Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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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 ...

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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: 9780321766540
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 460,201
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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.

    3 out of 9 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.

    2 out of 2 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.

    1 out of 1 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!

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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.

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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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