Mastering the Nikon D750 ペーパーバック – 2015/11/12
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Mastering the Nikon D750 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D750 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 illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.
Darrell's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The information in this book goes beyond the camera itself and also covers basic photography technique.
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is a full-time author and professional photographer with a background in information technology engineering. He has been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera. Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrome (NAS) and delights in working with Nikonian's newest digital cameras. Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway has given him a real concern for the natural environment and a deep interest in nature photography. You'll often find Darrell standing behind a tripod in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians Online community (www.Nikonians.org) and at his Master Your Nikon blog (MasterYourNikon.com). He joined the Nikonians community in the year 2000, and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become the founding member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.
Another neat addition are the links offered for online downloadable resources/documents scattered throughout the book.
I have the paperback and the digital download as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone that owns a Nikon D750.
As the recommendations are based on what the author shoots his preferences are naturally biased and there are not adequate explanations as to the pros and cons of each of the settings and this is important for the reader to decide which setting is best for what they plan to photograph. For example he states that he always uses matrix metering and this is not the best choice when photographing people that are back lit or scenes where there is a lot of sky as when using wide angle lenses or a zoom lens at its wide angle setting.
This also applies with his use of the auto shutter speed setting whereby the camera selects a minimum shutter speed based on the old rule of the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens. A third of the time this will be correct and the remainder of the time it will be too slow or too fast a shutter speed than is actually needed for the situation. With current cameras the resolution provided is greater than that of 35mm film and so camera or subject motion blur is more likely to be visible. It also is dependent on the skill of the photographer and how they hold the camera and release the shutter.
The author advises throughout the book that readers try different settings to see how they work. This is excellent advice. In particular as with the settings information there are gaps and inaccuracies. One example is the Auto EV setting that can enable users to change the EV with a command dial instead of using the EV button on the top of the camera. Not so simple as that actually as this setting only shows EV adjustment is being done and not whether the EV is positive or negative when looking through the viewfinder - unlike the change in the viewfinder display when using the EV button instead to make adjustments. This goes back to the lack of pros and cons to using different camera settings, some of which are minor and others that are major.
For experienced Nikon shooter who have a recently acquired a D750 camera there is little of value in the first 426 pages. For the inexperienced shooter there is a more user friendly guide than the Nikon manual but it can also mislead novices with its subjective recommendations on camera settings. Even the new autofocus capabilities introduced by Nikon in the D750 are glossed over and the reader has not more idea of the different strengths and weaknesses of each in different situations.
Anyone hoping to get additional information not provided with the Nikon user manual with respect to shooting video is going to be disappointed. Settings are covered in detail but with little reference to how they will affect the shoot or the resulting video. Information on progressive versus interlaced is incorrect with respect to shooting video as is the fps setting guidance which depends upon the region in the world where the video will be displayed on a monitor 50HZ or 60Hz which affects the viewing of video shot at 25/50 fps or at 30/60 fps.
Additionally, there are notes and suggested settings recommendations that help amateur photographers figure out what works for getting started before mastering every setting on the camera. Young uses laymen's terms to describe everything; all in an encouraging tone so that you do not feel like an idiot for not understanding photographic technical jargon .
Good description of the main or basic elements of photography - aperture, shutter speed, image quality, focus, ISO, distortion, etc. - along with supporting photographs to illustrate the concept. The insights provided by an experienced photographer/teacher were extremely helpful.