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David Busch's Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition

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Introduction. Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Nikon D90. Chapter 2: Nikon D90 Roadmap. Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Nikon D90. Chapter 4: Fine-Tuning Exposure. Chapter 5: Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Nikon D90. Chapter 6: Working with Lenses. Chapter 7: Making Light Work for You. Chapter 8: Useful Software for the Nikon D90. Chapter 9: Nikon D90: Troubleshooting and Prevention. Glossary.

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: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598639056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598639056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wanted a book that explained in depth how to use my new Nikon D90. David Busch's Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photographydid exactly that. It's well organized and describes everything in a logical way, so you can familiarize yourself with your camera, and then go on and master every control and option. There are nine chapters.

-Chapter 1: This is a quick start to using the camera, from initial setup to an introduction to drive modes, exposure modes, metering, and focus options.
-Chapter 2: Nikon D90 Roadmap. This chapter is a 35-page guided tour of every single feature and control of the camera. It shows you how to use each button and dial, and how they affect your pictures.
-Chapter 3: This chapter is worth the price of the book alone. It is 90 pages long, about three or four times as large as similar chapters in other books, listing each menu option and telling you why each is important. That's what I needed. Don't just tell me what choices I have, tell me why I need to choose one over the other!
-Chapter 4: This book is about exposure, histograms, etc. I have an entire book on this topic, but this chapter explains it better.
-Chapter 5: Advanced shooting. The author has an exhaustive section on autofocus, which I have found to be one of the trickiest aspects of this camera to master. I finally understand exactly how phase detection and contrast detection and Live View work.
-Chapter 6: Wow. A big chapter just on the various Nikon lenses available. I couldn't live without this.
-Chapter 7: This one covers the mysteries of light and has an introduction to the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
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The other camera guidebooks don't seem to "get it." This one does. It provides exactly what a new Nikon D90 owner needs to get up to speed quickly with this great camera, with exactly the right explanations and exactly the right level of detail. For example one of the other books I checked out had a total of 30 pages devoted to the menus and setup options that I found most confusing. David Busch's guide has a comprehensive chapter with a whopping 95 pages on the same material. He list's every menu option and explains how to use it and why to make a particular setting. Then, if you want to know more, he provides a reference to a later chapter that explains the photography concepts behind his recommendations in more detail.

I like that approach much better -- give me just what I need to know first, with as much detail as needed to let me understand it, then move on to the next topic. This approach lets me learn at my own pace, while still providing the background that helps me master a subject.

I've purchased four books by this author, including his guidebook for my previous camera, a Nikon D60, and was pleased with every one of them. He has a knack for explaining complex things in a very clear way, and certainly has pulled it off with this one.
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I bought this book hoping to easily find and use information I need to take pictures and to speed me through the learning curve. Overall, my problem is that it is very difficult to find information, due to an organization that does not work for me, and a wholly inadequate index.

The book has a similar organization as the user manual - it describes the camera. It would be a better book if it described tasks and how to do them, thus complementing the user manual with a different organization and a thorough index. In fact, I find the user manual much more helpful for learning to use the camera.

I came up with three problems I needed to know quickly to use my camera, and the rest of this review is about how it went trying to use the book to get the information.

Problem 1: First-time Setup

If I was writing a book like this, I would put setup options at the beginning of Chapter 1, because that's where people usually start, and essential setup is a good place to start. There isn't one in this book, so I learned, the hard way, that each time I took the memory card out of the camera to unload the pictures, it reset the sequence number back to 1.

I suspect most users would prefer that each picture have a unique sequence number that continues to the next number when you return the memory card to the camera. I don't know why Nikon made resetting each time the default, but at least there is an option to change it to how I expected it to work.

A Top Ten essential setup list should be the first thing in chapter 1. Google on "Ken Rockwell D90 Camera Settings" (without quotes) and you'll find a longer list like I have in mind.

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Because the Busch book claimed it was so much better than the owner's manual, I decided to actually start with the Busch when I got my new camera. After becoming thoroughly confused, however, I went back to the owner's manual (the thicker one plus the little quick guide) and everything was vastly clearer and easier. The Busch book just doesn't get the newbie taking pics quickly at all.

Busch's structure--spending a HUGE hunk on "setting up" the camera, while constantly referring to later sections of the book--just didn't work well for me. Busch's book is also not good for just picking it up and perusing parts and segments...It needs to be read straight through in a concentrated way. Which isn't bad--just not what I was looking for necessarily.

That said, there are of course parts which are informative and the pics are nice. Not a bad book to have, but not great for the newbie.
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