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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435458745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458741
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Part I: CAMERA ESSENTIALS. 1. Quick Setup Guide. 2. Controls. 3. Playback and Shooting Menu Settings. 4. Custom and Setup Menu Settings. 5. Using the Flash. 6. Shooting Movies. Part II: REFERENCE MATERIAL. 7. Shooting Tips. 8. Nailing Exposure. 9. Working with Lenses. 10. Using Light. Index.

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at

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The book is an excellent guide for a novice photographer attempting to become a better one. I enjoy having my photographs put into book form, and Busch's text is helping me to not only take better photos, but also in preparing them for layout. "National Geographic" look out - I might make it someday!
The delivery of the book was sooner than expected. Nothing but accolades to you.
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I find it pretty much like the manufacturer's book. That said, I used it.
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HASH(0x9e687744) out of 5 stars Great new series Jan. 5 2011
By Western Photo Reviews - Published on
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This new series of books continues to shape up as one of the most useful, and first actual new addition to the camera guide format that we've seen. What Busch has done is create a companion to his full size camera guides in the form of an ultra-compact spiral-bound book that's a condensation of the most essential information you need to operate your Nikon D5000 camera. Unlike the manual furnished with the camera, or those laminated cheat sheets that fold out into six index card sized tabs with one-sentence summaries of most of the menu settings, Busch's Compact Field Guide series provides clear, easy to understand guidance in a most convenient format. Its contents include:

Chapter 1. Quick Setup Guide. Hand your camera and this book to any newbie, and they'll be off and shooting in minutes. It shows how to adjust the viewfinder to their vision, format a memory card, choose the right exposure mode (with a paragraph describing each mode and when to use it), how -- and why -- to select a metering mode, followed by lucid explanations of selecting autofocus, autofocus area modes, white balance, and ISO settings. There's a quick guide to navigating through and reviewing the images you've just shot, as well as a quick guide to flash. These are just the basics, and the typical shooter will probably refer to this chapter just once, when they begin using the camera.

Chapter 2. Nikon D5000 Roadmap. This 28-page chapter is filled with large photographs of the camera from multiple views, with a paragraph describing what each and every control does, and why it's used. The manual furnished with the D5000 gives you black and white drawings and cross references to multiple pages buried deep in the manual.

Chapter 3. Playback and Shooting Menu settings. Here's where Busch's Compact Field Guide excels. Unlike the command cards, small guidebooks, and manual packaged with the camera, Busch offers complete descriptions of each possible setting, including the rationale for using particular options. The book is spiral bound so it can lay flat while you read the instructions and adjust your camera simultaneously. Small illustrations show the menus in question, but you'll use them only to confirm that you're "in the right place" as you navigate the menus in your own camera. Although the information in this and the following chapter are condensed from those in Busch's full sized guide, they still are more comprehensive than those you'll find in other books.

Chapter 4. Custom, Setup, Retouch, and My Menu settings. Same as Chapter 3, but for the other menus.

Chapter 5. Using the flash. Everything you need to know about selecting a flash metering mode, flash sync mode, flash exposure compensation, etc. is here.

Chapter 6. Making D-Movies. You get all the basics for using the D5000's movie-making capabilities, plus a quick checklist of techniques that can make your mini-videos that much better.

Chapter 7. Shooting tips. This chapter consists of a series of charts with recommended menu and shooting settings for many common types of scenes. This is a brilliant addition, and you won't find it in other guidebooks at all.

Although this portable guide duplicates some of the information found in David Busch's Nikon D5000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography, they make a great pair for home and field.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e687798) out of 5 stars Love the style and information Jan. 4 2011
By Denise Craycroft - Published on
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This is a smaller, but more descriptive summary of the basic information you need to use all the features of your Nikon D5000. Each setting and control is fully explained, with explanations of why you should use an option in particular situations. I wish this book had been packaged in the box with the camera, as it has more complete information than what Nikon offers, and especially with compared with the other small guidebooks that basically just repeat what is in the original manual. I like the way Busch explains just what you must know in that friendly style. Very useful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e687bd0) out of 5 stars David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D5000 by David D. Busch Feb. 18 2011
By JesterJon - Published on
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Well, let's cut to the chase since most of the reviews go into the guide in-depth already. The guide was very informational and user-friendly. A lot of it was stuff I felt I already knew. I felt a little cheated because I thought there would be more information on some other features for the D5000 like filming techniques, but not really. If I could go back in time, I would've put in more money for the bigger guide. BUT!! One good thing about the guide is that it's compact, making it ideal for carrying around. I still plan to keep this little booklet, but if you're looking to getting a lot out of this guide, look for the more in-depth guide. Although this one provides pictures and diagrams, I think the manual would suffice compared to the compact guide.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e687bb8) out of 5 stars Much better than the manual May 9 2011
By E Talley - Published on
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This filed guide for the Nikon D5000 is VERY handy and informative. I really like the size (approx 5 x 7) because I can fit it in my purse or camera case.
By SJG - Published on
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Really covers the basics, wish it had covered some of the more technical ends of f-stop...etc. OK for the true beginner.. not so much for the intermediate.