Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide

Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide

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by David D. Busch
     
 

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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know in order to take amazing photographs using your Nikon D40 or Nikon D40x. This full-color portable guide walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of your Nikon D40 or D40x digital SLR using step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen.

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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know in order to take amazing photographs using your Nikon D40 or Nikon D40x. This full-color portable guide walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of your Nikon D40 or D40x digital SLR using step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen. This robust guide not only shows you how to adjust white balance, autofocus, exposure, and choose lenses, it also teaches you when and why you should adjust each of these key settings. The Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide goes beyond camera settings to offer you a refresher guide to the principles of digital photography, covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. Filled with amazing examples, this book also presents you with a variety of tips and tricks to capturing portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

"DSLR" used to mean expensive, heavy, and complicated. With cameras like the Nikon D40 and D40X, that's changed. They're surprisingly lightweight, cost less than earlier DSLRs, and they're easier to use, too. But you'll still get a lot more out of yours with some expert help. That's where David Busch's Nikon D40/D40X Digital Field Guide comes in.

Small enough to toss in your car, backpack, or camera bag, it's packed with step-by-step help (supported by hundreds of full-color photos). You'll find excellent primers on everything from composition and lighting to exposures. Busch even demystifies lenses (great for folks moving up from "point-and-shoot," as well as those who want to understand Nikon's new lens systems.)

Don't just open the box and start shooting: Spend a few minutes with Busch's "Quick Tour," and a few more with his deeper walkthrough in Chapter 1. You'll know what all those buttons, dials, wheels, switches, and levers actually do -- and how they can help you shoot faster and better images. Think of this as the "anti-manual": friendly and usable, whereas Nikon's official manual makes you struggle with tiny black-and-white drawings and nearly invisible numbered cross-references.

Next, Busch introduces "core" features such as metering and autofocus, then walks you through the camera's menu settings, highlighting valuable features like custom image optimization that you might otherwise miss. The heart of this book: nearly 90 pages of specific techniques for pretty much anything you might want to shoot: patterns, action or sports shots, animals, architecture, B&Ws, events, flowers, infrared shots, landscapes, portraits, sunrises/sunsets, even nighttime fireworks. Before you go on your next hike, or to your kid's soccer game, or to that wedding, read Busch's discussion of the subject: You'll be rewarded with far better images. Bill Camarda, from the November 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470171486
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Series:
Digital Field Guide Series, #181
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
845,793
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David D. Busch has operated a commercial photo studio, shot sports for a newspaper, and spent more than twenty years as a roving photojournalist. He has shared his experience in more than 90 books, including the bestselling Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide, Digital Travel Photography Digital Field Guide, and Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies, all from Wiley.

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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
CamC58 More than 1 year ago
I am about half way through and learning every time I open the book. This is much better than the manual that comes with the camera.
ThorsHammer More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book a year after receiving a Nikon D40x as a gift. I am a novice to both digital and SLR formats. While the camera's accompanying manual covered the basic camera operations, it did not sufficiently cover matching various camera settings with specific subject compositions. This book does that and more. It is well organized, concise, and fits in my camera bag, making it easy to consult in a pinch when I am not sure of the correct format. While this may be a bit elementary for seasoned SLR camera operators, it is spot-on for the novice to intermediate user.
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CLB99 More than 1 year ago
If you have any compact Nikon in the D-40 family. This book is very helpfull. It makes understanding the controlls much better than manual that came with the camera. Some what helpfull about taking photos.
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