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Nikon COOLPIX Digital Field Guide [Kindle Edition]

J. Dennis Thomas
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Book Description

The Nikon COOLPIX Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know in order to take amazing photographs using any Nikon COOLPIX camera. This full-color portable guide walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon COOLPIX point-and shoot camera line using step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen. This robust guide not only shows you how to adjust a variety of settings on your Nikon COOLPIX, it also teaches you when and why you should adjust them. The Nikon COOLPIX Digital Field Guide goes beyond camera settings to offer you a friendly guide to the principles of digital photography, covering the essentials of lighting and composition. Filled with amazing examples, this book also presents a variety of techniques for getting great photos, including specific tips and tricks for capturing portraits, candids, sports and action shots, travel pictures, macro photography, and much more.

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From the Back Cover

Your guide to the camera that fits your lifefstyle

Your COOLPIX camera can do it all from photographingyour children at play to photographing the Eiffel Tower at night.Whether you have a P, S, or L Series camera, this book gives youthe details on how to use all your camera controls to get the bestshots possible, along with practical advice on essentialphotography topics from the best settings to choose to exposure tocomposition and more. This is the go–anywhere guide for you andyour COOLPIX.

  • Explore your COOLPIX camera′s image capture modes, includingnovel color options
  • Work with exposure compensation, blur detection, in–camera crop,and D–Lighting settings

  • Learn about the basic rules of good composition

  • Get tips on accessories, in–camera editing, downloadingpictures, and printing

  • Learn to capture dynamic and creative shots of concerts,animals, people, nature, cityscapes, and more

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas has been an avid photographer since his teens. He currently owns Dead Sailor Productions, a photography and graphic design business, and has worked with such companies as RedBull Energy Drink, Obsolete Industries, Secret Hideout Studios, and Digital Race Photography. Denny′s work has been published in several regional publications and is shown in various galleries throughout the country. He is also the author of the Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide and the Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15006 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J. Dennis Thomas (Austin, TX) owns his own company, Dead Sailor Productions, a photography and graphic design business. He freelances for companies like RedBull Energy Drink, Obsolete Industries, Secret Hideout Studios, and Digital Race Photography. He has been published in several regional publications and continues to show his work in various galleries throughout the US. Mr. Thomas has also authored the Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide and many camera specific Digital Field Guides, including the Nikon D60, and Nikon D90 Digital Field Guides. You can find his blog at

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for owners of Nikon COOLPIX cameras 13 Dec. 2014
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Perfect book for learning things about the Nikon COOLPIX cameras.
Being a beginner the book gave me loads of tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the basics 7 Oct. 2014
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Great book, bought for my mum and she get it,
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to any Nikon point and shoot 3 Oct. 2007
By consumer22 - Published on
I've had my Nikon Coolpix for about six months now, and until I picked up this book I never felt comfortable using anything but the default settings. My coolpix is considered a point-and-shoot, but I didn't find it to be nearly that simple. This book not only showed me HOW to use the different settings, but it helped me understand WHEN I should use them too. This book covers both the equipment side of photography with your coolpix, and photography basics like composition, and lighting. I highly recommend this book - I feel more confident using my camera and my pictures have been better now that I have started using the different modes appropriately.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wiley Publishing Does It Again!!I 3 Feb. 2008
By Mary H. Gamble - Published on
The Nikon Coolpix Digital Field Guide is a wonderful supplement to the less than perfect "manual" that came with the Coolpix camera. The book covers the Coolpix L,S, and P series. At first I found this to be confusing and just wanted to "get on" with information for my camera. After recognizing the book set-up, I found it very helpful because if I didn't get it the first time, I could "peek" at the other series and reaffirm the information. Also,the book only uses two chapters where it specifically talks about your particular Coolpix camera series.

I started off with the "point and shoot" auto/default setting for everyday photos. The Coolpix offers So Much More and when you're ready for optional settings, menus, and modes, this book teaches it to you
in an easy to read and learn format. If you're a "visual learner" like myself, you'll love the life size and BIGGER than life size camera diagrams, menus, and settings which accompany the written part. The author uses "cross referencing", "tips", "notes", and "caution" tags to emphasize a point made in the sub-section just read.

After the introduction to the camera, menus, and modes, the book goes on to explain "how", to create great photos simply using the "point and shoot" OR "optional settings" function. The author also explains general photography and composition basics. My favorite part is the "Technique" chapter of 65 pages where the author shows a photo (17 different categories), then explains how he took the photo. He then gives you a "Practice Picture" and "On Your Own" challenge with all the needed settings to have your photo turn out just as great!

The book concludes with additional accessories and equipment you may want at a later time. The book also devotes a chapter to editing using your Nikon Picture Perfect which came with your Coolpix. You'll love the glossary at the end because it offers simple definitions of common terms used throughout the book.

This is a must-have book if you have a Coolpix camera!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide 12 Oct. 2007
By Matthew Keefe - Published on
The Nikon Coolpix Digital Field Guide is a wonderful companion for any Nikon Coolpix camera owner. In just a few minutes of reading I learned about settings on my camera that I didn't even know existed. I liked the fact that in Chapter 1 the author compared various Coolpix cameras and I am sure others would think this could be annoying since you already own one. However I on the other hand found it nice to know what else was available. This book is so in depth the author even takes you through each screen and menu while explaining what they all do. This chapter alone proved to be more useful to me than the entire manual that came with the camera. Call me crazy, but being a photographer I prefer visual learning over long paragraphs of text.

No book about photography should be without a guide on composition and this book is no exception, the author explains the various rules you as the photographer should follow and adapt to. To me chapter 6 goes right along with the composition steps to include overall best practices of photography. Of course now that you have shot all these great photos it is safe to say you want them on your computer, well if that is the case than chapter 7 has all the information you need. The book ends off with a glossary of common photography terms that you will hear in various shooting locations.

Overall I have found this book to be very beneficial for not only Nikon Coolpix owners, but any photographers. You can take the concepts thoroughly explained within this book and adapt them to your own shooting habits, which in the end will make you a better photographer. I highly recommend this book and already have to my friends.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Point & Shoot Camera and Digital Photography Manual 1 Mar. 2009
By Photography Student - Published on
Even though this book didn't cover my Coolpix 8800 the description of the features of the Coolpix P,S and L series was very good and was helpful in understanding my camera's features and capabilities as well. In addition almost two thirds of the book goes on to provide an excellent tutorial on digital photography in general which would be useful for anyone. The author illustrates most of his tips and techniques with color photos which really help to understand the points he is making.

The chapter on "Getting the most out of your Nikon Coolpix camera" can be applied to almost anyone who owns a digital camera or who is thinking of getting one. Also his chapter on "Photography and Composition Basics" is very useful for beginning photographers or even as a good short review for others. The chapter on"Techniques for Great Photos" provides a concise explanation and color photos of good techniques for a whole range of photography types such as abstract photography, sports photography, child photography, and night photography just to name a few.

Overall I was impressed with this book as a good concise overview of point and shoot cameras and digital photography with some emphasis on the Nikon Coolpix cameras.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars minimal help, too general 12 Mar. 2008
By 2ManyCooks - Published on
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Very basic, that's all that can be said. And it chose to cover a whole range of models, so at least half of the book won't pertain to YOUR camera. The general photography info is delivered in a hasty manner with too few examples. It would be hard to actually learn a lot from this book. A little, yes. Some tips, some clear writing. But it's not the "missing book" you wish came with your camera, whatever model you might have.
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