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Make the most of that cool new camera! Learn all its tricks and take creative control

Your D5100 is made for creative expression. The more you understand about your camera, the more fun you can have. Learn about all the settings, find out what all those technical buzzwords mean, and then start getting creative — begin mastering exposure, manipulating focus, shooting video, and sharing it all online, by e-mail, or in prints.

  • A perfect setup — learn how to set up your camera for basic shootingand how to get the best results in the fully automatic modes

  • Movie time — choose the right quality, focus, and audio options, then record and edit HD movies

  • Go pro — move out of Auto mode and take full control over exposure, flash, focus, and color

  • Explore exposure — get the scoop on f-stops, shutter speed, ISO, and other exposure controls

  • Learn to share — download and process your images for prints or online sharing

Open the book and find:

  • When to use JPEG and when to shoot Raw

  • Advice on basic photo settings

  • Tips for shooting still photos in Live View

  • What you can learn from a histogram and other picture data

  • How to tweak exposure with Active D-Lighting and HDR

  • Comparisons of editing programs

  • Which autofocus settings work best

  • Ten fun and useful photo effects

Learn to:

  • Take professional-looking photos even if this is your first dSLR

  • Use the autoexposure Scene modes or move up to manual control

  • Get creative with exposure, color, focus, and special effects

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photographyfor more than a decade. She is the author of several books on various Nikon andCanon cameras as well as Digital Photography For Dummies, and she teaches beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118118197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118118191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By pm444 on January 6, 2012
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First of all, ignore the "For Dummies" part of the title, as this book is aimed at users ranging from beginners to those with some experience, and it's certainly not written for dummies. It is one of several excellent books that focus specifically on the Nikon D5100. Each has its strengths, and in this case, the book offers many color photos showing the camera's controls and menu screens along with a wealth of helpful information. It is well organized, the author goes into a lot of detail, and she presents the material in a way that allows the reader to quickly find just what he or she is looking for. Then, if you want to go further, the information is there.

For me, this has become my go-to reference manual for the D5100. It has a very good index, so when I want more information on a certain topic, it's easy to find. I usually find additional information that adds to my understanding of the camera, and photography in general.

I have not worked through this book in a systematic way, as I have with Rob Sylvan's book Nikon D5100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, but instead I use it as a supplement. In fact, these two books make a great combination. Sylvan presents his material almost like a course, starting out with basic concepts and building up to more complex ones, while King covers each topic in detail from the beginning. I certainly refer to this one often enough that I would not want to be without it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By LitiGator on January 4, 2012
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I have owned my D5100 for several months now and have read numerous books/manuals for this camera, and in my opinion, this is the best book for individuals new to the D5100 and DSLR cameras in general. There are other highly rated books that, while informative, are more complex/detailed and better suited to more experienced photographers. As someone new to photography, there is an overwhelming amount of information available, and it is easy to get bogged down in the details. This book cuts to the chase, is organized in an easy to read format and will help you get up to speed on the ins and outs of the D5100 quickly.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ColininOz on December 28, 2011
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I was disappointed that Nikon only provided a very basic printed user manual for this excellent 'just above entry level' DSLR camera. The full information is supplied on a CD - which is fine if you want to take a laptop with you on early shoots and keep referring back to it. This book is easy to read, with a few little humorous asides, and covers all the bases - both for beginner and the more experienced 'not so dumb' reader. Very well illustrated too. Decent index. The lady knows how to teach as well as how to shoot images. Recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonsommer on February 13, 2012
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A Nikon D5100 can be a little intimidating, well let's be totally honest, it can be a lot intimidating - and Nikon's supplied manual covers the surface capabilities - - fairly well. This is my first ever 'for dummies' book and I am quite impressed with it. It's not elitest in it's explanations, you understand what the writer is trying to communicate and you're ready and excited to go out and test your new knowledge. You need this book if you really want to understand the capabilities of your new camera. It's well worth the price!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jean Swift on February 16, 2012
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I have not finished the whole book yet, but wanted to say that just having a book about my specific camera, telling me how to use all the options etc. is really good. The pictures are exactly like the camera I am holding in my hand as I read, and it explains things I hadn't thought to ask about yet.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AndreaM on December 28, 2011
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I'm completely new to the upgraded digital cameras. I purchased a Nikon D5100 and had no clue how to use it. So I then purchased two books one being Nikon D51 for Dummies. Of the two I have to say hands down Nikon D5100 For DUMMIES is by far the better product for beginners. It is very easy to read and laid out in a pleasant user friendly manner. In my opinion Nikon D5100 for Dummines doesn't appear to be to wordy like the other book I purchased and other books I looked at. That other book and the other books I looked at, had me just setting it aside because I lost interest in them. I appreciate how Nikon for Dummies explaines everything and the photos that help as a visual aid are bonus. I highly suggest this book over the many other books I have looked at. Save yourself the money and get this one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By eisey on November 28, 2011
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This book not only explains the basic features of the camera but it also takes you on a journey to open the real world of photography. There rteally is so much to do with this camera I just doubt that I will get to everything. Now, that's good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dd536 on October 25, 2013
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Most have for beginners. The manuel with the camera tells you very little.
I have been working my way through the book, trying each instruction on the camera as I go. I'm picking up something new on each page. The book is very informative. Don't be thrown by the "Dummies" part.
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