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Learn all about your camera and how to shoot, edit, and share great photos

In your Nikon D7000, you have top-of-the-line features that can make you a better photographer. Don't waste a single one! This friendly guide makes it easy to fine-tune focus, use all the camera modes, master exposure, prepare your camera to shoot different types of scenes, and move beyond snapshots to really professional photos.

  • Decipher the dials — learn your way around every control and mode and take advantage of what each has to offer

  • Go from auto to pro — take better pictures right away in the Auto and Scene modes, and then step up to semi-auto and manual modes for even more photographic power

  • And. . . action! — discover how to use the D7000's advanced video features to record and edit HD movies

  • Take control — balance ISO, aperture, and shutter speed for ideal exposure; manipulate depth of field; and learn to manage color

  • Print perfection — after the shot, transfer images to your computer, process Raw files, produce stunning prints, and share pics online

Open the book and find:

  • Details about setting up your camera

  • How to get the most from the powerful autofocus system

  • Hints on balancing the elements of exposure

  • Help with Live View photography

  • Tips on understanding and managing white balance

  • Ten cool features of the Retouch menu

  • How to capture better portraits, landscapes, and action shots

  • Tricks for taking better flash photos

Learn to:

  • Adjust your camera's settings to capture any scene like a pro

  • Master the D7000's autofocus and autoexposure systems for improved images

  • Use your camera's video option to capture full HD videos

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been writing about digital photography since her first edition of Digital Photography For Dummies in 1997. She has written numerous books on Nikon and Canon cameras, and she conducts digital photography classes at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111801202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118012024
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,927 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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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By raviendha on April 6, 2011
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I had a D40 before receiving the D7000 as a gift. The D40 is an entry level camera and very easy to use. The D7000 is mid-level and is so customizable that I would become overwhelmed every time I tried to read a couple of pages of the owner's manual.

I could not decide between this book and Nikon D7000 Digital Field Guide. Each of these books received mixed reviews here on Amazon so I bought them both when the price was right. I read a few pages of the Field Guide, and while it was good information, I kept coming back to the Dummies book. It breaks the information down into manageable sections.

I really like how this Dummies book starts with a very high level overview. It goes over all the controls & menus on the D7000 giving a brief explanation of what each one is for. At the same time it tells where in the book to go for more details. For example, it shows how to set your white balance and gives a very short description of what the white balance is. It then tells you which chapter to go to learn more about white balance. I can see myself referencing this book a lot while I am learning about photography and my new camera. This book would be too basic for someone already familiar with photography - the owner's manual is best in that situation. But, this is called Nikon D7000 for Dummies... it is not for the advanced user but for the newbies like me.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dan on March 22, 2011
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While I'm no stranger to higher end SLR cameras, the purchase of a Nikon D7000 was my first foray into a higher end digital SLR (dSLR). I've been using a Nikon D40x for the past 3+ years and jumped at the chance to add multiple still features plus video to my picture taking options by getting the D7000.

When it arrived, I was a little intimidated. There were multiple options for features that I knew little or nothing about. The manual itself was a bit overpowering as well. I really didn't use the new camera all that much but then I found Nikon D7000 for Dummies.

The book is well laid out and offers a nice mix of camera terminology, photographic basics and then more technical information related to the D7000's various options. The fundamental material served as a good refresher then the book moved into the many options that the camera has to offer and a good description of each one. While the discussions are somewhat technical at times, they are done so in a way that makes sense and should not be overwhelming to even the first time dSLR owner.

The book goes through the various operating levels of the camera from the beginning "point & shoot" modes right up through total Manual operation. Each of these shooting options is laid out in detail including which options can be controlled and which ones are fixed as a feature of the shooting mode the camera is in. What I found to be particularly helpful were the sections on the various focusing and metering options. The D7000 has a rather sophisticated 39-point focusing option that is explained very clearly and the author even gives some suggestions for which option or options to use in certain situations. The metering variables are similar and treated in a similar manner.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TeachingTexas on April 26, 2011
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This book is great for people who are new to photography and professionals who are new to the D7000. You don't need any photography background knowledge to read this book and learn everything there is to know about your Nikon D7000. Before purchasing my D7000 I was a point and shoot kind of girl. I decided to upgrade... big time. Though intimidating at first, the D7000 is actually quite user friendly once you gain a basic knowledge of the features and their purposes. Nikon D7000 For Dummies will help you do just that. It lays it all out for you in well organized sections. The book is great to read from cover to cover with your camera by your side for hands-on training. It's also great to use as a quick reference guide when you need to know something on the fly. In order to get really comfortable and confident with your D7000 you have to spend hours practicing. I do this around my house and yard with Nikon D7000 For Dummies by my side. I may not be a pro just yet, but I have learned so much and continue to learn more every time I shoot. This book has helped me hit the ground running. Instead of shooting in full auto I can actually hold my own with the controls and put out some professional looking photos, thanks to this book. I haven't tried the competition book... the Field Guide something or other, but I'm quite content with the Dummies book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Carpenter on August 24, 2011
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I tend to avoid books in this series because I'm too embarrassed to bring them to the register. This is one of the few items I did not buy from Amazon, but from an actual book store, so I was able to compare several books on the D7000. If you are reading this review, then you either have a D7000, or are thinking about getting one. Since I bought this book after perusing several, you can draw the conclusion that I thought it was the best buy, and you would be right.

The D7000 has about forty buttons/controls, so there is quite a bit to know if you want to shoot anything but full automatic. I knew from past experience that the Nikon owner's manual would be virtually worthless, so I wanted a real guide. This Dummies book, by Julie Adair King, has loads of information, and it is presented in a way that is easy to understand and follow.

There is a good Table of Contents and a detailed Index, so finding what I am looking for is easy. The text is large and clear, and there are many color photos of the camera and controls. The author goes through all the controls, explaining why you would want to change them and how to make those changes. In addition to explaining how the controls work, the author also adds tips of her own, recommending one setting over another and giving the reasons for her choice.

After spending a couple of evenings with this book and my camera, I can now use the controls with confidence. The camera can do so much more when you switch it off Automatic.

Tip #1: Using the camera on a regular basis will help you remember how everything works.
Tip #2: Sit down with the camera, the book, and pad and pen (or computer) and make notes for yourself on how to operate everything. Doing this will help you to understand it better, and you will have notes to refer to later.
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