David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography / Edition 1

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Have you unpacked your new Nikon D300 digital SLR camera and want to get started right away taking professional quality pictures? David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography will show you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of your camera to take great photographs of anything. After a brief introduction to the camera to help you get your bearings, you'll dive right into all the exciting, innovative capabilities of the D300 including the focus controls, flash synchronization options, how to choose lenses, and which exposure modes are best. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, and you'll find tips and techniques that can be applied to any type of photography to help you take better pictures with your new digital SLR. Whether you are new to digital SLR photography or an experienced pro, David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography will help you maximize your camera's capabilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598635348
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 391,230
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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 Sony and Sony Digital models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital Photography, Second Edition, and Digital 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's 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 Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Nikon D300 Chapter 2: Nikon D300 Roadmap Chapter 3: Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus Chapter 4: Setup: The Custom Setting Menu Chapter 5: Setup: The Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, and My Menu Chapter 6: Getting the Right Exposure Chapter 7: Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Nikon D300 Chapter 8: Working with Lenses Chapter 9: Making Light Work for You Chapter 10: Useful Software for the Nikon D300 Chapter 11: Nikon D300: Troubleshooting and Prevention Glossary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    A necessary accessory.

    I find this book easy to follow and understand. It certainly is not for the point-and-shoot/unexperienced photographer ...but then again, nor is the D300. I did not find the book intimidating nor were the illustrations or pictures of poor quaility. This book is an overall fantastic reference if you want to learn to use your camera to the fullest potential, thus building your skills from there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Gotta have it !

    If you own the Nikon D300 this is a must read. It provides the answers to all the questions you have, and answers to questions you never even thought to ask. This camera has a high learning curve, and this is just the book to make it all seem easy !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Great Resource

    Very easy to read, good for researching issues & well laid out.
    Very helpful on customizing different photo environments

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    Not for the novice

    I bought this book on my way out of town for a 10 day job because I knew I needed something besides the manual, in spite of the 'arcane' reviewer's poor rating and because I could not wait for another book due out in August. Almost immediately I realized that the initial reviewer displayed his ignorance by blaming the book for his shortcomings. Busch's book was well illustrated, very thorough, & gave useful opinions & guidance on the various possibilities the camera is capable of. It also provided comparisons to similar functions on other cameras such as the D200, D80, & D3. One quibble when a feature could be done implemented in more than one way, it would help to cross-reference this and this was not always done. But this camera is not for novices who are not willing to study hard although Busch suggests that novices can use the camera, & the manual assumes a certain level of experience & knowledge.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Thorough, good buy, long, better than others

    For someone like me who hates instruction manuals the thought of this 450-page book was daunting. But after looking through "David Busch's NikonD300 Digital SLR Photography" I was convinced a third-party book was easier to comprehend. It soon became apparent that the book is loaded with comparisons to the Nikon D200 camera, but since I switched from Canon to Nikon just to get the D300 they were of little use to me. I was frustrated as well by explanations of features and choices this camera offers without a recommendation. I found myself asking, "So what do you want me to do?" Having said that, there ARE suggestions for choosing menu settings (that's what makes the D300 a learning chore) based on shooting situations, such as family photos, sports, or scenic shots. Ok, they are in chart form and a little hard to follow, but they're there. He tells you which focus choice he uses 90 percent of the time as well. But here comes a big reason to purchase the book. The lens recommendations in the back third of the book are extremely valuable. It would have been nice to have prices but I added those myself, writing them into the book, and of course they change too often to remain accurate for long--yet the author did list prices on a few lenses. Why not all? I just want a rough estimate so I know if we are talking forget-it prices, or your-credit-card-still-has-room prices. The author tells you which three lenses were once the way to go, and which are considered the best now (and they cost $1,700, $1,800, and $1,900 respectively, I discovered). But he tells you which starter lens to get if your budget is in need of a bailout, which is what I bought, and which starter lens is best. Surprisingly it isn't the 18-200mm, but the 16-85mm (which I have) and some other choices he offers. He even tells you which true bargain lenses, or older lens models, will give you professional results while you, like some major corporations, wait for your cash liquidity position to improve. There is a wealth of extra information as well on flash photography and how to clean the sensor. And if you are standing in the bookstore trying to choose between the "Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide" by J. Dennis Thomas or this one, this David Busch book is far superior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    A good learning and reference manual

    I almost didn't look at this book because of the review that described it as arcane, too long and poorly illustrated. Glad I did, as I found it to be very different. As every proud owner of a D300 knows, this is a camera with extraordinary capabilities whose full potential can only be realized by coming to grips with its complexity. The basic user manual that comes with it is over 400 pages in length! David Busch's book of equal length is very well illustrated, his writing style is to the point, and the depth he reaches sufficient to give serious readers a pretty good understanding of how to make the most effective use of the camera's capabilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Great detail as a GUIDE to the D300

    Completely disagree with the 'arcane' guy. The does an excellent job of being a GUIDE to the D300. It covers all the controls on the camera in great detail. The first third of the book is about how to setup your camera. Then it goes into greater detail on how to make the camera work for you, and how to get the shots you want. The bottom line is that it is very good GUIDE to the D300, I learned a lot on how to use this camera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book is just too much. The information presented to too arcane and not really much help in understanding basic techniques. The book is also way too long. Most of the stuff probably could have been covered in less space. And the pictures in the book are AWFUL. How can I trust the validity of what the author says if the guy can't even take a decent photo?

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