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Nikon D3100 For Dummies Paperback – December 21, 2010
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From the Back Cover
So you have the super-cool Nikon D3100 — how do you make the most of it? Read this book! Learn what all the controls do, what you can do with the auto modes, and how to gain full control of your camera with advanced exposure modes. Then you'll learn to play back, download, and share your photos, and how to unleash your creativity!
Get a quick start — try the Scene and Guide modes to automatically capture top-notch portraits, close-ups, and night shots
Get creative — master exposure, focus, color, and depth of field to create unique, artistic images
Focus in — harness the power of the autofocus system to achieve sharp focus on your subjects
Prepare to share — find out how to get the best prints of your pictures and how to get them ready for online viewing
Record movies — capture high definition digital movies, with or without sound
Open the book and find:
A guided tour of your camera's controls and buttons
Advice on setting flash and picture quality modes
Steps to shooting portraits,landscapes, and sports
The controls that manage aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
Tips for manipulating focus and color in your photos
How to shoot people, places, and close-ups
Filters and features that create unique photo effects
Take creative control of exposure, focus, and color
Step up from Auto mode to advanced photography options
Shoot full HD videos
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is great because it starts off immediately with the top 10 things to do with your new camera, everything from the importance of charging your camera to changing the ISO and white balance. Not only does it show you how to make the changes step-by-step, but it also tells why those changes are important. One of the other things I really liked is that the author gives you assignments at the end of each chapter. There's only so much you can really learn from reading this book, but the assignments ensure you play with the camera and learn how each setting affects the quality of your shots.
One of the things I wish this book did however is stick with the 18-55 lens that the camera comes with. In the book he uses many different lenses to capture some amazing shots, and it makes me want to buy all those expensive lenses that I can't afford.
All in all, I believe this is a must have for any beginner. I read this book over Christmas and it really helped us take some great indoor shots of the family. Greatest thing that this book helped us do...it taught us how to get away from using the "Auto" setting.
This book has tons of information and what made it great was that it was an easy read, no confusing camera technical verbiage. Simply put, you can not go wrong with this book.
The first five chapters are designed to get you familiar with the controls, buttons and features and also to get you started shooting using auto modes. This may sound straight forward, but there is alot of camera terminology that I didn't know before this book that is essential to understanding even basic controls. This book does a great job at explaining these terms in clear, everyday language. Even better, there is just enough repetition to remind you of things without being annoying.
The remaining chapters deal with advanced shooting modes. I haven't gotten to this part (I'm currently on Chap. 5), but I am assuming that it is just as good as the rest of the book. It should be noted, however, that I've ready 130ish pages already and I want to finish the rest. It is an easy-to-read, enjoyable book.
One thing this books doesn't do is discuss photography in general. It doesn't, for instance, go into color theory. I'm glad it doesn't; that would be way too much all at once! It is intended to introduce you to the camera, not the art of photography.
Follow up 5-23-11 -- The Dave Busch is much more comprehensive and more about just the D3100, and yet is also easy to follow. I would recommend it over this book.