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ISBN-13: 978-0321766540 ISBN-10: 0321766547 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321766547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321766540
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and his work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. He loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at www.batdorffphotography.com.

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John Batdorff is a Chicago based professional photographer, author, instructor, and a nationally recognized authority on black and white photography. His work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Travel Photographer, and Digital Photo Experience. John teaches classes at his Chicago studio and leads on-location workshops.

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Customer Reviews

The manual that came with the camera is good but left me wanting more!
Linda
This book would be great for someone who is new to photography, but the Nikon D7000 is a prosumer camera.
Robert Prouse
Gives great instructions on how to take good photographs with clear explanations of real photos.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Alex G. on January 27, 2011
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It has been years since I've reviewed a book here, but I feel compelled to review this one. I read this book cover to cover in two days, during a vacation, and my photos as well as my understanding of photographic concepts and technique improved dramatically as a result.

I have a feeling most people who have recently purchased a Nikon D7000 are upgrading from another camera. I moved up from a D50 that served us well, but as photography is becoming a hobby, I wanted a more serious camera. If you've even glanced at the Nikon D7000 manual, you know it is largely unreadable and completely devoid of descriptions of practical applications for the functionality it covers. This book is just the opposite: it is a perfect APPLIED how-to for the Nikon D7000.

The author is an excellent photographer and a very good writer. He makes complex photographic concepts easy to understand. He demonstrates his lessons with great photographs, providing EXIF data, as well the story and the lesson behind each photo in the captions.

The first few chapters of this book cover photography basics like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. and specifically how to manage them with the D7000. Then, he dives into the applications: there are chapters on portraits, landscapes, and motion photography -- all within the context of the D7000.

For those readers who want to learn about photography with their D7000, and get more serious about their photographic journey, this is the book for you. If you are an high-level intermediate photographer, and certainly if you are an advanced photographer, this is probably not the book you should be buying. This book teach good photography through the viewfinder of the D7000.

For me, it was the perfect book at the perfect time -- as I am becoming more serious about the art and science of digital SLR photography with my D7000.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By HMS on February 3, 2011
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As a somewhat serious amateur, I looked to upgrading from my Nikon D70, on which I began my adventures in digital photography, to the D7000. It's quite a leap! The manual which comes with the camera is good in that it explains every feature, one by one. John Batdorff's book spends time on how to use the features, from basic to advanced, and he references the appropriate pages of the Nikon camera manual. I found it quite helpful and well worth the cost.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Frades on February 3, 2011
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My main reason reading this book is to learn other Nikon D7000 menu control settings which I may have missed because I am too lazy reading the Nikon manual. It's like going back to basic for me, even though I use full manual mode settings to almost all of my photography these past six months. And indeed I was rewarded to know some more from this book than reading the boring Nikon manual alone.

This book (kindle pc edition) explains briefly and to the point essential elements of Nikon D7000 and to a large extent, a mini course on basic photography. It walks you through the process of taking good pictures with corresponding camera settings to choose from, carefully advising the reader to try this and other settings, as well as giving thoughtful advise when to use a tripod for slow shutter speed in order to get perfect exposure. I just finished a short basic and advance classroom course on photography and learnt that this author is telling all the right stuff a beginner to serious amateur ought to know. Experienced photographers don't need this guide but for a beginner, this well-thought and careful advise is helpful enough and time saver that is worth the money than investing in more advanced and complex books on photography.

The Nikon manual book alone will not tell you which value settings or f/stop to use for particular shots (action sport, nightscape, etc.) but this author, if the reader pays attention well, is spot on his intention to get his message through.

The manual book is such a bore that it fails to capture my attention (sorry, it's just me). But this book is interesting read for me.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By JimF on February 25, 2011
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I was a bit disappointed in this book.

If you were new to digital photography and spent this much money on your first camera, then this is a potentially-good book for you.

But I suspect there are few people in that category.

For anyone that is already somewhat familiar with digital photography and upgraded or otherwise replaced their camera with a D7000, this spends too much time on ideas about taking pictures, and not enough providing insights into the particular tool you've bought.

Let's pick one area out of many as an example: The D7000 offers a confusing myriad focus modes, and separate sets for photos and videos. This book provides discussion about using DOF. But when it comes to whether 3D area mode works with sports v.s. AF-A 39 point ... it stops as soon as it gets to the real meat. I've tried 3D and can't get it to work worth a darn with moving subjects, which is supposedly its raison d'être. If 3D is good for motion, why didn't Nikon use it in Sports mode? Did I do something wrong, or is it right for other applications? You won't find out from this book.

I got the Kindle edition, and this shows both the strengths and weaknesses of the Kindle. Great for searching, but the photos -- although available in color if you read on a PC instead of a Kindle reader -- can be zoomed, and the text readily read.
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