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A "Must Read" for this camera,
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This review is from: David Busch's Nikon D5100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) (Paperback)
I recently purchased the Nikon D5100 and read the owners manual as diligently as I could, trying to figure out how to fully use all of the possible options this camera has to offer. It becomes quite apparent that the Owners Manual simply isn't enough.
I ordered this book and it arrived a couple of weeks ago, and it really opened my eyes as to what this camera is capable of. Everything is set out in sensible chapters, shows and explains every mode available, and gives you a sense of empowerment over the camera, instead of bewilderment.
If you are upgrading from a basic DSLR or taking a huge jump to this camera as a first DSLR, then this book is a must. Without it, or something like it, then realizing the full potential of this camera could take a very long time, and be very frustrating.
With my camera body I bought a very good lens. I'm delighted I also bought this very good book.
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Initial post: May 30, 2012 7:08:58 AM PDT
Which lens did you buy? I'm getting this camera and torn between a few choices.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 1:50:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012 1:51:54 PM PDT
I own this camera (D5100) and absolutely love it. My favorite lens is the Nikkor 55-300mm VR. It has a great range for taking photos. I have photographed the intricate details of a bumble bee on a flower AND have taken a photo of the moon where you clearly see the craters. To see these photos and the other equipment I use with this camera, you can check out my FB page. http://www.facebook.com/LizJamesPhotograp
Posted on Apr 8, 2013 11:19:06 PM PDT
Adra Elkins says:
Just curious, does the book help with different tips on how to photograph things, rather than simply just listing the separate functions of the camera?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013 7:38:20 PM PDT
There is a lot of information about the settings and functions of the camera. In those chapters, he makes suggestions of when you might use those settings. There is a chapter on lighting and how to make the lighting work for you, advanced techniques like long exposure, and understanding f-stop and ISO values. All of these would definitely teach someone how to take better pictures. I have found it easier to work on one area at a time. First, I learned about shutter speed and aperture relationships. This is all outlined in great detail in the book. Understanding that has made the rest flow pretty easily. I no longer end up with a ton of over or underexposed blurry pictures. From there I've learned to use each of the camera's settings, in my photography, one at a time. So although it's not a guide to becoming a better photographer per se, it's inevitable that you will become a better photographer as you understand how the camera works and why particular settings are useful under specific conditions. The hardest part for me is remembering everything as I take my camera out for the day. It's a thick book with a ton of very helpful information for the newbie photographer like me.
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