The Nikon D90 Companion [NOOK Book]

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Through easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Nikon D90. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, it teaches you how to use the D90's features to make great photographs-including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, HD video, and more.

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Overview

Through easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Nikon D90. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, it teaches you how to use the D90's features to make great photographs-including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, HD video, and more.

With Ben Long's creative tips and technical advice, you have the perfect, camera-bag-friendly reference that will help you capture stunning pictures anywhere, anytime. The Nikon D90 Companion will show you how to:

  • Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
  • Learn the basic rules of composition
  • Capture decisive moments, including fast-moving objects
  • Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
  • Learn about different lenses, and the best time to use them
  • Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you
  • Use the D90's ability to shoot high definition video
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596555665
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 761,933
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for CreativePro.com, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition.

As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Nikon D90

Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Nikon D90

Chapter 3: Playing Back Images

Chapter 4: Image Transfer

Chapter 5: Photography 101

Chapter 6: Program Mode

Chapter 7: Advanced Exposure

Chapter 8: Finding and Composing a Photo

Chapter 9: Specialty Shooting

Chapter 10: Flash Shooting

Chapter 11: Raw Shooting

Chapter 12: Customizing the D90

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    Well worth reading

    If you own a Nikon D 90 this book is a must! And, if you are new to DSLR cameras it is a double must. Of all the camera, computer and tech device related books I have seen, this is without a doubt the most skillfully written.
    The author doesn't take time to repeat instructions from the user's manual when they are clearly written. Instead he references pages in that manual, and concentrates on explaining how and when to use features of the camera. He only repeats manual instructions when it's necessary to explain something more precisely than the manual does, or when it's needed to illustrate a point. The obvious is not repeated.
    This is much more than just a camera book. In addition to showing and explaining the camera's features, he includes chapters on photo related subjects and he uses the camera to demonstrate those subjects. He devotes chapters to digital image basics, fundamentals of taking pictures including using flash, composition, and shooting in special conditions. He also touches on using the raw format to gain more control and improve image quality.
    When I buy a book of this type, I usually use it as a reference, reading only the parts that relate to what I'm seeking information about. This time, I read it from cover to cover. His clear way of explaining the subject, resulted in my gaining a lot of insight into effectively using my new camera.
    If you are looking for instruction about the Nikon D 90, and good sound information about DSLR photography, this is the book for you.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    SMILE!! YOU'RE ON THE NIKON D90!!

    Are you using the Nikon D90? If you are, then this book is for you! Author by Ben Long, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that offers a complete class on digital photography.


    Long, begins by explaining the fundamental concepts of camera and photographic techniques tat build through the rest of the book. Next, the author shows you all of the different parts of the Nikon D90. Then, he looks at all of the Nikon D90's playback features and shows you how they can help you take better pictures to help improve your chances of getting the shots you need. He continues by taking a look at your transfer options and explores Nikon's bundled software. Next, the author focuses on basic photo theory. Then, he explores all of the manual overrides available in Program mode, as well as some of the other creative choices you make when shooting. The author continues by going deeper into metering and exposure, and explores some of the D90's image-processing options. Next, he focuses on the artistry side of things and explores how you visualize and compose an image. He continues by looking at special features and techniques you can use for shooting concerts, panoramas, low-light shots, and more. Next, the author looks at built-in and external flash use, as well as some additional ways that you can control light, whether or not you choose to use a flash. Shooting raw has its drawbacks; but, the author shows you how shooting raw will probably become a regular part of your photographic life. Finally, the author looks at a number of ways to customize and tweak your camera.


    This most excellent book is intended to serve a full-on photography class­one that covers everything including technical matters and exposure theory, composition theory and how to find images and expand your visual sense. More importantly, unlike a regular photography class, the class presented in this book is built specifically around the D90.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Photo nut.

    I love to take photos and this was a great book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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