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
Chapter 1 Getting to Know the Nikon D90
Resetting the Camera's Defaults
Snapshot Shooting in Auto Mode
The Viewfinder Status Display
The LCD Control Panel
Viewing Your Images
Using Scene Modes
Chapter 2 Anatomy of the Nikon D90
What Is an SLR Anyway?
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Nikon D90 Menu System
Holding the Camera
More Auto Practice
Chapter 3 Playing Back Images
Chapter 4 Image Transfer
Transferring from Your Camera
Installing the Nikon Software
Transferring Images to a Windows Computer
Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer
Using Nikon Transfer for Mac or Windows
Transferring Images Manually Using Windows or the Mac
Using the Camera to Select Images for Transfer
Organizing Your Images
After You've Transferred Your Images
Chapter 5 Photography 101
Over- and Underexposure
Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light
Thinking Again About Auto Mode
Chapter 6 Program Mode
Switching to Program Mode
Getting Creative with Flexible Program
Vibration Reduction: Help with Handheld Shooting
Release Mode and the Self-Timer
Choosing an Image Size and Format
Summing Up Program Mode
Chapter 7 Advanced Exposure
The Light Meter Revisited
Using Exposure Compensation to Over- or Underexpose
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.
I bought this book in June 2011. It wasn't until i started to look through it that i discovered there were pages missing. On further investigation i found that pages 147 to 178 are missing and pages 115 to 146 have been duplicated.
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-596-15987-0 12/09
I wonder how many other copies left the printers in this condition
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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The Nikon D90 CompanionThe back cover description says this book is:"...not just a typical camera guide ... it teaches you to make great photographs."I am an amateur photographer, so perhaps I should be enthusiastic about learning how to improve my photo-taking skills. However, what I was looking for was a better camera guide. That may surprise some people who have seen (and used) the camera guides that are provided with SLR cameras. Those manufacturer's guides do indeed provided a comprehensive description of the camera features. The problem, in my judgment, is that those guides don't match up to the natural flow of using a camera.This book helps alleviate that problem to some extent. My reaction to the descriptions in this book is that they only describe the displays when all settings are correct. What's missing, in my opinion, is what is displayed when the settings are incorrect. OK, that is a subtle difference which may be obvious to the more experienced SLR (or Nikon) user. For an amateur like me, those comparisons could save a lot learning time--and missed photos.I found the first two chapters (Getting to Know the Nikon D90 and Anatomy of the Nikon D90) most helpful. Chapter 4 (Image Transfer) has good information on file transfer for Windows and MAC computers. Chapter 5 (Photography 101) is too basic, even for me. Chapters 6 and 7 (Program Mode, Advanced Exposure) and chapters 10 and 11 (Flash Shooting, Raw Shooting) I found helpful, but I would like to see more details on the camera displays--as you compose and shoot the photo--when using these modes/features.