Nikon D3100 For Dummies Paperback – 25 Jan 2011
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From the Back Cover
Make the most of that amazing camera! Learn all it can do and create pix with pizazz
So you have the super–cool Nikon D3100 ― how do you make the most of it? Read this book! Learn what all the controls do, what you can do with the auto modes, and how to gain full control of your camera with advanced exposure modes. Then you′ll learn to play back, download, and share your photos, and how to unleash your creativity!
Get a quick start ― try the Scene and Guide modes to automatically capture top–notch portraits, close–ups, and night shots
Get creative ― master exposure, focus, color, and depth of field to create unique, artistic images
Focus in ― harness the power of the autofocus system to achieve sharp focus on your subjects
Prepare to share ― find out how to get the best prints of your pictures and how to get them ready for online viewing
Record movies ― capture high definition digital movies, with or without sound
Open the book and find:
A guided tour of your camera′s controls and buttons
Advice on setting flash and picture quality modes
Steps to shooting portraits,landscapes, and sports
The controls that manage aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
Tips for manipulating focus and color in your photos
How to shoot people, places, and close–ups
Filters and features that create unique photo effects
Take creative control of exposure, focus, and color
Step up from Auto mode to advanced photography options
Shoot full HD videos
About the Author
Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography for more than a decade. She is the author of several books on various Nikon and Canon cameras as well as Digital Photography For Dummies, and she teaches beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have come to DSLR photography via a classic 35mm film background ( Olympus OM4) , then digital compact (Panasonic TZ7) and a SLR type bridge camera ( Panasonic FZ8)
The Nikon D3100 is a technical marvel which can be used out of the box with a minimum of knowledge but to get the best out of it , it is best to fully know/understand the available buttons and functions
Whilst the 288 page PDF manual supplied by Nikon ( on CD) is a good factual listing of all of the camera functions ( somewhat bland , no colour pictures/ limited picture examples) , this " Dummies " book covers the same ground in a more practical manner ( with colour photograph examples) covering the automatic , semiautomatic and manual modes in detail covering - not only how to operate them but the technical background so that one can choose which model to use OR how to set up the camera to suit one's preferences ..
Basic photographic theory ( eg aperture , shutter speed , sensitivity / ISO / use of flash / strengths/limitations of VR lenses ) are covered in simple language to allow a novice or a more advanced user , to get the best out of the camera. The D3100's movie capabilities ( strengths/ weaknesses) are also discussed
The "in camera" picture and editing functions , together with the software and "download to computer" also covered.
What I really like is the no nonsense / unbiased discussion of the technical background to the auto/semi auto / manual modes as a starting point to jump off into more creative uses of the camera .
( In fact a lot of the knowledge gained will help me with the strengths / limitations of my earlier digital cameras as well as taking me forward with the D3100)
I have not regretted my choice. The author knows her subject and has resisted the pressure to write in the standard "For Dummies" style. The other thing I like about the book is that it refers specifically to the Nikon D3100 throughout. Other similar books revert to generic 'technique' chapters after the early chapters.
All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this book.
I certainly have not been disappointed, although only only up to chapter 5 the book gives a brilliant insight with tips and information to the workings of this excellent entry to digital photography.
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If you have just got this camera for the 1st time this is a must.
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