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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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-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.Read more ›
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.
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd bought the soft-cover a while back when I'd gotten my D90, but wanted the Kindle version as well. I also picked up the D3200 version as well. Great info and very helpful.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommend this for all photographers....great tips and photography aides...always my 'go to'Published 13 months ago by Sandra Elliott
David Busch does another great job explaining the use of the Nikon D90. He has used excellent illustrations to make his verbal explanations easily understood.Published 17 months ago by John Lossing