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Nikon D5100: From Snapshots to Great Shots 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321793843
ISBN-10: 0321793846
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About the Author

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, author, and Web developer. In addition to being NAPP's Lightroom Help Desk Specialist, he also writes the "Under the Loupe" column for Photoshop User magazine, and blogs about Lightroom at Lightroomers.com. Rob is the author of Taking Stock: Make money in microstock creating photos that sell (Peachpit Press).
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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321793846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321793843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By pm444 on January 6, 2012
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This book is an excellent introduction to the D5100. The author begins with a chapter in which he gives 10 tips to follow from the very outset, and he explains the reasons for each tip. The chapters continue in a logical progression, one topic at a time, with assignments at the end of each chapter to give you a chance to apply what you have learned.

The book is aimed at users who are new to using a dSLR or have some knowledge but are looking to improve their skills. It's clearly written, and it focuses on the things you need to know in order to get the most out of your camera. It is not a comprehensive guide to every feature of the D5100 and it doesn't claim to be, and for me, that is its real strength. Instead of feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by too much information, the reader can work through the material at his or her own pace. The author offers enough to get you started shooting right away, then he goes on to explain the "professional" shooting modes (aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode), and he does it in a way that is accessible to anyone. He even tells you which shooting situations make the most sense for each mode.

The book focuses primarily on using the D5100 for still photos, so the section on video is short and to the point. There is more information in two bonus chapters offered for free online at the publisher's website, but I have not had the need to access them yet.

The book includes many photographs with shooting data and analysis, as well as detailed photos of the camera itself, identifying all of the controls, and also many screenshots of the LCD menu to show exactly how to adjust various settings.
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You'd think that such a skinny book would be a bit on the skimpy side, but no. I went to Barnes and Noble to check it out in person and I was blown away by the simplicity and clarity of this book. This has fifty times more content than the manual the camera comes with. What I find ironic is that the manual is about as thick as this book, but so much more useful!
The author really knows how to grip his readers because every chapter is packed with useful information, tips, and pictures. I love how each photo has its technical details at the bottom so you know how he got that exact shot. You learn all about Panorama, panning, flowing waterfalls, shooting portraits, and fast moving subjects. Anything you could think of shooting will be in here Guaranteed. I also love how the author has Manual Callouts that give you the exact page numbers of content in the manual that this book doesn't go into depth about.
AWESOME book for the price! Great for people who really want to get into photography, and for those who are trying to get out of Auto.
This is a fantastic purchase; You won't be disappointed!
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when I got my d5100 this was one of the 3 guides I bought for it. Having read all 3, I have to say this on is the least bang for the buck. Overall there is nothing wrong with this book. In fact if your a true photography beginner, with no experience then this is a great book. The end of each chapter includes exercises designed to get you familair with you camera, and the chapters introduce basic photography concepts like composition, depth of field, basic basic metering. But that is it. The book never address more experience photographers who might be new the that camera model but not know to photography. Some of the really cool features like multiple exposures are left out. Video is given its one chapter which is nice, but in the extra's chapter for the macro section the author switches to Canon equipment in some of the examples. Which is just odd considering we are discussing a nikon camera.

Overall if you are a beginner, and got this new fancy DSLR and have no clue how to use it or take photos, then this book is great. If you are a more experience photographer and your new to the camera but not to photography, there are better book out there for you.
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This book is helpful for those who wants to undestand their D5100. Less pages... very precise and simple language used that can be understood with guidlines and pictures explaining the know-how of camera and its settings...must buy if want to explore your d5100...
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I just recently entered to the DSLR world: I bought a Nikon D5100. Due to highly reviews I bought The digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. After I read it, I could have some interesting pictures, but really with no difference with the ones taken with my previous Canon elph point and shot. Next, I bought Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography - Field Guide-: amazing, excellent book, with this book I really understood photography and began to take beautiful pictures, especially in the field: outside, traveling, city, landscapes, people, etc. And lastly, I bought Rob Sylvan: Nikon D5100: From Snapshotas to Great Shots, wow, excellent, first time my portraits were totally sharp (at 100% magnifying); it help me out to gain and improve skills. Starting how to really know your camera, get the best set up to start with, to landscape pictures, low light, macro, composition, etc., I now know much much more than before, and the most important, every day I feel more satisfied with the pictures I take. I highly recommend this book along the Bryan Peterson's, though different approach, complementary each other.
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