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Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide Paperback – 3 Dec 2010
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good investment talks the reader through some photography basics before explaining how each component of the D3100 operates. (Digital SLR Photography, April 2011). A nice alternative to the camera s own stock manual, as this field guide explains everything simply and visually . (Digital Camera Essentials, March 2011). ...providing in–depth tutorials to every feature and function...for D3100 owners it s a must–have purchase. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, July 2011).
A nice alternative to the camera s own stock manual, as this field guide explains everything simply and visually . (Digital Camera Essentials, March 2011).
...providing in–depth tutorials to every feature and function...for D3100 owners it s a must–have purchase. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, July 2011).
From the Back Cover
Maximize the advantages of your powerful Nikon D3100
Whether you′re new to dSLR photography or just new to the Nikon D3100, this convenient, portable guide will help you make the most of your camera in every situation. You′ll learn not only what all the controls do, but how to use them most effectively. You′ll get professional pointers on lenses and lighting, including Nikon Speedlights. You′ll learn to capture the best shots in dozens of settings and edit them right in the camera. Get all your D3100 has to offer.
Learn to use the displays, scene and exposure modes, autofocus modes, and white balance settings
Refresh your knowledge of essential photography concepts
Capture full High Definition video at 1080p
Discover the secrets of getting award–winning action photos and portraits as well as landscapes, architectural and product shots, and more
Inside your free gray card and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and colorSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
I liked the whole approach - J. Dennis Thomas is not just providing a generic guide - he looks at the specifics of this model and how it sits in the Nikon range of DSLRs. For example, he points out how this camera has a few more buttons for features, which in other models like the D3000 are just hidden in menus. Like the Release Mode switch, which is easier to access from the top of the camera.
I also liked the format of the book - it is small enough to fit in a rucksack or camera bag, yet big enough to include clear, full-colour photos of everything that is described. So when going through all the features and buttons on the camera, there are almost life-size pictures which are clearly labelled, to illustrate the points made in the text. I often find in manuals, that they use line drawings that are more generic - whereas with this approach of using photos throughout - there is no mistaking what is being said or described.
I also like the way that photography concepts are interspersed with detailed information about this model.Read more ›
By: J. Dennis Thomas
A good friend of mine had raved about his Nikon D3100 and when the opportunity came up on Amazon Vine to review this book, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the camera..
Unlike the standard camera support documentation ( often multilingual and only available in full as a downloadable pdf), the author ( an experienced freelance using a variety of Nikon equipment) goes through the functions ( strengths and any limitations ) of the camera , step by step , with illustrative photographs of real world applications.
Additional lenses ( both Nikon - modern and old - and third party) are reviewed and their uses illustrated such that other lenses may be considered as one's hobby develops.
Possible flash units and their application are also illustrated.
Technical issues such as Aperture , Speeds , Focussing ( Auto and manual) and white balance ( there is a free grey card / colour chart included with the book) , histograms are all covered in a simple , practical manner.
The strengths and weaknesses of the full HD 1080p video function is also discussed
Whether you are new to digital photography and the D3100 ( said to be an "entry" Nikon DSLR - but with amazingly advanced functions) there is a wealth of information on the camera and photographic applications. There are also suggested projects to get further experience.
I was sufficiently impressed by the level of the information to go on to buy the basic camera kit ( 18-55mm DX VR leans) and the 55-300mm Nikon DX VR telephoto zoom.Read more ›
I wasn't particularly impressed with the example photographs, but they were adequate.
As a "field guide" I have an issue with the book's size and the durability of the cover. I think that the cover would become dogeared quickly if carried about, but it is strongly bound. I have used field guides with better covers. The format is a little large for a small camera bag, but it is light enough to carry.
I would recommend the guide for novice users of Nikon digital cameras. There are other better field guides available for more experienced camera users.
Easy to read, and carefully pitched so as not assume you are a photography expert - in fact this works well for absolute beginners, yet still manages not to patronise you if you already know a little bit. You get good explanations of how to get great shots in all sorts of situations, and camera specific guidance for your own kit.
Frankly, if you've spent all that money on the camera this book is a small extra spend which, unless you already really know your camera stuff, will get you a much better return on investment from your D3100 - and allow you to talk more confidently to 'proper photographers' by understanding the key concepts into the bargain.
Most recent customer reviews
This book has been a exellent help for setting my nikon d3100 dslr camera 10 out 10 for this book brilliant.Published on 28 Dec. 2014 by mr s mcleod
Awesome book really cheap in waterstones it was over £18!! Absolute bargain, fast deliveryPublished on 17 Dec. 2014 by hannah