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Nikon D600 Digital Field Guide Paperback – February 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118509302 ISBN-10: 1118509307 Edition: 1st
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Take full advantage of your full-frame Nikon D600

Whether you're a novice, an advanced hobbyist photographer, or a videographer, the D600 has features you will love. This book helps you identify, understand, and use them all. Written by a veteran photographer and designed to go everywhere in your camera bag, this full-color guide walks you through setting up your camera and using every feature in real-life situations. Here's how to get the most from your investment in Nikon technology.

  • Get acquainted with all the settings, modes, and controls
  • Learn to manipulate focus, understand white balance, and use each of the 19 scene modes
  • Choose the right lens for your purpose
  • Shoot both still pictures and video in Live View, and master in-camera editing techniques
  • Explore user settings, off-camera flash, HDR, and tone mapping

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer with nearly 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon cameras. He has written more than a dozen successful Nikon Digital Field Guides. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Elle, Ebony, W, and Digital Photo Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118509307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118509302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer and author based out of Austin, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon and Leica cameras. His work has been published in many regional and national publications including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Elle, Ebony, People, Time, National Geographic, W magazine, Us Weekly, The New York Post, Premier Guitar, Music Radar,Country Weekly, and Thrasher magazines. His still photography has been featured in television documentaries such as Unsung: The Geto Boys and in the opening credits of the HBO series LUCK. He has written over a dozen highly successful Digital Field Guides for Wiley publishing as well as a book on product photography. He has also written a comprehensive book about concert and live music photography and decay photography for Focal Press.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sterling G. Wells on February 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I rarely give books five-star reviews, but the sheer utility of this one convinced me to do it.

Don't make the mistake of thinking this book is just a longer version of the D600's user manual - it's far more than that. To me, this work really felt like a a couple weekends' worth of photography workshops taught through the context of the D600's specific feature set. Which is incredibly helpful because it's easy to find detailed discussions of metering modes, white balance, histograms, etc on the internet, but it's a lot more difficult to translate those concepts from a web page to your specific camera. This book explains these (and more complex) concepts to you while showing you how to correctly use them on your D600, button by button.

Also, this guide covers a surprisingly broad range of topics. I was pleasantly surprised to find a section discussing & offering advice on some of NIkon's most popular lenses, the benefits/disadvantages of buying used lenses and third party lens options. Like I said, this book is much more than a longer user manual. It's more like a one-stop reference guide for almost everything you need.

I started out with this book by reading most of it at my desk with my camera sitting next to me, which was a good way to begin. But for me the greatest utility of this Field Guide was, unsurprisingly, when I took it into the field. I tossed it into my bag when I went on a shoot earlier this week and found myself checking the index/glossary on several occasions when I couldn't get my lighting and depth of field exactly where I wanted it. Because the book is logically and well organized it was super easy to find the information I was looking for.

My final remark has to do with the physical book itself - it's really nice!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Gracia on February 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nikon's D600 is already a hot item and creating a lot of talk many great reasons, and also for bad reasons. But having said that, the manual that comes with these cameras have always been terrible. It isn't until books like these come out that we really harness the power of the camera and understand the level of sophistication in their technology.

Most Helpful Chapters For Me:

Chapter 4: Selecting and Using Lenses with the Nikon D600
Being my first full frame camera, I found this chapter incredibly helpful as the transition from DX to FX can be confusing and here we have all we need to know.

Chapter 7: Working with Live View and Video
DSLRs have become very popular for video production and this chapter while short and concise gives you a great start of the subject and all the knots and bolts required to successfully dive into beautiful video recording.

Chapter 8: Advanced topics
Here I found the HDR and bracketing sections particularly helpful as well as the U1/U2 sections.

Finally I love the fact that a gray card and color checker is included with the book and there is a whole appendix devoted to using it correctly.

Once again, like the D7000 version, this one is going to live in my camera bag.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Branch on February 21, 2013
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This book is nicely printed on quality paper with good layout and use of white space and a decent index. Most of the book is a large-font reprise of the Nikon supplied D600 camera manual. It's a useful reference format for sophisticated DSLR users but others will find much of the detail borderline incomprehensible. (It's a very tedious read.) The author does not add much beyond the mechanics of operating this sophisticated camera.

My complaints:
1) Very little explanation of the "when" to use all the various options and how they interact
2) Lack of clarity on which settings affect raw files and which only affect JPGs
3) More than 1/3 of the book is generic filler which would apply to any camera (lens selection, composition, lighting, etc.). This adds bulk, making it a bit heavy as a "field guide."

The section that almost saves the day concerns customized "User Settings." This short (6 page) section gives the author's recommended settings for Portraits, Landscapes, Sport & Action, Concerts, and several other situations. However there is no explanation of "why" for each of 15 or so settings under each heading. This could have been a great book IF it had been expanded to include a thorough discussion of cameras settings in the context of common shooting situations (replacing the generic filler).

Net, not particularly helpful for either advanced or novice photographers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Got mine in the mail today. Now I get to start learning (or relearning) the features & functions of my D600. These field guides are so much better then the stock Nikon manuals. I just sold my D300, and gave the photographer my Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide. He was pretty pleased to see the Digital Field Guide and said he was going to be reading and highlighting tips in it.

This is my third J. Dennis Thomas Digital Field Guide and just like my previous books.... this will find a home in my gear bag because it is so informative and is a great quick reference guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DSS on February 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
The D600 Digital Field Guide is a wonderful source of information for those just starting out with the Nikon D600. It covers everything from the basics, to some of the more advanced topics in photography. Chapters include learning how to set up your camera, what settings to use, when and how to use them, exposure options, composition, how to read histograms, a very helpful glossary of terms, and so on and so forth.

Although the book is small (which makes it perfect for taking along with you on a photo trip), it contains everything you'll need to know not just about this camera, but also about certain techniques, lenses and lighting. It is especially helpful if you are a beginner to photography, but it may also have something to offer to the more advanced users. I have been into photography for many years, but I still found topics in this book that had me learning new things about the camera.

The chapters are quick and painless. They're long enough to explain themselves concisely, but short enough that you won't find yourself bored reading them. What's even more important is that all the information is easily understandable (unlike the Nikon manuals that might as well be written in Latin). The book contains plenty of color photo examples that demonstrate certain settings to help you understand the difference.

If you just picked up your first DSLR (the Nikon D600) and you want to start enjoying the camera to its' fullest, pick up this book and start learning! Get out of "A" Auto mode, dive into "M" Manual and find yourself producing stunning results in no time at all. The D600 is an incredible photographic tool and it would be a terrible shame if you didn't learn to use it to it's full potential. This book is an excellent place to start and it can help you get the most out of it. You're getting advice from a great source,...a pro-photographer who's been using Nikon gear in the field for years.
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