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David Busch's Nikon D5100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1435460855
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Introduction. 1. Quick Tour: Shooting Your First Nikon D5100 Picture. 2. The Nikon D5100 Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Nikon D5100. 4. Shooting Basics. 5. Photography with your Nikon D5100. 6. Advanced Shooting and Movie Making. 7. Working with Lenses. 8. Working with Light. 9. Downloading and Editing. 10. Troubleshooting Your Nikon D5100. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435460855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435460850
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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You'll need to have a working knowledge on F/stop, shutter speed, and ISO. But this book is excellent and very helpful. It's very comprehensive and explains every little function of the camera. You learn to realize that you can set the camera maybe 3 different ways and still come up with the same outcome... and that's comforting as a photographer when you have to think-quick and your subjects are moving all over the place. (it's good to know you have options to get a good photo!).

Excellent book. Worth the $ and if you spend the time reading every page (sometimes twice), you'll have as much knowledge as a seasoned photographer.
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I bought this book, after having seen the D5100 in a camera store, to help me decide if I wanted to spend the money (about $1,000.00 for the camera body and two lenses) to buy the camera. After skimming through the parts of the book that covered the kind of close-up studio photography of miniatures that I hoped to do, I was convinced I should buy the camera. After I had bought the camera, the book was indispensible for using the camera effectively, being much more comprehensive than the Owner's Manual that came with the camera. When I had questions about how to improve my photography, the book's well organized Table of Contents and Index led me to great solutions. If you are thinking about buying the Nikon D5100, I think this book is essential.
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This is the latest Busch's industry-best guidebooks, offering a comprehensive manual for the Nikon D5100 mid-level digital SLR. This one is a companion for Nikon's ground-breaking upgrade from the entry-level D3100. The D5100 features a swiveling LCD, full HDTV movie making, 16.2 megapixel resolution, and other features not usually found in a low-cost D-SLR. Busch gives them all a workout in this book, going much deeper than the run-of-the-mill camera guide to offer advice on how to use every control, select every menu option, and take the best pictures of your life. The author's friendly style leads you through the camera's features and tells you not only what each capability does, but gives examples of when you'll get the most benefit from using it. Busch explains all the new features for the D5100 in a way that's easy to understand. His novel approach is to condense all the essential information about each and every control on the camera into a multi-page "roadmap" that explains their functions without the need to leap around from page to page, as is the case with the Nikon manual. He devotes several full chapters to outlining every menu option, and actually provides much more detail than you'll find in most of the other "expanded" guides for the D5100.

Although this book is a weighty tome, it's easy reading, and if you want a condensed version to carry around with you, Busch offers that too. His David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D5100 is a worthy replacement for those laminated cheat sheets that fold out into six index card sized tabs with one-sentence summaries of most of the menu settings, too. While the portable version duplicates some of the information found in this book, the two make a great pair for home and field. You'll want to buy them both to have the information you need on the go and for study at home.
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I purchased this book based on the author's reputation and on other positive reviews but am sorry to report that I was disappointed. I went through it once, it is only a glorified manual, with larger photos in colour instead of small line drawings the manual has. It tells you what each control or button does, but how exactly to use it, when to use it and why to use it -- is often not covered. At times it tells you what it does (exactly as the manual does) without further elucidation, which is why people buy the book in the first place.

I think it might be a cut-and-paste from some earlier book the author has written about another Nikon camera, because on one page (Page 134) it refers to a "focus selector lock lever" which is non-existent on this camera model (d5100). Not expected from an author with one million books in print

On the positive side, it contains some useful info about lenses, accessories, software, but not worth the price of the book.

I am unlikely to open it up again. I also bought "From Snapshots to Great Shots on the D5100 - I think that is a better buy
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