells you what each setting is and what you should set it at. It also gave me some great pointers on Aperture priority mode, Shutter and ISO. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory text November 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have used an old manual Nikon cameras for many years. I just purchased a Nikon D5100 and after reading the manual I still wasn't sure I understood it enough to use it to its full potential. After an online search I found the Nikon D5100 Experience. Within 1/2 an hour I found it well worth its modest price.
After reading the whole text and experimenting with the camera as I was reading I understood what settings would work best for me. The camera gives you many options and it was good to learn enough to be able to choose among them intelligently. Coming from old school cameras I was not aware of the many ways that auto-focus and auto-exposure could be used to take great pictures.
Overall I would highly recommend this book to those unfamiliar with this camera and would also recommend it to others who want to make sure they understand the full technical capabilities of the D5100.
It would be less useful for the advanced amateur who is quite familiar with digital SLRs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nikon D5100 Experience" by Doug Klostermann July 9, 2011
By Jeffro
Format:Kindle Edition
This publication helped me fast track the use of this camera and configure the numerous setup options that was needed before taking the camera on holidays with me. Doug's follow-up assistance with various intricacies has also been fantastic.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars get this book...you'll be glad you did
I have read several articles and watched multiple You Tube videos on the d5100. The ..."d5100 Experience " is an easy and very comprehensive read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thor Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D5100 Guide
i have found this book to be extremely helpful. the Nikon D5100 is a great camera however to get the everything out of this camera's capabilities out of it this takes a lot of time... Read more
Published 9 months ago by GR
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle delux
needed a way to carry around a good reference on a trip that I have coming up and this way I don't have to carry along the small manual and another instruction book
Published 14 months ago by T. Cecchino
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D5100 Guide to operation and Image Creation
This book is just great it explains every thing you need to know about the Nikon. It will take awhile for it to catch on in my head but at least I can refer but to it when I need... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Delphine Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners and the more experienced!
This book, with its fun to read and easy to understand instructions, helps both the novice and experienced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Laura A
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
Very helpful guide with detailed descriptions of all the features available for still photography as well as basic information for video. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Julie Nemecek
4.0 out of 5 stars It has helped me in using this camera.
It has helped me in using this camera. Very informative, easy to use and more importantly explains the features one needs to use. Well written.
Published 22 months ago by David Belfry
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for the price
Wonderful instructions and photos of how to use the Nikon D5100 in layman's terms. A beginner or professional photographer will gain helpful info from this book.
Published 22 months ago by Margie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I'm a new novice photographer and this book walked me thru a lot of stuff. What I like as a digital book, is that I can use it as a reference book when needing certain settings.
Published 23 months ago by J. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Operational Guide
I found this book to be very helpful in mastering most of the key elements of the D5100. It is very well written and flows in a cogent fashion. Read more
Published on August 30, 2012 by Joe C. Lynde
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More About the Author

Douglas Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer and the author of best-selling dSLR camera guides including 'Canon 5D Mark III Experience' and 'Nikon D810 Experience.' He has photographed for numerous organizations in the United States and Latin America, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Learn more about photography techniques and equipment on his blog Picturing Change at http://blog.dojoklo.com and view his photography at http://www.dojoklo.com.

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