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The Nikon D90 Companion Paperback – 4 Apr 2009
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About the Author
Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for CreativePro.com, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition.
As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at www.completedigitalphotography.com.
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It explains everything really well (with diagrams and red circles- I still am a muppet really) and explains how to get the best results from the kit you have. Also really useful advice on different lenses and the advantages and disadvantages of using them top notch. It has given me the confidense to fiddle with the buttons and use different mode settings and try different things and if that fails it describes how to get the settings back to before your fiddling.
Ace book that even none muppets will find useful to get the best from their D90. I will be double checking what to do before I try to take some sports pictures this afternoon, my pictures are getting better all the time. Don't buy the D90 without buying this book.
I have found the book most helpful and continue to pick up the book to read certain areas. Book is full of pictures in order to make comparisons which helps and the guy who wrote the book knows exactly what new photographers are going to want to do....i.e run before you can walk and he encourages you to follow him through the book, with guidance on the various settings, in order for you to make progress and most importantly.....understand.
This Gent has also written a book on Nikon Capture NX which is written in the same easy to understand style.
So would recommend......enjoy
Ben Long's Companion book takes a far more practical approach, moving in easy stages from automatic point-and-shoot use of the camera to topics so esoteric that I cannot believe even professional photographers really need them.
It covers most features of the camera, and includes practical examples of how to use it in its various modes---and explains what you can gain from learning to control the camera yourself instead of leaving it in Auto.
As a bonus, there are chapters on how a DSLR works, the technical details of photography (for example the relationships between aperture, shutter speed and "film" speed), plus practical help with how to take good photos.
Written in a clear and easy-to-understand way, this book is definitely recommended, either for a beginning photographer or someone new to the D90.
I would even recommend it for anyone who just wants to know more about digital photography in general.
So why not five stars? Well the book is let down by a few spelling mistakes, missing words, and one strange contradiction. Is the camera 12 MegaPixels or 10? The author seems to have two views on this subject.
Maybe it's the way you count them.
The book not only explains all of the important features of the camera in a clear and easy to understand way, but also goes into some detail to explain photographic theory and practice, thus enabling a good understanding of, for example, how exposure works and why/when you may want to use the various options.
Having been a 'point & shoot' camera owner for some years, never really venturing beyond 'Auto' setting, this book combined with the D90 has opened up a whole new creative world for me to enjoy exploring!
I now pretty much understand what all of the buttons on the camera do and what the various settings mean, so would certainly recommend this book to any new D90 owners.
It is highly recommended.
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