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David Busch's Nikon D300s Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – Nov 2 2009

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Nov. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435456319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435456310
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Nikon D300s Picture. 2. The Canon Nikon D300s Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Nikon D300s. 4. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus. 5. Setup: Custom Settings Menu. 6. Setup: Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, My Menu. 7. Optimizing Exposure. 8. Movie-Making and Advanced Techniques. 9. Working with Lenses. 10. Working with Light. 11. Downloading and Editing. 12. Troubleshooting Your Nikon D300s. Glossary. 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 About.com 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 Amazon.com'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 http://www.dslrguides.com.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d10f078) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d155abc) out of 5 stars Have gone through every book on the 300s - this is the best! Dec 30 2009
By CoastalRick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I want to be able to use all of the best features of the Nikon D300s and have read every book on the camera. This one is the best because: 1. The author not only goes through how every feature and menu operates, but more importantly, he give you his suggestions and reasons on why you'd want to use each feature (and more importantly, how the various menu options work in conjunction with each other to achieve very specific situations). 2. The illustrations are all large and in color - while this may seem a minor thing, the author goes the extra step in color coding various areas of the screens so you can identify the information easily. 3. Not a re-write of the Nikon manual - this is my major complaint about most of the other books on the market - this one goes "deep" into the workings of the camera. 4. The author identifies various features which he feels are not in your best interest to use - and gives his reasons why he feels that way. 5. Best of all the author has a very detailed section on his best suggestions on setting up parameters in the menus to use for very specific shooting situations.

I have several Post-it notes on various sections of this book - this is a manual that you should keep in your camera bag!
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d155b10) out of 5 stars A must read ! Nov. 19 2009
By F.M.D.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was so much more than I expected. As an amateur photographer I must say that this book points you to the right direction. Everything is clearly explained. I also appreciate that the author included suggested settings and advise on lenses etc... All the information you need to make the most of your Nikon D300S is in here :) It's also a pleasure to look at. I have bought many instructional books in the past and although they had great reviews the quality of paper they were printed on and the basic drawings did not help. Everything was very technical and difficult for an amateur like me to understand; however in this book nothing has been taken for granted. All the little details are explained and many colored photographs are included. I am very happy with this purchase and I highly recommend David Busch's Guide.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d155dec) out of 5 stars Great but has its problems Dec 12 2009
By SMXSteve - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely one of the best (if not the best) camera specific books out there. It does go beyond the manual that comes with the camera - which is large itself!

However, I'm always leery when any book starts off in detail on things like how to install the battery or put a lens on. You would assume the book is intended for the beginner but it never works out that way. The advanced items are usually skimmed over. And, unfortunately, that is true with this book. I'm still confused on several items.

One problem is he goes through every menu and button with minimal detail always stating it will be explained further in chapter such and such. There are two problems with that. Since I have no use of the item at the time I can't really try it out expecting to wait until chapter... But then I forget what menu it was and have to go back and find it. And in most cases the extra detailed explanations are very brief or just a repeat. For instance, interval timing on page 311 provides no additional (useful) information. In fact, there is an entire paragraph on an "affordable add-on" but he doesn't explain what it is exactly. There is information left out or too difficult to find. For instance, I couldn't access the interval menu item. Turns out I had the release mode dial in a setting that turns it off but I couldn't find that in the book.

The book is over 500 pages including the index. It could have been cut down significantly without the repeat of why his books are better and the references to different cameras - I guess he is trying to appeal to previous Nikon owners but that limits his audience. Another example, he spends a great deal of space explaining why he thinks the built-in level is a toy because his tripod has a level and it doesn't do fore/back leveling. But not all of us have a level and how often is one concerned about leveling fore/back? As has been said, just stick to the facts please.

He has done a terrific job with providing a wealth of information and has provided lots of pictures to show which item he is referring to. I think along with cutting it down a bit, the format would be better off including the detail along with each menu/button setting and provide suggested settings instead of referring to later chapters. Then put how to get different shots in additional chapters using the various settings together.

I like the book it just takes a bit of effort finding what I need.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d155ce4) out of 5 stars Great book Dec 16 2009
By Anthony V. Loh - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my 3rd Guidebook for three different DSLRs. This is perhaps the best written and organised DSLR guidebooks. The author, David Busch, definitely knows his topics very well and he definitely knows a lot about cameras.

I truly enjoy going through them from the beginning althought I do skip to specific topic from time to time.

In my humble opinion, this is almost a flawless book. Why "almost"? There are still a bit of referencing errors in this book, like for instance, asking us to refer to Chapter for certain topic, which in fact it is in Chapter 10.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d155ed0) out of 5 stars This is the one! July 17 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This review was written in 2008 and I am still referring to this book!

As mentioned elsewhere, I am in the process of converting from film to digital photography and there are certain aspects which I have found quite daunting. Over the past few months I have studied several books and tutorial DVDs on the subject as that process of conversion continues. I have also attended courses run by Nikon (UK) and it was on the first of those I was introduced to this book. My fellow student insisted this was the best available on the subject and I have come to the conclusion he was right.

Of course, there are those whose expertise is already at a well advanced level who seem to delight in purchasing products such as this just to write a less than praiseworthy review. It's called showing off! Take it from someone who has studied the field, whatever you want or need to know about this camera, the answer really is found in this product.

Laid out in an easy-to-follow format with plenty of excellent illustrations this book begins at the BEGINNING by helping you set up your camera. Slowly, the author builds upon each item shown as we work our way through the book to learn all, there is to learn about the Nikon D300.

I always find it better to read a number of books on the same subject - if only because a different approach often helps to explain a difficult point in an alternative way. If, however, you can only afford one book on this subject, then "This" is the one to buy.