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Nikon D3100: From Snapshots to Great Shots 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321754547
ISBN-10: 0321754549
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From the Back Cover

Now that you've bought the amazing Nikon D3100, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use the D3100 to take great pictures. With Nikon D3100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Jeff Revell, and you will:
  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D3100
  • Use the D3100’s automatic scene modes to get better shots right away
  • Move on to the professional modes, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits
  • Find out how to get great shots in low light
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter
With Nikon D3100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only what makes a great shot work–you’ll learn how to get that shot using your D3100. And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your D3100 at: flickr.com/groups/nikond3100fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

About the Author

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education and instruction. Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular "PhotoWalk Pro" blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography technique and editing of digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.
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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321754549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321754547
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great simple, straight to the point, easy to understand book covers all the basics. Although the camera comes with a manual this book does a great job covering all the basics and where to find them in your camera. It also discusses which settings are more important to play with and which can be left to run on Auto (the camera has 1645 possible controls so this information is invaluable). Covers the basics for artistic creation as well. Between this book to learn to operate the camera and the Ken Rockwell site ([...]) is all you need to cover all the basics.
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I recently upgraded from a Kodak EasyShare Z981 14MP Digital Camera to the Nikon D3100. Boy, DSLR's sure can be intimidating when you've never shot with one in your life. I didn't know the difference between aperture and dentures. There are so many options and settings, and all I wanted to do was take some good pictures.

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.
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It is a very easy to read introduction to the camera and to general principals of digital photography. I'm not sorry I read it. But I agree with another reviewer that it is not as comprehensive about all of the features of the d3100. There is nothing about taking video (and he admits that he didn't intend it for video). You have to go to the publishers website to get two "bonus" chapters. While on that site I noted that the author wrote a book of the exact same title except that it was for another camera. I could only assume that is why the detail is missing -- probably so that pretty much the same generic photography lessons (which are okay) can be applied to more than one book on various cameras that have similar features. I've ordered another book by Dave Busch that seems far more comprehensive. If you want a very non-threatening, easy to read introduction to digital photography which references and has pictures of the d3100, then this is okay to start with. You will probably wish to go further, as I did.

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.
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After purchasing the D3100 SLR camera, this book proved to be a great reference and guide. It starts off with all the basics and explains all the features of the camera. The manual that accompanied the camera is nothing compared to this book. If you are a beginner, this book is perfect as it walks you through step by step. If you are an intermediate to expert SLR, this book is a great tool that shows you some of those forgotten tricks.

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.
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This book was really helpful to me. It covers in excellent detail all of the features of the camera. The full-color photos are essential and greatly beneficial. I have not once thought, "I don't understand," while reading. The entire book has been really easy to follow, even for a beginner. The topic arrangement of the book is nice too.

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.
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