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Nikon D5000: From Snapshots to Great Shots
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2009
I had read the reviews on various books relevant to the Nikon D5000 and decided that this was the best for me. I'm an ethusiastic amateur(but not very good) rather than a complete beginner, but this book would suit anyone new to DSLRs. It is easy to read from cover to cover or by picking out chapters and Jeff Revell uses a touch of humour from time to time which helps. Apart from making it easier to understand and use the functions of the D5000 it also helps me to get my head round photography generally and my technique has improved greatly even with my wife's compact Leica D Lux3! Jeff Revell writes books for other cameras and I'm guessing that they are just as helpful. If you are looking at the various options, I would put this above the "Dummies" and Magic Lantern books which I had a look at in the Library. It's also pretty cheap here on Amazon so go for it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2010
This book doesn't tell you anything that isn't in the manual, but the manual is a dry old thing of about 225 pages! The information about getting best use out of what is a very complex camera is presented in a way that makes it so you enjoy reading it and subsequently find absorbing the information far easier than just reading the manual. Don't get me wrong - you still need the manual, but the manual is quite hard to read from cover to cover.
If you are a digital photographer upgrading from a recent Nikon digital camera to the D5000, you would probably be wasting your money. If, like me you arrive from an older camera (Olympus E10), the two cameras are worlds apart and you will benefit greatly from the easy-going format of this book.
I found that reading this first meant that the manual then became useful to carry and refer to.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2009
As the book says it is ideal for a beginner. Gives very good insight with high quality pics shot with the D5000. The high quality pics are a very good motivation for any beginner. Well written and easy to read. The book emphasises on the three important setting of a slr: aperture, shutter and ISO with some explanation on white balance and other settings. But a warning to all other users who are either an intermediate or advanced...... this book would not be suitable for intermediate or advanced photographers..... highly recommended for a beginners with the amazing D5000 at hand... Well have completed the basic course with this book, need to purchase an advance book now!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
This is a great book, written in an extremely easy to read and understand way. This book offers a great introduction to digital SLR photography, with a very specific focus on the Nikon D5000 - As such, do not buy this book unless you have (or are getting) a D5000.

For a newbie or amateur, this book is fantastic. For anyone with more experience, or a more advanced understanding of (D)SLR photography, then this book won't really offer that much.

I have given this 5 stars, as this book is aimed at amateurs, and on this level, it is a very good intro to DSLR photography and the D5000. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2010
If you're new to DSLR photography you'll probably find that the manual which comes with the camera isn't a great starting guide. Whilst it will tell you about the *features* on your camera, it won't go into any detail about the 'art' of photography and how to compose shots under various conditions.

I think for the money, you can't go wrong with this book - it'll tell you how to set up your camera out of the box and get shooting asap. Then as you read on, you can learn about how and when to use the non-auto modes.

A worthwhile companion to your new camera and not too hard to digest for newcomers (like me)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2010
Probably the best "how to" book on good photography I have read or browsed. Some of the often very simple tips, including the one how to completely transform a landscape shot, is probably worth the price alone. As a D5000 guide, it beats most on the market-I only say most because I have not seen them all.
Highly recommended for the beginner for its simple, clear approach and writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2010
I used to take photos with an slr over 20 years ago and knew my way around a camera, but a dslr has taken photography to a much higher level. The manual that came with the camera is 220 pages and seemed daunting at first so I decided to buy this book. I've found it such a good buy. Jeff helps you set the camera up and gives many helpfull tips throughout.I recommend this book to anyone who has bought the D5000
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2010
A really useful guide book into setting up and making use of your new D5000 DSLR. With so many features available on current model DSLR cameras you need plenty of advice in how to use the full protential of your new Nikon. It is well laid out and reader friendly to follow. A must buy if most of your previous camera experience was with 35 mm SLR film cameras or point and shot digital cameras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2010
Having bought the D5000 camera and been put off by the dryness and tediousness of the manual, this is the ideal book for me. By the end of the first chapter you can take top quality photos and as the book develops you can add to this quality and really bring out the best in the camera. When i first bought the camera I feared I had bought a camera which was too complicated for me to use - this book has already shown me that this is not the case, and has already enabled me to get some brilliant shots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2010
I love this book, it is written in a light occasionally humorous style. It takes you through the camera controls step by step, with good examples of when and why you would want to alter the various settings. At the end of each chapter is a photographic assignment for you to put into practice what you have learned.

Provided you read the first 5 very short chapters, you can and are encouraged by the author to just dip into this book as the need or fancy takes you, just like you would use the original manual, but this manual is much, much easier to read. Hence the title of my review "Nikon D5000 - the manual that should have been".

This book / manual works for beginners and those with a few years photography experience. It strikes that difficult balance of explaining things in enough detail for the novice without patronising those with more expertise.

I can't recommend this highly enough.

Thanks are also due to my mobile phone supplier o2 for giving me an Amazon voucher for completing a 5 minute online survey, without that I doubt I would have ever come across this brilliant alternative to the original D5000 manual.
Thanks guys.

PS. For those who buy this book there is are also further chapters that are only available online, so don't forget to check those out too.
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