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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118118197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118118191
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make the most of that cool new camera! Learn all its tricks and take creative control Your D5100 is made for creative expression. The more you understand about your camera, the more fun you can have. Learn about all the settings, find out what all those technical buzzwords mean, and then start getting creative — begin mastering exposure, manipulating focus, shooting video, and sharing it all online, by e–mail, or in prints. A perfect setup — learn how to set up your camera for basic shootingand how to get the best results in the fully automatic modes Movie time — choose the right quality, focus, and audio options, then record and edit HD movies Go pro — move out of Auto mode and take full control over exposure, flash, focus, and color Explore exposure — get the scoop on f–stops, shutter speed, ISO, and other exposure controls Learn to share — download and process your images for prints or online sharing Open the book and find: When to use JPEG and when to shoot Raw Advice on basic photo settings Tips for shooting still photos in Live View What you can learn from a histogram and other picture data How to tweak exposure with Active D–Lighting and HDR Comparisons of editing programs Which autofocus settings work best Ten fun and useful photo effects Learn to: Take professional–looking photos even if this is your first dSLR Use the autoexposure Scene modes or move up to manual control Get creative with exposure, color, focus, and special effects IN FULL COLOR!

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

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Aug 2011
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I tend to be a bit of a fan of the 'Dummies' guides as I generally find them accessible and informative. So, when purchasing my new, impressive bit of photo technology in my Nikon D5100, I opted to get this guide as well.

The Nikon is an impressive bit of kit. Like many modern technological marvels, it has more bells and whistles that I suspect I will ever need or cope with. Even for a technophile like me it seemed potentially daunting as I worked my way through the obvious in the menus.

I then had a quick look at the book. Before I'd finished the first couple of chapters I was already back at the camera menus making adjustments to the setup that I'd missed on my unaided run through. The book has lots of useful tips: not only on what to do but what not to do. There are really helpful suggestions about which options not to get carried away with as well as those that will really enhance your experience.

I have used a film SLR for many years and owned a number of compact digital cameras, so I don't consider myself a complete novice. Nonetheless I found much to learn in the book and, if you are a beginner, even the basics like depth of field and shutter speed are well covered.

An easy read and a manual I will undoubtedly return to many times as I get even more adventurous in my use of this great camera.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Ward on 22 Nov 2011
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I have recently moved 'up' from a Panasonic DMC-ZX3 compact (very good, by the way, and I shall probably still use it a lot) to the D5100. My last SLR was a Nikon EM circa 1983, so I felt I needed a bit of help in using the new camera which comes with more buttons and menus than you can shake a stick at. The Nikon manual is OK, but it comes only on CD which I find irritating because I don't always want to sit in front of a computer, particularly when trying to use something like a camera. So I needed a book, particularly one which tells me not only what the camera can do, but why and when I might want to do it. I have found that this book fits the bill exactly. It starts simple, and builds up nicely to the more complex stuff. It is clearly written, with quite a lot of photo examples, and reasonably entertaining - you still need to be in the right mood for a book solely about one camera. I found it best to read a section at a time with the camera in front of me, fiddling with the camera to match the text, then try out what I thought I learnt - leaving breaks so as not to appear too obsessive. I would say that if you buy a camera like this without previously owning a modern SLR, then you really need a book like this to get you started.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mcfc4tony on 27 April 2012
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Got this as I was lost with my 1st DSLR. Well this made it a lot clearer. I will need to read it again in a week or two to get it in my thick head, but everything was made clear. I will not get out (when the weather is better) and try the S and P settings without breaking in to a cold sweat! May be in a year or so I'll even have a go at the M setting :oO
Would recommend this book to anyone who is starting out on the exciting world of DSLR. I only which I had bought it at Xmas when i got my camera!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 May 2013
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If you've got to start somewhere and this is a great place to start,excellent.Would recommend for first time camera buyers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DC on 7 Jan 2013
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I'm not one for instructions or guide books, but having spent £400 on the D5100, I thought it might be wise to know exactly what everything on the camera does.

A lot of the functions and menus are similar to my previous camera, the Nikon P100, but for the bits and pieces I'm not familiar with this is an excellent book to reference to.

It is written in clear, concise terms with pictures and diagrams that is easy to understand.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Patterson on 14 Dec 2012
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This is a very useful guide to the Nikon D5100. The information is specific to the controls and menus on the camera and has helped me understand and use the controls and menus better to get the best out of the the camera. This is the first Digital SLR I have owned so having a guide to how to use it is very useful. The information is very clearly presented and guides you through using the camera step by step. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doccox VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2014
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This book brings to life the (otherwise excellent) dry description in Nikon's online manual
What I really like are the suggestions of setting combinations that the author has found to be most useful - she also suggests areas for experimentation.
See my fuller review of the Dummies D3100 book by the same author . Obviously there is some duplication but JAK also highlights the new areas / opportunitiie offered by the D5100
I had the D3100 camera / book for some 3 years then invested in this book and a D5100 ( body only) this year ( late 2013)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cope on 28 Jan 2014
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Easy to follow and full of useful information showed me alot about my camera I wouldn't have got from the manual
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