- 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: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
If you have the D5000 OR the D5100 I highly recommend this resource. This book is BOTH an excellent tutorial and and excellent reference; a difficult combination to get right in any book. Every page is worth something; no filler material you might find in larger books. The book is a pleasure to read and you can see many places where the author does not diverge on every technical detail so he can maintain a decent flow to the material (you don't get bogged down on the way). What I like about the author's presentation and format is you are actually learning something about photography AND your camera simultaneously. And not just the basics; there's enough here for you to become very proficient at BOTH (your camera and photography) and really take your skills to that of a really decent amateur level if you also put in the effort at learning from this book and ALSO practicing.
If you are just starting out I can think of no other book I would recommended more! If you have had your DSLR for a while and find yourself taking average pictures using mostly the "auto" setting (basically using your DSLR as a big Point & Shoot) and you want to move onto the next level or two, then this book will do that.
The color photographs within, their quality, the page format and the book format, corresponds nicely with the quality of the content of this book. Jeff's tone is pleasant and that of a patient teacher or tutor. He is never condescending or arrogant.
Whenever I discuss photography with anyone I always mention Jeff's books since I owe him for making me a better photographer.
One reviewer on here took off a star because of the author's chapter on RAW. I found this particular one very informative. It is very clearly stated that you CAN shoot in RAW if you prefer to have more control over the editing later on, but it is not required to do so, if you just wish to post your pictures online or e-mail them (p.37, Chapter 2, "Using the right format: RAW vs. JPEG"). If I could I would give an extra star for this information. While I had no understanding of file formats as an absolute beginner, I do now as an advanced beginner and am able to apply this information to my photography for considerably better results.
This book is definitely a must have to learning all the available features on your Nikon D5000, which, in my opinion, is the key to taking great pictures.