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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide

Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide [Kindle Edition]

David D. Busch
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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know in order to take amazing photographs using your Nikon D40 or Nikon D40x. This full-color portable guide walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of your Nikon D40 or D40x digital SLR using step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen. This robust guide not only shows you how to adjust white balance, autofocus, exposure, and choose lenses, it also teaches you when and why you should adjust each of these key settings. The Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide goes beyond camera settings to offer you a refresher guide to the principles of digital photography, covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. Filled with amazing examples, this book also presents you with a variety of tips and tricks to capturing portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more.

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Picture yourself capturing the perfect shot A new world of photographic experiences awaits you as you move up to a digital SLR with your Nikon D40 or D40x. Get started with your new D40 or D40x right away with this guide′s Quick Tour. Ready to customize your camera′s settings? Chapter 3 tells you how. Want advice on getting perfect shots of sunsets, landscapes, people, or your son′s soccer game? Check Chapter 7. But whatever you do, get out there and take pictures. And take this book along. Identify and use all your camera′s controls and features Discover how lenses work and select the ones you need Learn to fix minor problems, including red–eye, by using the Retouch menu Get complete recipes for shooting events, fireworks, night scenes, landscapes, people, pets, water, action, and more Find out how to download your pictures and troubleshoot common camera problems

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14236 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HFHWC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With more than a million copies of his 100-plus books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Quick Snap Guides, and David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography.

His twelve hugely successful books for Nikon digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. He has also written the most comprehensive and best-selling guides for many different models from Canon, Sony, Pentax, and other vendors.

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies, David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college.

The graduate of Kent State University in Ohio operated his own photo studio and was a principal in one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, California, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles for clients including Eastman Kodak Company and Hewlett-Packard. Busch has published more than 2000 photography articles under his by-line in more than 100 different publications. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors worldwide. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show, has been a call-in guest for more than two dozen radio shows in major US markets, and his advice has been featured in the United States' National Public Radio's All Things Considered programme. His work has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. Busch's web site is, and his blog can be found at

Customer Reviews

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 May 2008
This is one of several books I have bought, and it is by far the best. Not only does it explain what all the camera controls do, but also why you use them. Also included are sections on exposure, lenses, using the flash and basic composition. It then goes on to cover how to compose and shoot different types of photos, including action shots, animals, landscapes and taking photos at night. All of this is presented in a very clear readable style and is accompanied by detailed colour photos throughtout. A thorough and compelling guide to the D40/D40x which I would highly recommend.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Disappointed 7 Nov 2007
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For anyone new to Nikon's D40/D40x DSLR this is the book to buy. The camera manual supplied by Nikon has poor readability, with tiny fonts, grey print not black, and defies logic in the way that's organised. In contrast The Digital Field Guide by David D. Busch, in full colour, is a treasure trove of well organised, readable information. For the newbie or the more advanced amateur moving to DSLR, you won't be disappointed. I'm delighted with mine. After reading a few chapters, my photographs are stunning. Much thanks to David, to Amazon for a terrific book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch 27 Aug 2008
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This book does exactly what it says on the cover, takes you through all the functions (with easy to see colour pictures)), working with light, exposure, photographing different subjects, etc. It explains your Nikon D40 and all of the features, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Between this and the Ken Rockwell website I have learnt so much about the D40.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and easily worth the money.. 4 Oct 2008
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Firstly - dump the manual that came with your D40 in the drawer - it is next to useless if you are new to a dSLR.

Then open this book and find your way around the extensive features that this 'beginners' dSLR offers. The book is well written with multiple supporting illustrations. It quickly unravels some of what seem at first complicated menus and sub menus.

I quickly found out as an example how to limit the ISO rating the camera uses on ISO Auto, I won't tell you here, you'll have to buy the book!!! but it solved for me the issue of noise that had crept into some of my pictures when using ISO auto.

Again quickly found out how to switch off the graphic representation of the shooting settings and get it to a 'classic' setting more akin to what would appear on a LCD menu had the D40 had one. This is essential for any one who bemoans the loss of the LCD screen settings on the D40.

This book is certainly a must have for any d40 user - certainly any one using one for the first time.

If there is any down side it is the book size making it a tad of a challenge to use 'in the field' but if it was any smaller it probably wouldn't be as easy to read and follow as it is.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and useful 3 April 2008
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Compared to the standard D40 user guide this book is an enjoyable and well thought out publication. Each chapter is well laid out and the whole book leads you through the actions to take and things to learn on how to get the best from this camera. I haven't read a book for a long time but I just can't put this guide down.

If you have a D40 or D40X I'd highly recommend this great value book to help you get the most out of the camera.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3 July 2008
This book tell you all you need to know when starting out with the Nikon D40 in an easy and comprehensive way unlike the original confusingly laid out manual. Additionally this book give good photo taking techniques in a variety of situations. Nice!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for newcomers 15 May 2008
By Estelle
This book is brilliant if you are new to DSLR photography and the manual that comes with the camera confuses you-like it did me! I have learnt so much and have already been practising with it. Things have made sense and I have to reread it to then put it into practice, i can see me taking this book on holiday and not the manual!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Read 18 Oct 2008
What an amazing read. If you are new to DSLR or photography in general and you have the D40/X you must own this book. Full of concise step by step easy to read instructions on getting the most out of your camera. I can't put it down. Learn how to use the basic dials on your camera and take great shots. Then when you feel more comfortable with it move on to more indepth actions on exposure, lighting, composition etc. Each chapter lets you feel your way in to the subject so you don't feel rushed. This allows you to understand everything easier and that way you feel like you are actually learning something and remembering it. You really can't do without this book. An amazing read. I love it as much as the camera itself.I would pay double for this book. Get it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written and easy to follow
Published 2 hours ago by Mr. Dr. Stockford
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The item was purchased as a gift for my sister. I have not read it, therefore, cannot comment. Although I had purchased a later edition for the Nikon D3200 by the same author for... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Arthur Henfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Again not for me but ....
The person that this was bought for has said that it is very good read, and that is good enough for me.
Published 5 months ago by B-I-K-E-R
5.0 out of 5 stars nicon
I purchased this book to help me understand a camera l had been given, very easy to read and understand thank you
Published 7 months ago by carol smith
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
this is a very good book & is well thought out & easy to read & understand, I haven`t read it all yet but so far it has been extremely helpful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by druid
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book describes everything you need
Bought 2nd hand and it was in excellent condition. Highly recommended for everyone getting into digital photography or using a digital SLR for the first time.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. R. Higgins
2.0 out of 5 stars great book
The book itself is very good, but the book came with residue on the bottom of some of the pages.
therefore I feel it should have been cheaper that's why 2 stars
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Ian Andrew Kleinberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Guide
I wanted to unlock some more of the camera functions and thought this would help. Haven't got all the way through yet but found the best thing is to have the camera in hand to try... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I found this book to be very helpful. I have trouble understanding instructions and this book was easy to understand
Published 19 months ago by Jackie Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 40x Camera Book by David Busch
Brilliant review total clarification following Nikon's untidy and extemely hard to follow intruction manual which came with camera; this guy not only deals with the 40 and 40x in a... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Mr. Bruce K. Corke
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