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Nikon D5000: From Snapshots to Great Shots 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321659439
ISBN-10: 0321659430
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Now that you've bought the amazing Nikon D5000, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use the D5000 to take great pictures. With "Nikon D5000: 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 D5000Use the D5000's automatic scene modes to get better shots right awayMove on to the professional modes, where you have full control over the look and feel of your imagesMaster the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much moreLearn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraitsFind out how to get great shots in low lightFully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter"With Nikon D5000: 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 D5000. 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 D5000 to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikon_d5000fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

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 to travel to urban photography. Widely known as the photographer behind the popular Photowalk Pro blog (revellphotography.com/blog), Jeff shares inspirational images, hosts lively discussions, and creates tutorials on digital photography techniques. In addition, he leads training classes and hands-on workshops on digital imaging technology around the globe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321659430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321659439
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The D5000 is my second DSLR. I had a D40 for about a year and then went to the D5000. I purchased the Field Guide to the D40, to try to get a handle on what I could do with a DSLR. While the Field Guide had a great deal of information, it wasn't presented in a way that as easily understood by me. In contrast, this book is great. There are detailed descriptions of SLR features and settings specific to the D5000. There are even assignments to complete at the end of each chapter applying the knowledge on the concepts that were presented. I had a vague understanding of aperture, shutter speed, etc prior to this book. However, now I feel like I can actually implement the appropriate use of different techniques. There are many great pictures in the book as well that indicate the settings that were used to achieve the shot. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is not already an expert.
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If you have moved to a Nikon D5000 camera from a point and shoot compact camera, then this book could be all that you need to see you through your photographic journey. The heart of this book addresses the very heart of photography; that is exposure, and the application of aperture control, shutter speed control, and sensitivity. On this fundamental topic Jeff Revell will take you by the hand, and through clear explanation and good photographic examples, he will explain these concepts in superb detail. Of course, the key thing is that he does so with the Nikon D5000 firmly placed as the tool to be be used to fulfil this understanding. For this aspect, the book deserves all of the praise it is receiving - well done Jeff. However, if you already know a bit about aperture control; shutter speed; depth of field and sensitvity, then you may need a book which offers more than this one does. In fact, I would suggest that if you have a reasonable grasp of these concepts then stick with the Nikon Manual and get a general photographic book which offers the level of technique you need.

I've knocked one star off of the rating, because in my view it offers some contradictions in advice which may not be helpful to its audience. If you are moving into SLR photography without the understanding of exposure that this book implies, then I really don't understand the advice given to shoot in RAW format. Yes RAW is 'better', but only in the sense that a Ferrari or Dodge Viper is 'better'. If your photographs are never going to see anything bigger than your computer screen or a 10*8 print, then stick to JPEG - every photo package under the sun handles JPEG, and you can email them off to Aunt Mary in Cincinatti without a care.
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I have the Sony DSC-V1 and Panasonic DMC-ZS3 point and shoot digital cameras as well as the Canon A-1 35mm but the Nikon D5000 is my first DSLR. Chapter One that lists changes to make to default settings to gain better control for taking more predictable shots is worth the cost of the book.
The book is very easy to read and quickly helped me to become very comfortable with using and optimizing the professional modes.
The sample photos provide great examples with specifics on settings and composition so you can take similar photos.
I purchased my camera about two weeks before I went on vacation to New Zealand and received the book a week later, so not only did it help me to accelerate my learning curve but I also used it as a field guide to review and take great photos that I will post here for your reference.
You will also be able to download two additional e-chapters that helped me to maximize the time lapse feature and the video mode.
In addition to being a good companion to the Nikon user guide with accurate references, it provides a good overview of digital photography.
As mentioned by other reviewers, at the end of each chapter there are assignments that really helped me to reinforce the material I read and to start taking photos with confidence.
I would highly recommend this book to any D5000 owner.
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I just got a D5000 for Christmas, and while I'm not a novice, I'm not a professional either. I fall in the middle of the road category. I have a good amount of general photography knowledge, but can stand to learn more specifics and techniques, especially tailored for this model. I'm also getting my feet wet again, since I haven't used a SLR in a number of years.

It starts off with a run down, most of which I'd picked up via the user manual that came with the camera. But this is where it differs: it's all in color with lots of photo examples.

I personally am a very visual person. I'll pick up double the amount of information if you let me read it(vs. listening), and probably three times the info if it has visual photographic examples. This book was made for me!

Beyond the basics in the beginning, it delves into each setting on the camera(manual, shutter priority, etc as well as all the pre-programmed settings like sports and portraits). After covering the ins-and-outs of your camera, it has nice chapters on moving targets, portraits, landscape photography, mood lighting and creative composition.

I recommend it 100%, and is a great gift to a D5000 owner, or as an automatic companion when purchasing this camera. It's right down the middle: won't baffle the newbie but has some useful information for a seasoned photographer. I rarely buy books(or keep them) as I will check them out at the library, but I will have this for many years to come as an excellent read. A must have!

Update: I still use this book often to reference it when I have a specific setting or shot in mind. It answers my question 95% of the time. There's so many different setting on the camera, this book is perfect to give even more descriptive explanations for their uses.
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