David Busch's Nikon P7700 Guide to Digital Photography Paperback – 25 Feb 2013
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Introduction. 1: QUICK TOUR: SHOOTING YOUR FIRST NIKON P7700 PICTURE. Selecting Shooting Mode. Focusing. Taking the Picture. Depth of Field Preview. Releasing the Shutter. Using the Self-Timer. Using Sequence Shooting. Reviewing the Image. Trashing the Duds. Transferring Images to Your Computer. Choosing an Image Format. 2: THE NIKON P7700 ROADMAP. Front of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Back of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Top of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Viewfinder Display (picture + callouts). LCD Display. View and Playback Images. Activating the Onboard Flash. Basic Control Layout. Exposure Modes. Focus Modes. Shooting Modes. 3: SETTING UP YOUR NIKON P7700. The Setup Menu. Date, Time, and Language. Setting LCD Brightness. Specifying Image Quality. Setting Autofocus Options. Choosing Drive Mode. Using Custom Settings Banks. Setting Your Viewfinder's Diopter Adjustment. Resetting the Camera. Updating Your Firmware. 4: SHOOTING BASICS. Metering Modes. Metering Techniques. Interpreting Histograms. Adjusting Exposures with EV. Bracketing Exposures and other Parameters. ISO Sensitivity. Setting White Balance. Working with High Speed Continuous Shooting Modes. Focus Modes. Image Parameters. 5: PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR NIKON P7700. Understanding Exposure. ISO and Noise Control. Using Apertures. Controlling Depth of Field. Motion and Shutter Speed. 6: ADVANCED SHOOTING AND MOVIE MAKING. Shooting Full HDTV D-Movies. Editing Movies. Enhancing Sound. Capturing Continuous Sequences. Freezing Action. 7: WORKING WITH LENSES. Using Zoom settings. Using a Wide-Angle Lens setting. Using Telephoto Lens settings. Using Macro Features. Cool Special Features. Working with Autofocus. 8: WORKING WITH LIGHT. Nikon P7700 Flash Basics. The Built-In Flash. Flash Modes. Using Manual Flash. Flash Exposure Compensation. External Flash Units. Flash. Third Party Flash. Using Studio Flash. Using Modeling Lights. Conquering Available Light. Incandescent Lighting Dealing with Fluorescents Infrared and UV. 9: DOWNLOADING AND EDITING. Software Utilities. Software. Third Party Software. Noise Reduction Software. RAW converters. 10: TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR NIKON P7700. Charging and Maintaining Batteries. Battery Life. Using Alternate Power Sources. Checking your Internal Clock Battery. Troubleshooting. Glossary. Index.
About the Author
With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's 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. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list―simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com."
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I had to get to know the ins / outs of the camera very quickly, this reference manual is allowing me to do that..... Brilliantly
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That being said, David Busch's Nikon P7700 Guide to Digital Photography is the manual that we all wish came with the camera, but didn't. Open the pages of this 332-page book and you'll see that the difference between this and the original Nikon documentation is vast, and it's backed up with excellent color photos, diagrams and illustrations throughout.
Authors David Busch and Peter K. Burian have delved into the inner workings of the P7700 and presented us with a guide that's written in everyday language, easy to read, yet going into enough depth to offer even the most technically astute advanced user a fast track on how to use this camera.
The information you'll find between the covers is broad, yet it's well organized. Open the book, and after the Preface and an interesting Introduction, covering the background behind the Coolpix P-series, we're presented with a book logically broken down in two major parts as follows, with multiple chapters in each section:
PART I: Getting Started With Your Nikon Coolpix P7700
1. Your New Nikon Coolpix P7700
2. Taking Your First Coolpix P7700 Photos
3. Nikon Coolpix P7700 Roadmap
4. Setting Up Your Nikon Coolpix P7700
PART II: Getting The Most From Your Nikon Coolpix P7700
5. Fine-Tuning Exposure
6. Advanced Shooting with Your Nikon Coolpix P7700
7. Movie Making with Your Nikon Coolpix P7700
8. Getting the Most from Your Zoom
9. Making Light Work for You
10. Useful Software for the Nikon Coolpix P7700
As noted earlier, the extent of the information between the covers is broad, yet well organized. Within each of the chapters there's enough to get the new user started, yet for those of us who ventured into the P7700 soon after it was released, there's enough here to find something new that hasn't been tried before.
As in the other books from David Busch, the glossary is well done, and even for those who think that they understand the terminology, there may be some interesting terms that are clarified. The index is also done very well, and to a depth that that this reader and photographer wishes that other authors would emulate. The authors had collaborated before with the earlier David Busch's Nikon Coolpix P7100 Guide to Digital Photography, but as informative as that title was, this one is even better, as if they have taken things to a higher level in their way of explaining things. Inside the covers you'll find a real roadmap to the Nikon P7700, a complete coverage of the controls and features done in a very readable and succinct fashion. As you move on, you'll delve into shooting techniques, from basic to advanced, and HDTV movie-making with this camera are covered as well.
As a reader, I was first introduced to the author with David Busch's Nikon D5000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography in 2009 after I had that camera for a few months. I had gone through the Nikon manual trying to figure out why I was having shutter lag, and within a few minutes I found the solution. I ended up reading it cover to cover, and it made life with my then-new D5000 a lot easier. This book on the Coolpix P7700 does it all in a smoother and more refined way.
Among the topics covered here are some excellent discussions on the various SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and the author goes so far as to suggest specific types, sizes and even brands that have proven to work well with the P7700, and why. For this user, I could have saved more than the cost of this book with my own SD card experiments, as the original Nikon manual barely touches the subject except to say what is compatible. Also covered are the author's experiences with memory card readers on both the Mac and the PC, and I concur with the issues found on my own MacBook Pro.
There's a lot of good info here, and the book includes a very helpful a troubleshooting guide, and lets face is: eventually some small problems will show up. And within the information in this guide is a discussion on the Nikon EN-EL14 Li-Ion battery, right there in the first chapter. Just read it and follow the author's expertise on this, as he's 100% correct when it comes to the P7700.
It's all too easy to say that David Busch's Nikon P7700 Guide is the book that Nikon should have included with the camera, but they didn't. If you're new to the P7700, before you buy a case, some small bundled accessory kit, or a spare battery from a third-party reseller that may not work (and yes, that's in the book), save your money and buy this book; you'll be glad that you did. If you're an experienced shooter and already think you have mastered the P7700, you'll probably find some pleasant surprises between the covers of this book. As you might have guessed, this one is highly recommended to Nikon P7700 owners, regardless if your level of expertise; a true essential to put it simply. You can get your other accessories later.
I bought the ebook version for use with the kindle app on my iPad. I wish I had gotten the paper copy. This is a book that would be great to flip around in, and also the ebook illustrations are poor - very small and they become fuzzy when enlarged at all.
Edit-I have now discovered that the index in this ebook is worthless. You can't click on the entries, and no page numbers are given. A reference manual with no index is not acceptable, and I feel cheated.
Edit again - Because of the index problem, Amazon allowed me to return the Kindle edition(past the 7-day mark), and I reordered the paper one. It is here now and I would give it five stars if I could, and maybe two stars for the ebook. I was told that the index problem may be fixed soon - unclear whether they would be able to update one you have already purchased.
There were several new features for the P7700 that were not found on the P7100, and I wanted to know how to use them. I found all my answers in the book.
Everything is clear and well explained in this book as all in all of Mr. Bushe's books.