Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"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: 9/24/2007
  • Series: Digital Field Guide Series , #181
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 422,418
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Quick Tour: Shooting Your First D40/D40x Picture.

Part I: Using the Nikon D40/D40x.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D40/D40x.

Chapter 2: Nikon D40/D40x Essentials.

Chapter 3: Setting Up Nikon D40/D40x.

Part II: Creating Great Photos with the Nikon D40/D40x.

Chapter 4: Exposure Essentials.

Chapter 5: All About Lenses.

Chapter 6: Working with Light.

Chapter 7: Photo Subjects.

Chapter 8: Downloading and Editing Images.

Appendix: Troubleshooting.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Fantastic book for amateur photographer

    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.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Handy field guide

    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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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    What you need to Know about You D-40

    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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