Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide

  • Publish Date: 2009-12-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: J. Dennis Thomas
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This Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide has all the answers. This full-color guide, perfectly sized to fit in your camera bag, not only explains all essential controls, features and functions, it also goes well beyond the basics to give you a photography refresher on lighting, composition, exposure and more.You'll find step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and full-color images of menu screens. Even better, it also offers tips and tricks to help you take your best shots, whether you're shooting portraits, candid shots, sports or travel photos, or macro photography. What do you need to take amazing photographs with your new Nikon D3000? This Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide has all the answers. This full-color guide, perfectly sized to fit in your camera bag, not only explains all essential controls, features, and functions, it also goes well beyond the basics to give you a photography refresher on lighting, composition, exposure, and more. You'll find step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and full-color images of menu screens. Even better, it also offers tips and tricks to help you take your best shots, whether you're shooting portraits, candid shots, sports or travel photos, or macro photography.

  • Shows you how to get the very most out of your new Nikon D3000 digital camera
  • Discusses in detail all the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D3000
  • Provides step-by-step instructions and full-color images of each menu screen
  • Explains not only how to adjust white balance, autofocus, exposure, and other settings, it explains when and why you should adjust these settings
  • Gives you a thorough digital photography refresher on lighting and composition
  • Shares valuable tips and tricks to help you capture amazing shots
  • Shows you topic-specific secrets to capturing portraits, candid shots, sports or travel photos, macro photography, and others

Nikon D3000 Photography Tips from Author J. Dennis Thomas

Perfect Portraits
For this shot of my Boston Terrier Maddie I used a couple of different techniques to get a nice soft portrait effect. First of all to get good soft light I had Maddie sit next to an open window. Window lighting is one of the best ways to easily get soft diffused light which is great for portraits. Next, I set the camera to Aperture priority and using the 35mm f/1.8 lens I set the aperture to f/1.8. This setting allowed me to blur the background to draw attention to the subject. Keep in mind that these techniques work for people as well as pet portraits.


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Specs: ISO 800 / 1/60 @ f/1.8
Artistic Angles
For this architectural photo I used an ultra-wide angle lens, the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 set to 10mm to give the shot a dynamic look. Tilting the camera back a little added some perspective distortion and also allowed me to fit more sky into the shot. I used Aperture priority to select a fairly small aperture of f/8 to ensure that the scene was nice and sharp. I also dialed in some exposure compensation, underexposing just a bit to capture the rich detail in the clouds, which gives the shot an almost ominous look.


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Specs: ISO 100 / 1/400 @ f/8 1 EV exposure compensation
Macro Magic
For this macro shot I used one of Nikons sharpest lenses, the 105mm f/2.8G VR. For anyone whos serious about getting the best macro shots this is a must have lens. I used Aperture priority to select a small aperture to increase the depth of field, which gets shallower as you get closer to your subject. I also turned the VR function on to combat the blur than can be caused from camera shake, which is magnified a close focus distances. Often times when doing macro photography its advisable to use a tripod, but with moving subjects such as insects this is often impractical so the VR can be a great help in these situations.


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Specs: ISO 400 / 1/125 @ f/11

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