Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots [NOOK Book]

Overview

This book is for anyone upgrading from their Nikon D90 or current DSLR to the highly anticipated Nikon D7000. There's the manual, of course, as well as competing books, and while they all explain, often in 400+ pages, what the camera can do, none of them shows exactly how to use the camera to create great images!

This book has one goal: to teach D7000 owners how to make great shots using their new Nikon camera. Users learn how to use the D7000...
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Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Overview

This book is for anyone upgrading from their Nikon D90 or current DSLR to the highly anticipated Nikon D7000. There's the manual, of course, as well as competing books, and while they all explain, often in 400+ pages, what the camera can do, none of them shows exactly how to use the camera to create great images!

This book has one goal: to teach D7000 owners how to make great shots using their new Nikon camera. Users learn how to use the D7000 to create the type of photos that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Everything in the book is in service of creating a great image.

Starting with the top ten things users needed to know about the camera, photographer John Batdorff carefully guides readers through the operating features. Owners get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and even end of chapter assignments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132655323
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 602,834
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and his work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. He loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at www.batdorffphotography.com.
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Table of Contents

-Introduction
    Questions and Answers    
-Chapter 1: The D7000 Top Ten List
Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
Poring Over the Camera
1.    Charge Your Battery
2.    Adjust Your Auto Off Timer Setting
3.    Set Your Image Quality
4.    Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
5.    Set Your Focus Point and Mode
6.    Set the Correct White Balance
7.    Set Your Color Space
8.    Know How to Override Auto Focus
9.    Review Your Shots
10.    Getting a Feel for the Camera
Chapter 1 Assignments
-Chapter 2: First Things First
    A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Choosing the Right Memory Card
        Formatting Your Memory Card
        Updating the D7000’s Firmware
        Cleaning the Sensor
        Using the Right Format: Raw vs. JPEG
        Lenses and Focal Lengths
        What is Exposure?
        Motion and Depth of Field
    Chapter 2 Assignments
-Chapter 3: The Auto Modes
    Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Auto Mode
        Portrait Mode
        Landscape Mode
        Close-Up Mode
        Sports Mode
        Night Portrait Mode
        Child Mode
        Flash Off Mode
        Scene Modes
        Why You May Never Want to Use the Auto Modes Again
    Chapter 3 Assignments
-Chapter 4: The Professional Modes
    Taking Your Photography to the Next level
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        P: Program Mode
        S: Shutter Priority Mode
        A: Aperture Priority Mode
        M: Manual Mode
        How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
    Chapter 4 Assignments
-Chapter 5: Catch the Action
    How to Shoot When Your Subject is in Motion
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Aspects to Consider
        Using Shutter Priority Mode (S) to Stop Motion
        Using Aperture Priority Mode (A) to Isolate Your Subject
        The ISO Sensitivity Auto Control Trick
Keep Them in Focus with Continuous-Servo Focus and
AF Focus Point Selection
        Stop and Go with 3D-Tracking AF
        Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
        Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode
        A Sense of Motion
        Tips for Shooting Action
    Chapter 5 Assignments    
-Chapter 6: Perfect Portraits
Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Automatic Portrait Mode
        Using Aperture Priority Mode
        Metering Modes for Portraits
        Using the AE-L (Auto Exposure Lock) Feature
        Focus on the Eyes
        Timeless Black and White Portraits
        The Portrait Picture Control for Better Skin Tones
        Detect Faces with Live View
        Use Fill Flash to Reduce Shadows
        Portraits on the Move
        Tips for Shooting Perfect Portraits
    Chapter 6 Assignments
Chapter 7: Landscape Photography
Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Taking Beautiful Landscape Photographs
    Poring Over the Picture
    Poring Over the Picture
    Sharp Focus: Using a Tripod
    Selecting the Proper ISO
    Using Noise Reduction
    Selecting a White Balance
    Using the Landscape Picture Control
    Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation
    Shooting Amazing Black and White Landscapes
    The Golden Light
    Where to Place Your Focus
    Focusing Made Easy
    Smooth Water
    Directing the Viewer’s Eye: A Word About Composition
    Advanced Techniques to Explore
Chapter 7 Assignments
Chapter 8: Low Light in the Spotlight
    Using Low Light Situations to Your Advantage
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Raising the ISO:  The Simple Solution
        Using Very High ISOs
        Stabilizing the Situation
        Focusing in Low Light
        Shooting Long Exposures
        Using the Built-In Flash
        Compensating for the Flash Exposure
        Reducing Red-Eye
        Rear Curtain Sync
        Flash and Glass
        A Few Words About External Flash
    Chapter 8 Assignments
Chapter 9: Creative Compositions
    Better Photography Starts with Better Composition
        Depth of Field
        Angles
        Point of View    
        Patterns
        Color
        Contrast
        Leading Lines
        Splitting the Frame
        Frames within Frames
    Chapter 9 Assignments
Chapter 10: Lights, Camera, Action!  
    Getting the Most Out Of the D7000’s Video Capabilities
        Live View
        Hold it Steady
        Video Quality
        Sound
        Focusing
        Playback
        Editing
    Chapter 10 Assignments
Chapter 11:  Advanced Techniques
Learn to Photograph Like the Pro’s by Using Advanced Techniques and Building a Complete Kit
        Poring Over the Picture
        Poring Over the Picture
        Spot Meter for More Exposure Control
        Manual Mode
        Lens Flare and Star Bursts
        Bracketing Exposures
HDR: High Dynamic Range
        Macro Photography
        Active D-Lighting
        The My Menu Setting
        Create a Professional Kit
    Conclusion
    Chapter 11 Assignments
        

       
 
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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    For the Novice

    The focus of this book has more to do with providing elementery information about photography to the novice photographer than anything really specific to the D7000.

    If you are interested in buying a book on the D7000 in order reveal any features hidden in the menus, or to get a better explanation of some of its functions, such as how to use the auto focus system settings under different circumstances, how to fine tune the auto focus for a specific lens, or how to get a HDR set in burst mode with the mirror up, this is not the book for you.

    If however, you just graduated from a cell phone cam, a point and shoot, or those cardboard disposable film cams, and you just sank $1200 into a D7000 and maybe another $1000 into a couple of lenses, and you find you don't have an earthly idea of what to do with all this gear, you are the target audience for this book...if you exist at all.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Great book for beginners.

    I just upgraded to the D7000 and I found the book to be extremely helpful. I read the manual but didn't find it to be very useful with hands on explanation. The book was a perfect fit for me. I'm just getting back into photography and I found the chapter on composition extremely helpful as refresher course. The author shared some of his favorite settings which I thought was very useful for someone that's new to this camera. Overall, I thought it was easy to read and well organized. What I liked most was I felt like he was talking to me but not making me feel stupid.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Quick read and easy to understand.

    I bought this book while on vacation. I'm fairly new to the whole DSLR thing and I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to operate the camera. It's like the title was written for me. I just want to take our family photos to the next level. The book was a great. It really helped me with settings and getting a good feel for the camera. There are a few sections that I think the author could have gone into a little bit more detail but overall I would give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    HELPFUL

    This book has helped quite a bite in trying to learn my about my camera. Highly recommend it for newbies like me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Exactly what I wanted - great book

    This book does a perfect job of living up to it's name - "From Snapshots to Great Shots" - it gives the insights from a pro on how to move up from snapshots to great shots. I have been taking photo's for 20+ years but only with point and shoots. Recently I got my hands on a D7000 and fell in love with the quality of the camera and pictures it takes. But then I realized how much more I need to learn about it. This book walks you through all of the specific camera functions and gives very helpful info on when to use them and how they will affect your photos.

    This book might not be exactly for a seasoned photographer but it never claimed to be. The Snapshots to Great Shots is a great series and being new to DSLR photography I appreciate having such a great book specifically written about my camera with all the secrets from a pro!

    If you are new to DSLR photography, want to learn more about your D7000, or even if you just want insights from a pro on when to use which feature then you will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Gorgeous book

    I am an intermediate photographer who just bought a D7000 as my first upgrade to a DSLR. I found this book to be immensely helpful in getting to know my camera. It provides so much more than the manual. I love how it gives step by step instructions and shows exactly how to get the shots. The metadata is also really helpful in all of the images so that I can compare it. I think the author is really informational and inspirational. I also bought his new Black and White book which is another great addition to my library.

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