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Nikon D800: From Snapshots to Great Shots Paperback – August 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0321840745 ISBN-10: 0321840747 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321840747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321840745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education, and instruction. Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular PhotoWalk Pro blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography techniques and editing digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks, have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.

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Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education and instruction.

Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular "PhotoWalk Pro" blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography technique and editing of digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.

Customer Reviews

Strong recommendation for a beginner or intermediate student of photography.
patrick keeley
I felt this book was not that Informative The way it's laid-out I was looking for Something more advanced.
R. Ingram
The Nikon D800 book will give you advice and tips on how to get the most out of your D800 camera.
David Rice

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By I. H. Ross on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having just bought my D800 I was keen to have some sort of guide as it is quite different to my D7000. I have the Book "Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots :written by John Batdorff, which, whilst not the greatest book ever written, I did find useful. However, the D800 book seems to be a regurgitation of the basics,has very little to tell you about the D800 itself and quite frankly covers almost exactly the same stuff. If you had the D7000 plus the D800 manual then writing this book would be a piece of cake. Almost a con. To be fair, if you are new to photography and the D800 is your first Nikon DSLR then OK. However given the price tag on the camera, it's not what I would call an entry model so most users would expect quite a bit more than this book provides.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By vb on August 28, 2012
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My assumption (completely erroneous as it turns out) was that a book written for a D800 or D800E user would be directed toward an advanced amateur/pro audience who wanted to fully exploit and understand the strengths (and weaknesses) of this camera. Instead this is a book that covers Photography 101. Does anyone who buys this camera not understand the difference between a wide-angle lens and a telephoto??? Or how about depth of field??? Essentially the author has packaged what is found in a 1000 other elementary photography books and wrapped it around some specifics pertaining to a Nikon D800. Most of the book is so rudimentary that it's a complete waste of time. For those Nikon D800/E users who really want a decent exploration of the features of this camera, pass on this book and buy J. Dennis Thomas' "Nikon D800 & D800E Digital Field Guide".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KEVIN ROXBY on September 21, 2012
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Too much time spent on how to make a particular photograph and not nearly enough on Nikon's D800 functionality and unique "ins and outs". Those who invest in a camera at the level of the D800 likely know beyond the camera skills delineated here. I suspect a "cut & paste" from the author's other books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bit 'O History Buff on November 27, 2012
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I've just scratched the surface with this guide, but I'm enjoying the heck out of learning about my camera with it!
Practical illustrations and layman's explanation make navigating this burly advanced camera a breeze. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ingram on January 19, 2013
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I felt this book was not that Informative
The way it's laid-out I was looking for Something more advanced. This book did not meet my needs,
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patrick keeley on October 7, 2012
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Nikon D800: From Snapshots to Great ShotsThis book explains how to use the D800 to take photographs, with examples of photos and what camera setting were used to capture the image. Its both a how to take a photo or create a photo effects while learning how to utilize the D800 multiple capabilities. Strong recommendation for a beginner or intermediate student of photography. The price make this a super bargain. The end of chapter assignments help you retain the information discussed in each chapter. Suggested practice exercises are instructive with out being excessively time consuming. A great book for me as an beginner/intermediate photographer as I learned about the D800 by using its features to take pictures.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
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The Nikon D800 and D800E are amongst the most sophisticated of cameras. My guess is that most people acquiring these cameras already have extensive photographic skills. They probably understand exposure, focusing and composition. This book is not for them.

I suspect that there are also just a few folks who know almost nothing about photography, will purchase one of these cameras as a first camera, aren't interested in getting the most from their camera, and never want to read another book about photography. This is the audience for this book.

The first four chapters of the book describe the most fundamental controls. Then there are chapters on photographing sports, portraits and landscapes. A chapter on lighting deals primarily with low-light photography and then there is a chapter on high dynamic range photography. The next two chapters are a mixed bag of tips. The last chapter of the book deals with the video capabilities of the D800 and D800E. There is a chapter on-line that deals with accessories. Other than the first four chapters and the last, the chapters resemble cookie cutter advice that could apply to any digital single lens reflex.

In the introduction the author absolves himself of responsibility for a detailed explanation of the cameras' capabilities by telling you to read the manual if that's what you want. And yet I would have expected that as he ran through his subjects he would have told you about a feature when it furthered the lesson. For example, Revell tells you to level your camera when taking panoramas, but fails to mention the neat little level built right into the camera. He talks a lot about depth of field, but fails to mention the depth of field preview button.
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