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Nikon D40/D40x For Dummies
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on March 4, 2016
I stumbled upon this book at the library and checked it out. I have a newer model of the Canon Rebel camera but this book is SO much more helpful in explaining those menu icons I never quite understood than my camera manual illustrates. It has been a quick study but has really helped me with issues of RAW vs. JPEG questions, pixel count for emailing, and other beginner topics I haven't had a chance to research. SOO glad I grabbed this book. I'm not a dummy anymore!
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on December 30, 2010
If you've just purchased the Canon SXi/450 and are stepping up from a simple point and shoot, buy this book! Even if you've owned this camera awhile and find yourself still unsure of all that it does, buy this book. I've owned my SXi for almost a year, bought this book to improve my technique in the programmable modes, and still learned a good deal about this amazing camera's basic and advanced capabilities. Every aspect of every function on the Rebel is thoughtfully and clearly explained; beautiful examples of full-color photographs under various conditions and camera settings illustrate every essential setting for the amateur and advanced amateur photographer alike. And the author's friendly but clear and informative prose make for an easy, enjoyable read, one that will please and enlighten the SXi owner. The only weak point in the book are the somewhat dated sections on computer software for tweaking photos once downloaded to the computer. But, given the rest of the book's helpful techniques, detailed photographic examples, and its price, you couldn't find a better introduction to a digital SLR.
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on March 10, 2010
If you are new to photography, or digital photography, you absolutely need this book.

Even if you have experience with digital point & shoot, you need this book.

Experienced DSLR owners will find that they already know most of the theory in this book, but the pay off will come in the details of how each button and menu is programmed.

Canon's little book that is packaged with the camera is a great reference manual. But you will waste a lot of time trying to figure out all the buttons and menus, when certain features are available and when they are not, and general workflow if you do not have this Dummies book.

The Dummies book also reviews the software and gives you a feel for its pluses (free) and minuses.

Do yourself a favor. Regardless of your level of camera knowledge, include this book with your camera order. You will thank me.
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on December 20, 2009
I highly recommend this book for anyone who recently purchased the Canon Rebel XSi, especially if this is your first DSLR camera. I finally purchased the XSi after getting frustrated with my 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot camera that took poor quality pictures. After a few weeks of research, I settled on the XSi as my first DSLR camera.

With this being my first DSLR camera, I knew very little about the advanced functions and I vowed to get away from the automatic modes as much as possible. Even though this camera takes excellent pictures in the automatic modes, I could not justify such a big ticket purchase if I wasn't going to take the extra time needed to learn how to use the camera like a pro (or at least as close to a pro as I could get doing this part-time).

I've made it more than half way through this book and I'm extremely satisfied with how it has helped me take much better pictures without relying on the automatic modes most of the time. The book takes a very logical approach to teaching a novice the basic terminology associated with this camera (and photography, in general) and clearly demonstrates how some of the key functions work.

One of the best features of this book is the comparison photos provided by the author. When the author is discussing, for the example, how to adjust aperture settings and how these adjustments affect the image, she provides multiple photographs taken using different settings to demonstrate how each adjustment affects the picture. This was extremely helpful for someone like me, who is just starting out, because I could then practice taking different photographs and comparing those to the ones in the book to confirm that I was understanding the instructions properly.

Another great feature of the book was the description of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings all work together. After a little practice, I have been able to capture pictures with my new camera that would typically not come out properly using the automatic settings or that I couldn't capture at all with my previous camera. For example, I wanted to take pictures of my daughter playing in the living room. In the auto modes, the camera forced me to a use a flash, which made the picture too bright and washed out in some areas. Based on the instructions from the book on aperture and ISO, I was able to take the picture without a flash and at a high-enough shutter speed that the photograph came out great, even with the indoor lighting. The image was much more natural compared to what you would see with the naked eye.

Pros:
-Good, clear descriptions in layman's terms
-Great examples of the camera functions (with pictures) and how adjustments affect the images
-Well organized; increases complexity as you progress through the book
-Good combined discussion of how the functions work together (i.e. how aperture and ISO can compensate for a higher shutter speed in low lighting, etc.)

Cons:
-It's still just a book; you can't ask it questions if something is not working as described
-All discussions focus on the kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm), so if you have additional lenses (i.e. macro, wide-angle, prime, etc.) this book may fall short of what you need to learn to shoot with those lenses
-Some discussions jump around and the author may mention functions that you will not learn to use fully until a later chapter.
-Some example photographs show minimal differences, so the point of the example is somewhat lost. This is likely because the quality of the images in the book was clearly degraded during printing. [I determined this when I viewed my own full-size images on my PC.]
-This is just the beginning; this book is only good enough to help you learn basic functionality and some photography terminology. Additional books or classes will be necessary for more advanced skills. [not a problem for me at this point]
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on October 6, 2016
If you want to find a fairly simple way to understand the features of your camera I highly recommend this book. I ordered this and my ability to take quality photos improved overnight without using auto mode. Highly Recommended!
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on February 27, 2017
My daughter loves this book. It gives her more info than the instruction book that came with her camera. She is doing so much more with her photographs now.
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on September 10, 2016
An excellent reference guide when the Operators Manual gets vague or does not cover the issue.
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on May 18, 2010
I guess I'm a dummy because this book speaks directly to me. It is like the author is taking me by the hand and comforting me in my frustrations about the complexities (for me) of this camera as while at the same time proceeding to go on to explain something else about the camera with clarity and simplicity which is not at all easy to do with technical stuff like using a piece of equipment.

My favorite thing is how, after covering a series of items where there are choices to be made by the operator of the camera and I really don't feel like I know enough to make a choice, the author gives her recommendation for what setting to use at least to start with and then reevaluate as you learn more. I really appreciate that. Other guide-books will explain all of those choices and what they mean but not give a clue what setting to start with.

This is an excellent "Dummy" book.
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VINE VOICEon January 7, 2010
You can trust the high ratings on this book. Mine arrived just about the time my new Canon XSi arrived from Federal Express. It is VERY well written, explains the camera in understandable detail. So many new options available, menus and sub-menus. This made it MUCH easier to understand. I yellow highlighted the book and will review areas again. To me this was a wise purchase.
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on June 8, 2016
great book, she might even open it one day....
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