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Nikon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide (Digital Workflow) 1st Edition
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This book presents a general overview of the current line of Nikon DSLRs. Chapters include basic information on exposure, digital feature selection, descriptions of the usual controls on a Nikon DSLR, descriptions of a few of the current models of camera bodies and lenses, discussion of flash photography, and an overview of Nikon's proprietary image processing software, Nikon Capture NX 2. Profiles of some successful Nikon camera users are also included.
It sounds like a good idea to have a book for beginning Nikon users that shows how to use the camera to actually take pictures. Such a book needn't show all the bells and whistles available on DSLRs but it should provide enough information to enable the reader to take pictures that will make them happy with their investment. Books usually are published that explain the use of each individual model but this is one of the few books to assay an overview of the manufacturer's entire line. Unfortunately, it is not very effective in accomplishing this task.
The explanations of exposure, color space, white balance and focusing are a good introduction to those tools. However the descriptions of the cameras, lenses, speedlights and Nikon Capture NX2 just seem to be a rehash of the manufacturer's literature, without any practical information.Read more ›
That being said, it did provide good information to get a beginner started down the path of photography. I liked the fact that they interjected the material with profiles from working photographers. This made the book much more interesting and provided some insight into the photography world, though a couple of profiles sounded more like resumes than a philosophical summary of what photography can mean.
The book also covered RAW image capture, and the Nikon Lighting system, not in great depth, but in enough detail to give the beginner an idea of what they are, and for what they are used. Most introduction books I've seen tend to skip flash altogether. Post capture image processing was briefly covered, but is really beyond the scope of this book
All in all, this was a good read, and would make for a nice introduction/reference for the budding Nikon Photographer.
The first parts of the book are straight-forward and unintimidating introductions to the design and geography of DSLR. These are the basics (described and illustrated) starting at the very beginning (such as installing the battery). There is an overview of menus and what each setting means. Topics not specifically related to cameras but important to know (such as the meaning, range, selection, and uses of the various color spaces--something I wish someone had explained to me when I entered the world of digital photography!)Everything that can be explained to make you more familiar, more comfortable, and less intimidated by these multi-faceted cameras is covered, and covered well. A nice plus are the photography tips along with the settings, so that you get a clearer idea of how a setting will directly impact your image.
There are brief explanations having to do with work flow to increase your efficiency; file extensions used in photography; file storage, file backup, and file processing information; and a particular emphasis on the benefits of taking advantage of the options that RAW (.NEF) files provide.
The authors progressively get more Nikon-specific, going into specific models and their particular distinctions.Read more ›
I've been using a Nikon digital SLR camera (D50) for several years, having switched over from a Nikon film SLR camera that I used for 10 years. I had hoped to learn more about how to make the most from Nikon DSLRs, or learn some new tricks from this book. I found the first chapter of the book, "the exposure triangle" quite confusing, since the authors mention that there are 3 legs to the triangle: aperture, shutter speed, and....? They go on to a section on aperture and depth of field without explicitly naming the third leg of the exposure triangle. By the end of that chapter, my understanding of aperture, shutter speed and light (my guess at the third leg of the triangle) was more confused than it was before I opened the book. The various images included in the text didn't help since most of them aren't explained with captions and their relevance isn't always clear. After reading the text, I am similarly in the dark about workflow. According to the authors, it seems to be an important topic, but I'm not sure what the definition is or why it has any importance at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for a quick overview of what your camera and flash is capable of achieving. It is also a handy guide to lens jargon and lens selection.Published on April 8, 2013 by Filmmaster 6
This is nothing more than an advertizment for Nikon cameras. I ordered it thinking that it would help me with some insight to my Nikon D300 and the processing of its images. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The step by step instructions are great for a beginner who might feel intimidated by their new DSLR. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Katie C. Nelson
First, the positives: the book is visually appealing, with many beautiful color photos, including some excellent close-ups of cameras, showing dials and settings. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by pm444
I had to buy some kind of Nikon guide to get even a reasonable entry level use out of my Nikon D90.
I am not going to customize this camera or go into the full range of... Read more
I'll admit that I am a real newb in the world of higher-end DSRLs, and the Nikon manual was just too intimidating to sit down with and try to digest all of the features. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Mark Shanks
I had just delved into more serious DSLR photography when I decided to pick up this book. The information it contains steps you through every feature on several fairly current... Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This short (177 pages, including preliminaries and index) and pricey book has brief text and many attractive color photos, both of which are surrounded by excessive white space. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Rudolf Schmid
Useful information including lots of step by step photos of features and controls of a DSLR. Very informative and more geared toward those new to DSLR's rather than experienced... Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by En Trance