Mastering the Nikon D810

Mastering the Nikon D810

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Mastering the Nikon D810 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D810 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.

This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user's manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrat

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  • March 5, 2017 at 19:39
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Teaches how to use and take advantage of the capabilities of this great camera., May 9, 2015
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    Jay A. Frogel (Baltimore, MD) –

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    I have used Nikon SLRs since the 1960s – Nikkormat, FA, F90, a couple of Fs and F2s, F4, and F100. Most recently I have used the D300 and D700. Last summer I rented a D800 for two weeks of shooting on a trip to Dartmoor and Cornwall. The results with the large image sensor were spectacular and significantly increased my flexibility in editing. To learn about the new features of the D800 I printed out a copy of the how to guide by a photographer with a prominent on-line presence who publishes reviews, how to stuff, etc. After reading repeated claims of his that all of the other pros he knows don’t bother with RAW, but just shoot jpeg, that small jpegs are just fine, the the “P” mode on the camera stands for “Pro mode” (whereas in fact it stand for “programmed”, i.e. camera choses aperture and speed, etc etc. I concluded that I could not rely on this person for advice. So I ended up using my intuition and familiarity with the D300 and 700 models.

    When I decided to get the D810 I needed a reference to fill me in on details, on differences, and perhaps some not obvious features to take advantage of. I picked Young’s book based on other reader comments. This was a GREAT choice! It’s well written, in so far as a book about how to use a camera can be, good interactions of humor, certainly doesn’t talk down to you, and is WAY better than the manual. AN example of the humor: in contrast to the aforementioned web personality who equates “P” mode with “professional”, David Young equates it with “Party” which is quite apt. I am about half way through it but already have found it to be exceptionally useful in learning about the camera, especially its many improvements over the D300 and 700 (and more since I never read anything about these). For example there is a clear and thorough discussion of focus and exposure and flash modes. If you are already familiar with previous DSLRs by Nikon you can quickly skip over parts of many chapters, but make sure that there are no hidden gems in there. A highlighter is very useful while reading to mark the new (to me) and relevant info. Young gives cross references to pages in the Nikon Manuel for the camera but when I bothered to look at them I found that all I needed to know was stated in a much clearer fashion in his book.

    My only minor quibbles are the ordering of chapters ( for example, why have the one on the Playback menu at the beginning of the book – there is no need to follow the order of the Nikon menus!) and a few (very few actually) garbled sentences. Also, I question the need for illustrating so many steps on how to choose each of the menu items. The words he gives would probably have sufficed. And I wish there were an e-version so that I could pull out the things I have highlighted and kept them with me on trips. None of these detract from my 5 star rating. Overall, though, it is a highly useful book and is teaching me how to take advantage of all of the camera’s features.

    Finally, I looked through the negative, ie. 1-3 star reviews. One person was REALLY upset by the order of chapters, as I noted about the Playback discussion. Seems to me you just need to read the book in a non-linear fashion. Doesn’t detract in any way from its usefulness. There were complaints about the print size – hmm. The font size is comparable to or larger than that in most quality paperbacks. I wear glasses with pretty strong corrections and actually found the size of font to be very good. Ditto for the physical size of the book – a bit larger than the typical quality PB but not so large that I could hold it with one hand and the camera in the other (and no, I do not have large hands!). There also was a comment that the book did not improve upon the manual that comes with the camera. Really?? Also, this is definitely NOT a how to take good pictures book, ‘tho it does contain many pointers on taking advantage of the many capabilities of the D810. Rather it is a book on how to use the camera. Also, the author assumes some familiarity with photographic terms such as RAW, RGB, sRGB, etc. My guess is that given the backgrounds of most people who would buy this camera, the assumption is a good one.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 20:13
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Read it., January 23, 2015
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    If you have purchased a Nikon D810 (even if you have owned other Nikon DSLRs) this book is a must read. Pick a rainy day and go cover to cover (with the camera in your lap). The D810 is a powerful tool and Darrell Young will help you get the most out of it. The writing style lets you easily get through what could be just another dry camera manual. I have owned multiple pro level Nikon cameras and I am familiar with their Menu system. None the less this book was a great help in setting up my new camera.
    Take the D810 and go shoot, but if you really want to get the most out of your investment and take great pictures read the book.
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  • March 5, 2017 at 21:12
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    An excellent resource, December 29, 2016
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    Easily readable and very thorough. When the author tells you what settings he uses, he explains why those work for him, and why you might want to use different settings, depending on your own style. The other book Amazon has for about the same price has what I see as some major drawbacks (in the free sample section the other author recommended just setting the ISO at 200 and leaving it – thereby eliminating one of the best features of the camera, to wit: the 14.8 dynamic range available at ISO 64. The same guy recommended removing the covers to the HDMI, USB and one other port, which compromises the weatherproofing). Mr. Young brooks no such foolishness. I traded up from a D300 I’d been using for the last 8 years, and although the controls are similar, this book really does an excellent job of fleshing out just what you can do with each of the settings and controls. I still take it with me when I go on photo trips to use as a reference.
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