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Nikon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide (Digital Workflow) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0240521220 ISBN-10: 0240521226 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Digital Workflow
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521220
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,142,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like I said, maybe I expect too much.
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As it disappointed me not being at the level I expected, I reconsidered during reading that this may fit more for beginners and aspiring photographers.
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This book is a beginner's get started manual for Nikon digital SLR cameras.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Every new Nikon digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) comes with a detailed manual explaining the camera's controls and capabilities. These manuals have little information on the practical application of the controls and capabilities to the capturing of images and are often quite technical. Many purchasers of these cameras, especially first time DSLR users, need more help in learning to use these cameras.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damian P. Gadal VINE VOICE on December 15, 2009
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This book provided a decent overview of the some of the current (as of December 2009) product line from Nikon. The title "The Ultimate Photographer's Guide" is a little misleading, as this book isn't about all the mechanics of photography. It provides information to get those interested in using Nikon Products started, going over the basics of Depth of Field, ISO settings, and Shutter Speed, and explains how the three relate to each other. However the information isn't immersive enough to make this an ultimate guide.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shanks VINE VOICE on November 18, 2010
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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. This book is more approachable, and maybe that's why it is disappointing to the more experienced photographer. I especially appreciated the explanations of exposure, color space, white balance and focusing - these are topics I hadn't encountered before and found them wee covered here. Perhaps a bit spendy for the size (it works out to 17 cents a page......), but I'd recommend it for newcomers or if someone special gave you a great camera for Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Levi VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
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This may be a great help to those Nikon D-SLR users who have lost the manual that came with their camera, but not so much to those who still have theirs. I have mine and refer to it often for help learning how to use the features on my D60 but was wanting something else to elaborate on the info in the manual, perhaps going into more depth on how to create specific kinds of images, etc.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that it doesn't even mention the D60; it goes straight from the D40 to the D80 without so much as acknowledging its existance. As the book states, there are plenty of similarities between the D-series models but not enough to satisfy my own personal desire for exact and accurate how-to instructions.

Each chapter contains a brief bio on a professional photographer, which I could do without. The book is already short enough (barely 160 pages) without this extra filler that adds very little to the instructive qualities that I was hoping to get more of. And speaking of filler, the book is also filled with lots of photos - very LARGE photos. I do like seeing the comparative photographs that show the effect of different shooting techniques, etc, but the size is just ridiculous and of course every single chapter begins with an entire page and a half of scenic pro photos that leave about 2 inches of space for the introductory paragraph. In one of the beginning chapters, there are three, count 'em THREE! half-page sized photos simply showing how the battery is installed. The battery! Um, can we cover stuff that ISN'T in the owner's manual and DOESN'T take common sense to figure out?

They call this "The ultimate photographer's guide", but the information this manual provides is hardly any better than what is already in the camera's manual.
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