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Nikon D3100 For Dummies [Paperback]

Julie Adair King
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25 Jan 2011 For Dummies
Unlock all the secrets of the powerful new Nikon D3100 DSLR camera Author Julie King knows how to teach newbies, and in this handy guide she’ll help you get the very most out of the powerful new Nikon D3100. Say you’re already an experienced photographer? The helpful tips and tricks in this friendly book will get you quickly up to speed on the D3100’s new 14–megapixel sensor, continous video/live focus, full HD video, expanded autofocus, and more. As a seasoned instructor at the Palm Beach Photographic Center, Julie anticipates all questions, whether you’re a beginner or digital camera pro, and offers pages of easy–to–follow advice. Helps you get every bit of functionality out of the new Nikon D3100 camera Walks you through its exciting new features, including the 14–megapixel sensor, continous video/live focus, full HD video, expanded autofocus, and the updated in–camera menu Explores shooting in Auto mode, managing playback options, and basic troubleshooting Explains how to adjust the camera’s manual settings for your own preferred exposure, lighting, focus, and color style Covers digital photo housekeeping tips how to organize, edit, and share your files Tap all the tools in this hot new DSLR camera and start taking some great pix with Nikon D3100 For Dummies .

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004722
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make the most of that amazing camera! Learn all it can do and create pix with pizazz So you have the super–cool Nikon D3100 — how do you make the most of it? Read this book! Learn what all the controls do, what you can do with the auto modes, and how to gain full control of your camera with advanced exposure modes. Then you′ll learn to play back, download, and share your photos, and how to unleash your creativity! Get a quick start — try the Scene and Guide modes to automatically capture top–notch portraits, close–ups, and night shots Get creative — master exposure, focus, color, and depth of field to create unique, artistic images Focus in — harness the power of the autofocus system to achieve sharp focus on your subjects Prepare to share — find out how to get the best prints of your pictures and how to get them ready for online viewing Record movies — capture high definition digital movies, with or without sound Open the book and find: A guided tour of your camera′s controls and buttons Advice on setting flash and picture quality modes Steps to shooting portraits,landscapes, and sports The controls that manage aperture, shutter speed, and ISO Tips for manipulating focus and color in your photos How to shoot people, places, and close–ups Filters and features that create unique photo effects Learn to: Take creative control of exposure, focus, and color Step up from Auto mode to advanced photography options Shoot full HD videos

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography for more than a decade. She is the author of several books on various Nikon and Canon cameras as well as Digital Photography For Dummies , and she teaches beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These books have improved 12 Sep 2011
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I was never a fan of the "For Dummies" books. Previous ones I have read have been difficult reading because of the way they tried too hard to be 'down with the kids'. I hated all the 'Cool' references etc, so this was not my first choice manual. However, I own a Kindle and one of the advantages of the Kindle is you can download free samples of books. I sampled all the Nikon D3100 manuals and compared them. To my surprise, this one appeared to be head and shoulders above the others so I took the plunge and ordered the bound copy.

I have not regretted my choice. The author knows her subject and has resisted the pressure to write in the standard "For Dummies" style. The other thing I like about the book is that it refers specifically to the Nikon D3100 throughout. Other similar books revert to generic 'technique' chapters after the early chapters.

All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for the real ( readable) Manual 19 July 2011
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Amazon Review D3100 for Dummies ( Julie Adair King)

I have come to DSLR photography via a classic 35mm film background ( Olympus OM4) , then digital compact (Panasonic TZ7) and a SLR type bridge camera ( Panasonic FZ8)
The Nikon D3100 is a technical marvel which can be used out of the box with a minimum of knowledge but to get the best out of it , it is best to fully know/understand the available buttons and functions
Whilst the 288 page PDF manual supplied by Nikon ( on CD) is a good factual listing of all of the camera functions ( somewhat bland , no colour pictures/ limited picture examples) , this " Dummies " book covers the same ground in a more practical manner ( with colour photograph examples) covering the automatic , semiautomatic and manual modes in detail covering - not only how to operate them but the technical background so that one can choose which model to use OR how to set up the camera to suit one's preferences ..
Basic photographic theory ( eg aperture , shutter speed , sensitivity / ISO / use of flash / strengths/limitations of VR lenses ) are covered in simple language to allow a novice or a more advanced user , to get the best out of the camera. The D3100's movie capabilities ( strengths/ weaknesses) are also discussed
The "in camera" picture and editing functions , together with the software and "download to computer" also covered.
What I really like is the no nonsense / unbiased discussion of the technical background to the auto/semi auto / manual modes as a starting point to jump off into more creative uses of the camera .
( In fact a lot of the knowledge gained will help me with the strengths / limitations of my earlier digital cameras as well as taking me forward with the D3100)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nikon D3100real life saver!! 14 July 2011
By Rae
Being new to dslr photography and having purchased a Nikon D3100 this book has given me hope. It takes you through everything you could need to know in a clearly written way. The numerous illustrations of the actual screens on the camera make it easy to apply to my own photography. A really useful book.Nikon D3100 For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D3100 For Dummies 26 Nov 2013
By Haddaz
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Having just purchased my first digital SLR (Nikon D3100 DSLR), I wandered down to the local library and found digital photography for dummies. After having a good look through I thought it would be a good idea to see if I could purchase this as a permanent source of information. Whilst searching google I came across the above which was dedicated to my particular SLR, read the reviews and thought this is for me.

I certainly have not been disappointed, although only only up to chapter 5 the book gives a brilliant insight with tips and information to the workings of this excellent entry to digital photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decent 4 Oct 2013
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This is a good book for those whos Nikon D3100 is their first DSLR and need a bit of guidance to make full use of such a complex bit of equipment. Shooting on auto would be like going out with a supermodel and not getting past 1st base, this book helps you get past first base
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for this dummy 24 Dec 2012
Being totally new to dslr photography and being a dummy too this book perfectly fits the bill for me. It gently leads you into a technical world and takes Some of the fear out of the experience whilst not being too basic and condescending. Thoroughly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book: 15 Oct 2012
By Kieran
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I just bought my very first DSLR camera so was a complete blank canvas when it came to all of the little intricasies that go with that. This book takes you through everything you need to know about the camera and sets you on the right path. 10 out of 10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dummies? 11 Oct 2013
By sally
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I must be a bit thick then because I'm having real trouble trying to understand it but I'm getting there slowly great camera tho
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what my husband needed
Published 5 days ago by valerie taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally addicted
on the dummies series now. I study it all the time with reference to the D3100 and find a lot of extremely useful information.
Published 2 months ago by Carl Roffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital dummy
Everything you need to know in the usual, concise, bite-size pieces of information that is the signature of all the dummies series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pepsimax
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good book this... if you have bought a D3100 this is well worth having...thought i had my camera sussed until i read this this it it
Published 4 months ago by chalkeykeys
5.0 out of 5 stars simple guide
My wife has found this book an excellent simple guide. Shes found its easy to follow and even though she has only just taken up photography the terminology is easy to understand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. K. M. Bracey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Easy read and gives you lots of tips on how to get the best out of your camera. Explains all the functions in a less dry way than the user manual. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nick Storton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy
As with most of the 'Dummies' books this explains how to use your camera in plain easy to understand language. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
Book is very good explains everything I needed to know for me to start using my new DSLR camera would recommend
Published 7 months ago by Darrell Hodkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book, helped me a lot with using the camera and learning the techniques!
Would recommend for such a great price.
Published 9 months ago by Marco Bondi
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