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Nikon D7000 Digital Field Guide Paperback – 28 Jan 2011
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From the Back Cover
Set your sights on professional quality photos
Your Nikon D7000 combines ease of operation with professional features and performance, making it perfect for serious beginners as well as experienced photographers. This portable guide helps you take maximum advantage of every control, feature, and function, including the full 1080p HD video capability with full–time autofocus. And it shows you how to apply what you′ve learned in dozens of real–world situations for truly professional results.
Learn to use exposure, metering, and autofocus modes as well as 19 different scene modes
Set up your camera, experiment with lenses, and master lighting
Work with Live View, explore video tips and workarounds, and understand the new Manual movie settings
Take superior action, landscape, and night photos; portraits; product and stock shots; and more
Inside your free gray card and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color
About the Author
J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer, author, and musician with nearly 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon cameras. His work has appeared in regional, national, and international publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Weekly, and SXSWorld.
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After describing all the external controls and the information display in the first chapter the author moves on to examine some of the most commonly changed settings in the camera such as exposure modes, metering, autofocus, white balance and ISO. As throughout the rest of the book the author throws in numerous tips for those relatively new to DSLRs. The discussion of the Picture Control System here is one of a number of topics which is much superior to the manual.
Following a chapter on setting up the camera, including an examination of menus, the author moves on to discuss lenses. The experienced will groan at this (particularly when they see vibration reduction yet again) but the author does at least write in a concise and informative manner, and he does mention lenses other than Nikon - something not always done in such books. He proceeds to a chapter on exposure, including useful advice on histograms, exposure compensation and bracketing before covering flash, Live View and video mode.
Most of the remainder of the book discusses portraits, weddings, concerts, sports photography, night photography and macro photography. Many (like me) will already have read books on these subjects but the author is very readable (I particularly enjoyed the chapter on portraits) and all the photos have details of the settings (EXIF information) plus the lens used. The 300 page book concludes with a chapter on in-camera editing.
This book is not without faults. For example, on multiple exposures it is at first sight even briefer and less helpful than the manual. At least the manual (somewhat cryptically) states that multiple exposures make use of RAW data to "produce colors noticeably superior to those in software-generated photographic overlays." It is true that the book mentions high dynamic range (HDR) in two later references to multiple exposures but with relatively little detail, and HDR does not seem to feature in the index. However, this is being "picky". This book is a useful size, attractively presented, is concise and readable, is well priced at under a tenner, and I believe that it will be useful to the many DSLR beginners and near-beginners who will buy the D7000.
If you're an experienced SLR user, you won't learn anything new from this book. If, on the other hand, the D7000 is your first SLR, this guide represents a practical learning tool for your journey into SLR photography.
Well, in effect, the D7000 (the new mid-level release) is such an amazing & complex piece of technology I felt I had to learn to be able to operate it fully otherwise I wouldn't be get the best out of it and my money's worth.
Admittedly this book is more of an update and expansion to the official Nikon guide, but it does go into more detail and walks you through all the controls, features and functions in easy to follow instructions and full colour pictures. Finally the inclusion of a grey/colour balance card is a nice, handy touch, they can be more than a tenner themselves.
This may not be useful for experienced photographers, it taught me about handling the camera rather than how to take better photos, but for anyone else it's less than ten pounds well spent.
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