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About the Author
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.
Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon's newest digital cameras.
Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.
He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians.org community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.
Top Customer Reviews
"Mastering the Nikon D90" is a marvelous book. And no, I am not related to Mr. Young or his publisher. I have read a lot of guidebooks over the years and this is one of the best. It is full of color photographs not only illustrating the controls of the D90 but also the application of principle to practice. The topics are arranged in logical order and thoroughly addressed. The language is clear and concise. Mr. Young describes the settings that he uses and why they may or may not be appropriate depending on the photographic style of the reader.
This should be the first book you buy when you get your D90. It will get you up and running in an efficient and enjoyable manner. If you feel compelled to read the manual, Mr. Young even refers to the appropriate pages in his book.
I bought my D90 and then bought two books and a DVD on how to use it. All helpful, but if I had bought this book first, I would have saved my money on all the other literature.
This book is much more than a re-written owners manual. It takes you through all the functions with "cause and effect" and then it gives you recommendations which are VERY helpful to a new owner of the D90.
My photographs have improved greatly after my first pass. Highly recommended!
Each time I would go to the book and read about some function or feature,it would then be translated into much better camera skills on my part. I didn't know how good this camera was until reading this book.
The book is particularly good for anyone who is relatively new to DSLRs and moving from the point and shoot world to the DSLR environment. I particularly liked the sections on focusing (how to and when to change the different focusing types: single point, matrix, etc...) Also the sections on white balancing and exposure are extremely helpful.
My suggestion for a person new to the D90 is to: read the user manual, start reading Young's mastering book, and start shooting. You don't even have to finish the book before you start shooting. Why? Because when you encounter a shooting problem or mystery, just go to the book, look up the index, and then seriously read that section, then go shoot again. Even shoot your room, your foot, anything to practice making the settings and adjusting them and seeing what the different settings do to the photos on the LCD. That is the beauty of the digital camera: instant results.
The author, Darrell Young, has been using digital cameras, and Nikon's in particularly, for a number of years. His writing style is easy to read and follow. He has close enough contacts with the official Nikon technical staff that he interacts with them to assist his learning of a camera. This pays off in the book with information that is NOT in the user manual and is not commonly known. Really neat stuff to know. The book covers not only the still photos aspects of the camera, but also the movie or motion picture capability.
I'm in no way connected to the author or do I receive any compensation for extra book sales or for writing a nice review. This book is worth every penny and should be considered before wasting your money on another glorified manual.