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Nikon D3100 For Dummies Paperback – December 21, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Make the most of that amazing camera! Learn all it can do and create pix with pizazz
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
About the Author
Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography for more than a decade. She is the author of several books on various Nikon and Canon cameras as well as Digital Photography For Dummies, and she teaches beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
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This book by Revell is written for someone who would like to spend about 8 hours in total to learn the essentials of the camera as well as some effective ways to use it. The book explains how a professional photographer thinks if he were to use this particular camera. It is not an exhaustive reference guide. It's more of a "beginner photography tutorial". You feel as if you're being mentored when reading this guide. I can imagine a conversation going along the lines of "What's this, teacher?" and the answer being "You won't need that until you've mastered this other stuff, so don't worry about it".
If you want to spend 8-10 hours in "tutorial" learning about how to use this camera, about the concepts of depth of field, white balancing, lenses, focusing, moving subjects and more, this book is pretty remarkable. I would rather learn the 50% of the things Revell thinks I should know than learning about every facet of the camera. So for me, this book worked extremely well.
Another nice feature is that there is an explanation of how the photographer thinks when taking many of the great photos that are in the book. On each photo, the parameters of the camera and the lens are detailed.
The "for dummies" book is more of a reference, whereas this book is one of those shorter guides telling you what you really need to know as a beginner hoping to reach up to the land of intermediate.
One problem: One of the step by step guides didn't mention that the camera couldn't be set to "automatic", so it took me a little while to get through that particular instruction.
In general the book is amazing. The one thing I appreciate most is the photography assignments at the end of the chapters. This is helping me to keep focused in practicing a specific subject with my new camera. The book is laid out very nicely with great photos and helpful instruction throughout. The author focuses on photo, buy touches on video, and gives you access to two additional chapters on using the camera for film. A very nice, unexpected bonus. I think the author says it best when describing his book is that it is for those wanting to go beyond the manual. Knowing the functions of the camera is important, but putting them into practice results in amazing photos. The book focuses on the latter.
Kindle owners beware - while I rated this 5 stars for the paper version, I would have to give it a 3 for the Kindle. I am disappointed that all the photos in the book are too pixilated to be useful. If you look at the paper version the photos used as examples all have text callouts highlighting areas of the photo to consider when taking your own photo. I took a chance with the Kindle verision because I wanted a portable reference guide. Since I can't read the author's notes about the photos on the images I feel i am missing something. I plan to write the publisher and author to see if they can correct this for future readers of the Kindle version.
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